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2019 Stanley Arts Festival, Produced by CherryArts

Stanley Marketplace
Aurora/Stapleton/Denver, Colorado (West)

Phone: (303) 355-ARTS (2787)
Show Dates:9/7/19 – 9/8/19
Application Deadline: 5/3/19 Midnight MST

Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Application Fee): $40.00
You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
CherryArts is thrilled to present the 2019 Stanley Arts Festival, Saturday & Sunday September 7- 8! Now entering its 5th year, the Stanley Arts Festival is a celebration of national art, and local flavor located at the Stanley Marketplace. The Stanley Arts Festival is brought to you by CherryArts, the same team that produces the Cherry Creek Arts Festival.
The 2019 Stanley Arts Festival will feature 90 juried artist exhibitors and take place outdoors on the runway and indoors in the marketplace facility throughout the weekend.
Join us at one of the most popular venues for people to eat, drink, shop, and play in the Denver metro area, The Stanley Marketplace. Inspired by urban marketplaces across the US, the adaptive reuse development is a community centerpiece and the hottest destination between Aurora and Denver’s downtown areas.  The surrounding Stapleton neighborhood is comprised of the 10th best-selling master-planned community in the United States and houses over 19,000 residents with an average family income above $112,000. The marketplace also received the Colorado Business for the Arts Business of the Year award in 2018 and was declared the “Best Place to Go Shopping” by 5280 magazine.

General Information
2019 Stanley Arts Festival 
Produced by CherryArts 
Artist Prospectus & Application
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

CherryArts invites you to apply to be one of the exclusive 90 artists to exhibit at the 2019 Stanley Arts Festival. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality.

Mission Statement
CherryArts is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization whose mission is to provide access to art experiences and support arts education in Colorado.

Stanley Arts Festival Calendar
Monday, March 4, 2019
2019 Application Available

Friday, May 3, 2019, Midnight, MST
Application deadline

May 2019
The jury convenes to select 90 exhibiting artists

Friday, May 31, 2019
Notification by email and website (Please do not call)
– Juried artists will receive an invitation to exhibit.
– Artists who advanced to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit are considered alternates and will be notified of their alternate status.

Friday, July 12, 2019
Deadline to accept the invitation to participate, return a signed exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.

Friday, July 19, 2019 
Last day to cancel participation in 2019 show and still receive 90% booth fee refund.

Set up
Friday, September 6
Staggard load-in times

Show Hours 
(Times subject to change)

Saturday, September 7
Visual Arts Show 10am – 5pm

Sunday, September 8
Visual Arts Show 10am – 5pm

Location: Stanley Marketplace

Email: [email protected]

Web Address:

Mailing Address: 2 Steele Street, B-100, Denver, CO 80206

Images: 4 images of work + 1 booth image

Jury: Images viewed simultaneously projected 1-5 from left to right horizontally

Jury Format: Multiple rounds, first round scoring 1-7, subsequent rounds scored by juror consensus with a discussion

Applications for Jury: Sorted by the date the application is received

Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category, they may apply with multiple applications.

Application Fee: $40

Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $550 for a Row; $600 for a Corner

Security: 24 Hour

Parking: Free and reserved parking provided for each exhibitor

Load-In: Staggered load-in

Jury Process
A potential of 90 exhibit slots will be determined through the competitive jury process.

Images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process with multiple rounds. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The jury is comprised of artists and art professionals. The jury will view each artist’s set of five images, arranged by the date the artist’s application was submitted. The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements will be made available to the jury. A well-balanced show of artistic excellence, quality, creativity and overall impression of work are the criteria for the selection of exhibitors.  Stanley Arts Festival does not have any quotas per category.  The top 90 receive invitations; the balance of artists in the final round are retained to comprise a waitlist of alternates. Decisions of the jury panel are final.

Booth Space
Upon acceptance into the show, artists may purchase a row or corner booth. These will be sold on a first-come, first served basis.  Each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10′ deep by 10′ wide. Artist booths will be a combination of outdoor/indoor locations. Outdoor artists will need to provide their own tent, etc. Booth fee includes: load in support, booth signage, and extensive marketing support. 

Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work with no commission on sales due to the Arts Festival.

Collaborative Work / Multiple Applications
Artists must submit separate applications unless applying as a team. If artists are accepted as a team they may only exhibit the collaborative work they were accepted for.

Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must create separate zapplication accounts with separate online user id’s, set of digital images and jury fee for each category. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. No advantage is gained by submitting multiple applications for the same body of work in multiple categories.

Application Fees
Each application must be accompanied by the $40 jury fee payment. Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card, or they may pay by a check made payable to the Cherry Creek Arts Festival (mailed to: 2 Steele Street, Suite B100 Denver, CO 80206). The non-refundable jury fee check will be deposited on receipt.

Booth Fees / Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit
An artist who is selected by the jury and accepts the invitation to exhibit must return the signed contract and booth fee ($550 for a regular booth and $600 for a corner booth) to the Stanley Arts Festival by Friday, July 12, 2019. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the waitlist.

Digital Images
– Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist.
– Four images must be of individual pieces of work.
– The fifth image, must be of a display of the artist’s work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fifth image is mandatory. If a booth image per se is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work, which is represented both in the first four images and also within the fifth image. It also helps identify the scale of the artist’s work. Note: this is a blind jury process, please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves. In addition, any work outside of the medium and context of the 4 images submitted that may appear in the booth shot would not be considered accepted by the jury, due to it’s mere presence in the booth image. If artists have multiple bodies of work, they are encouraged to submit separate applications.
– For more image tips access
– Images must accurately represent the body of the artist’s work to be exhibited at the Stanley Arts Festival.

Media Categories
Media categories are used by the Stanley Arts Festival as a tool for organizing artists’ images into logical, related groups for the jury’s review. While a balanced show that equitably showcases both works of fine art and fine craft, as well as diversity among media, is a principal Arts Festival objective, the Arts Festival establishes no quota or entitlement by media category.

Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.

Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.

Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.

Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, may be exhibited.

Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.

Jewelry: All jewelry whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials must be entered in this category. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.

Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Mixed Media: This category includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.

Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category. Reproductions of all kinds are prohibited.

Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.

Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium.

Wood: Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category.

Rules of the Show
1. All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.

2. Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.

3. No more than two artists may collaborate on work. Both must be included on and sign the application. Both must be present at the Arts Festival.

4. Artists must be present with their work for the entire three days of the Arts Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist. The Arts Festival requires photo identification at check-in to ensure compliance.

5. Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury. All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.

6. Absolutely no reproductions are allowed (see special notes per media category).

7. Evolving Artwork: The Stanley Arts Festival allows for a small portion (no more than 15%) of ‘new work’ as a gesture to allow artists to keep evolving into other bodies of work. In order to respect the decisions of the jury, here are the rules for an artist that would like to participate: new work may only make up 15% of the exhibit space; the work must be within the same discipline as the work juried into the show; and the ‘new work’ must be original, handcrafted work. The goal of this new program is to allow artists to continue to grow and change while maintaining the high artistic standards of the show jury process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at [email protected]

Thank you for your interest in Stanley Arts Festival, the artist’s success is the core value and measurement of success for the overall event.

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