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Art Providence Show 2019
November 8, 2019 to November 10, 2019
RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI 02903
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Application Dates:
Jan 14, 2019 - Apr 26, 2019
Application Fee:
Late App. Dates:
Apr 27 - Apr 29, 2019
Additional Late Fee:
Notification Date:
May 11, 2019




NOVEMBER 8-10, 2019

Set-up and Preview Event - Friday, 11/8
Show Open to Public – Saturday, 11/9 and Sunday, 11/10

LOCATION: Rhode Island Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI 02903

APPLICATION DEADLINES: 4/26/19 (regular); 4/29/19 (late)
APPLICATION FEE: $35 regular (through 4/26); $60 (4/27 – 4/29)


The Art Providence Show was created in 2017 to (a) replace the Rhode Island School of Design’s holiday show after its successful 20-year run, (b) broaden the show to include other talented artists alongside RISD alumni artists and (c) become one of the premiere arts and crafts events in New England. Now in its third iteration, this show is growing in popularity with artists and attendees alike. Artist comments from 2018’s show include the following:


 “A GREAT show - my sales were fantastic. Thanks for a creative,
well-organized and well-promoted show.”

“I was impressed with how well rounded the show seemed to be and the quality of the work being shown…many of the attendees commented that the show was better than ever.”
“Thanks for running a really great show. Attendance was really good with a lot of serious shoppers.”

 “I had a great show - even better than last year!”


Providence, Rhode Island has a long, rich history of creating and making, starting with the Industrial Revolution. Known more recently as the Creative Capital, it is home to the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and other premiere academic institutions – all of which enrich the city’s creative community and cement its reputation as one of the crown jewels of art, design, and making in the US. Providence is also a vibrant yet accessible city in terms of restaurants, nightlife and live entertainment. It is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend getaway destination. We can think of no better city in which to celebrate and promote the work of artists and artisans than Providence.


The show will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence and will host approximately 150-175 artists in the following format:

Friday, November 8 Load-in/Set-up (8am-4:30pm) and
Preview Event (5-8pm)

Saturday, November 9 – Show open to public 10am – 6pm
(artists in place at 9:30am)

Sunday, November 10 – Show open 10am – 4pm
(artists in place at 9:30am)

A qualified panel of jurors is assembled each year to select artists making superlative work in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, drawing, furniture, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.

All images will be viewed using computer monitors. Applicants will be notified of jury selections on Juried Art Services and via email shortly after the completion of the jury process.

Waitlisted exhibitors are queued for acceptance based on their juror scores and media category. Approximately 85% of artists will be selected through an open jury process and 15% will be invited by the jurors and/or show management.

Early Stage Artist Program (ESAP)
The majority of artists in this show (approximately 90%) will be established or ‘mid-career’ artists who’ve been selling their work in public forums for 5 years or more.  The remainder will be ‘early stage’ artists who are newer to the world of marketing and selling their work. In an effort to make the show more accessible to these artists, we have developed the Early Stage Artist Program (ESAP) for artists who have been selling their work in public forums for 4 years or less. ESAP creates a pathway to show participation and provides the same benefits at a lower cost due to its booth-sharing format. Each large ‘community booth’ will be shared by 4-6 ESAP artists. ESAP booths are 20’W x 10’D x 8’H and come with electricity, basic lighting, and a display fixture. Each artist will have a dedicated space measuring at least 4’W x 2’D x 8’H. The center area will be designated as common space. There are limited spaces available. All eligibility requirements, participation rules, terms and conditions as stated herein apply to ESAP artists. (The same rules/eligibility/terms & conditions apply to all applicants, regular and ESAP alike.)  Again, ESAP is restricted to artists who have been selling work in public forums for no more than 4 years. Established artists are not eligible for this program.

There are two deadlines to apply to the show: regular deadline April 22 ($35 application fee) and late deadline April 29 ($60 application fee).

Artists are asked to submit a total of five (5) digital images - 4 that best represent their work and 1 showing their booth display. Work will be juried based on originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities.

Please ensure that the e-mail address you provide is accurate, and that both Juried Arts Services and Art Providence Show are listed in your e-mail Contacts so that communication from us does not go to Spam. 

The Art Providence Show strongly encourages both established and early-stage artists to apply.

