General Information

FESTIVAL INFORMATION:

Check-In at HQ: Artist and Co-Artist (if any): Photo ID required of both. Thursday: 7 am - 6 pm and Friday: 5 am, NW corner of Morse Blvd. & Park Ave.

Artist Set-Up: Verify booth location with Space Assignments before setting up. Spaces IN the park: Thursday 7 am - 6 pm Spaces ON the Street: Friday, 5 am - 8 am; vehicles removed by 8:30 am

Festival Hours: Friday & Saturday: 9 am - 6 pm / Sunday: 9 am - 5 pm

Artists Party: Saturday: 6 pm - 8 pm at the Farmer's Market

Break-Down: Sunday: 5 pm

Artist Parking: All artists' parking will be in Lot A (SE corner of Morse Blvd. and New York Ave. with access from Welbourne Ave. off NY Ave.) and the West Meadow (NE corner of Morse Blvd. and New York Ave. with access from New York Ave.). Large RV's and trucks over 19' should park in the West Meadow. Cars or trucks with trailers may park either lot. Pedestrian access to the Park is available from Canton Ave. on the north, Morse Blvd. in the middle, or New England Ave. on the south. Lots open at 7 am on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

These are the only authorized Artists’ parking areas.  Parking in the grass area south of the Train Station is not allowed.

Booth Sitting: Requests for booth sitting are made by phone or text to the Artist Care Team located at the Volunteer tent.

The phone number is printed on a yellow card on the back of your festival name tag lanyard.

Booth sitting is available 10:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Hospitality Center: Located behind HQ and is open Friday & Saturday: 8 am - 5 pm / Sunday: 8 am - 4 pm

Patrons Program: During the weekend if a Patron with Art Bucks in hand visits your booth and wishes to purchase one of your pieces, please follow the instructions they will provide so that you may be promptly reimbursed. We encourage every one of our past patrons to return each year and bring a good friend to join them in this dedicated group of art lovers that guarantee more sales for our artists.

Awards: $74,500 plus Patron Purchase Awards. Best of Show, Purchase Award - $12,000

THE JUDGES AND THE JUDGING PROCESS:

Friday: At 9 am the three judges will join their assistants to start their assessment of each artist's body of work. When a judge determines an artist's work should be considered for an award, the booth will be awarded a "Selected for Judging" ribbon. The artist will select one piece from the booth that best represents their body of work and delivers it to the Saint Margaret Mary Family Life Center on North Park Avenue between 5:45 pm and 7:00 pm on Friday. Please note that past WPSAF award-winning work is not eligible for an award.

Saturday: Artists are judged on their body of work. Only the Best in Show, the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation's "Art of Philanthropy" Award and the Morse Museum's Award for a Distinguished Work of Art are presented for individual works. Awards are presented solely at the discretion of the judges. Ribbons are distributed after 1 pm; checks are distributed at the Artists' Party (in exchange for a completed W-9 form).

Judges for 2019:

  • Norma Hendrix is the founder and executive director of Cullowhee Arts in Cullowhee, North Carolina. An exhibiting artist for over 40 years, she holds a BFA from Ohio University, an MA in Painting and Drawing from Western Carolina University, and an MFA from Johnson State College, Vermont.

  • Joseph Mella manages, curates, and oversees the operations of the Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery and has almost thirty years of experience working in art museums. He holds an M.A. in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as a B.F.A. in Printmaking from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

  • David Bryce holds an MFA from Queens College of the City of New York, has also been a juror for many major exhibitions, including the Berkshire Crafts Fair, Long’s Park Art Festival, the St. Louis Art Fair, the Des Moines Arts Festival and the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair. He has also served as artist-in-residence at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, and as a visiting lecturer at Fairleigh Dickinson University and State University of New York at Oneonta.