Before You Apply

Saturday, April 28 & Sunday, April 29, 2018 (11AM – 6PM)

BASIC INFO

(Scroll to the bottom of this page for participation fees.)–ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS BEGINS BY CLICKING ON THE BLUE BUTTON ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THIS PAGE.

Open to visual and performing artists, Mission Federal ArtWalk is a year-long program that culminates in a two-day exhibition and sale of original fine art. Over 90,000 attend this event annually in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego. Mission Federal ArtWalk is a juried show, and the majority of the work displayed must be original pieces. Note cards, t-shirts, posters, etc. of work are not allowed.  Limited edition fine art prints only. Prints must represent a minority of the work displayed with the majority being original pieces. Literature and information pertaining to the artist’s work is permitted. Artist tents must be staffed by the participating artist at all times during the event hours. Space is limited. Register early as this event typically sells out in January.

Our festivals do not charge jury or application fees, nor do we charge additional fees for corner spaces.  You will not be asked for payment until after you are accepted into the shows.

Please note that there are no upfront jury fees to apply. If you are accepted, you will be asked for payment. ONCE PAYMENT IS RECEIVED, THERE ARE NO REFUNDS — NO EXCEPTIONS.

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Application Deadline: Applications are accepted until spaces are filled, usually around February. 

Featured Artist Deadline: NOVEMBER 1, 2017 NO EXCEPTIONS. Fee and images must be received by November 1, 2017 for consideration as an ArtWalk 2017 Featured Artist. A panel of jurors will select a number of registrants to be ArtWalk Featured Artists. Each Featured Artist will be specially recognized in event PR, on the Mission Federal ArtWalk web site and at the event.

Application & Space Allocation: Spaces for the event will be tented spaces on closed streets throughout Little Italy. Registration and location selection gives priority to artists that have been involved in ArtWalk in the past, based on the number of years of participation. ArtWalk places high value on the loyalty of artists that have been in the show year after year and this process rewards loyal ArtWalk participants.

NOTE:  Construction projects in Little Italy require that the footprint of the event changes from year to year.

Please note that the first 150 registered artists will have the opportunity to select their tent location based on the priority system described below. For artists that are not among the first 150 artists registered, spaces will be assigned by event management rather than selected by the artist. ArtWalk will supply all artist tents for the event, artists may not bring their own tents.

RETURNING ARTISTS

FOR THE FIRST 150 REGISTRATIONS A PRIORITY STATUS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE NUMBER OF YEARS OF EVENT PARTICIPATION. ONCE PRIORITY STATUS HAS BEEN ASSIGNED TO EACH REGISTRATION, THERE WILL BE A RANDOM DRAWING CONDUCTED FOR EACH PRIORITY GROUP TO DETERMINE ARTIST ORDER OF TENT SELECTION. PLEASE NOTE THAT TENT SELECTION PROCESS DOES NOT BEGIN UNTIL WINTER AND ARTISTS ARE CONTACTED IN THE ORDER RESULTING FROM THE DRAWING.

Returning artists will have priority application from Monday, April 18 until Friday, May 6, 2016 to apply for the 2018 event. If you apply within that time frame, your location selection priority will be based on the number of years you have participated in the April ArtWalk event, with those participating 6+ years in group one, 5 years in group two, and so on. After May 5, 2017 applications are available to both new and returning artists and space selection for those registrants after that time will be based solely on the date of your application.

TO BE INCLUDED IN THIS PRIORITY PROCESS YOU MUST HAVE APPLIED BY FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017. You can apply  by clicking on the blue button to the right side of this page.

Returning artists who do not apply BEFORE May 5 will be able to apply any time and will be assigned a priority number for space selection BASED ON ORDER OF REGISTRATION ONLY.

NEW ARTISTS

NEW ARTISTS APPLICATIONS ARE ACCEPTED BEGINNING ON MAY 8 and will be prioritized based on order of registration.

Artist must have a valid California Sellers Permit (state sales tax license) and have it posted in their booth during Festival hours. Artist is responsible for collecting and reporting sales tax.

PACKAGES AND FEES FOR INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS AND ARTIST GROUPS

The Individual Artist Package includes:

1. The opportunity for an artist to show and sell work directly to the public. Each artist will be assigned to a tented booth space provided by Mission Federal ArtWalk. Hanging materials, walls, displays, etc. must be furnished by the artist. Electricity is not available.

Note: Two individual artists may not share one tent.

Tent size options:

10 x 10 — $485

10 x 20 — $910

10 x 30 — $1360

10 x 40 — $1810

10 x 50 — $2260

Additional Fee for Corner Space:  $50 (Note that corner spaces are limited.)

2. Signage: • Artist name and tent number at location

3. An Individual webpage on our event site to include: • Individual artist name • Five full-color images of artist’s work • Artist biography and/or artist statement • ArtWalk tent location • Contact information • Link to your personal e-mail address and website.

4. One complimentary event t-shirt per artist or for groups, one t-shirt per tent.

ARTIST GROUPS

Fee Packages include:

1. The opportunity for a group to show and sell work directly to the public. Group participation is limited to established, permanent artist groups, there will be no exceptions. Each artist will be assigned to a tented booth space provided by the festival based on group size. See below for specifics. Hanging materials, walls, displays, etc. must be furnished by the artist. Electricity is not available.

Tent size options:

Up to 6 artists may select: 10’ x 20’ tent OR 200 square feet — $910

Up to 10 artists may select: 10’ x 30’ tent OR 300 square feet — $1360

More than 10 artists may select: 10’ x 40’ tent OR 400 square feet — $1810 10’ x 50’ tent OR 500 square feet — $2260