Laumeier Sculpture Park 2016 Annual Art Fair Call for Artists


More than 15,000 patrons attend this annual three-day event on Mother’s Day weekend, featuring local food vendors, a wine garden, live music and 150 juried artists from across the country exhibiting work in ten media categories: ceramics, fiber/textiles, glass, jewelry, mixed media 2D, painting, photography/digital, printmaking/drawing, sculpture and wood. Founded in 1976, Laumeier Sculpture Park is one of the first and largest dedicated sculpture parks in the country, making it an institution of international significance as well as a unique complement to the cultural landscape of the St. Louis region. Laumeier is a nonprofit, accredited art museum that operates in partnership with St. Louis County Parks. Laumeier presents 60 works of large-scale outdoor sculpture in a 105-acre park available free to the public year-round.

All artists ages 18 and up who exhibit work of original concept, design and execution are eligible to apply. Artists may apply in more than one category; however, a separate application and jury fee must be submitted for each category. Artists may not apply more than once in the same category. Total event participation is limited to 150 artists.

5 (booth shot required)

Early Bird Application Period / October 5–November 15, 2015 / $35
Regular Application Period / November 16–December 15, 2015 / $45
Late Application Period / December 16, 2015–January 1, 2016 / $60

Laumeier Sculpture Park uses ZAPP for its Annual Art Fair digital application process.

Judges award a total of $5,000 in cash and prizes to those artists achieving excellence, regardless of media categories.

Average $6,500 in sales (based on participating artist surveys, 2012–15)
Artists receive all sales proceeds
Artist Relations/Hospitality Tent (cell number to contact for information)
Coffee and continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday at 8:00 a.m.
Booth sitters during show hours
Discounted rates at nearby hotels
24-hour on-site security
Early set-up (Thursday at 12:00 p.m.)
Event widely advertised in the greater St. Louis area
Listing in event program, distributed to 15,000 attendees
Listing on Laumeier Sculpture Park’s website
Potential on-site media opportunities
Indoor public restrooms available
Electricity included
Patron art pick-up services

Ceramics, Fiber/Textiles, Glass, Jewelry, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography/Digital, Printmaking/Drawing, Sculpture, Wood

Artists are juried by a panel of respected fine art and craft professionals, selected by Laumeier Sculpture Park from local and regional museums, universities and galleries. All applicants are juried anonymously. Each applicant's images are viewed individually in order from 1 to 5, viewing the booth image last. After viewing the individual images, jurors view all five images on their monitor while scoring the applications from 1 (low) to 10 (high). All scores are combined and averaged, and the top 33% of applications move onto the second round. The second-round scores are tabulated to select the top applicants in each category for invitation to participate. Consideration to balance of media categories is given to select the number of artists in each category.

Scoring is based on originality, creativity, design, technique, craftsmanship and presentation. ZAPP uses sRGB color space. All monitors will be correctly set to ensure color, contrast and value of images for jury. The process and dimensions will be displayed on the jurors' monitor when selected. The description of materials and techniques will be displayed on the jurors' monitor when scoring. A waitlist of alternates in each category will be created from the scores immediately following the invited applicants. Waitlisted artists will be contacted in order beginning Monday, March 7, through Friday, May 6. Decisions of the jury panel are final. No jury comments are available for feedback.

Laumeier Sculpture Park reserves the right to enforce these restrictions at the time of the Art Fair and will require removal of any work in violation of the policy. If this is deemed necessary, the booth fee will NOT be returned.

All work must be handmade originals in all media. Work done by a production studio is NOT acceptable. No work will be exhibited which has been made with the use of commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans, stencils or prefabricated forms.
Only original prints are permitted; all original prints must be properly signed and numbered. Photographers must print their own photographs, or be involved in and supervise the printing process. Photographs printed on stretched canvas must be individually labeled "photograph on canvas."
All flat, hanging work must be suitably framed (if applicable). Portfolios are permitted for matted work.
All accepted artists must be present with and exhibit their work during ALL hours of the Art Fair. Identification will be checked.
The jury panel reserves the right to refuse exhibition of work that is not consistent with the submitted images and rules listed above. Failure to comply will result in immediate removal from the Art Fair with NO refund.
Exhibitors may NOT bring pets or sound equipment to the Art Fair.

Artists may choose between an open booth for $350 and a tented booth for $500. All exhibit spaces measure 10 x 10 feet. Due to space limitations, double booths are not available. Artists must provide all display materials, backdrops, scaffolding, tables and chairs. Open and tented corner booths are available for an additional $100 fee on a first-come, first-served basis. Corner booths imply two open walls (not necessarily on the corner of the fair set-up).

Artists must provide their own white tent/canopy. All booth spaces are located on the grass; completely flat ground not guaranteed.

There are a limited number of tented booths available on a first-booth-payment basis. Tented booths are located under large (80 x 100 feet) white tents, with ample room for a standard 10 x 10 feet canopy underneath. Three (3) feet of shared storage space is available behind each booth. No side walls are provided. All booth spaces are located on the grass; completely flat ground not guaranteed.

An electrical hook-up is provided for all open and tented booths, with 300 watts being the maximum power available (the equivalent of three 100-watt bulbs). Artists must provide their own lights and extension cords (up to 50 feet recommended). Electricity for booths will be available beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016.

Artist parking will be available beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 6, 2016. Artist parking is located adjacent to the Park entrance, within walking distance, at Mercy Office Complex at the corner of Geyer and Rott Roads. Artists should park at the back of the lot, in the designated Artist Parking area, with their artist parking pass in the vehicle window at all times. No shuttle provided. On-site ADA-accessible parking will be available for those with the appropriate passes. Please contact Laumeier Sculpture Park if any additional accommodations are needed.

All proceeds from Art Fair sales go to the artist. All artists are responsible for collecting and filing Missouri sales tax. Tax information will be provided to all artists in their arrival packets. The City of Sunset Hills requires a business license for participation. (The 2015 license fee was $25.)

Artists should not ship their work to Laumeier Sculpture Park in advance of their arrival. Laumeier does not have the capacity to store work safely. Artists must bring their work with them or ship it to their hotel.

Artists grant Laumeier Sculpture Park and its representatives permission to take and use photos and videos of all artist logos, signage, booths, employees and patrons for use in news releases and promotional materials, including (but not limited to) printed and electronic publications, websites or other electronic communications including names and identities in descriptive text or commentary in connection with the images. Artists authorize the use of these images without compensation to the artist and acknowledge that all negatives, prints and digital reproductions shall be the property of Laumeier Sculpture Park.

Laumeier Sculpture Park assumes no liability for loss or damage to any property of the artists due to fire, tornado, weather conditions, vandalism, theft or other causes. Laumeier shall not be responsible for any breach of the law by artists or their employees or contractors. Artists agree not to bring any suit for damages against Laumeier Sculpture Park for any personal injuries or property damages which may occur to the artists or their employees or contractors.

Lauren Kistner
Marketing & Communications Manager
Laumeier Sculpture Park
12580 Rott Road / Saint Louis, Missouri 63127
314.615.5277 direct / 314.482.0005 mobile

Laumeier Sculpture Park is a living laboratory where artists and audiences explore the relationship between contemporary art and the natural environment.

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