Artist Application

Deadline: Feb 01, 2023 11:59 pm (GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)
Date: Mar 31, 2023 5:00 pm - Apr 01, 2023 5:00 pm
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

About the event

Druid City Arts Festival
City of Tuscaloosa
City of Tuscaloosa

About the application

The Druid City Arts Festival’s (DCAF) 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. 
DCAF strives to showcase work of exceptional quality and creativity by artists in a variety of areas, which include: contemporary art and sculpture, contemporary craft, traditional/heritage craft, and folk/self-taught artists. 
This year we will be celebrating the 14th annual DCAF on Friday, March 31 from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 1, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. All artists are required to stay at their booth for the entirety of the two days. We look forward to having our long-time artists and "undiscovered" artists exhibiting at DCAF on March 31 & April 1, 2023.
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

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.
**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 and Saturday.
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. 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 ten feet wide by twenty feet deep.
Interior Double Booth - 10 x 20 $250 An Interior Double Booth is ten feet wide by twenty feet deep.
Tuscaloosa County Business License $32 All vendors need to have a 2023 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 2022, would you like to keep your same booth location from last year?
  • What other arts festivals have you participated in?
  • 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: 0
  • Please, provide high quality photos of your artwork. Please, include at least one booth photo if possible. These photos will be shared with the committee and are the only basis for selection into the festival. Put your best foot forward.

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