Artist Application

Gainesville, Florida, the cultural heart of north central Florida, invites you to participate in Florida’s premier fall festival of the arts. The 38th Annual Downtown Festival & Art Show, recognized as one of the top fine art shows in the nation, features 240 of the nation’s finest artists and their original oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolors, unique sculptures, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics and vivid photography.

Over 80,000 visitors will have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art work amid the charming, tree-lined streets of historic Downtown Gainesville on Saturday, November 16 and Sunday, November 17, 2019. Artists will compete for $20,000 in cash prizes. Applications for the Downtown Festival & Art Show are available at  For a paper application, please print from the link below or call (352) 393-8536 to request the application via mail. The application deadline is May 10, 2019.


We are working with Zapplication (or ZAPP) to streamline our application and jury process for you!

Simple Steps to Apply at

  • Create your free online artist profile
  • Prepare and upload your images (see Image Preparation)
  • After preparing and uploading your images, you will be ready to apply. To view a complete list of events with open applications, click the “Apply to Shows” button on the right-hand side of the page after you have logged on to the ZAPP® system. Events can be sorted by event name, start date, application deadline, and region.
  • Complete the online application and submit before the deadline of midnight (Eastern time) on May 10, 2019

Festival Rules

Festival Rules


All applications must be postmarked by May 10, 2019. Late and/or incomplete application packages will not be accepted. Notification of acceptance will be mailed no later than June 19, 2019. No status information will be given prior to that date. Artists may withdraw from the Downtown Festival & Art Show and receive a refund of booth fees (less $20), upon written request received before September 6, 2019. No refund will be issued after that date.
Artists MUST be present for the duration of the show: 10 am to 5 pm, on Saturday, November 16th and Sunday, November 17, 2019. Work must be exhibited both days — no exceptions.
All exhibits must be original work done by the exhibiting artists and offered for sale. Application for works of a collaborative nature must include all artists’ names.
One booth per artist; a limited number of double booths may be approved upon availability.
No dealers, agents, stand-ins or proxies allowed.
Only work representative of the artists’ slides will be permitted. If exhibited works differ significantly from the images submitted, the artist may be asked to leave and will forfeit fees.
Buy/sell or imports will not be tolerated.
The Festival Committee reserves the right to prohibit display of work deemed unacceptable.
Country crafts are non-competitive only.
The following are not eligible for exhibit: works which are mass-produced or manufactured; made from commercial molds, kits or patterns; commercial displays; taxidermy; knitting; velvet painting; manufactured or kit jewelry; candles; ceramics cast from commercial molds and art supplies.
Fees not paid by the deadline will result in forfeiture of booth to an artist on the wait list. Artists will be notified by mail of their assigned booth number and location, along with exhibitor information about check-in, set-up and parking, no later than August 20th, 2019. Booth requests are fulfilled on a first paid, first served basis.
Check-in and set-up is Saturday morning only beginning at 4:30 am— no set-up is allowed on Friday night. Each exhibiting artist must check-in and provide picture I.D. before set-up. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of booth. No changes in booth assignment will be allowed without the approval of Sunny Andrei, Festival Coordinator.
All work and artist belongings, including chairs, must be contained within the assigned booth space. Exhibitors are responsible for keeping their area clean during and after the show. Belongings cannot be stored along the walls or patios of local businesses.
Artists are required to display official card bearing their name, space number and city residence for the duration of the Festival.
Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida sales tax on all sales made during the Festival.
Parking and traffic are not permitted in show area after 9 am on Saturday. The streets will remain closed on Saturday night and security will be on site. Although artists, at their discretion, will be allowed to leave exhibitor displays on the street overnight on Saturday, the City of Gainesville is not liable for any loss. The streets will reopen to the public at 8:30 pm on Sunday evening, and all booths must be dismantled and removed by this time.
Bicycles, roller skates, rollerblades and skateboards are prohibited from the festival.
Dogs on leashes are permitted.
All rules will be strictly enforced. Failure to follow these rules will result in ineligibility for this and future shows and any prize award.
Show committee reserves the right to make final interpretation of the rules.