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Artists Application

Deadline: Jun 02, 2022 11:59 pm (GMT-05:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Date: Oct 15, 2022 9:00 am - Oct 16, 2022 4:00 pm (CDT)
Northport, Alabama
$15 - $550

About the event

Mark your calendars for October 15 and 16, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday and 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday, rain or shine, to be a part of this soulful and fun connection of art, artists, music, and friends! This two-day festival has been a part of the lives of many collectors and undiscovered artists who are now in textbooks, galleries, and museums, such as the High Museum in Atlanta and the Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C. This event takes place in Kentuck Park located 3 blocks from Kentuck Art Center in historic downtown Northport, Alabama. The park is filled with beautiful, tall, southern pines lining the path to over 250 artists from across the United States. They bring their art and unique stories of adventure and challenges that enrich and encourage the soul. Food trucks, craft beer, art demonstrations, a fun-filled kids’ area, music stage, and spoken word stage also bring delight to all of the senses! The Festival is part of the Kentuck Art Center's year-round programming, and we are proud to invite you to our 51st Festival to experience for yourself why so many call this festival “A Heaven of a Place”.
Kentuck Art Center & Festival
Kentuck Art Center & Festival
Kentuck Art Center & Festival
Kentuck Art Center & Festival

About the application

GENERAL INFORMATIONKentuck Festival of the Arts 2022 - 51st AnnualShow Dates: 10/15/2022 – 10/16/2022At Kentuck Park in Northport: 3401 5th Street, Northport, AL 35476$35 Jurying Artist Early Bird Discount Deadline: 5/15/22 11:59 PM CDT$50 Final Application Deadline: 6/1/22 11:59 PM CDTThe Kentuck Festival of the Arts and the Kentuck Art Center:The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is a juried show in its 51st year that attracts 10,000-15,000 visitors from across the United States. Festival attendees pay $10 per day, and children 12 and under are free. Along with more than 250 exhibiting artists, the Festival features educational demonstrations, interactive arts areas, children's arts activities, music, storytelling, craft beer, and food trucks. In 2018, the Festival was named 5th in the nation (based on artists' self-reported sales) in the category of Classic and Contemporary Craft Shows by Sunshine Artists Magazine, recognized by Alabama Department of Tourism as one of the top-ten events to attend in Alabama in 2018, and by Alabama Magazine as one of the “Best of Bama 2018.” The Festival was featured on the National Endowment of the Arts website as one of the top arts programs in the state. Kentuck has also been featured in Smithsonian Magazine, Southern Living, American Style Magazine, and National Geographic Traveler.Festival proceeds help support the funding of next year’s Kentuck Festival of the Arts and the year-round programming of Kentuck Art Center in Northport's historic downtown district, where resident artists' studios, exhibition spaces, a community clay studio, a community arts classroom, and gallery shop are situated around a courtyard and sculpture garden. The Kentuck Art Center presents regular exhibitions on campus in their two galleries and at Hotel Indigo in Tuscaloosa, showcasing southern folk artists and traditional and contemporary American craft by both established and emerging artists. More than 140 Festival and regional artists are represented in Kentuck’s Gallery Shop.Festival Location:Kentuck Park 3401 5th StreetNorthport, AL 35476Kentuck Park in Northport, Alabama is a wooded park with paved and natural paths. Kentuck Park is an open-air venue, and the Kentuck Festival of the Arts takes place, rain or shine, on October 15 and 16, 2022. Northport, located in west central Alabama, is a five-minute drive from downtown Tuscaloosa, approximately 50 miles southwest of Birmingham, and around 200 miles west of Atlanta.Festival Dates and Times:Saturday, October 15 & Sunday, October 16, 2022Open to the public 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday. Early-bird shopping is open to benefactor-level Kentuck VIPs at 8 a.m. on Saturday. For information on how to become a Kentuck VIP, please see our website at If you would like to become a Festival VIP, or if you know a collector, gallery owner, museum, educational colleague, or friend you want us to invite to attend the Festival as a Kentuck VIP, please email their name and contact information to with "VIP Prospect" in the subject line.Artist Check-In and Set-Up:Friday, October 14, 11 a.m. until 5 p.m.*; Saturday, October 15, 5 a.m. until 7 a.m.(*In case of inclement weather, set-up time will be re-evaluated every half hour, commencing no later than 2 p.m. on Friday.) Important Dates for 2022:• March 1 – Application available at Applications will only be accepted through EVENTENY.• May 15 – Early Bird Deadline for discounted fee ends at 11:59 PM CDT.• June 1 – Final deadline for all applications is 11:59 PM CDT. • July 1 – Notifications of acceptance emailed.• August 1 – Deadline for booth and/or tent payments. No refund will be given to artists who cancel on or after this date.• August 1 – Deadline for registration and payment of City of Northport business licenses.• October 1-11– Tuscaloosa County/State of Alabama business licenses available to purchase.• October 14 – Artist Check-in 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.• October 14 - 16 – Kentuck Gallery Shop is open• October 14 – Kentuck VIP Party• October 15 – Artist Check-in 5 a.m. – 7 a.m.• October 15 & 16 – 51st Annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts• October 15 – Artists’ Party and Awards Ceremony• October 16 – Pay sales taxes and receive reimbursement for Kentuck Bucks and credit card sales processed through Kentuck on Festival grounds 3:00-5:00 PM

