47th ANNUAL SIDEWALK SALE AND EXHIBITION
Downtown State College and Penn State Campus
Thursday July 10-Saturday July 12
10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
Sunday July 13, Noon to 5:00 PM
Application Deadline: January 24, 2014
Click Here to Apply to the 2014 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition
Consistently ranked as one of the top outdoor fine art and fine craft shows in the nation, the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition brings artists and craftspeople from across the nation to State College. More than three hundred exhibitors will offer a wide variety of objects for sale including baskets, ceramics, jewelry, fiber, painting, photography, and wearable art. There will be something to suit everyone’s taste and pocketbook.
As part of the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition’s jury process, almost 1,000 artists from the United States and several foreign countries submitted digital images of their work to be juried. In February, a panel reviewed the images and the artists receiving the highest scores were accepted into the Sidewalk Sale & Exhibition.
To encourage and support the visual arts on a regional basis, the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition sets aside booth spaces for artists whose primary residence is in the following Central Pennsylvania counties: Blair, Centre, Clearfield, Clinton, Huntingdon, Mifflin and Union. Through the Central Pennsylvania Division of the Sidewalk Sale, many artists have been introduced to exhibiting at juried outdoor shows. All exhibitors in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition are subject to the same rules, pay the same fees, and are eligible for the same awards.
Our jurors visit each exhibitor during the Festival as part of the jury process and subsequently award over $17,000 in prize money. These award winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at the Allen Street Stage, 9:00 a.m. Saturday, July 12. This year’s jurors are:
Photographer Martin Heavner, has been recognized as one of Maryland’s top visual artists by the Maryland Governor’s Office. His images have been selected for exhibits at the Governor’s Mansion, the Maryland State House, and at galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic region. He studied photojournalism at West Virginia University and was mentored by fine art photographer and educator Lowell Anson Kenyon.
Studio artist, writer, curator and educator Garth Johnson is the Curator of Artistic Program for the Clay Studio, Philadelphia. He is a craft activist who explores craft’s influence and relevance in the 21st century. He has also contributed to the books Handmade Nation, Craftivity, Craft Corps and World of Geekcraft. His work has been exhibited internationally.
Janice Lessman-Moss is a professor of craft and textiles in the School of Art at Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, where she received a distinguished scholar award in 2000. She has received many individual fellowships from the Ohio Arts Council and has exhibited her woven works internationally in both individual and group shows.
Rebecca Thornburgh was reared in the hometown of The Slinky (yes, that Slinky) before studying fine art at Bryn Mawr and taking an early (and fortunately brief) professional detour through the greeting card industry. She’s one of the few—ok, probably the only—Wharton MBAs who work as children’s book illustrators and writers. Using a variety of media, she’s illustrated over one hundred books, ranging from boardbooks for infants, to picture books, to early readers and design books.
Jen Townsend studied jewelry and metalsmithing at the Rochester Institute of Technology and earned her MFA at Southern Illinois University, where she would earn her MFA in 2002. She has taught workshops and classes at The Penland School of Crafts, Arrowmont, and at Rochester Institute of Technology, among others. She has exhibited her own work nationally and internationally, including a 2007 two-person exhibition at The Orkney Museum in Scotland.
We use the ZAPP projected jury process--each applicant's images are projected on the wall for all jurors to see.
The jury process starts with the jurors reviewing the images of our jury exempt artists. The jury will then preview a category; after which the images are shown again so that the work may be scored. All five images are projected simultaneously. As the images are projected, the jurors are read the description of the work that the applicant provides. The jurors evaluate the work individually and without collaboration. The applicant’s name is not revealed.
Images #1-4: Must represent the complete price range of the work you plan to display at the show (see regulation #7). Large and medium-sized objects should be photographed individually. Small items may be grouped effectively. Objects to show scale are acceptable.
Image #5: Booth image must accurately represent presentation and work to be displayed. Applications will not be considered without a booth image. Name or trade name may not be visible.
Artists will be notified by email of the jury results on March 18, 2013. We will not release jury results by telephone.
Artists amenities include free parking in designated areas on the streets of State College and on the Penn State campus; artist ambassadors who provide booth sitting and other services, and opening night reception/dinner, complimentary morning coffee, and an artists’ oasis in Schlow Centre Region Library where artists may charge electronics and use complimentary WiFi.
