July 1

10AM - 8PM

July 2

10AM - 8PM

July 3

10AM - 8PM

CCAF Artist Application

The 2016 deadline has passed. To be included on our mailing list for future events please send your information to management@cherryarts.org. (2017 Call for entries: October 1 – December 1, 2016)

Simple Steps to Apply at www.Zapplication.org

  • Create online artist profile
  • Prepare and upload your images (see Image Preparation)
  • Complete the online application and submit before the deadline of midnight (MST) on December 1, 2015

The 2016 Arts Festival will feature 250 exhibitors, including 13 artistic award winners returning from the 2015 show. Artistic excellence of original, handcrafted work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The Arts Festival features artists in 13 different media categories including: ceramics, digital art, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, metalworks, mixed media, new media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.

Phone: (303) 355-ARTS (2787)
Show Dates: 7/2/16 – 7/4/16
Application Deadline: 12/1/15 Midnight MST

2016 Artist Prospectus & Application

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival invites you to apply to be one of 250 exhibitors at the 2016 event, a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual arts. CCAF enjoys an attendance of 350,000 visitors to the Cherry Creek North Shopping District in Denver, Colorado. The three-day event gives patrons the rare and special opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. Proceeds from the Arts Festival help CCAF to fulfill its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs that provide access to the arts for schools in Colorado. View our education programs here: www.cherryarts.org/year-round-education-programs/

Mission Statement

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival (CCAF) is a year-round non-profit arts services organization whose mission is to provide access to a broad array of arts experiences and support arts education in Colorado.

Important Dates

Thursday, October 1, 2015
2016 Application Available

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 Midnight, MST
Application deadline

January 2016
The five person jury convenes over three days to select 250 exhibiting artists.

Friday, January 15, 2016
Notification by email and website www.CherryArts.org (Please do not call)
– 250 juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
– Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified of their alternate status.

Friday, February 5, 2016
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Last day to cancel participation in 2016 show and still receive 90% booth fee refund.

Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Saturday, July 2nd
Judging 9:00am – 4pm
Public Visual Arts Show 10am – 8pm

Sunday, July 3rd
Public Visual Arts Show 10am – 8pm

Monday, July 4th
Public Visual Arts Show 10am – 6pm


Location: Denver’s Cherry Creek North Shopping District

Email: VisualArts@CherryArts.org

Web Address: www.CherryArts.org

Mailing Address: 2 Steele Street, B-100, Denver, CO 80206

Average Sales: 2015 Artist Survey reports approximately $12,000 in sales per artist

Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image

Projection Jury: Images viewed simultaneously projected 1-5 from left to right horizontally, artists viewed in order of the date their application is submitted

Jurors: 5 paid Art Professionals including 2 working artists

Jury Format: Multiple rounds, first round is silent with jurors scoring 1-7, subsequent rounds include juror discussion and are scored by juror consensus and require a majority vote for an artist to move forward

Applications for Jury: Sorted by the date the application is received

Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications

Application Fee: $40

Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $800 for a Row; $925 for a Corner; $350 for Emerging Artist Program. Also, there are a limited number of double booths available for $1725. (All fees subject to Board approval.)

Liability Insurance: Artists are required to show proof of liability insurance. Short-term event policies will be made available for those without existing policies.

Purchase Awards: Up to $30,000 offered

Number of Artists Exempt from Jury: 13 (Previous year Award Winners)

Electricity: A limited amount of electricity is provided in designated areas, artist will be able to purchase this on a first-come first served basis

Security: 24 Hour

Parking: Free and reserved parking provided to each exhibitor

Load-In: Access booth directly with vehicle

Attendance: 350,000 guests

Emerging Artist Program

Designed specifically for artists who have no experience exhibiting and selling their artwork at any venue, OR extremely minimal experience if any. The application procedure and fee are the same as the regular show, however, upon acceptance emerging artists will pay a lower booth fee of $350, have a tent provided and receive mentoring through the Arts Festival. Artists may only apply to the Emerging Artist Program or for the general show, but they may not apply to both. Artists who are just beginning their careers in the art world are encouraged to apply. The Arts Festival reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artists to make sure they are a fit for this category and that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work.

Emerging Artist Applicants will proceed in the same manner as professional artists and submit images of their artwork through the regular application on Zapplication.org. *Emerging Artists are asked to apply with a 5th image of their work instead of an image of their booth. When uploading your images, you will upload the 5th image of your work by selecting ‘YES’ this is your booth shot, even though it is not. Then select ‘Emerging Artist’ as your medium category and you will be ready to complete the application.*

General Info about CCAF

The primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of gallery quality fine art and fine crafts. Additionally, the Arts Festival offers an online art auction, artist demonstrations, extensive educational art activities for children and adults, live performances, special curated exhibitions and high-quality outdoor food vending. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is a tax-exempt, art services organization and all proceeds are used to produce the annual Arts Festival, to present educational art programs throughout the year, and to assist other related non-profit activities.