Terms & Conditions

Artist Selection:The Kentuck Festival of the Arts is a juried festival nationally recognized for its quality, diversity, and celebration of artistic style ranging from folk to contemporary arts and traditional crafts. Artists who apply are numerically scored by a jury panel of arts professionals on the basis of Kentuck's standards of quality, originality, and creativity. Kentuck's jurors change yearly to maintain the anonymity of the jury process and to ensure a balanced breadth of artwork to keep our patrons coming back every year. A limited number of artists per category are accepted to provide a diverse and balanced show. A score-based waiting list is maintained in each medium, and cancellations are filled with the highest scoring artists in that medium. Artists will find out their jury status on July 1, 2022 by 5:00pm. Jurors have the option to leave comments on applications, and we can share them upon request.The Kentuck Staff has no influence on jury scoring or artist selection. Regardless of how many times you have exhibited in the past, all artists* must apply and jury into the ~250 available spots at the Kentuck Festival of the Arts.*Exceptions to the Jury Process and Fee:1. Guest Artists - Notable folk, traditional, and contemporary craft artists who would otherwise not exhibit at a festival without receiving an invitation. These artists are not eligible to receive a Kentuck Festival award because they didn't go through the jury process and were curated by Kentuck. Artists may opt to pay the jury fee and go through the jury process. If they jury in, will be eligible for judging in the Kentuck Festival award program.2. Demonstrating Artists - Artists demonstrating their work at the Festival, in their booth space. If you are interested in participating as a Kentuck Demonstrating Artist, please indicate this in the questions below. These artists are not eligible to receive a Kentuck Festival award because they didn't go through the jury process. Artists may opt to pay the jury fee and go through the jury process. If they jury in, will be eligible for judging in the Kentuck Festival award program.3. Kentuck Artists in the Schools - Artists who spend Friday morning before the Festival in an area school providing workshops, demonstrations, or presentations to students. In return, artists receive a $100 stipend for supplies, lunch on Friday, and may check-in early. This program is transitioning to juried artists only.4. Back by Special Invitation Awards - Members of the Kentuck Board of Directors who have purchased a VIP Benefactor ticket have the privilege of inviting an artist of their choice to attend the next Festival without going through the jury process. 5. Award Winning Artists from 2021 Festival (listed below). These artists will not be eligible to receive a Kentuck Festival award because they didn't go through the jury process. Artists may opt to pay the jury fee and go through the jury process. If they jury in, will be eligible for judging in the Kentuck Festival award program.2021 Festival Award Winners:$7000 total was awarded by last year’s judges Miah Michaelson from Indianapolis, Indiana and Craig Nutt from Nashville, Tennessee. These winners are automatically invited to the 2022 Festival. Again, congratulations! BEST IN SHOW:Robert Taylor, Metal AWARD OF DISTINCTION:Luis E. Gutierrez, ClayJackie Haliburton, Two-Dimensional MERIT AWARD:Cym Doggett, MetalDon McWhorter, ClayNicario Jiminez, Mixed MediaCraig McMillin, ClayAthlone Clarke, Mixed MediaCarole Jayne, MetalRocky Pardo, JewelryLukuise Swanigan, FiberSteve Nowatzki, PrintmakingChris Carr, PhotographyBen Caldwell, MetalMarge Luttrell, Mixed MediaCategories:Artists wishing to enter in more than one medium must submit separate applications, fees, and images in 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.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. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing, or other forms of mass production are accepted. Machine stitching is permissible. 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.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. Reproduction prints are not allowed.Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.Artist amenities include:• $7000 in awards: Best of Show ($1,500), 2 Awards of Distinction ($1,000 each), and 12 Merit Awards ($300 each). Award winners are automatically invited to the 2023 Festival.• A new jury panel every year. Jurors are selected from arts educators, museum curators, art business executives, collectors, and artists not applying to the Festival. The jury panel is anonymous.• Qualified buyers. Admission per day is $10, with children 12 and under free with a ticketed adult.• Booth sitters. Text the number in your artist packet to request a booth sitter.• Bottled water available at check-in. • An artists' hospitality tent at the Festival. Fresh doughnuts and hot coffee are available at 7:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday morning. Drinks and snacks are served throughout the Festival. Hours for Artist Hospitality are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday. • Drive up unload/load.• Overnight and security during the Festival is provided by City of Northport Police Department.• Flat booth rate (no commission).• ATM on site. Credit card processing is also available for a 6% processing fee at the Information Building. (Taxes are NOT charged by Kentuck while processing credit cards. Any artist processing a credit card at the Information Building will need to include taxes in the price given to your customer to be processed, and the artist is responsible for paying taxes to the City of Northport and Tuscaloosa County.)• VIP program featuring pre-paid Kentuck Bucks that can only be used to purchase art from artists at the Festival.• An artists' party with dinner and live music Saturday night at Kentuck Art Center located just down the street from the Festival park. Judges are introduced, and awards are announced.Becoming a Member at Kentuck Art Center:Membership supports funding for the Festival and the year-round arts programming of the Kentuck Art Center including art education, free exhibitions, workshops, a community clay studio, artist studios, a gallery shop, and free monthly art nights. We encourage Festival artists to consider becoming members of Kentuck, but membership is not a requirement for inclusion in the Festival, nor do members receive any discount on Festival fees. You can learn more about Kentuck’s year-round operations and sign up online for memberships at spends more than $60,000 annually on publicity and advertising (print, radio, TV, social media, and digital) for the Festival.Accommodations:THIS IS NOT A HOME GAME WEEKEND FOR THE University of Alabama football team! There are numerous hotels/motels in the area; however, they fill up quickly. We strongly recommend that you book a room if you are accepted. Hotel recommendations: you can't find or can't afford a hotel, Kentuck will attempt to find host families in the area. To apply to the Kentuck Festival Host Program, please apply here > Kentuck Festival Family:If you are one of our new artists this year, we welcome you with open arms and wish you great success. But don’t just come to sell your work -- seek out our returning Festival artists and learn from their experience and passion for quality art and craft. Their wisdom, experience, creativity, and craftsmanship are invaluable.Rules and Regulations:Festival Hours:8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 15*9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 16*Participants in the Festival VIP Program at the Benefactor level ($595) have early bird shopping privileges from 8 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Saturday. The park opens to the public at 9 a.m.All artists are required to open their booth and be on site at 8 a.