At least $17,325 in prizes will be awarded to artists participating in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition. The Arete Best of Show Award is $2,500; our second prize, the Fine Arts Award, is $1,750. We present Awards of Excellence, Distinction, Merit, and a Booth of Distinction Award. Awards will be presented on Saturday, July 12, 2014.
1. Artists must personally attend to their booths and must be present during the entire Festival. Representatives may NOT attend in place of the artist. All artists must check in and show a photo I.D. prior to setting up their booth. If two names are on the application both must check in and show photo I.D. and be present for the entire festival.
2. Booth sharing is permitted only where work is collaborative.
3. Artists may enter no more than two categories. When entering two categories, send two applications (A separate and distinct ZAPP account is needed to apply in two categories.).
4. Submission of an application is a commitment to participate in the Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition. A full refund is available through April 30, 2014, half refund will be made May 1 to May 31. No refunds will be made as of June 1, 2014. Artists who cannot show must cancel in writing.
5. Artists must furnish booths and fixtures that are able to withstand weather and crowds, and fit within a 10’ x 10’ space.
6. All work exhibited must be original artwork produced by the artist. Work that has been produced from commercial kits, patterns, plans, prefabricated forms, or other commercial means is NOT permitted.
a) Any commercially produced parts used in a work must play a subordinate role and MAY NOT be sold separately.
b) Exhibitors are prohibited from selling non-original promotional items (e.g., postcards, calendars, catalogs etc.) at the CPFA.
7. The work exhibited must be consistent with the four images submitted and the CPFA artists’ regulations. Your images must show the full range of your work. Compliance will be verified during the Festival. The CPFA has the right to require that any other work be immediately removed from the show. Failure to comply may result in the exhibitor’s removal from the CPFA and the right to exhibit in future CPFA events will be jeopardized.
8. Only artists who have been accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry during the CPFA. For example, a potter wishing to sell jewelry must apply in both the ceramic and the jewelry categories.
9. No generators or external electrical hookups are permitted.
10. Artists wishing to sell T-shirts must show T-shirts in one of the four submitted slides.
11. The sale of plant material is prohibited. Flowers and plants may only be an incidental part of an exhibitors display.
12. All work must be priced and be for sale.
Particular Media Regulations
Two Dimensional Works
1. Hand pulled prints must be signed, numbered, and limited editions.
2. A minimum of 75% of work for sale (hanging and in bins) must be originals. Hand-colored reproductions are not considered originals.
3. All work must be clearly labeled as original or reproduction.
4. All hanging works must be framed or gallery wrapped. Framing on the premises is discouraged.
Ceramic works must be handmade and signed by the artist.
1. Chains may be sold separately only if handcrafted by the artist.
2. Gems may be sold separately only if cut by the artist.
1. Books may be sold only if they are instructional and must be sold with an instrument.
2. Recordings of music performed by the artist with his/her instrument may be sold, but must remain incidental to the sale of the instruments.
3. Recordings may be demonstrated only with headphones.
Please Read Carefully
1. Application fee: $30 per application. This is non-refundable.
2. Booth fee:
a. Standard booth:
(10’D x 10’W) - $500
b. Double booth:
(10’D x 20’W) - $1,000
Booth fees are paid upon acceptance to the CPFA through the ZAPP site. Please see Rule #4 for our refund policy.
Visa and MasterCard payments must be made through ZAPP. Checks should be made payable to the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts or CPFA.
A limited number of double booths are available. Requests for a double booth should be indicated on the entry form.
Booth location requests are not guaranteed.
Most booth spaces are located on pavement. A very small number of spaces are on grass. Local topography makes it imperative to bring items with which to level your booth.
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires artists to have a Pennsylvania sales tax number. If artists do not have one, the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue will provide a temporary sales tax license at no charge so that exhibitors may legally collect the 6% sales tax. Artists may apply online for a tax number at www.pa100.state.pa.us
Borough of State College.
The Borough of State College requires artists to have a Temporary Retail Permit. This fee is $25 per single booth and $50 per double booth. Click here for Borough of State College Temporary Retail Permit information.
Click Here to Apply to the 2014 Sidewalk Sale and Exhibition