Artist Application and Information

Applications are now being accepted for Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair 2015. Please join us September 18-20, 2015 for a weekend of live music, great food and a wonderful selection of pieces created by 100 artists from around the region and across the country.


General Information
The primary focus of this event is the juried exhibition and sale of gallery quality fine art. Wichita Festivals, Inc., is a non-profit, 501 (C) 3 organization whose goal is to provide high quality, signature events for the citizens of Wichita, Kansas.

2015 Calendar of Important Dates

• Monday, Feb. 16, application open to artists on
• Thursday, April 30, 11:59 p.m., deadline for submission of all applications, images and fees
• Week of May 11, jury process
• Week of May 15, selected artists notified via Zapplication
• Monday, June 15, deadline to accept invitation to participate and remit booth fee.
• Friday, July 31, last day to cancel with full refund
• Friday, September 18, show begins

Artist Hospitality & Benefits

• Hospitality area providing Friday evening dinner, lunch on Saturday and Sunday, snacks and drinks throughout the 
• Free, reserved parking adjacent to the venue; ability to drive vehicle to booth space for load-in and load-out.
• $7,500 in cash awards
• Sunday buffet breakfast with announcement of award winners
• Listing in official show brochure with web site address included
• Booth sitters, energetic staff and volunteers to assist as needed in set-up, tear-down and artist relief
• Web site featuring one full-color image of artists’ work with link to artist web site.
• Complimentary booth signage with name, hometown and booth number
• 24-hour security
• Air conditioned restrooms
• Discounted hotel rates for featured artists.


Artists accepted into the show retain all revenue resulting from the sale of their work with no
commission on sales due the event organizer.

Application Process

Find the Autumn & Art at Bradley Fair 2015 application here.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Incomplete applications or those submitted without a jury fee will not be considered for inclusion. Applications must be received no later than 11:59 pm, Central Standard Time, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Do not apply if you are unable to be present throughout the published hours of the show. All work exhibited and sold must be original works of art or numbered reproductions specifically identified as such (see Rules of the Show #1).

Artists may apply in multiple categories. Individual applications, digital images and jury
fees are required for each category entered. Each medium will be evaluated separately. If applying in more than one category, only the booth slide may be repeated. Artists may sell work only in the categories in which they are accepted. All work exhibited must be comparable to work shown in submitted images. Artists accepted to the show must exhibit two and three-dimensional work (photography, painting, watercolors, graphics, pastels, prints, digital and drawings) appropriately framed. Unframed, matted works may be shown in a portfolio for customer browsing.

Artists selected as a team must register accordingly through Zapplication and may only exhibit the collaborative work for which they were accepted.

Application Fee
Each application must be accompanied by the $35 jury fee payable on-line through Zapplication. The jury fee is non-refundable. All applications must be submitted through Applications submitted in other formats will not be considered for inclusion. Award winning artists from 2014 are exempt from the jury fee and will be provided a coupon code for use when submitting their application.

Entry Rules
An artist must submit a total of five (5) images for each application. Four images must be of
individual pieces of the artists work. The fifth image must be of a display of the artist’s work, showing overall continuity and presentation. The fifth image is mandatory. If a booth image per se is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The booth image must demonstrate size and scope of individual pieces of work in relation to one another. Artists must submit a statement of no more than 100 words describing the technique, materials used and any other creative expression of their work. Please avoid submitting booth images that show the artists name or a photo of the artist. The category chosen for entry by the artist in Zapplication will be the category for which the artist is juried and judged for awards.


Jury Process

The jury process will be conducted by a panel of four distinguished arts-industry professionals, and will be based solely on the quality of work as illustrated by the images submitted. Projected images will be reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process, rating each artist from one to seven.

A maximum of 100 artists will receive invitations; the balance of artists receiving a score determined by the show Director will be retained to comprise a waiting list of alternates. Decisions of the jury are final. The images submitted, along with the Artist Statement, will be the only criteria used in the selection process. The work presented must be for sale and should be professionally and creatively presented.

There will be no quotas for Autumn & Art. Artistic excellence and a well-balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors. Wichita Festivals, Inc. strongly supports the jury review process and decisions made by the panel, and will not, as a normal course of business, circumvent or alter their selections. However, WFI reserves the right to make specific changes and to determine the final composition of the show. The President/CEO has the final authority to make such adjustments as deemed necessary. Wait-list artists will be contacted by telephone should an opening become available.


