CCAF Artist Application
The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is recognized as a leading Arts Festival in the industry and a beloved annual community tradition which has been a part of the cultural fabric of Denver for three decades. CherryArts invites you to apply to be one of 255 exhibitors at the 2023 event, a world-class and award-winning celebration of the visual arts. Our goal is to provide our selected exhibitors and the 150,000 visitors an experience of unparalleled quality. This is your chance to find out first-hand the accolades as reported by fellow artists: historically very high art sales potential (estimated at $16,590 per artist, via 2022 Artist Survey), consistently high national rankings, on-site artist amenities and a new jury panel each year to provide fresh perspective. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival is an established show that attracts a loyal regional audience, many of whom are collectors. Apply now for an incredible exhibition opportunity to sell art at the 32nd annual Cherry Creek Arts Festival: Saturday, Sunday, Monday July 1, 2, 3, 2023!
CherryArts is a nonprofit organization with any additional proceeds generated from events and grant funding going to support greater access to the arts at our events, continuing to remove barriers to experiencing and creating art and year-round outreach programs for artists and students.
2023 Artist Prospectus & Application
CherryArts has been a leader in Colorado’s art and culture industry for over three decades. The organization’s vision is to enrich lives through arts education and experiences, so that all have access to arts and culture; help build a vibrant future for the arts community where artists can thrive; inspire creativity and innovation through arts education; and drive economic, cultural and philanthropic sustainability within regional neighborhoods. The economic impact of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival continues to be a vital part of the success of the event, annually patrons purchase approximately $4.1 million in art sales. CherryArts is committed to the inclusion of people of all races, ethnicities, abilities, gender identities, and sexual orientation. CherryArts believes that art should be accessible to everyone and representative of all. We reject racial injustice of any form. We believe that this is an active process that requires continuous commitment to recognizing inequities and working to mitigate them. We will bring attention to strategic institutional change and implement business practices that reflect these core values. This commitment reflects who we are, but also who we seek to become, as a diverse, inclusive and equitable organization.
CherryArts delivers year-round education programming to nurture future generations of art supporters and expose young minds to the many social and individual benefits of experiencing and creating art. CherryArts ignites creative and critical thinking for over 40,300 students annually.
October 1, 2022: 2023 Application Launch
December 1, 2022 Midnight, MST: Application Deadline
January 2023: Jury of five artists and art professionals convene over four days to select 235 exhibiting artists
January 25, 2023: Artist notification by email and website www.CherryArts.org
February 17, 2023: Deadline to confirm participation, signed contract and remit booth fee
March 31, 2023: Last day to cancel participation and receive 90% refund
Cherry Creek Arts Festival
Saturday, July 1st 10am – 8pm
Sunday, July 2nd 10am – 8pm
Monday, July 3rd 10am – 6pm
FAST FACTS (subject to change)
Location: Denver’s Cherry Creek Neighborhood
Email: [email protected]
Web Address: www.CherryArts.org
Mailing Address: 2 Steele Street, B-100, Denver, CO 80206
Average Sales: Estimated at $16,590 per artist via 2022 Artist Survey
Sales: Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work and are responsible for state and local sales tax
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 invited/exempt artists
Jury Format: Multiple rounds with jurors viewing by media. Jurors do a preview of each category and then score: first round is silent scoring 1-7, subsequent rounds include juror discussion and are scored by juror consensus, they require a majority vote for an artist to move forward. The process, materials and dimensions for each image, as well as artist statements are accessible for the jury.
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: $45
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $875 for a Row; $975 for a Corner; $350 for Emerging Artist Program, limited number of Double Booths available for $1900. Payment Plans are available.
Liability Insurance: CherryArts requires proof of insurance for all Artists. All Certificates of Insurance must name CherryArts as additional insured and state minimum of $1,000,000 in general liability. Short-term event policies will be made available for those without existing policies.
Purchase Awards: Over $30,000
Number of Invited Artists for 2023: 20, including 2022 award winners, poster artist, bidders choice award, artist advisory committee and people’s choice award winner.
Electricity: Limited amount of electricity is provided in designated areas for purchase
Security: 24 Hour
Load-In: Assigned load in time on day prior to show
EMERGING ARTIST PROGRAM
Designed specifically for artists who are beginning their career with very little experience exhibiting and selling their artwork at any venue. The application procedure and fee are the same as the regular show however, upon acceptance, emerging artists will pay a lower booth fee $350, have a tent provided and receive mentoring through CherryArts. Artists may only apply to either the Emerging Artist Program or for the general show, they may not apply to both. CherryArts reserves the right to screen emerging artists to make sure they are a fit for this category, to ensure that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work. *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.
Approximately 255 artists will exhibit at the 2023 event, 235 spots will be available for applicants this year. Projected images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process with multiple rounds. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. All work must be original and created by the applying artist, it should be well-conceived and expertly executed. Artwork is considered solely on the merit of the work projected. The better the image presented, the better your opportunity for this highly competitive jury process.
The jury is comprised of two invited, jury exempt, artists and three 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. A well-balanced show of artistic excellence, quality, creativity, and overall impression of work are the criteria for the selection of exhibitors, CherryArts does not have any quotas. The top 235 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.
The following guidance is given to the jurors:
- Your selection criteria should be based on ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE of the quality, creativity and overall impression of original hand-crafted work created by the artist. The ideal work will be well conceived and expertly executed.
- There is no entitlement or quota per category, or ratio of applications received to the number of artists selected.
- We are looking for a show that is representative of diverse styles and techniques. We are also looking to include a broad range of pricing.
- We are asking you to bring your areas of expertise to the forefront as well as make the effort to look beyond your area of expertise, keeping in mind that we are aiming for a diverse, well-balanced show formed by consensus.
- We hope that you look beyond your own personal taste, which is different than critical observation assessment.
- We will encourage discussion and expression of your artistic knowledge after the first round of scoring. We ask that you do this in the spirit of respect and understanding. We will function in the arena of consensus and that drives the fact that you will have many ups and downs, but in the end, it will balance out amongst the five of you.
– 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 booth or 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 in a gallery or other setting 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 within the fifth image. It also helps to quickly identify the scale of the artist’s work for the jury.
– 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.*
– Images must accurately represent the body of the artist’s work to be exhibited at the Arts Festival.
Media categories are used by the CherryArts as a tool for organizing artists’ images into 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 objective, CherryArts 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. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through 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.
Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
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. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. 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.
Cherry Creek 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 artwork. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the CCAF.
4. Artists must be present with their work for the entire three days of the CCAF. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. CCAF requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.
5. Artists may only show work in the discipline 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. Artwork produced with commercially acquired casts, molds, prefabricated forms, studio volume production or other commercial methods will not be permitted.
8. 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 [email protected].