Festivals Artsfest ’17 Fine Arts Festival
U.S. National Deadline: March 31, 2017 – Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center, in Association with the Smithsonian Institution, announces a call for artists for its annual ‘Artsfest’ juried arts festival. Open to all media; indoor & outdoor booths; cash awards.
The event will take place September 16 & 17, 2017, at Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center in Solomons, Maryland – about an hour from the Baltimore-Washington metro area.
Recognized as one of the top outdoor arts festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region, Artsfest brings together 170 of the country’s most accomplished artists for a weekend of terrific shopping, great music, and delicious food and drinks. Artsfest also features more than 25 bands and entertainment acts performing on two stages, as well as family activities and programs under the Discovery Tent and in the Zany Zone.
Annmarie Garden is a lovely thirty acre park that consists of several distinct areas: the award-winning Murray Arts Building, the paved circular parking area known as the Tent Circle, the serene and shady Wooded Path, the grassy Meadow, the Loblolly Grove, and the Council Ring. During Artsfest, music and activities are located around the entire garden, with artists booths concentrated in the Arts Building, Tent Circle, and along the Wooded Path. Visitors regularly comment on how much they enjoy our festival under the glorious canopy of trees and amidst the sculpture. You will find no prettier venue for an arts festival!
The following award (which includes a cash prize) will be presented at Artsfest ’17; award amounts are contingent upon sponsorship:
- Best of Show Award – visual artist
- Artsfest Spirit Award – visual artist
- Best Demonstration Award – visual artist
- Best New Artsfest Artist Award – visual artist
- Best Performing Artist Award – performer
Application Fee: $25 application fee, non-refundable. Space fees start at $25.
An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, Annmarie is a located in scenic Solomons, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay. The sculpture garden features a walking path that meanders through the forest, past permanent and loaned sculpture, including more than forty works on loan from the Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art. The garden also presents a variety of special events, gallery shows, and engaging public art programs throughout the year. The Studio School offers creative classes taught by a talented faculty. The award-winning Murray Arts Building, is a 15,000 sq.ft. museum-grade exhibition space that includes two large galleries, a gift shop, the artLAB, and a sunny patio that offers lovely views of the outdoor sculpture.
Annmarie Sculpture Garden & Arts Center
In Association with the Smithsonian Institution
P.O. Box 99, 13480 Dowell Road
Dowell (Solomons), MD 20629
Gallery hours: T-F 2-7pm, Sat.12-5pm.