All those who are wanting to participate in this years festival need to apply through Zapplication at the following link:

If you cannot or do not wish to participate in this years festival, but would like to volunteer before, during, or after the event, please contact Jason M Keene who is this year’s Director via email at

The Summit Art Festival is a 3-day high quality fine art event in the heart of historic downtown Lee’s Summit, MO. This event is organized and hosted by Summit Art in collaboration with Downtown Lee’s Summit Main Street.  It is managed and operated by the volunteer efforts of Summit Art members, Downtown Main Street members, and community volunteers.

Downtown Lee’s Summit has a unique variety of over 40 specialty retail shops plus several options for casual dining and entertainment.  Included is the historic train station.  A recently completed street-scape project has transformed downtown with new street lighting, banners, trees and landscaping.

Ceramics, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Pastels, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

General Information
The Summit Art Festival is proud to announce its 9th year of operation. This festival, organized and managed by members of Summit Art, is located in the heart of historic Lee’s Summit, MO. Lee’s Summit, the 5th largest city in the state,coupled with having the highest median income in the Kansas City metro area, is committed to attracting professional artists while increasing both variety and quality of art for its 100,000 residents. The Kansas City Metro area has seen a growth in population of more than 10% since 2000 which brings the total area served to just over 2 million people.

New This Year! Patron Purchase Program
This will be the first year for the exciting Summit Art Festival Patron Purchase Program. Participating patrons will commit to purchasing art prior to the festival.

Artists Amenities

  • 90+ exhibitors
  • Booth Sitters
  • Artist lounge area with snacks and beverages
  • Free, close artist parking
  • 24 hour security
  • Electricity included in booth fee
  • Large portion of show budget committed to marketing and advertising
  • Complimentary lunch delivered to booth
  • Large Volunteer Base to Assist Artists
  • Planned by artists with experience in outdoor festivals

Important Dates and Times

  • Event dates: October 7, 8 & 9, 2016
  • Friday: 4pm – 8pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 8pm
  • Sunday: 12pm – 4pm
  • March 1, 2016:  Online Application Available
  • August 10, 2016:  Application Due by 11:59p.m. CST
  • August 17, 2016:  Jury Notification sent via email
  • September 8, 2016:  Contract and Booth fees due
  • September 22, 2016:  Last Day for cancellation of booth fees (less 10% administration fee)

Fees for this event include a $30 jury fee and a $255 fee for a 10′ x 10′ booth space. Corner booths are available for an additional $75. Corner booths are limited and requests are filled by order of payment received. Double spaces are also available for $490.

New for 2016: Shared Tents
This year artists may opt to share a rented tent with another artist. The fee for ONE HALF of a 10′ x 10′ tent is $165. Fee for half of a shared tent includes the tent rental (including tent set up and tear down), electricity, 5′ x 10′ floor space, and two display panels approximately 7′ x 7′. Artists should bring fabric to cover the metal wire panels, extension cords, and their own lighting. No tables will be provided. The pairing of artists and location of tents will be determined by the show management, but effort will be made to pair artists in shared tents with artists having dissimilar work.

A total of $3,000 will be given in cash awards, in addition to our Patron Purchase Program.
Awards will be given for Best in Show, First, Second and Third Place, as well as a Mayor’s Choice Award, a Directors Choice Award, and up to 3 Juror Merit Awards

Booth Shot
Your booth shot is very important in the selection process! Booth shots should include a representative sample of the work you present, and should NOT include your name, any signs, or images of people. Your booth should show a professional display of your work and will count heavily towards your acceptance in the festival.
Note: the booth image is a reference, and you are not juried in for ALL work represented in the booth image. You are juried for the body of work represented in the 4 images submitted.
All work exhibited must be comparable to work shown in submitted images. The organizers reserve the right to ask that any work that is inconsistent with the juried subject be removed.

There are a limited number of corner spaces available, so requests will be filled by order of payment received.
Electricity is included in the booth rental space.