Application Process & Deadlines

Important Deadlines for the 2018 Fair:

OCTOBER 12, 2017: Zapplication jury application begins
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NOVEMBER 27, 2017: Zapplication jury application closes

JANUARY 10, 2018: Zapplication jury results emailed to artists

JANUARY 10, 2018 - FEBRUARY 16, 2018: Accepted artists complete booth application via www.zapplication.org and purchase their booth(s)

FEBRUARY 19, 2018: Waitlist artists notified of booth openings (if any)

MARCH 16, 2018: Booth refund deadline. Artists must submit a written request (via email or mail) for a booth refund. An artist requesting a booth refund, for any reason, before the stated refund date will receive a 75% refund of their booth fee. No booth refunds will be made after the stated refund date, regardless of the reason.

APRIL 1, 2018: Booth application closes for all accepted/waitlist artists

MAY 18, 2018: Artists may set up their booths on the Friday prior to the fair, weather permitting, and the time of day that they can begin set up will depend on booth location. SOCAF will chalk each section of the fair at different times depending on city street closures and artists may not set up until their section / booth location has been chalked. An email will be sent to accepted artists in April with specific time frames.

MAY 19-20, 2017: Springfield Old Capitol Art Fair weekend.

Jury Process

SOCAF has partnered with Zapplication for our jury and booth applications. The SOCAF jury is a blind jury done in December, with anonymous volunteer judges who have a master’s level or higher art degree and/or hands on experience in the field.

ALL artists are to complete a Zapplication jury application and be juried into the Fair each year. Award winners (excluding Civic Purchase) from the previous year's Fair must also complete a Zapplication jury application for the Fair, but these artists will be exempt from jury and will receive an automatic booth invitation into the next year's Fair.