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Fine Artists Trails West!® 2014 

"heART for the City"

Trails West!� Fine Arts

Fine Art Application Fine Art Call

Show dates: August 21-23, 2015
Applications must be postmarked by April 16, 2015
Notifications will be mailed on June 1, 2015
Refund deadline: June 17, 2015

Trails West!® is an outdoor arts festival celebrating the unique cultural heritage of St. Joseph, MO. Now in its 23rd year, the festival features fine arts, folk arts, and crafts.

Selection Process
Fine artists juried into the festival will be located in the Fine Arts Area on the east side of the festival.
Returning artists may select a location preference on the application if turned in by March 16, 2015. Our goal is to present a well-rounded show, but there is no predetermined number or percentage of spaces established for any category. Trails West!® welcomes all genres and subject matter of artistic expression. While the festival's ambiance is historic, the art does NOT need to represent our history. All subject matter is welcomed and encouraged. We reserve the right to determine what art is as it applies to this event and to make final judgment of all entries.




Mixed Media





Pottery & Ceramics


Drawing/Printmaking Graphics

Cash prizes totaling $1,500 will be awarded.

To help insure a profitable festival everyone in northwest Missouri will know about the show through our advertising and publicity campaigns, including print media buys, weeks of big display ads in the area’s #1 major newspaper, the St. Joseph News-Press, TV and radio announcements targeted to reach our niche audience, and masses of color flyers distributed throughout northwest Missouri.    

Entry Information

·         With your application, include two checks, one for the booth fee ($150 for 10x10; $300 for 10x20) and $25 additional if requesting electricity, and one for the $15.00 non-refundable jury fee. Those applicants who are not selected by the jury for participation in the show will be refunded the booth fee.

·         Choose one category on the entry form that most closely reflects your work.

·         Submit six digital images for consideration by the jury. Five images are to be representative of current work that you will display. The sixth image must show the display booth you will use during the festival.

o    Digital image: Name each image as follows: your last name, number 1-6, (example: ward1.jpg, ward2.jpg, etc.). The first five images should be of your current work and the sixth, of your booth display. Submit images at 300 dpi on a CD. Images submitted by accepted artists will be displayed on the Trails West!® web site.

·         Returning artists may request 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preferred location. Requests are awarded in order received. To save your spot have your application in by March 16, 2015.

·         Trails West!® will establish a waiting list. Artists on the waiting list may be called if space becomes available.

·         Notification on or before June 1, 2015. Please do not make phone inquiries.

Festival Specifics

  • Artists must be present to display their own work; proxy exhibitors are not permitted.
  • All works on display must be the artist's own original design. Only prints directly pulled from the original block/plate/screen may be hung. Watercolors, prints, drawings, and photographs must be appropriately framed and glassed (or substitute for glass). Reproductions must be in a portfolio and each item clearly marked reproduction. Work in portfolios will not be judged, but may be offered for sale. No more than two viewing bins may be used.
  • The work of only one exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned space. A two-person team producing a product may qualify as a single exhibitor, but this arrangement must be explained in detail on the application in the descriptor space provided.
  • The festival grounds are patrolled night and day by the St. Joseph police department. Although care will be taken to avoid hazards to artwork, Trails West!® is not responsible for any loss or damage to displays or artwork.
  • Parking will be provided. Additional information will accompany the acceptance letter.
  • Each exhibitor space is 10' x 10'. Electricity is available for an additional fee of $25.00. Request for electricity must be made at the time of application. No other requests will be honored. Booth tags will be provided. Artists must provide their own white canopy, chairs, tables, display screens, etc. and must be contained within the assigned space.
  • Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting Missouri sales tax on all sales.
  • No commissions will be charged for sales. One-hundred percent goes to the artist.
  • Trails West!® is an outdoor festival and is held regardless of weather conditions.
  • No pets are allowed on the premises of Civic Center Park.


  • A reception and awards presentation will be held during the festival.
  • First Baptist Church, 1225 Francis, St. Joseph, MO, serves as the festival hospitality area. Beverages, light refreshments and restrooms are available
  • Volunteers will be available for booth sitting.
  • 24- hour security and on-site weather tracking
  • ATM services are located at: Woody’s Gas Station, 1334 Frederick; Smokerz Outlet, 1601 Frederick; First Bank of Missouri, 602 Edmond; US Bank, 415 Francis; Commerce Bank, 328 Felix.
  • Parking and admission is free to all artists. Each exhibitor will receive two free passes and a locator map for his/her booth.

Calendar of Important Dates

Monday March 16, 2015
Deadline to reserve specific booth location for returning vendors

Thursday, April 16, 2015
Entry postmark deadline

Monday, June 1, 2015
Notification of acceptance/non-acceptance emailed on or before June 1

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Last day to withdraw without forfeiting booth fees

Friday, August 21, 2015
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.                Artist check-in
5:00 p.m.                                  Festival opens
8:00 p.m.                                  Official art selling closes, but artists are free to continue sales if desired
End of main stage concert           Festival closes

Saturday, August 22, 2015
10:00 a.m.                                Festival opens
8:00 p.m.                                  Official art selling closes, but artists are free to continue sales if desired
End of main stage concert           Festival closes

Sunday, August 23, 2015
10:30 a.m.                                            Festival opens to the public with free admission until 2 p.m.

(please note this time is approximate as we are still in the
planning process)

TBD                                                     Art show closes (Artists may leave if they carry their display and tent off the grounds.)

TBD                                                     Festival closes


Incomplete applications will not be accepted. For more information, contact Ashley Jones, Fine Arts Liaison at or 816-233-0231.

q  Application completed and signed
Hold Harmless release agreement signed
Check for booth fee ($25 additional if requesting electricity). Applicants who are not selected by the jury for participation in the show will be refunded the booth fee
Separate check (from booth fee) for non-refundable jury fee-$15.00
Five digital images of your current artwork ­
One image of your display booth

MAIL TO: Trails West!®, 118 S 8th Street, St. Joseph, MO 64501

Allied Arts Council

118 S 8th, St. Joseph, MO 64501

phone 816-233-0231

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