Supported by Webster Arts, a nonprofit organization, the Webster Arts Fair features top quality original art from national and regional artists, on-site food from favorite local restaurants, non-stop live music performances and creative activities that draw 20,000 visitors and buyers from around the region.
Webster Arts Fair is loved by artists and patrons alike for its commitment to high-quality art in a warm and friendly environment. The Webster Arts Fair thrives on the support of knowledgeable patrons who take a personal interest in the artists and their work. The 16th annual Webster Arts Fair, scheduled for June 7-9, 2019, will attract more than 105 artists and 20,000 visitors to historic Webster Groves, Missouri, an upscale suburb just 10 minutes west of downtown St. Louis. In the September 2016 issue, Sunshine Artists magazine ranked Webster Arts Fair as the 77th best fair, specializing in contemporary & classic fine craft. Sunshine Artists further notes that Webster Arts Fair "is known around the show circuit for its unbelievable artist treatment,” which “makes working this festival a delight.” Webster Arts Fair prides itself on the quality hospitality of its artists and treating crowds to delicious food, top-notch music performances, and unique creative activities for the whole family.
A VIP Patron program pre-sells art certificates beginning at $100, so patrons are ready to collect your work!
The Webster Arts Fair provides a minimum of $7,500 in artist awards.
Applications must be entered into ZAPP no later than Feb. 5, 2019. The application fee is $30 per category.
All artists must submit a separate application/agreement unless applying as a collaborative team. Each member of the team must be listed on the application. Each team member must be present at the show.
Please read the category descriptions carefully. Jurors and/or the Executive Director reserve the right to reassign an artist’s chosen category. Please feel free to call or email with questions.
All work exhibited must be created by the applying artist in his or her own studio. There are very limited exceptions. See below.
Artists may ONLY exhibit work in the juried category. Jewelry may only be exhibited by juried artists in the Jewelry category. You may jury in more than one category, with a separate fee for each application.
Please, do not jury the same work in different categories.
ALL ARTISTS: Commercially-produced items bearing your art are not permitted at the Webster Arts Fair. Examples include coasters, cutting boards, mouse pads, drinking glasses or mugs, books, etc. If you have questions, please call the director for clarification. Lab-produced note cards are permitted in limited amounts if the images reflect the photography, painting, drawing, etc., that was juried. One card stand is permitted within the confines of the booth and must be shown in the booth image. Webster Arts reserves the right to consult with the artist on fixtures in the booth before invitation acceptance. Reproductions of paintings or photographs on canvas are not permitted. A limited number of lab-produced reproductions of original art on paper/metal are permitted.
Ceramics/Clay: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
Digital: Any original work for which the artist, using a computer, executed the original image or the manipulation of other original source material. Work must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials. Note: Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category.
Fiber: All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.
Glass: Hand-blown or fused. No forms of mass production are permitted. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
Jewelry: All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work. Work must be produced in the artist’s studio. Commercially purchased clasps or chains are acceptable. Beads must be made by hand.
Metal: Non-sculptural and non-jewelry metal work. No production studio work is permitted. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
2-Dimensional Mixed Media: 2D works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
3-Dimensional Mixed Media: 3-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Painting: (Oil, Watercolor, Acrylic, Pastels): Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc., on paper, canvas, gesso board, etc. Reproductions on canvas are not permitted.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist's original image, which have been processed by that artist are included in this category. Prints produced through retail labs are not permitted. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes on any prints, which have been properly signed. Numbered editions in fewer than 50 are encouraged. Prints on canvas are not permitted. Digitally manipulated photography should apply in Digital.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built-up works in wood. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
Wood: Original hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved work. Jewelry must jury in the Jewelry category.
Works on Paper (Drawing/Graphics/Printmaking): Printed or hand-drawn works for which the artist's hand manipulated the paper, plates, stones or screens, and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. All photogravure, photocopy, and/or offset reproductions will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes. Pastel artists should apply in Painting.
Five (5) images must be submitted for each individual media category.
Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work, produced within the last 3 years.
Image number #5 must be of the artist's booth set-up, showing overall continuity and presentation of the current body of work. Tips for Good Art Fair Booths.
Images must be in 1920 x 1920 pixel format. For information on image resolution, please access Zapplication.
The fifth image is mandatory. If a booth image is not available, submit an image of a grouping of work representative of work to be exhibited. Images must accurately represent the body of artist's work to be exhibited.
Note: This is a blind-jury process, do not submit booth images with identifiable signage or photos of the artist.
IMPORTANT: Your booth image must accurately reflect the work to be exhibited. If we don't see a representation of the type of work in your booth image, you may not exhibit it. Also, provide a reasonable approximation of your set up. Booths that vary significantly from the booth image in quality of work, type of work, or set up will be closed. Fees will not be refunded. Please call or email with any questions.
New artists and artists without outdoor booth images are strongly encouraged to call the show director, 314.918.2671, to assure that your application is fairly juried.
About the Jurors
The Webster Arts Fair seeks artists who produce the best art in their category. Making those decisions is a panel of respected artists, gallery owners, art historians and art educators. The panel changes every year.
In 2019, Webster Arts is honored to have the following art professionals on the Arts Fair Jury:
Bill Barrett is a Professor of Photography and director of the May Gallery at Webster University. He thinks he has the best job in the world - to keep learning. That's important in a field like photography, which hasn't stopped changing since it was invented, but in which change seems to be accelerating daily. He spent a great deal of time in Central American refugee camps in the 1980s, and even got to teach basic photography there with a tent for a darkroom.
Mark Witzling is an award-winning artist who spent a successful business marketing career around writers, designers and artists who visually shaped his ideas. His artistic foundation began in representational oil painting, but the combination of oil and cold wax together with more introspective subjects steered him toward abstraction. He has studied in studios across the country, his oil paintings are collected internationally, and in 2018 he was selected as an artist-in-residence at Chateau Orquevaux in France. Mark is currently Executive Director of Craft Alliance in St. Louis.
- Casual complimentary dinner Friday night
- Continental Saturday morning breakfast
- Complimentary dinner for artists on Saturday night brought to your booth
- Catered awards breakfast Sunday morning
- Patron Art pre-purchase program
- Complimentary snacks, drinks, and water delivered frequently to each booth
- Booth sitters available
- Air-conditioned artist break area with flush toilets
- Close, free parking
- Great deal on comfortable accommodations at Webster University dorms within walking distance of fair
- 24-hour security
- Easy load-in and load-out with volunteer assistance available
- 250 committed volunteers