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. Sunday. All artists are required to keep their booths open until 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Artists must be on-site for the duration of the show. Artist Assistants and booth sitters are only allowed as support staff. If you open late, close early, or leave early, you will be banned from participation in future Festivals. If weather causes the Festival to close early, staff will inform all artists that they may leave early.Business License Required:A Northport Transient Business License ($20) and a combined license from Tuscaloosa County and the State of Alabama ($35) are required. Information will be sent to participating artists at a later date.Sales Tax:10% sales tax on all sales at the Festival are due before you leave the Festival. Tax forms and envelopes for city, county, and state taxes will be in the packet you receive at check-in. The tax folks will be onsite from 3:00-5:00 PM. Sunday, October 16 behind the Artist Hospitality Tent to collect taxes. They do not give change or accept credit cards so tax payments must be made in exact change or by three separate checks. Artists who are delinquent in sales taxes will not be allowed to exhibit at the Festival.Restrictions on Work That You May Display:Up to 10% of your work may differ from what you sent for jurying. The remainder must be representative of what you sent in for jurying. All works must have the year they were created. Commercially manufactured items, or items made from commercial molds or parts may not be exhibited. All items exhibited and/or offered for sale must be original work, designed and executed by the exhibiting artist(s). Representatives of Kentuck review displays throughout the Festival; we reserve the right to require removal of any work that differs from the images submitted, as well as any inappropriate work or display. Failure to remove such work or abide by other rules set forth may result in applicant’s removal from the Festival and/or applicant being prohibited from future application.Reproductions of your original work may ONLY be displayed in a portfolio, with clear distinctions between originals and reproductions. Postcards and notecards bearing photo-offset reproductions of your work may be displayed and sold, but not as primary items of display. T-shirts may not be displayed or sold, except with prior approval by the Executive Director. Your booth must be filled with your original work.If you have any questions about whether a work may be displayed, please check with the Kentuck staff for clarification. In the case of ambiguity, the decision of the Executive Director is final.• Kentuck assumes no responsibility for damage or loss while at the Festival. Artists must be prepared to adequately secure their work and personal property.Booth Sitters: Volunteers are available to watch your booth so you can take a break. You can request a booth sitter by texting the number provided in your artist packet. Booth sitting is provided by the students of Booker T. Washington Magnet School in Montgomery, AL. Art Vehicles:Space in the Festival grounds is extremely limited, but we love art cars! Please contact the Kentuck Executive Director at 205-758-1257 by August 1 if you wish to have a vehicle considered for parking in the booths area. All vehicles not authorized to stay by the director are required to be out of the park by 7:00 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday for the safety of all. NoNos of the Festival:To keep the aural environment uncluttered, personal/individual radios or stereos may not be played on Festival grounds.No smoking is allowed in the park by order of the City of Northport and the Parks and Recreation Authority.No alcohol is permitted, other than the craft beer sold at the Festival.No firearms or weapons are allowed in the park.No pets of any kind are allowed in the park during the days of the Festival. If you need information on local kennels, please let us know prior to Festival weekend. Service dogs require a separate check-in process.BE NICE OR LEAVE: No profanity or unkind behavior is allowed. Respect everybody, celebrate and see everybody, and help us live up to our founder Georgine Clarke’s intentions that Kentuck is a Heaven of a Place.Booth Sharing/Collaborative Work:Artists working together may apply as one if they collaborate on every piece of work. 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. All co-artists must describe the collaboration.Application Requirements:1. Fill out the online application completely.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 Kentuck Museum Association including but not limited to brochure, print, billboards, television advertisements, and internet display. Kentuck will keep all images of accepted work for publicity and Festival archival files.2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.$35 for "early bird" applications submitted before 11:59 PM CDT May 15.$50 for applications submitted from May 16 to June 1.Entry Deadline & Acceptance Notification:Entries must be received by 11:59 PM on the night of June 1, 2022. Artists will be notified of their jury status July 1, 2022.Cancellations:Cancellations must be made in writing and received prior to August 1. Email to with the subject line ATTN: FESTIVAL CANCELLATION. No phone calls, please. On and after August 1, 2022, booth fees will not be refunded.We look forward to having many of our long-time artists and many "undiscovered" artists exhibiting in 2022!BOOTH INFORMATION:Booth Fees:$275 for a single booth 10’ x 12'$335 for a corner booth$460 for a double deep booth 10' x 24'. $550 for a double wide booth 20' x 12'. Double wide booths are not available on the main path.$50 additional fee for a single booth space or double deep space along the main, paved path. IMPORTANT NOTE: You will be informed of your booth space, the type of space, and the booth fee due a couple of days after you receive your acceptance e-mail. At that time, you may pay for your booth:• By sending a check payable to Kentuck to: Kentuck Art Center, 503 Main Avenue, Northport, AL 35476. If sending by mail, payments must be postmarked by the deadline date. Please call and reserve a double wide, corner or double deep booth BEFORE paying. If none are available and you send in your payment without reserving one first, you will not be refunded the difference.• By calling Kentuck at 1-205-758-1257 during regular business hours with your payment information.• Through EVENTENY.Please do not pay for your booth before receiving your assignment. If you pay for a booth type that is not the type of booth you were assigned, you may not be refunded the difference. When paying online, you will be charged a convenience fee automatically added by the processing agent. All requests may not be honored but we do our best to place artists in their requested space. Requests for particular booth spaces are processed by time of application, first-come first-served.Booth fees must be paid by August 1, 2022.Equipment available to rent through Kentuck. Note that equipment must be paid for when paying for your booth.• 10' x 10' canopy (set up in your space): $200• 4 sides for 10’ x 10’ tent (delivered to your space): $100• 8' table (pick up at Information Booth during set-up): $35• Folding chair (pick up at Information Booth during set-up): $15Booth Particulars:• Limited storage space behind booth.• Limited number of double & corner booths available; booth assignments and requests are based on time of application.• Drive-up unloading, off-site parking in adjacent lot. All vehicles must be off the grounds by 7:00 a.m. Saturday and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, unless you have special permission from the Executive Director.• Number of Booths: 250+• Exhibitors must provide their own booth structures, which should be flexible to accommodate trees and irregularities in the park's terrain and must be properly anchored. We recommend 40 pounds of weight per leg. If the ground is wet, a stake will not hold. If the ground is dry, it's too hard for stakes. Please make sure your tent or display is secure. Safety first!


