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Professional Chalk Artist Application

Deadline: Apr 25, 2023 11:59 pm
Date: Oct 14, 2023 11:00 am - Oct 15, 2023 5:00 pm

About the event

The Marietta Cobb Museum of Art is proud to present Chalktoberfest, an exciting combination of our annual Chalk Art Festival with our Craft Beer Festival. Enjoy an afternoon watching professional chalk artists chalk the streets, sampling craft beers, live music, art and craft vendors, and eating great food at the beautiful downtown Marietta Square. A great day out for all the family, the... + More
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art
Marietta Cobb Museum of Art

About the application

Professional street chalk artists are invited to apply to attend Chalktoberfest 2023. It is free to apply. Chalktoberfest was founded with MCMA’s mission of “building community through art”, attracting 100,000 visitors. Over 80 artists will travel from all over the Americas and Europe to participate in our internationally renowned festival.



The deadline for submission is Tuesday, April 25, 2023. Chalk artists from all over the world may apply. Please submit one submission per chalk artist. If you wish to collaborate with another artist or have an assistant on your chalk block, they must apply separately. (Please note that only one artist will be funded per 10’x10’ chalk block).



The theme for 2023 is “Golden Age”- artwork may be inspired by culture, art, film, media, tv, theatre, entertainment, literature, etc. 



Chalktoberfest will be juried by a committee and accepted/denied artists will receive notification via email. Contracts will be sent via email to accepted artists by May 31, 2023. If you have not been contacted by that date, please contact Rachel Tunnicliffe,


If you are chosen as one of our professional artists for this event and sign a contract, you are expected to attend the festival. However, if an emergency should arise, please contact Sally Macaulay via phone 770-528-1444 X14 and email ASAP to discuss your inability to participate.



Accepted artists will need to return their signed contracts by June 28. Accepted artists will be asked to submit 2 concept images of what they propose to do at this year’s festival, by August 1st. Reminders will be sent via email. Please ask any questions before submitting a sketch/design. Work must be family-friendly – the festival does not permit nudity, profanity, explicit images, political statements, or violence. We recommend that artists submit images quickly once accepted to participate in the festival.



Rachel Tunnicliffe,



The MCMA Chalktoberfest benefits the Marietta Cobb Museum of Art. MCMA is an American Art Museum whose mission is to “build community through art.” For more information on MCMA, please visit our website at

Terms & Conditions



By submitting my application via, I hereby make my application to participate in the 2023 MCMA Chalktoberfest event at the Marietta Square. I have read, understood and agree to abide by the rules and regulations set forth and other rules as may be established and presented at my acceptance. I release and forever discharge the 2023 MCMA Chalktoberfest, the City of Marietta, Marietta Cobb Museum of Art, its staff, and volunteers, from any responsibility, personal liability, loss, claims or damages arising out of, or in conjunction with the 2023 MCMA Chalktoberfest event.




1. In 2023, all US and international artists are eligible to apply.


2. Artists are provided with a TRAVEL stipend. Stipends will be awarded based on distance traveled and availability of funds. This stipend should cover your airfare. (MCMA provides Atlanta Airport transfers). If your stipend does not cover your expenses, please contact Rachel Tunnicliffe with your receipts. We do not intend for artists to be out of pocket for reasonable and acceptable travel expenses. 


3. The standard block size is 10’ x 10’. There are a limited number of additional block sizes and vertical boards. Please select the block size you would prefer. Be advised, the final decision on block allocation is decided by the Chalktoberfest Jury Committee. If you are selected to participate in the festival and requested a larger block or vertical board, you may be asked by the committee to default to a 10’ x 10’ block due to limited availability.


4. There is one travel stipend available for smaller-sized blocks. Up to two artists, or one artist and one assistant, may work together on a smaller-sized block but will share the available travel stipend. Blocks sized 10’x20’ or greater, may have two artists each with their own travel stipend.


5. If you would like to have an assistant or collaborate with another chalk artist, they will need to submit a separate application.


6. Blocks must be no less than 10’ x 10’. Artwork needs to fill the entire block. The sponsors become very upset when their block is smaller!


