Artist Applications

2016 Artist Applications

Welcome Artists!

All applications for the 2016 festival must be submitted online at 

ARTISTS: Please check back after May 15. Our jury has selected and invited the 2016 artists. If we have openings for more artists we will announce a 2nd round of applications. Your application will be welcome at that time! 

The direct link to apply is: Apply at Zapplication  Please contact the Festival Director if you have questions: [email protected]

Due to significant increases in park permit fees it was necessary to raise the 2016 application and booth fees. Festival management is focused on enhancing artist and guest amenities and continues to identify ways to attract buyers of fine art and fine craft.

We wish to thank Nora Hardin for her exceptional management of this festival in 2014 and 2015, and as Executive Director for the Pikes Peak Arts Council.

In 2016, festival management is by Colorado Event Design. Seasoned festival managers, Danna and Clyde Tullis will organize and manage our 2016 festival. They also produce other Colorado fine art and music festivals: Denver Sloan’s Lake Fine Arts & Music Festival, Denver Berkeley Park Fine Arts & Music Festival, Salida Riverside Fine Arts & Music Festival , and Parker Fine Art & Music Festival presented by Parker Lifestyles at O’Brien Park. These shows are posted on Zapplication and more detailed information is available at their website:

Important Dates  

          Accept Artist Applications:  12/17/15

Application Deadline:  4/8/16

Jury: 4/9-11        Artist Notification: 4/13

Accept Invitation & Purchase Deadline:  5/13/16

Artist Setup: Friday, 4/1/16

2016 Show Dates: Sat.  July 2 . Sun. July 3 .   Mon. July 4

Located in the heart of downtown Colorado Springs, the 12th annual Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival will be held in America the Beautiful Park. With a stunning view of Pikes Peak, the park is named for the iconic American anthem inspired by the mountain itself. A juried arts festival, Pikes Peak Arts Fest exhibits 100 national, regional and local artists.

A small entry fee ($5) to the public helps support an excellent holiday weekend of fine arts and music.  The sound will be monitored so it is complimentary to the artists and their booth guests. The event features a primary focus on visual artist booths, and also includes three days of music performances and arts happenings.  We are proud to report that in 2015 we exceeded all prior year’s sales and expect to build on that momentum in 2016.


Festival Location & Show Times

America the Beautiful Park . Downtown Colorado Springs

Saturday 10:00am – 8:00pm   . Sunday 10:00am – 6:00pm  

Monday 11:00am – 4:00pm


A jury of artists and arts professionals will review artist applications, with artistic quality serving as the primary criteria. Jurors will be looking for work that is well conceived and executed, and which exhibits creativity and originality. All works displayed at the festival must be the artist’s own original handcrafted work.

Artists are required to submit 5 images, to include 4 images of work and 1 of the booth. Depicted work must be current and representative of work to be brought to the festival.

Medium categories include:

Clay . Drawing/Pastel . Glass . Jewelry . Leather . Metal . Mixed Media . Painting

Photography . Printmaking . Sculpture . Textile/Fiber Art . Wood . New Artist . Other

In 2016, Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival is continuing with a New Artist Program, designed to attract and assist area artists without previous festival experience. Up to 5 artists will be selected to be eligible for a waived booth fee and free rental canopy provided by the festival. More details and eligibility information for this new program are available below under the New Artist Program heading.


Nonrefundable Application Fee: $35

Booth Fees:

10′x10′ single booth: $345  . 10′x20′ double booth: $690

Shared booth $100 additional . Corner $75 additional . No electricity available.

Applications and fees must be paid via

If you have a hardship regarding use of Zapplication, or other questions contact the Festival Director: [email protected]


Any artist wishing to share a booth must apply individually. Should one of the artists interested in sharing a booth not be selected to exhibit, the remaining artist will be given the option to exhibit individually, and purchase the full booth at the regular booth fee. The festival reserves the right to limit the number of shared booths offered at the festival.  There is a $100 booth fee for the second artist in the booth.


Artists wishing to exhibit work in multiple categories should submit separate applications for each media category. Artists may only exhibit work from accepted categories.


The application fee is nonrefundable. Booth fees can be canceled with written notice (either email or postal mail) until May 21st, and will be refunded less a $35 processing fee. No booth fees will be refunded after May 21, 2016. The festival will take place rain or shine.


A wait list will be maintained, and artists on the wait list will be notified of any openings as available.


In 2013, we introduced a New Artist element to the festival, designed to attract and assist area artists without previous festival experience. We will continue with this program in 2016.  Up to 5 artists will be selected to be eligible for a waived booth fee and free rental canopy provided by the festival.

To apply for the New Artist program, artists should include 5 images of work, one of which will be input under the “booth” heading. Artists should also select “New Artist” as the media category.

Up to 5 artists will be selected for the program. New Artist selection will take place as part of the regular jury process, with artistic quality serving as the primary criteria. Secondary criteria will consider ensuring that a diverse group of artists/mediums are selected. Artists applying under the New Artist category who are selected to exhibit, but not selected for the New Artist program, will be moved by festival staff into the appropriate media category, and given the option to exhibit and purchase a booth at the regular booth fee.


Artists will need a valid year insurance policy and a valid year Colorado Sales Tax License to exhibit. Insurance is available for $39 (single show) at More details are available when you apply online at


Artists are responsible for the set-up and removal of their own displays, furnishings and trash, and should be on hand to staff their booth throughout the festival.

Artists retain all revenue from their work–no commission is charged by the festival. All sales are transacted directly between the artists and the buyer. Artists are responsible to report and pay their own state and city sales tax.  Please note this is new in 2016.  It is required that each participating artist report their gross sales for annual PPAC statistics.  This helps with future sponsor outreach.


Pikes Peak Art & Music Festival strives to make the festival every bit as enjoyable for artists as it is for the public. We make every effort to have volunteers available to assist in loading, unloading, and booth sitting as available. Artist’s will enjoy also enjoy a super easy load in and Artist’s Breakfast. Monetary awards will be given to selected artists. And we will continue the tradition of selecting three artists for a Pikes Peak Arts Council Walter Ruttimann Award.