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Call for Artists: River Clay Fine Arts Festival

September 27 - 29
Decatur, Alabama
Presented By: River Clay Foundation        
75 Artists
Deadline: April 3
Notification Date: April 20

Application Fee: $35     Booth Fee: $150

Located in the beautiful Tennessee Valley, Decatur, Alabama is a burgeoning arts community whose City Hall campus is surrounded by Alabama's largest Victorian historic district and a picturesque, revitalized downtown complete with numerous bistros, restaurants and unique retail boutiques. The city of Decatur is conveniently located midway between Nashville and Birmingham. You'll find Huntsville, home of NASA, Redstone Arsenal and numerous technology/engineering firms boasts the highest per-capita level of education and income in Alabama, just 25 minutes to the east.

Now in it's 5th year, the River Clay Fine Arts Festival remains a big hit with artists and collectors in the venerable Southeast fine art festival schedule! Our past participating artists reported great sales, exceptional organization and unparalleled volunteer assistance.

New for 2019:
We're eagerly anticipating the opening of the new Cook Museum of Natural Science in June. Located directly across the street from River Clay, the multi-million dollar Cook Museum is expected to bring in several hundred thousand visitors per year and we're expecting additional traffic for River Clay.

The majority of our River Clay budget is used in marketing this festival. Our support system includes the City of Decatur, the Decatur-Morgan County Chamber of Commerce, the Decatur/Morgan County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Decatur Downtown Redevelopment Authority, the Carnegie Visual Arts Center, McComm Group, EatDecatur (restaurant association), Athens State University, Alabama Center for the Arts, Calhoun Community College, numerous local industry and corporate entities allowing the award-winning* professional River Clay marketing team to aggressively promote this event.

* Awarded an American Advertising Federation North Alabama Gold ADDY Award in 2016 and named the Decatur Morgan County Tourism Event of the Year for 2018.


Very professionally run from application, to set up, to load out. The artists are appreciated with an exceptional party with patrons, not to mention they provide us lunches! The art is exceptional, and show is well balanced... they appreciate fine art and artists! ... Roger Poer, Designs by R & R

Artist Amenities:  
  • Indoor restrooms for artists
  • Air-conditioned hospitality center (water, snacks, swag bag, etc.)
  • Artist helpline/liasons
  • Booth sitters available
  • Breakfast and lunch, both Saturday and Sunday for artist and one assistant
  • Easy check in, volunteer help for load-in and load-out
  • Close, free parking
  • Tax booth on site
  • Artists will have an active link from the River Clay site to their artist website and will also be provided with information to drive customers to their booth


More Information:

Contact Email:   Phone: (256) 341-0562

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Comment by Joel Lockridge on April 3, 2019 at 10:15pm

I've done this show since its beginning. Not too far from home, and while it isn't my best show of the year, the artist treatment is second to none that I have experienced.


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