7. Hotel - MCMA provides and pays for hotel accommodation:

a. Artists traveling from USA: three (3) nights, Friday, October 13 - Monday, October 16, 2023.

b. Artists traveling internationally: four (4) nights, Thursday, October 12 - Monday, October 16, 2023.

c. If you require any additional nights, the additional cost is your responsibility and the discounted hotel rate of $75 per artist will be deducted from your stipend. Please let us know your arrival and departure dates on your application.


8. ARTISTS ARE REQUIRED TO ROOM TOGETHER to save costs. If you choose to have your own room or have a non-artist stay with you, then a discounted rate of $75 per night will be deducted from your stipend. Rooms have two queens or one king bed, as per your request. MCMA will do all in its power to accommodate hotel accommodation requests.


9. Accepted chalk artists will be provided with meals, t-shirts, and accommodation for the weekend. Unfortunately, the MCMA is not able to provide meals, t-shirts, and accommodation for assistants, friends and family members. Only accepted chalk artists will be permitted into Artist Hospitality.


10. Airport transfers to/from Atlanta Airport and the hotel will be provided by Lyft/Uber rideshare and will be credited to the MCMA account.


11. Artists are required to attend the Artist/Sponsor Reception on Friday, October 13, 2023, 6 - 8 pm at the MCMA. Dinner, drinks, music, and fellowship will be abundant. The reception is a great time to catch up with your fellow artists and meet your sponsor.


12. Artists must arrive in Marietta on time and stay for the duration of the festival and/or until their piece is completed. If you do not complete your piece or if you do not remain on site until the festival is over, you will forfeit part, if not all, of your travel stipend, at the Director’s discretion.


13. Dietary needs - MCMA will provide meals to our professional artists. We do our very best to accommodate the dietary needs of our artists; however, as our food is often donated, we cannot guarantee that your specific needs will be met.


14. Artists are responsible for materials including but not limited to chalk, gloves, paper towels, blending tools, baby wipes, etc. The MCMA will provide one box of 48 Koss Chalk (or similar), tempera base, Gorilla tape, 3M tape, pans, and rollers.


15. The surface of the streets is black asphalt. White and black tempera will be provided by MCMA for your chalk block base. A tempera base MUST be used before you start on your piece. We understand that 3D artwork might have areas that do not use tempera.


16. Artist blocks on the ground will be mapped out and assigned by the MCMA according to sizes previously determined. MCMA requires the artists to tape the blocks on Friday prior to the reception. 


17. The festival takes place rain or shine. Artists will be notified of the plan to cover the artwork in the event of rain. Artists must help to lay out the tarpaulin between the blocks on Friday, PRIOR TO BEGINNING WORK.


18. Due to the results of the 2019 Chalk Artist Survey, the People’s Choice Award competition will not be held this year. The prize money funds have been allocated to help MCMA with the rising cost of artist hospitality and hotel accommodation.


19. Artists are required to wear the current year’s Chalktoberfest t-shirt, provided by MCMA, for the duration of the festival. Two t-shirts will be provided to the artist; one for each day of the festival.


20. Artist agrees to permit MCMA to use their name, website, social media, and artwork images for any promotional purposes for this and/or future festivals.

Questions on the application

User information

  • First name
  • Last name
  • Email

Additional information

  • First Name
  • Last Name
  • House Number and Street Address
  • Unit / Apt
  • City
  • State / District
  • Country
  • Zip / Postal Code
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website
  • Links to your social media
  • Are you over 18 years of age?
  • Do you wish to collaborate with another artist or assistant on the chalk block? (They must complete their own separate application)
  • If yes, what is the name of collaborating artist/assistant?
  • Desired chalk block size
  • Upload photograph 1 (out of 3) of large scale, chalk pieces that you have completed in the last three years
  • Upload photograph 2 (out of 3) of large scale, chalk pieces that you have completed in the last three years
  • Upload photograph 3 (out of 3) of large scale, chalk pieces that you have completed in the last three years
  • Previous relevant experience: Please provide a list 3-5 events, festivals, commissions or other relevant circumstances where you have done chalk art. Provide name of event, location and year.
  • Hotel accommodation- arrival date? (See no.7 in terms above)
  • Hotel accomodation - departure date?
  • I would like to share a room with
  • Hotel Beds
  • Dietary requirements (see item 13 in terms)
  • T-shirt size
Professional Chalk Artist Application
Professional Chalk Artist Application
Chalktoberfest 2023