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SHOWCASE YOUR WORK AT ARTISPHERE

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.

VISUAL ARTISTS

Deadline for 2023 artist applications is October 3, 2022!

135-150 artists will be selected to attend the festival. Each artist is given a 12’x12’ booth to showcase their artwork, with double booths available for purchase.

Requirements:
  • 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: $475
  • Corner Booth $575
  • Double Booth: $900
  • Electricity: $40

Applications

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

Process:
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:

July 25th, 2022: Artisphere begins accepting exhibiting artist applications for the 2023 festival
October 3rd, 2022: Deadline for artists to submit application
October 29th-30th, 2022: Jury Review
December 2nd, 2022: Artists notified of acceptance
January 6th, 2023:  Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fees Due
February 24, 2023:  Final Date for Cancellation and Receipt of Refund
May 12-14, 2023:  Festival Dates

Artisphere’s Emerging Festival Artist Scholarship Program

This program is open to South Carolina 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

Requirements:

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

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

Meet the 2022 Jury Review Panel

Each year, we carefully select a panel of Visual Arts professionals and a representative from the Artisphere Board of Directors 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

ARTIST OF THE UPSTATE EXHIBIT

Applications open in March 2023. 

The Artists of the Upstate Exhibit is a juried exhibition that’s open to artists 18+ living in Upstate South Carolina (Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson, Pickens, Oconee, Greenwood, Laurens, Cherokee, Union, Abbeville counties). This exhibit recognizes the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by those living in the Upstate region. The accepted artists will be featured on the Artisphere website and shared on Artisphere’s social media channels. Cash prizes will be awarded to four award winners. The deadline to apply is April 1, 2022.

Elizabeth Goddard, Executive Director for the Spartanburg Museum of Art, will serve as Juror for the 2022 Artists of the Upstate exhibit. Elizabeth holds an MFA in art education with a concentration in contemporary museum practices, and has over 20 years of experience working in the arts education sector of multiple nonprofit organizations, including serving as Director of Education and later as Curator for the Urban Institute of Contemporary Arts in Grand Rapids, MI.

Applications open in March 2023

LOCAL PERFORMING ARTS SHOWCASE

Application Deadline: February 17th, 2023

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
APPLICATION WILL OPEN IN JANUARY 2023
Requirements:
  • Complete the application
  • Submit Artist/Group biographies and performance history
  • Samples of your performance in video or photo format
  • Must be a Local nonprofit Performing Arts Group

CULINARY ARTS APPLICATION

Application Deadline: March 10th, 2023

The Culinary Arts Cafe, located at the heart of the festival on the Main St Bridge, will house five local full-service restaurants. Artisphere aims to provide a great culinary selection highlighting Greenville’s growing and diverse culinary scene.

COLLABORATIVE ARTS EVENT

Application Deadline: March 10, 2023

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

Requirements:
  • 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)