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Call for Artists: Omaha Summer Arts Festival (updated information)

June 7-9, 2019
Downtown Omaha, Nebraska
135 Artists
Deadline: January 11
Jury: $30; Booth fees: $350 Regular, $425 Corner; Electricity $85

The Omaha Summer Arts Festival is the largest arts festival in Nebraska, attracting more than 80,000 patrons from throughout the region. The Festival has consistently been recognized locally and nationally as a top festival: voted #1 festival in "2017 Omaha's Choice" poll by the Omaha World Herald, Best of Omaha's top three festivals and top 100 art fairs by

What is new this year: Our Location!

We have determined our new location for 2019, 2020 and 2021 Festivals. It will take place around the North Downtown Stadium. We feel this is going to be a great location. A few highlights:

  • The area is flat and will still allow artists to drive up for load-in and load-out.
  • There is lots of parking available AND we may have the opportunity for designated artist / oversized vehicle parking (there would be a fee).
  • This site is walkable from most of our partner hotels (like a block away!).
  • The adjacent Convention Center has a private event on the Friday and Saturday of Festival - - built in customers!

Please know that our team put a lot of time and energy into this site selection - - the needs of the artists, as the cornerstone of the Festival, were a top priority, and we are very excited about the new opportunities and energy this temporary site will offer. More about our new location.

What you can expect from us:

  • $2500 in cash merit awards- all awards include an automatic invitation to the following year's show
  • Online Artist Gallery with color images and links
  • More than $100,000 in combined media and marketing efforts to promote the Festival
  • 24-hour security provided by off-duty Omaha Police Officers
  • A variety of options for discounted lodging within one mile of the show
  • Private, air-conditioned artists' lounge with artist-only restrooms and snacks & beverages throughout the day
  • Complimentary lunch delivered to each artists' booth on Friday
  • Artist Awards Brunch on Saturday
  • Continental Breakfast and Artists' Meeting on Sunday
This popular show features 135-juried artists from across the country selling their fine art and contemporary crafts in 14 media categories. An experienced staff of dedicated, event professionals produces the Omaha Summer Arts Festival. Members of the Festival's Board of Directors visit each artist individually providing an opportunity for one-on-one feedback and evaluation. We care about the artists, listen to their input and react to their concerns.
An exceptional show layout allows every artist to pull his or her vehicle in front of their booth for easy set-up and teardown. Each artist is provided an 11' x 10' space with an additional 11' x 2' storage area at the back. 
Omaha Summer Arts Festival is an all-original show and artist presence is required.
  • Deadline to Apply:  January 11, 2019
  • Artist Notification:  February 8, 2019
  • Artist Acceptance:  March 8, 2019
  • Booth Fees Due:  March 8, 2019
  • Deadline to Withdraw with Refund (less $50 processing fee): May 3, 2019

Contact: Roxanne Nielsen,, (402) 345-5401 ext. 112

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