Allentown Art Festival 2018

Historic Buffalo Neighborhhod
Buffalo, New York (Northeast)

Phone: 7168814269
Event Dates: 6/9/18 - 6/10/18
Application Deadline: 3/10/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Allentown Art Festival takes place in the Allentown Historic Preservation District of Buffalo, New York during the second weekend in June. The festival started in 1958 and is one of the longest running and most respected art shows in the United States. The festival is presented by the Allentown Village Society. The Society is a non profit group founded by local shop owners in 1958. Our mission is to support the arts in Buffalo. Each year we award over $25,000.00 in scholarships to Erie County students who intend to major in art. 

Each year, tens of thousands of art patrons visit the festival to enjoy the charm and character of the Allentown neighborhood. Over 400 juried artists set up along the streets surrounded by beautiful, historic architecture. Patrons are treated to seeing beautiful works of art and having the opportunity to meet the artists. We encourage artists to demonstrate their techniques and interact with the public.

General Information
Artists apply in the following media

Drawing and Graphics                      Clay
Painting                                  Jewelry                                          
Photography                               Creative Crafts Soft
Sculpture                                 Creative Crafts Hard
Mixed Media                               Glass & Acrylic

Best of Show Prize is awarded each year in addition to prizes awarded in the art and craft categories. All prizes are awarded at the discretion of the Allentown Village Society. 
A Purchase Award chosen by the society members is also awarded yearly. Artists must indicate that the piece submitted for judging is to be considered for the Purchase Award 

Artists are invited to attend the award ceremony and reception held Saturday evening at 6:30 PM to enjoy food and drinks with our members. Artist prizes are announced at the reception. Our poster contest winners and student scholarship prize winners are introduced and presented their awards at the reception.

The Allentown Village Society has acquired permission for exhibitors to park free of charge.  Space is limited and is not guaranteed. Parking is permitted after 5:00 PM. Exhibitors are not allowed to park in spaces reserved for employees or to block other cars or driveways. Place parking permit on dashboard inside windshield. A map of available parking lots will be included with acceptance packets.

The registered exhibitor must be present with his or her display for both days of the show. No representatives will be permitted. Only one artist or craftperson is allowed on each application. All work must be attributable solely to the displaying applicant.

An exhibitor's permit is provided to accepted artists. The validated exhibitor's permit must be attached to display in full view from the street. This permit will be checked during the show. Displays without a valid exhibit permit will be deemed unauthorized and will be removed. An exhibitor's ribbon will also be provided. The ribbon should be worn or displayed on the booth.

Artists may exhibit works only in those media selected by the jury and listed on the artist permit. Works displayed must be comparable to works submitted for jurying. No other items will be allowed in the booth.

The following items are not eligible:
Items made from kits, commercial molds, patterns,logos or trademarked names and designs
Commercially manufactured apparel, any work on such apparel(including T-shirts), buttons or photographic techniques
Body Art (tattoos)
Wax media
Novelty crafts
Velvet paintings
Plants, dry florals
Rubber stamps
Edible items.
Bottle caps
Flattened glass bottles
​Soap, oils, lotions
The Allentown Village Society reserves the right to exclude works that are deemed too commercial or do not conform to the society's standards for creativity and originality.

All graphic reproductions of original work must be properly registered, signed and numbered.
The originals must be on display and properly noted.
Reproductions must be displayed apart from originals and clearly identified as such with a prominently displayed sign. Reproductions must constitute less than one third of total display.
Browse boxes must be similarly limited.

Violation of show rules is a basis for expulsion and forfeiture of all fees including awards and prizes.

There will be no rain date nor will refunds made due to inclement weather. 

Booth Information
The show is held along the streets of the Allentown community in the City of Buffalo.
Each applicant is assigned on space 13 feet wide by 10 feet deep.
 A limited number of double booths will be available. Please be advised that a double booth may be in a different location than any previously assigned space. Artists must indicate which type of booth is required.
Artists may also request a particular spot. We will honor requests if possible.

Fees are as follows: $25.00 non refundable application fee, paid by all applicants
                                 $275.00 single booth fee
                                 $475.00 double booth fee

Artists assigned spaces are shown on the exhibitor's permit. Space numbers and boundaries are painted on the curbs.
Single spaces are 13 feet wide. 
The placement committee will make every effort to accommodate special requests when possible.

Displays may be set up each day at artists convenience, not prior to 6:00 PM Friday.
If assigned space is open, exhibitor may begin set up on Friday evening.
A parking ban goes into effect at 12:00 AM Saturday. 
Streets within the festival close to general traffic at 8:00 AM Saturday.

Artist displays should be in place by 10:00 a.m.
Displays left up overnight are at artist's own risk.
The street will be open for exhibitor only traffic at 6:00 PM
The street will be open for all traffic at 8:00 PM

Festival hours are from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Sunday

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