DCAF Artist Application 2024

Deadline: Jan 10, 2024 11:59 pm (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Date: Apr 05, 2024 5:00 pm - Apr 06, 2024 5:00 pm (CST)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

About the event

Druid City Arts Festival
City of Tuscaloosa
City of Tuscaloosa
City of Tuscaloosa
City of Tuscaloosa

About the application

This year we will be celebrating the 15th annual Druid City Arts Festival (DCAF) on Friday, April 5th from 5pm-9pm and Saturday, April 6th from 10am-5pm.
DCAF's goal is to provide a quality arts and music festival, while also educating, engaging, and inspiring both youth and adults about the arts and humanities within the Tuscaloosa community. 
Artists may apply in up to 3 categories. You must submit a separate application for each category. If you sell jewelry, you may apply in a category other than Jewelry if jewelry is less than 10% of your items for sale. Otherwise, you must apply in Jewelry. All work displayed in the booth must be for sale.
  • Clay: Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.
  • Fiber: Includes wearable and non-wearable.
  • Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding, or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.
  • Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. Items made from commercial parts may not be exhibited.
  • Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.
  • Mixed Media: Work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.
  • Musical Instruments: Handmade instruments.
  • Natural Materials: This includes basket weaving, chair caning, brooms, gourds, and other works made from materials found in nature.
  • Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand-colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable.
  • Printmaking: Only hand-pulled original prints are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed, and numbered.
  • Sculpture: Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.
  • Two-Dimensional: Drawing, painting, and digital works. 
  • Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
Government Plaza in Downtown Tuscaloosa is located directly behind City Hall between 6th and 7th Street and is connected to the City of Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility (parking deck).
Address: 2106 6th Street, Tuscaloosa, AL 35401

Terms & Conditions

There is a $25 non-refundable application fee which is charged upon application.
Perimeter Booth  (10 x 10) -  $120          
Interior Booth (10 x 10) - $150
Park Center Booth (10 x 10) - $150 
Perimeter Double Booth (10x20)  -  $220   
Interior Double Booth (10 x 20) - $250
*Be sure to look closely at the map legend (in attachments) for the types of booth spaces before you make your selection. 
Please note that half of the event on Friday night will be after sunset, plan to bring battery or solar powered lights for your tent. Electricity is limited and not guaranteed.
It is absolutely imperative that the work you display be your own handmade work. We do not allow buy-resell, kits, or mass-produced products of any kind in our art shows. Resale is prohibited. All artwork must be original and sold by the artist directly.
 Exhibitors are selected on the basis of DCAF's standards of quality, originality, and creativity as interpreted by a committee. We do not release committee results or scores. Your personal information will not be shown to the committee, your submission will be judged solely based upon the images you upload. Please be sure to put your best foot forward, even if you have participated in the past, and upload at least one image of your booth set up and at least four images of your art work. 
**This is not a juried show, artists are selected by a committee.
You must attend and occupy your booth for the entire days and times of the festival. This includes Friday 5-9pm and Saturday 10am-5pm.
By submitting this application, you consent to and authorize the use of any and/or all images of works in promotional literature and other promotional endeavors by the City of Tuscaloosa; including but not limited to a brochure, print and television advertisements, and internet display. The City of Tuscaloosa will keep all images of accepted work for publicity and festival archival files
As a vendor, you are required to have a Tuscaloosa County Business License. If you do not have a Tuscaloosa County Business License, you will be prompted to purchase one after selection, when you pay for your booth fees. The license will be provided upon arrival at the festival. 
Artists wishing to enter in more than one medium must submit separate applications, fees, and images for each category. If only one application is accepted, only work in that medium may be exhibited. Artists may enter in no more than three categories. Depending on entries received, we hope to accept 90 artists.
Artists working together may apply as one if they have collaborated on every piece of work the artists plan to sell and showcase in their exhibit. In this case, only one booth fee will be charged. Other artists must pay the full fee even if they choose to share a booth with another artist.
Druid City Arts Festival is a “rain or shine” event. Alabama weather in the Spring can be unpredictable at times, exhibitors should be prepared for inclement weather. Tents must be professional 10x10 foot with white top canopies and secure side curtains. Tents must be weighted down, with a minimum of 40lb on each tent leg. Staking is strictly prohibited. Please ensure that your displays are strong enough to withstand crowds, wind, and possible poor weather conditions.
We will utilize a text alert system to communicate with all artists and the public in the case of inclement weather. You can text ARTSFEST to 888777. Updates will also be posted on the Druid City Arts Festival and City of Tuscaloosa social media pages.
The applicant does hereby and forever discharge the City of Tuscaloosa, all sponsoring organizations and their directors, officers, employees, agents, and volunteers of and from all manner of actions, suits, damages, claims, and demands whatsoever in law or equity from any loss or damage arising out of or in conjunction with application to or participation in the Druid City Arts Festival, which is not responsible for any injury sustained by exhibitors or guests while within the space designated for exhibits. The applicant has read and complies with all rules as outlined in this prospectus and in all future correspondence and understands that failure to follow these regulations may result in expulsion from this year's show or future shows. The City of Tuscaloosa reserves the right to make the final interpretation of all rules as they apply to the Druid City Arts Festival. 


Application Fee $25 Non-refundable There is a $25 non-refundable application fee which is charged upon application.
Perimeter Booth - 10 x 10 $120 A Perimeter Booth space is ten feet wide and ten feet deep.
Interior Booth - 10 x 10 $150 An Interior Booth space is ten feet wide and ten feet deep.
Park Center - 10 x 10 booth $150 A Park Center Booth is ten feet wide and ten feet deep.
Perimeter Double Booth - 10x20 $220 A Perimeter Double Booth space is twenty feet wide by ten feet deep.
Interior Double Booth - 10 x 20 $250 An Interior Double Booth is twenty feet wide by ten feet deep.
Tuscaloosa County Business License $32 Non-refundable All vendors need to have a 2024 Tuscaloosa County Transient Vendor License. By paying this fee and submitting the application, you are allowing the Druid City Arts Festival to purchase this license on your behalf and present it to you at the festival.

Questions on the application

Business information

  • Business name
  • Legal business name
  • Contact name
  • Address
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Website (Optional)
  • Logo (Optional)

Additional information

  • Artist Description.
  • Please describe your work.
  • Please choose your medium category:
  • What are your prices?
  • List your social media handle(s).
  • Have you participated in DCAF before?
  • If you were a DCAF Artist in 2023, would you like to keep your same booth location from last year?
  • What other arts festivals have you participated in?
  • Are you a student artist from the University of Alabama? If so, please provide your CWID.
  • Do you already have a Tuscaloosa County Transient vendor license? If YES, please supply license number:
  • I certify that my work is not "Buy-Sell" or Production work and completely made by me.
  • By signing your name, you agree to our terms and conditions.

Picture requirements

  • Minimum pictures required: 5
  • These photos will be shared with the committee and are the ONLY basis for selection into the festival. Put your best foot forward, even if you have participated in the festival in previous years - your personal information will NOT be shared with the committee for selection. Submit at least one photo of your booth set-up and at least four photos of your art work in the category in which you are applying. Points will be deducted if you do not submit a booth photo.

DCAF Artist Application 2024
DCAF Artist Application 2024
Druid City Arts Festival 2024