The Cherry Creek Arts Festival’s attendance is approximately 350,000 persons each year. Marketing is directed toward a diverse audience of individuals likely to be interested in the visual arts. While the majority of the audience is from the metropolitan Denver area, a significant and increasing number of art patrons from around the nation attend.

Jury Process

Approximately 250 artists will exhibit at the 2016 event. A total of 13 artistic award winners, along with the poster artist from the 2015 CCAF have been invited to return. A potential of 250 exhibit slots will be determined through the competitive jury process.

Projected images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process with multiple rounds. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury is comprised of two working artists and three other art professionals. The jury will view each artist’s set of five images projected simultaneously in a horizontal grouping, arranged by the date the artist’s application was submitted. The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements will be made available to the jury. Artistic excellence and a well balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors, the Arts Festival does not have any quotas. The top 250 receive invitations; the balance of artists in the final round are retained to comprise a waiting list of alternates. Decisions of the jury panel are final.

Artist Awards

Prize money and an invitation to exhibit the following year jury-exempt are available for artistic award winners. Judging for cash prizes takes place on Saturday, July 2nd. The three jurors who are not exhibitors serve as judges. Artistic Awards are determined by consensus. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards. Awards are presented that evening at the annual Artists Awards Celebration. A total of $30,000 is offered in artist awards and purchase programs at the event.

Booth Space

Artists may request a row or corner booth on their application, these requests will be assigned on a first-come, first served basis from the date their application is received. Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10′ deep by 10′ wide. Artists are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.


Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work with no commission on sales due to the Arts Festival.

Collaborative Work / Multiple Applications

Artists must submit separate applications, unless applying as a team. If artists are accepted as a team they may only exhibit the collaborative work they were accepted for.

Now you can apply with multiple applications from just one profile! This eliminates the need for you to maintain separate profiles if you regularly submit applications in more than one medium category to our show. All you have to do is log in to your ZAPP account, apply, and check out as normal. Then, repeat for each additional category you are applying in.

Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. No advantage is gained by submitting multiple applications for the same body of work in multiple categories.

Application Fees

Each application must be accompanied by the $40 jury fee payment. Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card, or they may pay by a check made payable to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (mailed to 2 Steele Street, Suite B100 Denver, CO 80206). The non-refundable jury fee check will be deposited on receipt.

Booth Fees / Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit

An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts the invitation to exhibit, must return the signed contract and booth fee ($800 for a regular booth and $925 for a corner booth; $1725 for double booth; $350 for the Emerging Artist Program) to the Arts Festival by Friday, February 5, 2016. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waiting list.

Digital Images

– Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist.
– Four images must be of individual pieces of work.
– The fifth image, must be of a display of the artist’s work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. 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 purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work which is represented both in the first four images and also within the fifth image. It also helps identify the scale of the artist’s work.
– Note: this is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.
– In addition, any work outside of the medium and context of the 4 images submitted that may appear in the booth shot would not be considered accepted by the jury, due to it’s mere presence in the booth image. If artists have multiple bodies of work, CCAF encourages them to submit these in separate applications.
*Only Emerging Artist Applicants may apply with a 5th image of their work instead of a booth shot.*
– For more image tips www.zapplication.org/help-center.php?page=image-preparation
– Images must accurately represent the body of the artist’s work to be exhibited at the Arts Festival.

Rules of the Show

1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.
2. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.
3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the Arts Festival.
4. Artists must be present with their work for the entire three days of the Arts Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. The Arts Festival requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.
5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.
6. Absolutely no reproductions are allowed (see special notes per media category).
7. Evolving Artwork: The CCAF allows for a small portion (no more than 15%) of ‘new work’ as a gesture to allow artists to keep evolving into other bodies of work. In order to respect the decisions of the jury, here are the rules for an artist that would like to participate: new work may only make up 15% of the exhibit space; the work must be within the same discipline as the work juried into the show; and the ‘new work’ must be original, handcrafted work. The goal of this new program is to allow artists to continue to grow and change while maintaining the high artistic standards of the show jury process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at visualarts@cherryarts.org.

Media Categories

Media categories are used by the Arts Festival as a tool for organizing artists’ images into logical, related groups for the jury’s review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine craft as well as diversity among media is a principal Arts Festival objective, the Arts Festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category.

Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Digital Art: This category 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 in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. 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. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking.This can be wearable or non-wearable. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.

Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.

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

Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.

New Media: This category includes artwork that makes use of electronic media and technology. It includes projection work, video art, interactive electronic work, new technology work, light sculpture, etc.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions of all kinds are prohibited.

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.

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. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

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

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Thank you for your interest in the 2016 Cherry Creek Arts Festival, we look forward to your creative endeavors!