Artists have until June to apply for Alabama’s largest juried arts festival.
Applications are open for the 51st Kentuck Festival of the Arts. The juried show, which attracts thousands of annual visitors, returns October 15-16 at Kentuck Park in Northport. With more than 250 exhibiting artists, the Kentuck Festival of the Arts offers educational demonstrations, interactive art spaces, children’s activities, music, storytelling, craft beer and food trucks. Proceeds from the festival support programming at the Kentuck Art Center, a nonprofit in Northport’s downtown historic district with resident artist studios, exhibition spaces, a community clay studio, and a sculpture garden.
Artists who apply to the festival are judged by a jury made up of arts professionals. The composition of the jurors changes every year. Aside from selected program artists, guest artists, demonstrator artists, or previous year’s winners, all artists must apply and be selected from the 250 fifty exhibiting artist slots.
The festival has 11 categories (clay, fiber, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, natural materials, photography, printmaking, sculpture, two-dimensional and wood.
To apply, prospective artists must complete and apply on the Kentuck Art Center website and meet a number of requirements, including the submission of four professional-quality images of artwork and a non-refundable application fee. Artists selected for the festival will be notified of their jury status by July 1. Then, artists have until August 1 to pay their booth fees to secure their place in the festival.