Standard Booth (10' x 12') $275 This is the standard single booth price. Standard booths are not on the paved path and have one side exposed to a walkway. If you would like additional equipment or electricity, you must select it and pay for it.
Premium Single Booth (10 X 12) $325 A premium single booth is 10 x 12 on the paved walkway, generally a higher trafficked area. We do not allow for double-wide booths on the path. If you would like a double deep booth on the path, please select "premium double deep booth." Please do not pay for a premium booth unless you have been assigned a premium booth. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. If you would like additional equipment or ELECTRICITY, you must select those options and pay for them.
Standard Corner Booth (10 X 12) $335 This is a 10 X 12 standard corner booth. A standard corner booth is any booth with two or more sides exposed to the public that is NOT on the paved path. Please do not pay for a corner booth unless you have been assigned a corner booth. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. If you would like additional equipment or ELECTRICITY, you must select it and pay for it.
Premium Corner Booth (10 x 12) $385 Non-refundable A premium corner booth is 10 x 12 on the paved walkway, generally a higher trafficked area. A corner booth has at least 2 sides exposed to the public. Please do not pay for a premium corner booth unless you have been assigned a premium corner booth. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. If you would like additional equipment or ELECTRICITY, you must select those options and pay for them.
Standard Double Deep booth (20 x 10) $460 Non-refundable A standard double deep booth is 20 x 10 and NOT on the paved walkway. If you would like a double deep booth on the path, please select "premium double deep booth." Please do not pay for a double deep booth unless you have been assigned a double deep booth. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. If you would like additional equipment or ELECTRICITY, you must select those options and pay for them.
Premium Double Deep booth $510 Non-refundable A premium double deep booth is 20 x 10 and on the paved walkway, generally a higher trafficked area. Please do not pay for a premium double deep booth unless you have been assigned a premium double deep booth. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. If you would like additional equipment or ELECTRICITY, you must select those options and pay for them.
Standard Double Wide booth (10 x 20) $550 Non-refundable A standard double-wide booth is 10 x 20 and NOT on the paved walkway. We do not allow double-wide booths on the path. If you would like a double deep booth on the path, please select "premium double deep booth." Please do not pay for a double-wide booth unless you have been assigned a double-wide booth. YOU WILL NOT BE REFUNDED. If you would like additional equipment or ELECTRICITY, you must select those options and pay for them.
Electricity $55 If you want electricity in your booth, please pay for it here. Before paying for electricity, please email with "Festival Booth Electricity" in the subject line, or call 205-758-1257 to insure that it's available for your assigned booth.
10 x 10 Tent $200 Non-refundable Through its vendor, Kentuck can provide you with a tent to rent, which will be set up in your spot when you get there. Very convenient if you hate putting up your own tent!
Tent w/ 4 sides $300 Non-refundable Through its vendor, Kentuck can provide you with a tent to rent, which will be set up in your spot when you get there. Very convenient if you hate putting up your own tent! This selection comes with 4 sides for privacy overnight.
Table $35 Non-refundable
Chair $15

