Holiday Arts Festival 2020

Call For Artists 

  • All mediums welcome.
  • Early setup available.
  • Free booth fee* [$100 booth deposit is required to hold space, but will be returned at the festival]
  • Space is limited to 50 spaces.
  • Average attendance 2500-3000.
  • Extra hands for loading, unloading, and booth-sitting.
  • Onsite dining options available for purchase.
  • Artists are expected to participate both days.
  • Homestay opportunities (limited availability)

NOTICE: In response to the evolving public health risks posed by the COVID 19 virus, some event details are subject to change without notice.


Festival Hours
Saturday, November 14 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Sunday, November 15 | 10:00am – 4:00pm
Early Set-Up Friday, November 13 | 9:00am – 5:00pm
Artists are encouraged to use this opportunity to beat the rush and stress of setting up the day of the festival.
Day of Set-Up Saturday, November 14 | 7:00 – 9:30am
Artists must be ready for business by 9:30am
Carts, dollies and personnel will be available to assist with loading and unloading. Festival volunteers will also be available to provide breaks throughout the event. All festival spaces will be secured overnight.

Artist Party Saturday, November 14, 4:30pm
The Friends of the WCA will host a special reception for participating artists Saturday evening. Additionally, continental breakfast is provided for artists on Saturday and Sunday.

Friends of the Art Center will also provide a homestay option for artists. Availability is limited and offered on a first-come first-served basis.



Each artist must submit 6 images (5 images representative of their current work plus, 1 image showing an indoor booth display). The Selection Committee must review all artists. Artists will be notified if they are selected by September 11. Selected artists must agree to participate both days of the festival.

There is a $30 non-refundable application fee paid through Zapplication. Each Selected artist is required to mail a separate check for the $100 booth deposit. We will return all check deposits to selected artists at the festival after setup.

All cancellations should be made in writing or by email, and must be received by Friday, October 16, 2020, in order to have your $100.00 deposit returned. Cancellations received after Friday, October 16, 2020 will not be refunded.

Only artists invited to participate in the fest will be required to send in a $100.00 deposit to hold their space. If you intend to have a double booth a $200 deposit check is required to hold both spaces. Checks will not be cashed ahead of time before the festival. Selected artists must agree to participate both days of the festival and may not tear down or leave prior to the close of the festival. Checks will be held and not processed, then returned at the festival. Deposits will not be returned to artists who do not comply with terms of this agreement.

During the festival reproductions of artwork presented must be clearly marked. Over half of the total works presented must be original works, created by the exhibiting artist, and not reproductions or resale items.

Unless notified ahead of tme all Images submitted with application of the invited artists may be used for the sole purpose of promoting this years festival and participating artists. If you perfer the Waterloo Center for the Arts not to use any of your images for this purpose plesae let us know. 

September 7, 2020 All submissions must be received by 11:59 pm
September 9, 2020 Jury process begins
September 11, 2020 Artists notified of jury results
September 28, 2020 $100 deposit checks due. Your check will be returned at the festival. No check will be cashed unless you do not show up or you cancel after October 16, 2020.
October 16, 2020 Artists deadline for cancellation



There are 50 spaces available, with a limit of two spaces per artist. A deposit check is required to hold each space. If artists intend to share a booth, both artists must complete the jury process. This is an indoor festival and space is limited. 10’x10’ spaces are in limited supply, otherwise available spaces are 8’x10’. Existing general lighting varies so artists are encouraged to provide additional booth lighting.

One 6’ foot table, chairs, and electrical hook-up will be available by request at no extra cost. Please indicate if you require an electrical hook-up.

Your Booth Fee is Free!
Booth Deposit
(deadline September 28, 2020)*
Single booth deposit – $100
Double booth deposit – $200

*Checks will be held and not processed, then returned at the festival. Deposits will not be returned to artists who do not comply with terms of this agreement.