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Burlington City Arts

Summer Artist Market

The application period for the 2021 BCA Summer Artist Market is now open! Apply at https://burlingtoncityarts.awardsplatform.com/

MARKET OVERVIEW

The 2021 BCA Summer Artist Market will be held outside in the newly reopened City Hall Park. The market joins together seasoned artists and creators with emerging artist vendors. During the application process, BCA is seeking artists who exhibit professionalism and quality, have a clear brand identity, strive for diversity in their product offerings and price points, and contribute to creating a cohesive and cooperative market. 

In an effort to increase opportunities within the following Burlington communities, BCA strongly encourages applications from those who identify as people of color, as LGBTQ, and with disabilities, and those who are veterans, immigrants and low-income residents.
 

APPLICATION SUMMARY

  • A $25 application fee is required to complete your application. Selected artists will receive guidelines to sign up and pay for individual markets by email.
  • If the application fee presents a hardship to your ability to submit, please contact Jacquie O'Brien at JOBrien@burlingtoncityarts.org.
  • The application period closes April 16, 2021 at 5 pm.
  • Detailed images of artwork and displays are critical to the application submission.

MARKET DETAILS

  • The booth fee is $25 per market date. Reservations for market dates will be made on a first-come-first-serve basis limited by vendor of 15 vendors. Please note: BCA may reserve a certain number of booths for the purpose of making space for artists who expand the demographics of participating artists.
  • Participating artists will be required to bring their own tables and displays, and are invited to bring their own tents. 
  • The Market will be open to the public every Saturday afternoon (6/5/21-9/25/21) from 2 pm - 7 pm in City Hall Park.
  • Majority of booth sizes are 12x10 ft for the purpose of social distancing between vendors, with a pre-determined layout. Artist's display booth size will remain limited to 6x6 ft space within the larger 12x10 ft space to encourage safe social distancing.
  • All sales must adhere to Vermont sales tax laws.
  • Load in will be from 12-1 pm, with everything in your space by 1 pm. Booths will be set up and ready for selling at 2 pm. Break down and load-out will be the same evening from 7-8 pm.

CRITERIA FOR SELECTION

  • Applicant presents high-quality, professional products
  • Applicant offers a diversity of products  (aesthetics, mediums/category, price points, etc.)
  • Applicant presents a high quality and professional display
  • Overview/description of products and display is clear and compelling

Additionally:

  • Each category (ceramics, clothing, fine art, etc.) will have a maximum number of vendors selected to ensure breadth of media
  • A combination of returning vendors and new artists/creators will be considered in an effort to share learned experience with new artists and keep the market vibrant and innovative.

SELECTION PROCESS

  • An independent jury of 4-6 community members  will select applicants.
  • Jurors will assess applications solely based on the strength of the applications per criteria provided above. 
  • Jurors are responsible for maintaining objectivity, an ability to assess art beyond their personal taste, integrity, and fair-mindedness
  • Juror identities will be kept confidential.
  • Jurors are required to maintain complete confidentiality about serving as a juror, their  judgments, and discussion of applications and results.