Discover Downtown Franklin Seeks Artists for Ethos Celebration of the Arts

Discover Downtown Franklin Seeks Artists for Ethos Celebration of the Arts

Discover Downtown Franklin is excited to host the 2024 Ethos Celebration of the Arts event in the heart of beautiful, historic Downtown Franklin on June 22, 2024 from 11 00am – 6 00pm. The festival features local and regional juried artists showcasing original art in both 2D and 3D categories. Artists will set up booths to showcase and sell their art throughout the day. Day-of judges will award prizes in each category totaling $2500. The event will include live music and a beer/wine garden.

Discover Downtown Franklin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a nationally accredited Main Street Community.

Click her to apply here by April 22, 2024.

Juried exhibition of fine arts. Ethos Celebration of the Arts will be held on June 22, 2024 from 11 00am-6 00pm rain or shine!†Artists must be present during the entire show hours.

The Ethos Celebration of the Arts is a juried art fair that will showcase 2D and 3D art from local and regional fine artists. Artists will bring their art for display and sales and will be automatically included in a day-of judging.

Permitted Work/Mediums
The Ethos Celebration of the Arts festival is open to and welcomes all individual artists who make their own original fine art by hand. All work must be original and must be made by the artist who is present at the event.

Jury Procedure
Once you apply, the final selection of participating artists will be made by a jury comprised of professional artists and gallery owners. Jurors will review applicants on a rolling basis and artists will likely be notified within a month of application as decisions are made; however, all artists will be notified by the Notification Date listed above (5/2/24) at the latest. Artists must certify that all images submitted via application to jurors represent your own original work. Discover Downtown Franklin may limit the number of artists accepted in some categories in order to present a balanced show. Decisions of the jury are final. Discover Downtown Franklin will fill all vacancies from the show waitlist based upon jury scores.

Once accepted into the show, artists will pay $100 for a 10′ x 10′ booth space (or $200 for a double, 20′ x 20′ booth space) in order to exhibit. These fees must be paid by the Purchase Deadline above or the artist will forfeit their spot in the show.

Day-of judges will be comprised of professional artists and/or gallery owners. Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows Raymond F. Turner Best in Show Award ($1,000), 2D First Place ($500), 3D First Place ($500), 2D Second Place ($250) and 3D Second Place ($250).
2D = painting and photography
3D = Ceramic, Fiber, Glass, Metal, Wood, Jewelry, etc…

Artists keep all proceeds from the sale of their art during the show. We do not collect a sales commission from our exhibitors.

Prohibited Items
The following items are NOT permitted at the event any work that is not your own or that you did not make by hand. This includes imported items, commercially manufactured items, buy-and-sell items, and kit-made or pattern-made items. If you are found to be selling any of these items at the event, you will be asked to leave.†Non-art items (including drinks, refreshments, etc…) are also not permitted to be sold by artists.

Your images must represent work that has been executed by hand by the artist who will attend the show and the submitted images must be representative of the work that will be displayed at the show. Items that are NOT permitted include imported items, commercially manufactured items, buy-and-sell items, and kit-made or pattern-made items. If you are found to be selling any of these items at the event, you will be asked to close your booth for the remainder of the event.

Artists who display work at the event not comparable to what was juried in will be required to remove the non-juried items. Artists who fail to comply will be asked to leave without refund.

The juryís decisions are final and are not subject to review. The day-of judges’ decisions are also final and are not subject to review.

The artist must be present at check-in times and be fully set up by the deadlines given. You must present valid photo ID. You must also be present in your booth during festival hours except for reasonable breaks. You may not set up your booth after the set-up deadline nor may you tear down your booth before the end of the festival.

Booth spaces will be assigned at the event location on a first-come, first-served basis; pre-assigment of physical spaces can not be allowed so that we can maintain a safe and efficient flow during the setup process.

Artists retain 100% of their sales and are responsible for the collection and reporting of all aplicable sales taxes. Discover Downtown Franklin does not collect sales commission from our exhibitors.

This event is rain or shine. Refunds will not be given based on weather or any other circumstances beyond the control of Discover Downtown Franklin.

Artists must conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times from setup through exhibition and teardown.

See also “Booth Information” below.

Additional instructions will be provided to the selected artists once jurying is complete.

Discover Downtown Franklin reserves the right to remove any exhibitor from the event without refunding any monies if the rules are not followed.

Each exhibitor must provide his/her own attractive tent and display at the event. Booth spaces are assigned at the discretion of the Ethos Celebration of the Arts Committee. Booth spaces accommodate a 10í x 10í tent. You may purchase a double booth (20′ x 20′) by paying two entries. Only one vehicle per artist allowed on the grounds during set-up and tear-down. You are solely responsible for the transportation, display, and sale of your work during the event. Artists must provide tents, tables, chairs, easels, and all other booth and/or display items needed. All artists are responsible for having their booths weighted at each corner to prevent damage in the event of high winds. Discover Downtown Franklin will not supply those items. Electricity and internet access are not available or provided during the event. Generators are not permitted. If accepted, the booth fee is $100 for a single 10′ x 10′ space or $200 for a double 20′ x 20′ space. Your entire booth setup can not exceed the space limits or encroach on neighboring booths in any way.

The set-up period for all artists will be on June 22, from 9 00 – 10 45am. Please have your booth FULLY set up by 10 45am for the festival and judging to begin. Tear down will begin no sooner than 6 00pm and must be complete by 7 30pm so that the streets can open. No vehicles will be permitted into the area until all patrons have left the area. Set-up and tear-down will occur rain or shine.

The Ethos Celebration of the Arts festival will be held regardless of weather. There is no rain date for the event.

There will be a hospitality area for artists that will have free coffee, water, and snacks.

Sales Tax
Artists retain 100% of their sales and are responsible for the collection and reporting of all applicable sales taxes.

Artists are responsible for maintaining general liability insurance for their booth space during the event. Discover Downtown Franklin will not be responsible for any exhibitor property damage.

By submitting your application you are confirming that you have read and agree to all terms and conditions stated throughout this application and in the Legal Agreement should you be accepted to participate in Ethos Celebration of the Arts.

No refunds.

Average number of applications submitted each year
Average number of artists selected from the jury to participate in the event
Average number of exempt from jury artists who are invited to participate in the event
How returning artists are selected
Received an award
Selected by peer jurors
Selected by show director or board
History of participation
Local artist
Vendors that are excluded/ineligible
All art must be artist-created fine art; no kit art accepted.
How images are viewed by jurors
Computer monitor
Within a medium category, applications are sorted and viewed by
Application Received (date the application was submitted)
Comments for “Select the method in which applications are reviewed within a medium category.”
Art will be reviewed biweekly in batches, random order.
Jurors score applications using the following scale
Yes, No, or Maybe
Comments for Scoring System.
Waitlist applicants will be invited based on an internal scoring system.
Number of jurors scoring applications
The show organizes the jurors for a
Single jury panel that scores applications for all medium categories
Jurors score
Convened as a group in one room
Am I allowed to observe the jury process?
Jury process is closed