Application Process

Application Process

Note: Application Due by August 11, 2019 @ 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 12th 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 artists from all over the country, visitors enjoy a unique blend of art, music and food!

In addition, the festival showcases over 250 works of art created by area students and the Stuck On Art live competition.  The home of Summit Art-GOT Art Gallery is located on the festival site and features an exhibition of works created by area art faculty and staff, and our Artist Hospitality Lounge.  Entertaining, non-amplified music is provided by local musicians throughout the entire weekend at various performance locations. 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 recently been named Time/Money’s No. 41 Best Place to Live in 2018!  With a population nearing 100,000, the area is filled with historic buildings, restaurants and unique shops. Downtown Lee’s Summit surrounds the historic depot and Amtrak train station, and the Historical Society of Lee’s Summit Museum.

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

General Information
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.  (And, those delicious, warm, locally-made and delivered to your booth cinnamon rolls are just a bonus!)  All booth locations are accessible by vehicle for set-up and tear down.


*100+ participating artists
*Expected attendance over 20,000 throughout the weekend
*Patrons are art lovers, art buyers, art enthusiasts of all ages
*High-traffic festival location in bustling downtown entertainment district
*Electricity included in booth fee
*Booth sitters/Large volunteer team to assist artists
*Indoor Artist Hospitality Lounge with private restroom facilities
*VIP Artist Breakfast on Sunday morning
*Free, nearby parking for artists
*24-hour security
*Expansive festival promotion, marketing and advertising throughout the
*Complimentary $10 lunch coupon to food truck of your choice on
Saturday (Plus other delicious snacks throughout the weekend—those
cinnamon rolls!)
*NEW this year: early check-in and set-up options Thursday night

Important Dates and Times

January 7, 2019 – Online Application Available
August 11, 2019 – Application Deadline by 11:59 pm. CST
August 12-18, 2019 – Jury Dates
August 19, 2019 – Artist Notification Sent via Email
September 8, 2019 – Contract and Booth Fees DUE
September 15, 2019 – Last Day for Cancellation of Booth Fees (No Refunds after this date)

EVENT DATES:  October 11, 12 & 13, 2019

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

Fees for this event include a $30 jury fee and a $275 fee for a 10×10 booth space. Corner booths are available for an additional $100. Corner booths are limited and requests are filled by order of payment received. Double spaces (10×20) are also available for $500.

Shared Tents
Artists may opt to share a rented booth with another artist. The fee for ONE HALF of a 10′ x 10′ tent is $185. Fee for half of a shared tent includes the booth rental (including tent set-up and tear-down), electricity, 5′ x 10′ floor space, and two display panels for each artist measuring 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 final decision about artists pairing and location of shared tents will be determined by the festival management, but efforts will be made to honor partner requests, if possible. Every effort will be made by festival management to pair artists in shared tents with other artists displaying complementary work.

BEST IN SHOW – $1000 plus named as 2020 festival Featured Artist, 2020 festival jury fee and 2020 booth fee
2nd Best In Show – $750 plus 2020 festival jury fee
3rd Best In Show – $500 plus 2020 festival jury fee
MAYORS AWARD – $200 plus 2020 festival jury fee
DIRECTORS AWARD – $150 plus 2020 festival jury fee
Jurors Merit Award – $100 plus 2020 festival jury fee
Jurors Merit Award – $100 plus 2020 festival jury fee
Jurors Merit Award – $100 plus 2020 festival jury fee

Booth Photo
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.

Booth Information/Exhibit Space:

Electricity (included in the booth fee) will be available for each booth.  Usage is limited to 300 watts per booth, and the use of energy efficient CFLs or LEDs is encouraged.

Exhibitors must provide their own display set-up, including a white 10’ x 10’ tent.  All booths and displays must be within the specified space.  No displays are allowed in the public aisles.

Exhibiting artists will be responsible for ensuring the stability and weather-ability of their booth and displays.  Sandbags or weights are required for stability (no stakes or screws).