Application Process

Application DUE by August 9, 2020 @ 11:59pm CST

Artist Application

All those who want to participate in this year’s festival need to apply through Zapplication at the following link: 

If you cannot or do not wish to participate as an exhibitor in this year’s festival, but would like to volunteer before, during, or after the event, please contact Jody Fristoe, festival director,


The 13th annual Summit Art Festival is a 3-day, outdoor, high-quality juried fine art event held in the bustling downtown entertainment district of Lee’s Summit, MO.   Featuring over 100 distinguished artists from all over the country, visitors enjoy a unique blend of art, music and food!

In addition, the festival showcases over 300 works of art created by area students and the Stuck On Art live competition.  Entertaining, non-amplified music is provided by local musicians throughout the entire weekend. Local food trucks serve up a delicious mix of casual street fare, beverages and cocktails.

A rising suburb of Kansas City, Lee’s Summit has a population nearing 100,000 and Downtown has recently been named as one of four “Great Neighborhoods” by the American Planning Association (APA) on their annual Great Places in America list.  The area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants, taverns and unique shops. Downtown Lee’s Summit surrounds the historic depot and Amtrak train station, and the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit Museum.

General Information

Jim Clements 2019 Mayors Award

This weekend event is hosted and managed by Summit Art, a juried membership 501c3 non-profit visual arts organization.  As our annual signature event, this fine art festival supports our mission to provide exhibition opportunities, professional development and mentoring, and a youth scholarship fund to area high school students working toward obtaining a career in fine arts.   Cultural Arts initiatives continue to be a priority to city planners and developers in the city of Lee’s Summit. The vibrant community is committed to attracting professional artists while increasing both variety and quality of art for its diverse residents and visitors.

Artists LOVE participating in our festival – our experienced and friendly team of Summit Art members and volunteers strive to make each artist feel welcome!  We take care of you so you can focus on your customers.  All booth locations are accessible by vehicle for set-up and tear down.

Important Dates and Times

January 17, 2020 – Online Application Available
August 9, 2020 – Application Deadline by 11:59 pm. CST
August 10-14, 2020 – Jury Dates
August 17, 2020 – Artist Notification Sent via Email
September 13, 2020 – Accept Invitation and Purchase Deadline
September 20, 2020 – Last Day for Cancellation of Booth Fees (No Refunds after this date)

EVENT DATES:  October 9, 10, & 11, 2020

Friday 4-8pm, Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11am-4pm

The booth photo is very important in the selection process!  Booth photos should include a representative sample of the work being presented, and should NOT include artist’s name, any signs, or images of people. The booth should show a professional display of the artist’s work and will count heavily towards acceptance into the festival.

Note: the booth image is a reference, and the artist is not juried in for ALL work represented in the booth image/photo. The artist is juried for the body of work represented in the four images submitted with the application.

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.