November 12 & 13, 2016

Saturday & Sunday 10:00-4:00pm
Waterloo Center for the Arts


SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

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In order to maintain the highest level of quality and variety of original works, the Waterloo Center for the Arts asks all artists apply annually to be juried in to the Holiday Arts Festival.

Artists may apply online at ZAPPlication.org or submit a completed application form along with the following: Artist Statement about your process/materials/biography and 8 images representative of your current works, along with 1 image of your booth display. All images must be submitted on CD or USB Drive.

If applying by mail, please include a non-refundable check for a jury fee of $20, and a separate check for the booth fee. This second check will not be processed until you are notified of acceptance into the festival.

All artists must be reviewed by the Jury-Panel Committee. Artists will be notified if they have been selected by October 10. Selected artists must agree to participate both days of the festival. Reproductions of artwork presented must be clearly marked. Over half of the total works presented must be original works and not reproductions.

Festival Hours

Saturday, November 12 | 10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday, November 13 | 10:00am - 4:00pm

Early Set-Up

Friday, November 13 | 9:00am - 5:00pm
Artists are encouraged to use this opportunity and will receive a 20% discount on the booth rental.

Regular Set-Up
Saturday, November 12 | 7:00am - 9:30am
Artists must be ready for business by 9:30am.
Carts, dollies and personnel will be available to assist with loading and unloading. Festival staff will also be available to provide artists with breaks throughout the event.

Party with the Artists
Saturday, November 12
The Friends of the WCA will host a special reception for arts festival patrons and participating artists Saturday evening. $10,000 in purchase prizes was awarded in previous years.

Each booth space is $150, with a limit of two spaces per artist. If artists intend to share a booth, both artists must complete the jury process. This is an indoor festival and space is limited. 10’x10’ spaces are in limited supply, otherwise available spaces are 8’x10’. One six foot table and two chairs will be available by request at no extra cost. Please indicate if you require an electrical hook-up for an additional $20 fee.


Artists withdrawing will be subject to a cancellation fee of $50.00; no refunds will be made after October 31, 2016.

If you have any questions, contact the Waterloo Center for the Arts at (319) 291-4490 or museum@waterloo-ia.org.


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