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Call for Artists: Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival


April 6 & 7
Ridgeland, Mississippi

Renaissance at Colony Park

Saturday, 10 to 6 & Sunday, 1 to 6 

100 Artists

Deadline: November 11

  • Art Fair Sourcebook's Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the U.S.
  • Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 Event

When we say your work stands out in the crowd at the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, we mean it. That's because this top-ranked art festival combines large crowds of art lovers and buyers with a more intimate number of exhibitors (only 100 artists), for an inviting celebration of art that showcases your work and enhances your profile even as it enriches the art experience for all.  


An outdoor festival held in the mild and refreshing days of early spring, the Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival presents artists and their work against the splendid setting of Renaissance at Colony Park, a regional lifestyle center renowned for its shopping, dining and entertainment as well as for its graceful Old World architecture inspired by the cities of Europe and the Mediterranean. As for Ridgeland, over the past two decades the city has grown from a quiet suburb of Jackson, the state capital, to a vibrant hub for the arts and a premier retail and dining venue. The festival's new name reflects the citywide support and enthusiasm the event enjoys-support which  includes a robust regional marketing campaign to ensure record attendance.


Chosen by a panel Ridgelandof independent jurors, selected media for the festival include clay, drawing/pastels, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.


$7,500 total cash prizes: 

  • $1,500 Best of Show
  • $500 for each medium


  • A fun-filled array of children's activities in our pARTicipate area featuring "make and take" crafts
  • Children's storytelling at Barnes & Noble Booksellers.


  • City-wide hotel discounts (see our website for details)
  • Complimentary continental breakfast on Saturday
  • Artist awards breakfast on Sunday morning
  • Box lunch delivered to your booth on Saturday & Sunday
  • Bottled water delivered to your booth periodically
  • Your name, medium, city and state publicized in our festival flyer
  • Complimentary festival t-shirt
  • Van and RV parking close to the festival
  • 24-hour security
  • Booth sitters

The Ridgeland Fine Arts Fair is presented by Ridgeland Tourism Commission, a tax-exempt, state-chartered agency. All festival proceeds are used to produce and promote the show.


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Comment by Paul willsea on November 5, 2012 at 9:42am
It would be nice to hear from any one who has done well at this show. The Sourcebook reviews are not so good, yet it is rated in the top 100?
Comment by Pat Falk on November 5, 2012 at 3:12pm

Paul, I was there last year.  This show is held on the streets of a very nice mall.  Set up begins after the stores close on Friday night so it can get late.  Mr. McFarland is very prompt answering any email questions prior to the show. They had a very nice breakfast for artists on Sunday at one of the mall restaurants.  Artists got a special rate at a hotel on one end of the mall.  I wish that I could say that sales were fantastic.  But unfortunately for me sales were slim, and I lost big time.  Most of the artists I spoke with did not make expenses.  Crowds were not huge and they were carrying bags from the mall shops.  If you live in the area, maybe???

Comment by Paul willsea on November 5, 2012 at 4:51pm
Thanks, Pat. Your comments are in accord with what I have read elsewhere.


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