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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Call for Artists: 2010 Lower Town Arts and Music Festival (Paducah, Kentucky)

Call for Artists!  May 21 - 23, 2010

Living in Paducah, Kentucky, normally means a pretty quiet life for me.  I don't go out much, focus on my web business and projects around the house, and time flies by.  Two yearly events are a lot of fun for me, though, and I make a point of getting out there and joining in the fun.  The first comes in April, our AQS Quilt Show.  The second comes in May: The LowerTown Art and Music Festival.  Artists from around the Paducah area set up their tents, display their wares, while visitors dance in the streets to the rhythm of visiting musicians.  Now is the time for artists to apply for their booth spaces, so I am including the info here.

Lower Town Arts & Music Festival 2010 
Show Dates: 5/21/10 - 5/23/10 
Application Deadline: 4/1/10 Midnight CST

You can enter online at
You will have to register, but it's free.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Jury Fee (Jury Fee): $25.00



The Lower Town Neighborhood Association of Paducah, Ky., announces a call to artists for the 2010 Lower Town Arts and Music Festival (LTAMF), May 21-23, 2010. This juried festival is open to all emerging and established artists residing within a 200-mile radius of Paducah, Ky.

The emphasis of this festival will be the cultural richness of our unique region. Drawing, painting, fiber, ceramics, wood, glass, sculpture, photography, jewelry and mixed media will be accepted. All entries must be received by April 1, 2010.
Works will be chosen on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. All submitted works must be original and completed within the last two years.

To apply, go to www.zapplication.org. Registration to Zapplication is free.
Download the prospectus (PDF format) or send a SASE to: Stefanie Graves, Festival Co-Coordinator, LTAMF, N. 8th St., Paducah, KY, 42001. For any questions about the event, contact Stefanie Graves, at 270-908-0755 or Michael Terra at 270-908-0090. Applications are available online at https://www.zapplication.org.

Stefanie Graves, Festival Co-Ordinator, 
often paints downtown during the summer.

Festival Dates: May 21 - 23, 2010
Festival Sponsor: Lower Town Neighborhood Association
Venue: Outdoors
Awards: $3,200 in nine categories
Jurors: TBD
Eligibility: Open to all artists within a 200-mile radius of Paducah, KY.
Painting, drawing, fiber, ceramics, wood, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and mixed media accepted. Work will be chosen on the basis of creative excellence and quality of execution. All work must be original and completed within the last two years.
Fees: $25 jury fee, $150 booth fee if accepted (all booths are 10' X 10'
outdoor spaces with electricity)
Email: lowertownartsandmusicfestival@gmail.com

About the Festival: Buy Local? By Locals! This show will be an enthusiastic supporter of the 'Buy Local' campaigns that are revitalizing America... The festival will focus on the amazing and creative folks that live in our region (approximately 200 mile radius of Paducah, KY) and draw people from much farther away who want to know what kinds of artistic talent comes out of our region!

Lower Town in Paducah, the site of the Festival, is one of the oldest established neighborhoods in the region - many of the homes have been converted into work/live artists' studios and galleries. We will be using this historical setting to do things like Balcony Theater and Comedy (really, neat, yes?). The neighborhood is compact (not a long wandering
street) and offers guests a comfortable and easy day where they can see everything we have to offer. This is a fantastic opportunity for you, as a participating artist, to place your work within this nationally neighborhood in the midst of recognized working artists' galleries and participate in the national attention this unique show will receive.

Special attention is being paid to every aspect of this festival: the food vendors will be bringing their best - many of the finest local restaurants will use this as a 'taste of Paducah' venue - even the beer and wine will be regional (and boy, did we win the lottery on this!). The Symphony will be coordinating the performance and presentation stages (3), and there will be many tie-ins to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations. What does this mean to you? It means that many different people have many different reasons to come and see you in Paducah during the festival!

Come join us this weekend - the weather should be warm and sultry, the neighbors are friendly, and we want everyone to see how talented you really are...

What you are getting:

- 10' X 10' booth with 300 watts of 110 volt electricity
- Booth sitting service
- Artist hospitality area
- Artist home-stay opportunities (limited!) with local families
- Booth Fee is $150.
- Festival hours are Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 10 am to 8 pm, Sunday noon to 5pm
- Set-up and break down details will be mailed with acceptance package.

Submission requirements:

- Completed application
- Jury fee of $25, non-refundable
- 5 digital images in the Zapplication format (1920 pixels by 1920 pixels, JPEG, non-compressed): 4 images of your work, 1 of your fully stocked display.
- DEADLINE: April 1st, 2010
- All submitted images may be used for festival publicity without any additional compensation to the artist.

Jury Process:

All applications will be juried by independently contracted qualified jurors from outside of Paducah. All of the selections will be made on the basis of your digital images, so please take special care to show us your best!

- Letters of acceptance will be sent on April 16th, 2010.
- Information packets will also be sent at that time.

The artist must handle all sales and all proceeds go to the artists. Artists are required by law to pay taxes. Kentucky sales tax is 6.00%. Forms for sales tax through the Kentucky Department of Revenue will be available on site at the time of the event. 

Not an artist?  
Then come visit and join in the fun!

See photos and videos from past festivals here.


1 comment:

  1. Representing Paducah- I like it!

    I work for the AQS and you probably know this already, but just in case you don't I wanted to let you know about our membership package.

    When you become a member ($25/year) you receive $13 off each AQS show you attend, plus more amazing benefits so that the membership basically pays for itself.

    Check it out: www.americanquilter.com/quilt_world/user_signup.php

    Also we have several blogs one of which is: www.americanquiltermagazine.blogspot.com

    Thank you for supporting Paducah, and for your great blog, keep up the great work!


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