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Art @ the Park 2021 - Quiet Waters Park
October 16, 2021 to October 17, 2021
Annapolis, MD
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Application Dates:
Feb 4, 2021 - Apr 9, 2021
Application Fee:
Late App. Dates:
Apr 10 - Apr 16, 2021
Additional Late Fee:
Notification Date:
Apr 30, 2021



Art @ the Park 2021
October 16-17, 2021 - 10am to 5pm

Application Opens: February 4, 2021, Application Dates: February 4, 2021 - April 9, 2021, 
(Late registration through April 16, 2021 w/adjusted fee)
Application Fee: $25.00, Notification Date: April 30, 2021

Art @ the Park is a regional festival (Mid-Atlantic Region) located in Annapolis MD in the magnificent setting of Quiet Waters Park. It features original artwork from exhibitors throughout the region and includes musical performances, other activities, eclectic food, and beverages.


  • Submit electronic (jpeg) views of four (and only four) recent works completed within the past two years. In addition to the four views of your work, you must submit one jpeg illustrating booth presentation. IMPORTANT: please delete all identifying information from both your artwork and booth view. Applications without a booth view will not be processed.
  • A blind jury will evaluate your views, and you will be chosen to participate based upon the quality of your art.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Once the blind jury has chosen the exhibitors, area assignments will be made upon a first come, first served basis with consideration to weight of jury vote and booth design, so it is to your benefit to submit your application as early as possible.

Submit your online application no later than Friday, April 9, 2021. (Late application closes 5:00 pm Friday, April 16, 2021 - $10 additional application fee during the late period.) Artists will be notified of jury decisions by Friday, April 30, 2021.

The jury process will focus on fine arts and unique offerings. All submitted art must be the original design and work of the applicant and exhibit a high level of innovative competency and artistic skill.

Twelve categories are accepted: Ceramics; Consumables/Gifts; Fiber; Glass; Graphics/Print Making/Drawing; Jewelry; Metal; Mixed Media; Painting; Photography; Sculpture; Wood

Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.

Includes items that can be used such as soap, candles, jellies, etc and utilitarian gifts such as pens, clocks, paper cuts, etc. A limited number of these items will be accepted.

All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.

Original work in which the primary material is glass. Works may be functional or decorative in design and crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting, etching, or kiln-forming. No mass produced items.

Graphics/Print Making/Drawing
Original works created using traditional printmaking methods including block, etching, engraving, lithograph, and silkscreen. Also, work created using dry media including pencil, chalk, pastel or charcoal, etc. or from fluid media like inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

All jewelry (whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, or other materials) must be entered in this category. No strung pearls or beads. Items may be made of any mix of materials and any method of construction. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work.

Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work. All work must be signed by the artist.

Mixed Media
Original multi-dimensional work that incorporates more than one type of physical material in their production. Materials used must be evident in the finished work.

Oils, acrylics, and watercolor.

Prints created from the artist's original negative processed by the artist. Prints made from negatives, transparencies, or digital files and manipulated with computer programs and printed on large scale ink-jet printers are included here. Works may also be collages or assemblages of photographs, made by the artist. Includes images from a digital camera or standard digitally processed images digitally to perform standard manipulations (e.g., cropping, color/tone adjustment, sharpening, etc.). Prints must be signed and framed to hang on the walls or matted and signed if displayed in a bin.

Original, free standing works incorporating any materials that are carved, modeled, constructed or cast.

Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

Description of Your Art
Please submit a brief description of your art for the jury. Descriptions of more than twenty words and those containing any elements that identify the artist will not be used.


  • The festival features exhibition space both inside in the park’s Visitor and Blue Heron Centers and outside in the Formal Garden between the two buildings and on the adjacent patios and porches. Prices range from $100 for an outdoor uncovered space to $200 for an inside space.
  • Interior spaces comprise minimum areas of approximately 48 square feet with a front dimension of 7.5 to 8 feet. Interior spaces are irregular in shape so flexibility in exhibit design is necessary.
  • Outside spaces are approximately 100 square feet with dimensions of 10x10 feet. Tents are required (and supplied by exhibitor) for all uncovered outdoor spaces within allowable dimensions.
  • Exhibitors are required to stay within the boundaries of their assigned spaces and will be required to remove any items falling outside those boundaries.
  • Booth spaces will be assigned in the best interests of the festival. The coordinators reserve the right to make changes in display location.
  • Once the booth assignments are made, you will be asked to pay the rental fee.
  • Flexibility in accepting an outside space is desirable.
  • Exhibitors may only show work typified by submitted images.
  • All art displayed must be for sale. Special sales and discounts are discouraged, as they tend to detract from overall quality.
  • Each exhibitor is responsible for presenting an attractive appearance and keeping the area clean.
  • Exhibitors may not sublet or apportion space to anyone else.

Directions to the park, and a park unloading area map with booth location will be provided upon acceptance.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the festival.

COVID-19 Considerations:
In this unsettled time, it is still impossible to predict where the country will be in its battle against COVID-19. At this time, we are proceeding with the hope that in mid-October, conditions will be acceptable for a festival. However, because there is no way to determine that 100%, if we do need to cancel at any point, full refunds will be given for any space rental fee incurred and most of the application fee will be refunded. See the full policy below.

In case of cancellation by the exhibitor, The Friends of Quiet Waters Park will refund space rental fee to exhibitors. Only if the space can be allocated to another. No refunds will be given for cancellations within a month of the festival.

​However, if the artist must cancel because they or a family member have contracted coronavirus, space rental fee will be fully refunded and $20 of the $25 application fee will be refunded.

While every attempt will be made to maintain advertised festival hours, unforeseen circumstances including but not limited to severe weather, may result in shortened hours. The decision to adjust hours or shorten festival hours will be made by park staff with participant and consumer safety at the forefront. The Friends of Quiet Waters Park, Anne Arundel County, or staff/volunteers assume no responsibility for any losses incurred by the exhibitor, including, but not limited to, damage to exhibitors’ property, lost sales revenue, exhibition costs, or personal injury.  The exhibitor is strongly encouraged to consult their insurance advisor about obtaining independent event, exhibitor, liability, or other necessary insurance coverage.  In the case of shortened or cancelled festival hours, no refunds of booth registration fees will be given.

In the event that The Friends of Quiet Waters Park deems it necessary to cancel the festival due to coronavirus concerns, $20 of the $25 application fee will be refunded and if space rental fees have been collected, they will be fully refunded.

The festival benefits The Friends of Quiet Waters Park, a 501(c)(3), non-profit organization that supports the park through advocacy and volunteer work. All funds raised through the festival are used to support Quiet Waters Park and its programs.


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