Arts in the Park
July 14 - 16, 2017
Friday & Saturday 10 AM - 6 PM
Sunday 10 AM - 4 PM Over 100 Juried Art & Craft Booths Food and Specialty Booths
Live Music & Entertainment
Premium Beer & Wine Garden
Regional Newspaper, Radio, & TV Advertising
Arts in the Park is one of the longest running annual arts and music festivals in Northwest Montana. Each year, this three-day festival attracts more than 10,000 people. We invite you to join us at Kalispell’s Depot Park Square for this much anticipated mid-summer event.
Artists, crafts people, food vendors, and musicians who have questions or need assistance may call Sharon Staso at (406) 755-5268 x222 or email her at email@example.com.
December 16, 2016 Artist Applications Open Online
April 1, 2017 Artist Applications Due - no exceptions!
April 18, 2017
Jury notifications sent to all artist applicants
May 1, 2017 Food Vendor Applications Due - no exceptions
May 17, 2017
Jury notifications sent to all food vendor applicants
June 3, 2017 Signed artist contract and full booth payment due. Food Vendor payments due No booth payment refunds after this date
July 14, 2017 Depot Park opens at 7:00 AM for vendors.
Artists' Breakfast sponsored by the Hockaday Museum begins at 8:00 AM Late set-up and vehicle removal complete by 9:00 AM - no exceptions!
July 16, 2017 Show closes at 4:00 PM. Booths must be removed by 6:00 PM.
Artists: click on the button below to apply online for the 2017 Arts in the Park festival.
Food Vendors: click on the button below to open the application for the 2017 Arts in the Park festival.
Arts in the Park is open to all artists and craftspeople.
Commercially made goods, work from kits, and commercial patterns are not permitted.
No soaps or food items.
All work must be original, produced, and represented by the artist - NO dealers or agents.
Artists work on display must be representative of the photograph that was presented to the jury, unless prior approval is received from the Hockaday.
Artists displaying work at the show that is of inferior quality to the work presented in the application will be subject to removal from the show.
The Hockaday Museum reserves the right to remove work from the show if it is determined the work is commercially produced.
How to Apply
Applicants are to apply online from this webpage by clicking on the "Apply Online" button under the "Participation" heading. A valid email address is required to registerand use the online entry system, and the email address applicants provide is used for sending notifications, including acceptance notifications.
Applications are accepted digitally and materials are reviewed online by the jury. If you are unable to apply online, please call the Hockaday Museum at (406) 755-5268 for assistance.
Applications must be complete to be eligible for submission and only completed applications will be juried.
Applications require five (5) digital images in .jpg format, with four (4) images of your work and one (1) image of your booth set-up. A photograph of your booth set-up is required and is used to show the jury how you display your work. Entries that do not include a booth image will not be submitted to the jury.
Helpful hint: The jury looks for professional presentation and a variety of creative work. Make sure you are submitting quality photos of your work and especially of your booth setup.
Application Information Checklist Use this helpful guide to ensure you have the information and materials you need before starting your application. Only complete applications will be juried.
Company Name (if applicable)
Street Address, City, State, Zip
Daytime telephone number
Alternate telephone number
Valid email address
Type of art/craft, medium(s) and price range of items for sale (you will provide this information in the "description of work" field)
First choice of booth size and location
Second choice of booth size and location
Indication if the same booth location as the previous year is desired
Identification of your willingness to accept a booth location on the street (the Hockaday assumes that you will accept a booth on the street unless otherwise specified)
Identification of any special need(s) or circumstance(s)
Four (4) high-resolution digital images of your work (no file size limit)
One (1) high-resolution digital image of your booth set-up (no file size limit)
$25 non-refundable application fee
Your full understanding and acceptance of the terms and conditions of your participation in Arts in the Park is given online with your submitted application.
Booth Fees & Rules Booth sizes, locations and fees:
10 x10 in Park $240
10 x 20 in Park $450
20 x 20 in Park $1,000
10 x 10 in Park w/corner $275
10 x 20 in Park w/corner $475
10 x 20 in Park w/ two corners $500
10 x 10 on street $185
10 x 20 on street $340
10 x 10 street w/corner $220
10 x 20 street w/corner $370
No refunds for booth fees will be made after June 3, 2017.
One booth space may be shared by two artists, and both artists’ work must be juried individually into the show. Artists wishing to share a booth must submit two separate applications, and must include four (4) images of each artist’s work, plus one (1) image of their shared booth set-up (image on both applications may be the same). Each applicant must designate the name of the artist with whom they are sharing in the “Special Considerations” field in the online system. Each applicant pays an entry fee.
Applicants will pay the $25 non-refundable entry fee through PayPal
Jury Process The jury panel consists of five to seven members. Artwork is evaluated for quality, creativity and originality. Jurors also attempt to achieve a balance of mediums represented at the fair. All jury decisions are final.
Status notification (accepted, alternate or declined) is sent to all artist applicants via email April 18, 2017. Accepted artists will also receive with their email: a festival map, artist contract, and booth assignment. Food vendors will receive a map and space assignment with their email.
Signed artist contract and booth fee must be received by June 3, 2017. Any accepted artist or craftsperson whose full booth payment is not received by June 3, 2017, will forfeit his/her booth to an alternate.
Important Information for Accepted Artists
Booth Set-Up Requirements
Booth set up and check-in for artists will be Thursday, July 13 from Noon - 4:00 PM. Check in is at the Hockaday Information Booth.
If you have not checked in for set-up by 8:00 AM Friday morning, your booth space will be forfeited.
Food vendor set-up and check-in will be Thursday, July 13 from 5—7 PM.
If you are attending the festival alone and require booth-sitting assistance, please notify the Hockaday when you send back your contract under the special requirements section.
Each vendor will receive two admission buttons to the festival. Additional buttons may be purchased while supplies last during the festival.
Vendors are required to dress appropriately and smoking is banned on festival property.
Professional overnight security will be provided at the park on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 PM to 9:00 AM. However, the Hockaday Museum is not responsible for loss, theft or damage to your personal property.
Artists are responsible for insuring their work.
Artists must supply all materials needed for their display. All displays must be designed to fit in the space reserved.
Weights are required to secure your booth. Staking of any kind is not allowed in the park.
Booths must have backs and skirting (booth sides and back must reach the ground.)
If your booth is in the park: awnings are permitted. Carpet, wood or any floor coverings are not allowed.
If your booth is on the street: awnings are encouraged as well as carpet, wood or any floor covering.
Boxes, jugs, and trash must be kept out of sight.
There are musicians performing throughout the weekend in the park. If you feel the noise level of the music is a problem, please request a street booth location.
The Hockaday Museum is not responsible for vendors’ sales results.
Best in Show Prize
A $300 prize will be awarded to the “Best in Show” voted by select jurors during Arts in the Park. Selection will be based on originality and quality, as well as presentation of work.
The Hockaday Museum of Art assumes responsibility for promoting Arts in the Park. Artists’ names and images may be used in the promotion of the Festival, but not guaranteed.
Juried artists will be listed on the Hockaday Museum’s website.