Artist Awards
Seven thousand five hundred dollars ($7,500) in prize money and jury-fee exempt status for the following year, will be awarded. Notification of award winners will take place Saturday, September 19, immediately following selection by the judges. Prize money will be awarded at a breakfast hosted by Wichita Festivals on Sunday, September 20. All participating artists are invited to attend. Three individuals, who are not show participants and have not served as jurors for the show, will serve as judges. Artistic excellence will be the criteria for selecting award recipients.

Booth Space
Exhibit space will be set on the pavement of Bradley Fair Parkway, which is bordered by a park-like setting, sidewalk and lake on one side and treed area on the other. Each artist will be provided an exhibition space measuring 10’ by 10’ with an additional one foot (1’) perimeter at the rear of the booth. Only one artist’s work may be displayed in an assigned space. Artists accepted as a team producing a single product qualify as a single exhibitor.

Artists are to provide their own tent, racks and tables and all other required display equipment for use in an outdoor environment. Electricity will be provided at no additional charge for use in the evening and as requested during the day time. A 110 outlet will be provided.

A limited number of corner booth spaces will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Security will be provided on a 24-hour basis. However, Wichita Festivals, Inc. is not responsible for damage which may occur due to weather conditions, theft or any other circumstances out of our control. Make sure you bring weights to secure your tent in case of strong winds or storms.

Booth Fees/Acceptance to Exhibit

Each artist selected by the jury has until midnight, Monday, June 15, 2015, to accept the invitation to participate and submit the booth fee required. Failure to meet this deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and selection of another artist from the wait list. Date of receipt of completed applications will be noted. Those artists seeking a corner location will be assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis from the date the application is received.

Booth fees include:
• four complimentary meals
• one 110 outlet and electricity per booth
• City of Wichita Transient Merchant License.

Kansas State Sales Tax information will be provided to those artists who do not have a State Sales Tax number at check-in Friday, September 18. Artists are responsible for including and remitting sales tax due on all sales to the Kansas Department of Revenue.

Regular booth fee: $450
Double booth fee: $800
Corner booth fee: $500

A full refund of the booth fee is available until July 31, 2015. No refunds will be made after this time.

Media Categories
Ceramics – All original clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry, is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted.

Digital Art – Includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work must be printed on archival quality paper, be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.

Drawing – Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. are to be entered in this category.

Fiber – All work crafted from fibers such as basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items may be exhibited.

Glass – The expression of art through transparent or translucent objects made from blowing or fashioning glass.

Graphics and Printmaking – Printed works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

Jewelry – All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials can be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.

Metalworks – All non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals.

Mixed Media - Two Dimensional – Includes work incorporating more than one type of physical material to produce; includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.

Mixed Media - Three Dimensional – Includes work incorporating more than one type of physical material to produce; includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.

Painting – Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.

Photography – Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.

Sculpture – Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Wood – Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

Rules of the Show
1. All art exhibited and offered for sale must be art originally produced by the artist. Quality reproductions of two-dimensional originals, signed and numbered by the exhibiting artist are the only acceptable form of sales outside the original works. Artists must define “reproduction" or “limited edition" through their Artist Statement and each piece must be clearly and individually labeled as a “reproduction." Reproductions must be in signed editions of no more than 750.
2. Any change in the body of work by the juried artist is not considered juried and may not be exhibited or sold.
3. Artists may only exhibit work they juried in the category in which they were accepted.
4. Ceramic works and jewelry must be handmade by the artist.
5. Artists must be present during the show hours.
6. A picture ID is required at check-in by all accepted artists.
7. No pets allowed per City Ordinance 6.04.055.
8. All booth decorations must be placed within the booth space.
9. “Sale” and/or “Discount” signs are strictly prohibited.
10. Exhibitors may not sell notecards, calendars, postcards, t-shirts, etc.
11. Artists are responsible for proper insurance and protection of work and setup. Wichita Festivals will not be responsible for damage to work or setup equipment due to weather or unrelated incidents.
12. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting all taxes due.
13. All work submitted for jury must be for sale.

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