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Call for Artists: American Artisan Festival

June 15, 16 & 17
Nashville, Tennessee
150 Artists
Deadline: January 5

Application Fee: $40   Booth Fee: $495 (10x10), $900 (10x20)

The newly revived 44th Annual American Artisan Festival will take place in Centennial Park, the cities most historic and beautiful metro park. While the show retains it original location, Nashville has experienced explosive growth in the past five years making it an even better time to showcase your work to this growing, creative community.

We invite you to apply today for an incredible exhibition opportunity and be a part of the amazing experience as touted by fellow artists: historically very high art sales potential, consistently high national rankings amongst artists, a family-run business approach, and the opportunity to connect and sell to the dynamic community that is the new Nashville.

Of the artist exhibitors surveyed after the 2017 show, more than 90% reported they would love to come back to the show if invited again (thank you artists for the feedback!). 

The estimated revenue from this show per artist is over $8K according to previous artist reports and is known by local Nashvillians as the best high-end art fair hands down. 

Always free to the public, the American Artisan Festival is visited by more than 25,000 annually.

  • Cash awards, including The Nancy Saturn Excellence Award and the People's Choice Award
  • Affordable Hotel Rooms blocked at the nearby Millenium Hotel for $109/night, and the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt for $160/night
  • Friday evening party exclusively for Artists and their families
  • Free artist parking close to the event with security/entry; Vehicle unloading/loading at booth space, weather permitting
  • Complimentary breakfast bagels and coffee each morning; 24-hour police security during the fair; Volunteer booth sitting during show hours


Full-scale marketing and press campaign including print, online, radio and

television media outlets as well as select direct media opportunities (if interested in participating let us know!)

Contact Samantha Saturn,  

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Comment by Carol Larsen on December 22, 2017 at 10:26am

Would love to hear what others think. The pictures show dogs and no one with purchases. Hopefully those were before it officially opened pics? 

Comment by Dave Piper on December 25, 2017 at 7:54pm

I have loved this show for nearly thirty years.  I will go every year and do well.  The Saturn family run a wonderful show.

Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on December 26, 2017 at 10:10am

I live within 100 miles to this show and have never heard of it. This does not always reflect what kind of trade it receives but it does tell me it is not publicized well enough for such a high entry fee, I would expect more. For those of you who have done this show, is it art or craft oriented? I do several shows in my home state of Kentucky and have talked to a lot of artist about possible Tenn shows and this one has never been mentioned. My husband wants me to spread out of state and is especially interested in Nashville but even he is thinking this may not be one that we should think about. What can you tell me that will either further this feeling or change our minds and give it a try?

Comment by Connie Mettler on December 26, 2017 at 2:55pm

What I know is that the organization running the show had a very successful event for many years, drawing exactly the clientele you'd be looking for. Then the founder died some years back and it went into hiatus. Now the daughter, who grew up working in the family business, brought the show back. I'm thinking worth looking into. She has a marketing background. If we were still doing shows, I'd be checking it out. For most of the years it was limited to fine crafts (which is why we never did it), now there is 2D included.

Comment by Carol Larsen on December 26, 2017 at 2:57pm

Thanks Connie. I know the greater Nashville area has a great appreciation for the Arts.

Comment by Dave Piper on January 12, 2018 at 12:56am

Perhaps the reason some people doing shows had not heard of this show is simple.  Until the show was brought back a few years ago and then not held for two years and back last June 2017 could be that for close to thirty years this show was by invitation only.  There was no application.  The Saturns usually invited  you when they met you at another show.  I was always flattered to be invited every year.  An application process was introduced just a few years ago.  I will go forever.

Comment by Dave Piper on January 12, 2018 at 12:59am

By the way... I have always been so busy at this show that I do not even notice dogs or packages.  May be a new way to evaluate a show... hmmmm?

Comment by Carol Larsen on January 12, 2018 at 8:22am
Whoa...just a little unnecessary, since my question was based on what I could see from any photos I could find. Those are two critical things to look for when deciding to add a new show. Especially one with history. Must be a raw nerve for you. I asked two show promotors I know in Nashville first, but well, I guess doing your research ahead of time is not necessary in your world. May we never cross paths.
Comment by Paula Decker Haynes on January 12, 2018 at 11:59am

Thanks Connie and Dave. I will look into this one.

Comment by Dar Schafer on January 14, 2018 at 4:10pm

Was in this show last year and it was fabulous. Lots of buyers for everything!  The daughter has done a very good job at resurrecting this show after the death of her mom.  They treated the artists very well, excellent dinner thrown for us on Friday nite.  Was very happy with my sales. Unfortunately there was a very severe storm that blew thru on Sunday around noon that closed the event down.  Would have loved to have seen what Sunday would have been like.  Applied again this year.  


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