Frequently Asked Questions

  1. When is the Festival? The Annual Art In The Square Festival is usually the 3rd weekend in September. The 13th Annual Art in the Square will be on September 17th and 18th, 2016. Festival hours: Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  2. Who may participate? Art In The Square is open to all artists, either professional or amateur. No companies/corporations selling resale goods will be accepted into the show. Only artists are allowed to exhibit on the square, we do not allow advertisers or companies to purchase a booth.
  3. How do I receive an application? Applications to submit your work for jury will be available here starting in March.
  4. How do I know if I have been accepted into the show? Participants will be notified as soon as possible. Information on booth assignments and other details will be emailed to you by August 1st. Once an artist has been accepted by the jury process, the booth fee is no longer refundable.
  5. Can I be placed on a waiting list for the show? A limited number of applicants will be placed on a waiting list for each category.
  6. Are there awards? The show will be judged, and cash awards will be given at the discretion of the judge or judges. A Best of Show and categorical awards will also be presented. Judging starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and awards will be announced 4 PM on Saturday.
  7. Do I need to send in photos or slides of my work? For 2016, all applicants must submit digital images of their work and their booth set up. We will not accept slides or hard copies of photographs.
  8. Can artist groups enter the Festival? Yes, artists may share a booth space. An image from each artist in the group will need to be submitted with the application.
  9. I’ve participated in the show in past years and would like to keep the same booth assignment, is this possible? The Art In The Square Association does everything that they can to give you the spot which you request. However, please keep in mind that this is not always possible. Every effort is made to put every artist in the spot that will be perfect for them. Also, please remember that this is an outdoor venue, and the layout may change from year to year.
  10. What do I need to provide for my booth? You will need to bring your own tent, displays, tables, and chairs.
  11. When is the deadline for application? Applications are due by July 15th. Please check the home page for up-to-date information on the status of the show. Please keep in mind there are limited spaces in each category and that jewelry and photography slots fill fast.
  12. Where do I park? Artists are asked to park at “The Gym of 36” on Washington Street, a block from the square. You will receive a map in your information packet.
  13. What if it rains? Art In The Square is held rain or shine. No refunds will be issued if vendors choose not to participate due to inclement weather.
  14. Are animals allowed on the square? Yes, animals are allowed on the square, but must be kept on a leash in accordance with City of Gainesville ordinance. Owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets.

Email with any additional questions that you may have! You may also use our contact page online.

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