Call to Artists: 2021 Chain of Parks Art Festival
Posted: Aug 12, 2020
Application Deadline: October 31, 2020
Jury Notification: November 15, 2020
Booth Fee Due: December 15, 2020
Balance of Booth Fee Payment Due: January 15, 2021
Event Setup: April 16, 2021 (generally after 10 am)
Show Date/Times: April 17 & 18, 2021; Saturday 10 am – 5 pm & Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Event Breakdown: April 18, 2021 (after show closing at 4 pm)
If you would like to apply for the 2021 show, please APPLY HERE!
2020 Festival Information:
The annual Chain of Parks Art Festival is a multi-day Fine Art Festival with a two-day outdoor exhibit held in a group of city parks known as the ‘Chain of Parks’ in downtown Tallahassee, Florida. The festival is ranked in the Top 100 Fine Art festivals by Sunshine Artist Magazine, reaching #1 in 2017, #5 in 2018 and #3 in 2019. The Festival awards over $10,000 in cash prizes with 165 juried artists competing. The Chain of Parks Art Festival has been recognized as a Legacy Event by Visit Tallahassee due to the 40,000+ visitors and patrons it attracts. All proceeds from this juried Fine Art festival benefit LeMoyne Arts, a non-profit community-based art center.
Despite these challenging times, the love of fine art in our community has not diminished. As the world copes with the challenges of COVID-19, the Chain of Parks Art Festival will be implementing new safety practices and requirements to keep our artists and community SAFE by following the current scientific and governmental guidelines for safety.
CASH AWARDS – $10,000+ TOTAL
1. Best of Show – $2,000.00
2. Award of Excellence – $1,000.00
3. Additional Awards – The Festival uses a weighted award system for the balance of award prize monies to be divided among mediums based on the number of artists in each, up to the total prize money amount.
4. Recycle Art Award – $300
Artist Awards of over $10,000
Artist hospitality area with all-day complimentary refreshments and reserved portable toilets
Casual welcome reception sponsor hosted onsite Friday evening
Quality style event T-shirt
Volunteer booth sitters
Limited to 170 artists
Combined artist sales of over ½ Million for 2019 festival
24-hour on-site security provided by uniformed Police Officers (Tallahassee Police Dept.)
Festival website includes artist image and live link to artist website
High quality printed program with sample image and website information for each artist
Digital marketing tool opportunities provided
Complimentary reserved parking
Limited, first-come-first-served basis, complimentary RV parking located close by
Friday afternoon/evening set-up
Top award winners automatically juried into next year’s Festival
Cover artist selected from participating festival artists
Sunshine Artist Magazine, Fine Art & Design Show Artist Survey – Ranked Festival #1 and #5 in 2017 and 2018 respectively with 2019 coming in at #3!
Attendance of 40,000 visitors and patrons
Over $75K in Marketing & PR throughout North Florida & South Georgia
The Festival kicks off on Thursday evening with a presentation by an accomplished artist through a partnership with the art festival and Florida State University’s Opening Nights program. The public is invited to come and hear about the careers and adventures of visual artists who have spent time making a living creating art.
Free evening concert after show closing on Saturday from 5:30-7:30 pm. Award announcements made prior to concert
Festival Village with children’s art workshops and community partners to promote art education
Festival hosted by non-profit art center
On-site festival staff
Volunteer committee with 35 members who work year-round to produce festival experience for artists, patrons, sponsors and attendees
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