Before applying, please make sure your work meets the
following criteria:

1. All work must fit within an acceptable media category. Acceptable media categories include: baskets, ceramics, drawing, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, sculpture and wood. All work must be original and made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. Art Providence encourages one-of-a-kind and limited-edition work.

2. No commercial reproductions of any kind are allowed. This includes embellished commercially made objects and works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits.

3. Artists are accepted for participation must be in attendance at their booth during the entire show. No agent, dealer, or representative may attend in place of the artist.

4. Collaborating artists are permitted, however, any representation other than a true, hands on artistic collaboration is not permitted. Collaborating artists are defined as ‘artists who assist and/or collaborate with the primary artist on their body of work.’ Two artists working on separate bodies of work may not share a booth.  

5. Artists may only show work in categories selected by the jury. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, and category of work that was juried through digital images.

6.  Artists may apply in a second category, but must submit a separate application for that body of work. Only work that has been accepted by our jurors and/or show management may be shown or sold at the show.

7.  Use of “SALE” signs is prohibited. Artists may price work as they see fit, including verbal price negotiation directly with the customer, but artists are not permitted to display discount or mark-down signage in their booth.  

Please note:  Individual Artists who wish to apply in two different categories must submit two separate applications and application fees. If both bodies of work are accepted, both may be shown. If only one body of work is accepted, only that body of work may be shown.

Application Fee
The application fee for the April 26 deadline is $35 (non-refundable). The late application fee for applications received between April 27 and April 29 is $60 (non-refundable).

Booth Fees and Descriptions:

  • Regular 10’ x 10’ Booth Fee - $660 
  • Corner upgrade (limited quantity available) - $200 (Open on two sides rather than just the front)
  • Double-wide 20’ x 10’ Booth Fee - $960 (limited quantity available)
  • ESAP Early Stage Artist Booth Fee - $375

Standard booth package includes the following:

  • 10’W x 10’D x 8’H booth space
  • 8’H pipe and drape – 3 sides
  • Booth signage – name and booth number
  • Listing in the digital show program guide
  • Booth number listing on exhibitor floor map
  • Bio listing and image for each artist on the show website and in the official online show directory
  • 4 complimentary tickets

What’s Not Included:

Standard package (regular and double-wide booths) fees do not include electricity, WIFI, displays, additional cross bars, floor covering, tables chairs or other furnishings. * Artists may purchase electricity through the RI Convention Center. Other furnishings may be rented through the decorator company. Booth sharing is not permitted in standard booth packages.

ESAP booth package includes the following:

  • 4’W x 2’D x 8’H space within a shared 20’W x 10’W x 8’H
    booth space
  • Display structure
  • Listing in the digital show program guide
  • Booth number listing on exhibitor floor map
  • Bio listing and image for each artist on the show website and in the official online show directory
  • 4 complimentary tickets
  • Electricity
  • Basic lighting
  • Does not include WIFI, floor covering, additional furnishings or ancillary services such as shipping.

Art Providence will be publicized in a variety of regional print, radio, and digital outlets including the following:

  • Local and regional advertising and public relations including but not limited to outdoor, print, radio, digital, e-mail blasts and collateral
  • Bio listing and image for each artist on the show website and in the official online show directory
  • Event coverage on social media sites including Facebook and Instagram
  • 2018’s marketing efforts generated over 4.2 million impressions across print, radio, billboards, and digital. E-mail artprovidenceshow@gmail.com for detailed recap.

*Featured areas on the website and full-page ad opportunities in the event digital program book will be available at an additional cost.


  • Application Deadline: April 26, 2019 - $35 application fee.
  • Late Application Deadline: April 29, 2019 - $60 ($35 + $25 late application fee).
  • Jury Process: Week of April 29, 2019
  • Jury Notification: All applicants who apply through Juried Arts Services will be notified of their status via Juried Art Services. Please make sure to check your JAS profile by May 11, 2019.
  • Booth fees due: Booth fees must be paid in full by June 18, 2019.

Artists who submit their request in writing by July 2, 2019 are eligible for a 75% refund of booth fees.

Artists who submit their request in writing between July 3, 2019 and October 10, 2019 are eligible for a 50% refund of booth fees.

Beginning October 11, 2019, no refunds will be given.

Application fees are non-refundable.


Please contact us with questions at artprovidenceshow@gmail.com.

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