3rd Street Artists
This autumn tradition welcomes 700 artists and an estimated 250,0000 visitors who come to purchase unique handcrafted items directly from the hands that crafted them. Always the first weekend in October and held in the heart of historic Old Louisville, this highly anticipated juried art show is consistently ranked one of the top Fine Art and Contemporary Craft Shows in the country.
As the Eastern border, 3rd Street delivers multiple points of entry to the show. Artist amenities include free breakfast and lunch all three days, booth sitting, prize money awards and 24-hour security. For artists on 3rd Street, parking is available behind the booth.
Proceeds from the show fund various community charities and activities as well as neighborhood maintenance and restoration.
3rd Street Calendar
- Applications Open: December 21, 2018
- Applications Close: April 15, 2019
- Returning Artist Registration Deadline: April 1
- Spring Jury: Late-April 2019
- Notification of Jury Status: Mid-May 2019 (by email)
- New Artist Registration: June 15, 2019
- Cancellation Date: August 1, 2019
- Mandatory Set-up: Thursday, October 3, 2019
- Show: October 4-6, 2019 (Friday: 9am to 6pm, Saturday: 10am to 6pm and Sunday 10am to 5pm)
Application Fee: $35.00 nonrefundable is due with application and is payable online at Zapplication.org. All new and returning artists must submit an application each year. 3rd Street does not accept paper applications.
Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ booths are $550 (3rd St Section Booth MAP).
Special requests can be made for corner, double or extra wide spaces (which incur additional booth fees). Booth Fees are payable at time of registration. Booth fees are payable online via Zapplication.org or checks can be mailed to 3rd Street Neighborhood Association, PO Box 3012, Louisville, KY 40201.
Sales Tax: Kentucky law requires collection of a 6% sales tax on all sales made during the Art Show.
Application & Registration Information
To Apply: Go to Zapplication.org, click on St. James Court Art Show® – 3rd Street Section
Application Deadline: April 15, 2019
Jury Notification: November 2018 for returning artists and mid May 2019, for new artists.
*One application per artist per medium. Business partners or spouses working in different media must apply separately; those working as partners to create the same body of work and occupy the same booth space may submit one application. Single artists may apply for two spaces either to display work in two separate media or to display one medium in a double space. The number of double spaces is limited and there is no guarantee regarding their availability. Artists applying in two different medium categories must submit a separate application for each. Artists may not apply in more than one category with the same body of work.
Instructions for Submitting an Online Application
The 3rd Street section only accepts applications through the online application program called ZAPP. You must have access to an email account to register on ZAPP.
- Go to www.zapplication.org
- Register with ZAPP.
- Apply to the St. James Court Art Show – 3rd Street Section using our online application. We accept 3 digital images of art work plus a booth shot.
- All artists will be notified via email of their status. (Invited, Wait List, Not Invited.)
Artists are responsible for providing their own tents and displays, which should be sufficiently sturdy to withstand weather and crowds. The average space allotment is 10’ x 10’; however, this is an outdoor show where natural and man-made obstructions can limit or increase the size. Tents should not be bigger than 10’ x 10’, nor should display height exceed 12’ to clear overhead tree branches. The show is held in a residential neighborhood; booth spaces are located mostly on concrete or grassy, tree-laden areas, with some straddling curbs, curb cuts or driveways. There are few spaces with perfectly flat ground. 3rd Street is lined with trees, which block direct sunlight; booths along Magnolia have the least exposure to the sun. All booths on 3rd Street face west; booths on Magnolia face north.
Returning artists will be given preferred booth space whenever possible and every effort will be made to accommodate the special needs. New artists will be placed in the remaining booths after returning artists have been assigned. Special requests will be considered, but the Art Show has the right to deny a request or change an artist space if it is deemed necessary. The artist’s full cooperation is expected in this matter.
Electricity is not available! No odor/quiet generators are permitted and battery-powered lighting is acceptable.
All storage must be neatly concealed within or around your booth.
No chairs or obstacles of any kind are permitted outside the designated booth space.
Booth set-up is required the day before the show starts. On Thursday, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. registration and booth set up takes place. You must register in person prior to setting up your booth. Loading and unloading is permitted in close proximity to booth locations. If your booth is located on Magnolia, we ask that after you unload your vehicle, you proceed to parking and return on foot to continue booth set-up.
On Friday morning all artists must have their booths ready for the street jury and open for business by 9 am. Vehicles may not enter Magnolia after 8:30 a.m. show days.
Each artist with a booth location on 3rd Street will be assigned the street area behind his or her booth for parking which generally allows for a full-size van or smaller. Extended vans, u-hauls and trailers will not fit and are not allowed. It is necessary for these vehicles to park elsewhere as they may not block traffic or infringe on your neighbor’s space.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing. Cancellations submitted in writing before August 1 will be refunded less a $75 cancellation/handling fee. No refunds of any kind will be made after August 1, including artists who are “no-shows”. The booth fee is for rental of exhibit space by the applicant ONLY and is not transferable to another artist. If the registered artist cannot participate, control of booth space reverts back to the Art Show and refunds are made per the above stated policy. Refunds are not made if inclement weather is experienced during the course of the show.
24-hour security is provided day and night. 3rd Street is in an urban residential area, so reasonable precautions should be taken to ensure the safety of you and your property. All work exhibited is at the artists’ own risk. It is recommended that each artist obtain general liability insurance, as the show’s insurance does NOT extend coverage for exhibit damage or bodily injury.