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Call for Artists: Art in the Park, Columbia

June 6 & 7
Columbia, Missouri
Stephens Lake Park
110 Artists
Deadline: February 9

The Columbia Art League is delighted to present the 57th Annual Art in the Park.  First held in 1958, Art in the Park is the oldest and largest art festival in mid-Missouri.  It is the highlight of the summer season in this arts-focused city, home of the University of Missouri and winner of the first ever Missouri Arts council's Creative Community Award in 2007.

The 2015 festival will be held at Stephens Lake Park, a historic tree-lined park set around the serene Stephens Lake.  In support of the main event, Columbia's premier Fine Arts & Crafts Fair, the 2015 Art in the Park will include strolling entertainment for children, a children's art area, an Emerging Artist Pavilion 
showing work by local high school and undergraduate students, a Young Collector's Tent, and a food court.

Columbia is easily accessible from Interstate 70 (east-west) and State Highway 63 (north-south).  The festival grounds are just to the east of the downtown area with ample visitor parking provided courtesy of the adjacent Boone Hospital.  Visitor shuttle buses are also provided.

Booth fees start from $255 for a mid-row booth or $285 for a corner. 

Noteworthy:

  • Our 57th year
  • Show listed in Sunshine Artist magazine top 100 festivals as designated by artists
  • Cash awards of $4250.  Best in show prize is $1,000.
  • Comprehensive marketing campaign which includes TV, Radio, local and regional print advertising, billboards, yard signs, downtown banners, social networking, postcards, posters and web campaigns.
  • A designated Signature Series event by the Columbia Convention &Visitors Bureau.
  • Art in the Park is organized by the Columbia Art League, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and winner of the 2015 Missouri Arts Council Arts Organization award.

Artist Amenities include:

  • Artist Breakfast on Saturday and Sunday; Saturday night artist award dinner
  • Lunch boxes delivered to booths on Saturday
  • Free, limited edition festival t-shirt; Free, limited edition festival reusable acrylic tumbler
  • Water delivered to artist booths all weekend
  • Booth sitters; Extensive volunteer assistance with load in and load out
  • Free, reserved parking next to the park; Artist hospitality tent with snacks
  • Overnight security on Friday and Saturday
  • Hotel discounts
  • Official Festival Program includes color thumbnail image of each exhibiting artist and website information
  • Website includes full-color image with name and link to each artist's website
  • Award winners automatically invited back to following year's show
Every other show should take note from what Art in the Park does and try to emulate thestandards they set.  The festival setting is beautiful and the work th at the Columbia Art League and their volunteers do to make the event successful is outstanding.  Reinhard Harzog, festival participant (glass), 2010-2014

If organizers of other shows would use you as a role model, we would have many better shows out there! You do so much advertising and listening to artists." Kris Clement, festival participant (ceramics), 2004-2014
 

We cannot say enough about how well run your show was!  You are above all expectations we had before the show.  We felt very cared for and appreciated.  Don Kelley, show participant (jewelry), new in 2014

 

Apply:  www.columbiaartleague.org

Learn more: www.artintheparkcolumbia.org

For more information:

Diana Moxon, Executive Director, Columbia Art League
207 S. 9th St., Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573)443-8838; Fax:  (573)443-2131 

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