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CherryArts Festival at Stanley 2016 – Artist Application

The 2016 deadline has passed. To be included on our mailing list for future events please send your information to

Stanley Marketplace
Aurora/Stapleton/Denver, Colorado (West)

Phone: (303) 355-ARTS (2787)
Show Dates: 9/16/16 – 9/18/16
Application Deadline: 4/27/16 Midnight MST

Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Application Fee): $35.00
You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Building upon the great momentum from the first event, the 2016 CherryArts Festival at Stanley will take place September 16-18! This event is produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival and is a celebration of national art, local flavor and creative living at one Denver’s most anticipated, shopping and dining venue the Stanley Marketplace adjacent to the Stapleton community in Aurora.

This exciting new event met an unfulfilled demand for a high quality art experience, over 10,000 people responded! The 2016 event will feature 100 juried artist exhibitors and there will be an opening evening kick-off and the event will take place outdoors on the runway and in the indoor event facility throughout the weekend.

Inspired by urban marketplaces across the US, including San Francisco’s Ferry Building, Seattle’s Melrose Market and New York’s Chelsea Market, the adaptive reuse development aims to become the new community centerpiece between Aurora and Denver’s Stapleton neighborhood opening July 2016. The surrounding Stapleton neighborhood is comprised of the 10th  best selling  master-planned community in the United States. The community sits on over 4,100 acres and houses over 19,000 residents.

General Information
2016 CherryArts Festival at Stanley
Produced by the Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Artist Prospectus & Application
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival invites you to apply to be one of the exclusive 100 artists to exhibit at the CherryArts Festival at Stanley. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. Proceeds from the event help CCAF to fulfill its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs that provide access to the arts for schools in Colorado.

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.

CherryArts at Stanley Calendar
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
2016 Application Available

Wednesday, April 27, 2016 Midnight, MST
Application deadline

May 2016
The jury convenes to select 100 exhibiting artists

Friday, May 27, 2016
Notification by email and website (Please do not call)
– 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.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.

Friday, July 29, 2016
Last day to cancel participation in 2016 show and still receive 90% booth fee refund.

Show Hours
Friday, September 16
Opening Night Kick-Off Party 6pm – 9pm

Saturday, September 17
Visual Arts Show 10am – 5pm

Sunday, September 18
Visual Arts Show 10am – 5pm

Location: Stanley Marketplace


Web Address:

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

Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image

Projection Jury: Images viewed simultaneously projected 1-5 from left to right horizontally

Jury Format: Multiple rounds, first round scoring 1-7, subsequent rounds scored by juror consensus with discussion

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: $35

Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $600 for a Row; $650 for a Corner

Security: 24 Hour

Load-In: Staggered load-in

General Information
The primary focus of the event is the juried exhibition of gallery quality, national fine art. CherryArts Festival at Stanley is part of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, a tax-exempt, art services organization and all proceeds are used to produce the annual art shows, to present educational art programs throughout the year and to assist other related non-profit activities.

Jury Process
A potential of 100 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 artists and 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 100 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.

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 booth payment is received. Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10′ deep by 10′ wide. Artist booths will be a combination of outdoor/indoor locations. Outdoor artists will need to provide their own tent, etc. Booth fee includes: load in support, electrical outlet, booth signage and extensive marketing support.

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.

Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must create separate zapplication accounts with separate online user id’s, set of digital images and jury fee for each category. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. 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 $35 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 ($600 for a regular booth and $650 for a corner booth) to the Arts Festival by Friday June 15, 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, they are encouraged to submit separate applications.
– For more image tips access
– 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: A small portion (no more than 15%) of the artwork exhibited may be 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

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. 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.

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 CherryArts Festival at Stanley, the artist’s success is the core value and measurement of success of the overall event.