Questions on the application

Business information

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

Additional information

  • I have read and understand the rules, terms and conditions, and image submission instructions.
  • Are you interested in becoming a demonstrating artist at the festival?
  • Are you interested in becoming an artist in the schools?
  • Do you have an art car that you would like to display on festival grounds?
  • Name for complimentary Artist Assistant badge
  • Social Media links
  • What is your artistic medium?
  • Artist Statement
  • Provide a brief description of your materials and techniques.

Picture requirements

  • Minimum pictures required: 4
  • 1. Submit four professional-quality digital images of your work and a description of your work as specified below. Quality of images can affect acceptance. No artist names and/or trade names should be visible on images. Please blur these out, including your signature on works of art or images of yourself in shots. • All images should be 1920 pixels on the longest side 2. Images 1-3 must show the range of the work you will be displaying. 3. For the first three images, click the button that says, “add info” directly under each image to describe materials, date created, process used, and dimensions. These descriptions will be read during the jury process. WITHOUT THIS INFORMATION, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE CONSIDERED INCOMPLETE. 4. Image 4 must represent how your work will be displayed. Applications submitted without a booth display image will be considered incomplete. Remember...The booth shot is the last thing the juror sees before scoring your work. Many artists stage a booth shot, with emphasis on showing off their work more than an actual booth shot taken at a festival might. 5. Please submit technical questions on submitting and preparing digital images to Examples of good artwork photography can be seen at, or you can view past artist submissions at
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