Application Process & Details

Artisphere has been successfully connecting artists and buyers for over a decade. Our festival has become a staple in the local and regional community as ‘the place to be’ for artists of all kinds. All artists go through an application and review process before final selections are made.


Application Deadline: October 4, 2018

Every year, 120-150 artists are selected to attend the festival. Each artist is given a 12’x12’ booth to showcase their artwork, with double booths available for purchase.

  • Artwork must be original, handcrafted, and produced by the artist
  • Submit an Artist Statement explaining the process and materials used
  • Submit 4 images showing your range of work
  • Submit 1 booth photo showing how your work will be displayed
Booth Details:
  • 12’x12’ with 10’x10’ of display space
  • Standard Booth: $400
  • Corner Booth $500
  • Double Booth: $800
  • Electricity: $40


Each artist must apply for at least one medium category. Artists can apply in multiple mediums by submitting separate applications for each.

  • Submit an application with required photos through Zapplications.
  • A Jury Review Panel blind jury each application (learn more about our jury process)
  • Final artist selections are made based on jury results
  • Artists must sign and return the Artist Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees
Medium Categories:
  • Ceramics
  • Digital Art
  • Drawing
  • Fiber
  • Furniture
  • Glass
  • Jewelry/Precious Metals
  • Jewelry/Semi-Precious Metals
  • Metal Works
  • Mixed Media 2D
  • Mixed Media 3D
  • Painting: Oil/Acrylic
  • Painting: Watercolors
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Wood
Key Deadlines:
  • October — Zapplication Final Application Deadline
  • November — Festival Jury Review
  • December — Notification of Acceptance
  • January — Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees Due. Contract must be submitted with booth fees in order for booth requests to be processed.

The application period for 2019 has closed.


2019 artists will be posted after the first of the year.

Artisphere’s Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship Program

This program is open to local artists who have developed a solid body of work, completed within the past two years, but who are not currently earning a living as a festival exhibitor.

Selected artists will participate in the Festival, attend an exhibition workshop, and receive:

  • Booth space
  • Use of display screens during the festival


Scholarship applicants undergo the same jury selection process as all visual artist applicants and submit an application with required photos through Zapplications.

  • Register and create an artist profile in Zapplications
  • Follow instructions to apply to Artisphere as an Emerging Festival Artist

Meet the 2019 Jury Review Panel

Each year four Visual Arts professsionals and a representative from the Artisphere Board of Directors are selected to jury visual artist applications. All scores are combined and averaged to determine accepted and waitlisted artists by medium category. Artistic Excellence scores are based on:

  • Artistic merit (vision, creativity, originality of work, cohesiveness, and consistency)
  • Technical competence (strength of composition, color, design, and technical aspects)
  • Booth presentation

Sybil Godwin — Owner and Director, Shain Gallery, Charlotte, NC

Sybil Godwin was born and raised in Charlotte, NC, and has over 15 years of experience in the art world. She attended North Carolina State University, and, upon graduating, moved straight to Atlanta to begin her career in galleries.  Sybil worked in galleries in Atlanta for close to ten years, and moved to Charlotte in 2013. She became owner of Shain Gallery in 2017 after almost five years as Gallery Director, and continues to cultivate relationships with artists and clients within Charlotte and across the country. She is always keeping an eye out for up and coming, emerging artists and loves having the opportunity to support her artists and witness their work finding forever homes. As owner, her goals for the gallery are to continue supporting the Charlotte art community and keep connecting her clients with the perfect pieces of art.

Amber Marshall — Award-Winning Painter and Artist

Amber Marshall’s work is primarily sculptural glass vessels with a focus on form and color. Often arranged in groupings, Marshall plays with the relationship between forms and their negative space. She takes a minimalistic approach to surface decoration and use pops of color sparingly, creating glass works that are clean lined and contemporary, capturing a whimsy the medium offers.

Ashley Jones — Photographer

Ashley Jones is an artist and educator invested in exploring work that discusses both the personal and the universal narrative. Her practice primarily includes large format photography, but she is continuously interested in utilizing visual communication in a variety of platforms. Jones received her M.F.A. from the Savannah College of Art and Design and her B.A. from the University of South Florida.

Her works have been featured in numerous publications including Aint-Bad Magazine, American Oxford, LightLeaked, IMPRINTS Magazine, Ticka-Arts, and ToneLit. She is actively exhibiting nationally and internationally in both group and solo exhibitions.

Devyn Vasques — Jeweler and Sculptor, Penland School of Crafts Core Fellow

Devyn Vasquez is a Miami native and a current Core Fellow at Penland School of Crafts. She works in a range of media including ceramics, jewelry, and sculpture exploring the relationship between concept and technique. She has worked for non-profit art organizations, assisted artists and curators, taught art classes, and hosted ceramics workshops in North Carolina and Miami. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art and a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Management from Appalachian State University. She currently lives and works at Penland, where she takes a wide range of intensive studio classes focusing on material exploration.


Applications open February 22,2019 and close March 29, 2019.

The Artists of the Upstate Exhibit is a juried exhibition that’s open to all artists living within 35 miles of Greenville, SC. This exhibit recognizes the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by those living in the Upstate region. Supported by the Metropolitan Arts Council, the exhibit will be on display to the public throughout the festival weekend. The new location for the exhibit will be in the courtyard between Rick Erwin’s Nantucket Seafood and City Hall. 

Peter Kaniaris, Professor of Art at Anderson University, will serve as Juror for the 2019 Artists of the Upstate exhibit. As an added incentive for applicants, the Art Cellar in Greenville has agreed to grant the 2019 Artists of the Upstate Best in Show award winner an exhibition of work as the Featured Guest Artist at The Art Cellar during the Artisphere 2020 Festival.



Application Deadline: January 14, 2019

Artisphere is dedicated to celebrating the arts and the Upstate’s rich international and multicultural flair by providing space for local performing arts groups to showcase their craft.

We seek performing artists to embody our mission:
  • Celebrate the arts and make them accessible to all residents and visitors
  • Showcase Greenville’s local cultural offerings alongside some of the most talented visual artists from across the country
  • Highlight the power of the arts to enhance quality of life and build community
  • Educate, inspire, and entertain a diverse audience
  • Generate tourism and stimulate economic development
  • Complete the application
  • Submit Artist/Group biographies, press clippings, and performance history
  • Samples of your performance in video or photo format


Application Deadline: February 6, 2019

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Application Deadline: TBA

Artisphere recognizes Greenville’s outstanding visual and performing art groups that put together special events in celebration of the festival weekend. 

  • Complete the application
  • Samples of your performance in video or photo format
  • Submit a 50-100 word description of your organization and performance (this may be used in Artisphere publicity and programming materials)