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Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival 2020 – Call for Entries

Closing on: Oct 18, 2019

Event Summary
Celebrating our 15th year, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is a jewel of the Texas fine arts tour and is ranked among the top arts venues in the country. This is a festival that appreciates its artists and art patrons! Set along the Waterway that runs through The Woodlands Town Center from The Marriott Waterway Hotel and Convention Center past The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion and Town Green Park, 200 national and regional artists sell their original creations. Artists benefit from the location 27 miles north of the greater Houston area with over 4 million residents and 1 million along the Montgomery County/North Houston corridor. http://www.thewoodlandsartscouncil.org/festival/

General Information
The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is presented by The Woodlands Arts Council, Inc., a non-profit organization with Board of Directors, Advisory Committee and more than 500 community volunteers.

The mission of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, Inc. is to provide regional cultural enrichment opportunities that encourage, support and promote the performing and visual arts.

Our strategic priorities are:

  • Present The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival and other community art events
  • Offer scholarships to aspiring young artists
  • Support performing and visual art programs in the schools
  • Develop partnerships with others to create a strong arts presence in the area

The Woodlands is a master-planned community, home to over 100,000 people and over 5,000 businesses. The Woodlands Town Center is a regional draw for more than 1 million people located north of Houston in South Montgomery County. The Woodlands has over 460 world-class shops, including world renowned department stores, specialty shops, unique boutiques, and nearly 150 area restaurants.  To see more go to: https://visitthewoodlands.com/


Apply online at www.zapplication.orgWe use ZAPPlication for communication and marketing information. Be sure your profile information is current and correct in ZAPPlication. Please use proper capitalization.

Each Artist is required to submit a total of four (4) images (three images of work and one booth image), and one complete application per entryalong with a $40 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee per application.

If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category, they may apply with multiple applications (up to five).

All work must be original work made by the applying artist.

Work to be exhibited must be represented in the jury images. Types of work not reflected in your submitted images will be noted by the judges at the festival and future festival participation may be denied.

For each medium entered, include three (3) images of artwork completed within the last three years that accurately represent the current body of work to be exhibited. The Booth Slide (fourth image), preferably taken at an outdoor venue, must illustrate the artist’s presentation of their work and display.  The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work and helps identify the scale of the artist’s work.

Note: This is a blind jury process, please do not submit booth images that include identifiable signs or a photo of the artist. Failure to adhere to this policy will result in immediate disqualification.

The recommended image size is 1920 pixels on the longest side, with an approximate file size of 2.0 MB. For more information, please access www.zapplication.org/imaging_tips.phtml

On October 26 thru 30, 2019, a Jury, consisting of judges who have been selected based on their specific interests, professional knowledge and/or background with our festival, will jury the applications.  Prior participation in The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival does not guarantee automatic selection to the festival. Festival staff members are not voting members of the panel and their opinions are not reflected in final jury scores.

  • Applications are juried in media category.
  • Images will be sent to each juror and they will view them in high res, one artist at a time using their own computer monitor.
  • The artist statement is available to the jurors.
  • Each application is juried anonymously and given a numerical score from 1 – 7, with 4 not being used.
  • Scores are tabulated and acceptance awarded to the highest scoring applicants within each category. The jury will select a balanced show composition, but there are no quotas.
  • Artists will be notified of status by email listed in ZAPPlication profile by November 15, 2019.


No mass-produced reproductions allowed.

Only artists juried into the JEWELRY Category may display and sell jewelry.

2-D is any work that is by design intended to be displayed on walls with a one-sided orientation.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required) 

Fee (Jury fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.

Discipline Categories: Crafting Arts Visual Arts
Opportunity Types: Call for Entry