The City of Kingsport Office of Cultural Arts and Engage Kingsport in partnership with Tennessee Craft: Northeast proudly present East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia’s premier juried Fine Craft Show: 5th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show and preview party March 24-26, 2017. Free Carousel rides included! This year we are adding cash awards: BEST OF SHOW: $300, 1st Runner up: $150, 2nd Runner up: $100
The Carousel Fine Craft Show is open to professional craftspeople and artists in a variety of media that will exhibit and sell their own work. Media categories include Clay, Fiber, Furniture, Glass, Jewelry, Manmade Materials, Metal, Mixed Media, Natural Materials, Painting/Drawing, Paper, Photography and Wood. Live demonstrations are encouraged and celebrated at the show.
Admission for the Friday preview party is $35 per person and includes a weekend pass. Admission to the show is $3.
New for 2017: Applications will be processed online using ZAPP®. ZAPP® enables individual artists to apply online to multiple art shows through one central website, ZAPPlication.org. The online application process also allows artists to directly upload digital images of their artwork for jury review. The result is that all artwork in the system is in a consistent, high-quality, digital format. The digital images are presented to the jurors of each show and the system allows them to score online. ZAPP® provides technical support to artists free of charge.
The application deadline is October 1, 2016. The jurying process will finish up on November 4, 2016. Only those artists that are chosen by the juror will be invited to the show. All Artists must go through this jury process.
The guest juror for the 5th Annual Carousel Fine Craft Show 2017 is Anita DeAngelis, MFA. Anita DeAngelis joined the faculty at East Tennessee State University in 1994 where she is Associate Dean for the Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is the founding director of Mary B. Martin School of the Arts, currently presenting its eighth season of visual and performing arts events. Her previous teaching positions include Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota and Texas A&M-Commerce in Texas. She received her MFA from Arizona State University (printmaking), her BFA from the University of Texas at Austin (studio art), and she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Skowhegan, Maine. She has taught drawing, color theory, 2-D design, printmaking, book arts, and a specialized course on the art of the Appalachian region. Anita’s art work includes drawing, hand-made books, printmaking, and letterpress printing, and her most recent work includes drawings of rescued dogs. Her work explores marking systems, depictions of volume and light, and layering color and textures to achieve rich surface qualities. She lives in Elizabethton, Tennessee with her husband and retired racing greyhounds.
Are you new to the industry? Here is a helpful guide:
Applying to Shows
I’m new to the industry. How do I apply to shows?
The NAIA (Natl Assoc Independent Artists)recently asked professional artists how they find shows new to apply to. Most artists who responded used multiple sources but the most common one is word of mouth. Speaking with artists you know who participate in shows is often the best way to find new shows and visiting a local show can be a good way to gather information.
In our survey, the most commonly cited sources of new shows after word of mouth were:
Zapplication (Free to view events, most shows charge a fee to apply): the most widely used online jurying program for art shows . Zapplication lists only shows that use their jurying procedure but the list includes hundreds of events.
JuriedArtServices (Free to view events, most shows charge a fee to apply): Another common online jurying system and is used by several well known shows like Crafts America shows, the Smithsonian Craft Show, the Northern Virginia (Reston) show. Again, the website contains a list of shows that use their jurying procedure.
Additionally, artists listed the following resources as helpful in finding new events:
The site of the Carousel Fine Craft Show: The Kingsport Farmers Market, has quickly become a favorite location for social gatherings in Kingsport. An original building of the former Kingsport Press, the historic setting provides a unique backdrop for events such as weddings, fundraisers and festivals. The Farmers Market is located adjacent to the new Kingsport Carousel which opened in July 2015. The Kingsport Carousel features 32 hand carved, hand-painted platform animals, rounding board scenes of regional history, as well as paintings of birds, wild flowers and butterflies all painted by the Kingsport community. Work for the Carousel began in 2010 and has involved over 300 volunteers and 700 sponsors. Rides on the Carousel are included with any ticket to the Carousel Fine Craft Show.
Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre
1200 E. Center St. Kingsport TN 37660