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Call for Artists: Big Four Bridge Arts Festival

September 9 & 10 -- new!
Louisville, Kentucky
Downtown Louisville at Waterfront Park
Sat.  9:00am-7:00pm
Sun. 9:00am-5:00pm
120 juried, emerging and demonstration artists
Deadline: May 1

Application fee: $25.00; Booth fee: $425.00

This is a new festival: Our goal from the beginning has been to expose Louisville to quality artists in a venue that is conducive to the patron and the artist, to make our festival pleasant and profitable to all. It is a highly anticipated event that is well supported by the community and numerous non-profits. Three years in the planning to bring a quality show where artists are the center of our show, not the entertainment.

Big Four Bridge Lawn is 4 acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River. 25,000 walkers and joggers cross the Big 4 Pedestrian Bridge most weekends. Located within walking distance of downtown accommodations, restaurants and night life. Also, ample parking with trolley service to and from the festival.

A beautiful location and setting and a large turn out of patrons is what we offer you the artist.

Advertising will include Louisville and surrounding area newspaper and radio, social media, websites, Facebook, newsletters, personal invites sent to (3,500+) collector's, billboard, printed postcards, press releases and invitations to art schools for emerging artists.

The jury of 4 experienced arts industry professionals will select a balanced show based solely on quality of work illustrated in submitted digital images. Images are viewed by mediums and the artist statement is read. Jury process is open to the public. All artists that are accepted for 2017 will not have to go through the jury pool in 2018.

Learn more about the preparation for this new art fair from a recent podcast we did with the producer, Lou Nunnelley:


Contact:  Louis Nunnelley,, (502) 435-7602 

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Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on April 19, 2017 at 1:35pm

I am already juried into this new show and am super excited about it. The area is beautiful and easy to get into and out of. Plus so much to do when you are done for the day. 

Comment by Connie Mettler on April 19, 2017 at 3:28pm

For the artists it should be very pleasant, with lodging in downtown Louisville at good prices and a shuttle to get you to the show site. I'm looking forward to your report, Paula.

Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on April 19, 2017 at 3:41pm

Will do Connie. Lou Nunnelley let me know that he knows you. 

Comment by Robert Wallis on April 22, 2017 at 2:45pm
I was all excited to try this new show, but it's the same weekend as Penrod. It's in a very nice location, and Louisville supports the arts well. Unfortunately, Penrod is in my backyard and I've done that show for 30 years.
Comment by Nova Mac on May 9, 2018 at 5:58pm

I would be interested to hear how this show went for anyone last year.


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