We love to meet new Artists.
If you'd like to explore the possibility of becoming involved in an ArtWorks Foundation event,
this is the place to start.
First, we want to make clear that our efforts are targeted toward creating opportunities for
professional Artists: our shows feature the most skilled & talented artists we can find.
Hobbyists, and people who are just starting their careers might be considered,
but if you are in those categories, your work needs to be really impressive.
Similarly, our scholarships are not awarded to students or beginners:
applicants must be established, working artists who can demonstrate how opportunities for
continuing studies will enhance their skill sets.
That said, if you want to participate in shows that are designed for Artists,
rather than shows that use Artists as a hook,
then, our shows may be the alternative you've been seeking.
All of our efforts are focused upon developing opportunities for Artists.
We do not aim to have the largest crowds; we aim to attract the highest percentage of buyers.
Most of our presentations solicit applications online through Zapplication.Org.
We also promote these opportunities
through email services that target Artists,
such as Art-Linx, Art Fair Calendar, and Art Fair Source Book, as our budgets permit.
ArtWorks Foundation stages shows for Artists.
We believe the only successful shows
are those at which Artists sell work.
Our only goal is the success of
the Artists whom we seek to serve.
Our jury instructions focus on quality.
We don't add people just to achieve numbers. We also limit the number of artists
admitted in each discipline to avoid
over saturating categories.
We could sell more booths,
but if the level of work is lacking, we don't.
I generally have two criteria for shows.
That they are indoors, and that they are fun to do! I can make an exception on the indoor/outdoor situation...but the show MUST be fun to do. It’s hard enough to do shows, so when the promoter acts like he's doing you a favor and makes you feel like a second rate salesman... that is just not where you want to be. Greg is a gentleman, a delight to work with, and works his butt off to bring you customers. Not to mention terrific company. The shows are well organized, and the concept is thought out.
I would not hesitate recommending to anyone to
try out one of ArtWorks Foundation's shows and see if it works for you!
I have participated in ArtWorks Foundation shows for three years now and have had nothing but good experiences. The Management has been professional, accommodating, and unwaveringly helpful in making my vending experience pleasant and successful. The quality of work chosen has been consistently 'top notch' and the venues have always been classy, inviting, and indicative of a high-end shopping experience.
The show has been well-publicized, well-attended, and consistently lucrative for me. I have every intention of participating again this year
and hopefully for many to come.
As an artist and a seller, I’ve never felt so welcome at a show. The thoughtful planning and accommodation for sellers is evident. Greg is also a canny networker who brings in smart customers, ready to buy, who become loyal collectors. Loyalty all around is what makes these shows something to look forward to, for everyone involved.
Artworks Foundation's shows are always of the highest caliber and attract a sophisticated demographic; they enjoy shopping for high-quality fine craft. The juried artists can hope for strong sales from a buying public. During the pandemic, the director has gone out of his way to provide plenty of social distancing, sanitation stations, masks and signage to keep everyone safe and healthy.
WinterArts has consistently been one of my best shows and I am honored to be invited back each year. It is professionally organized and marketed, and has an extensive list of loyal supporters. I am looking forward to participating in more of ArtWorks Foundation shows in the future.
ArtWorks Foundation shows are always beautifully curated. Attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship seem paramount to the the show director. The shows consistently introduce my work to a new audience. ArtWorks Foundation shows have a loyal following of
collectors who come to buy.
Every detail of an ArtWorks show is well planned from the choice of timing and venue to the amenities. The shows are promoted through every avenue from billboards and radio to an extensive mailing list and on the internet. But the best thing about these shows is that they are carefully curated for the best quality and balanced representation from each media. Louise Coulson, Metalsmith, Aberdeen MS
Artworks Foundation shows are the BEST shows I do all year! Greg really knows how to find the best locations and the most talented and unique artists! And, he knows how to lay out the shows to make them fantastically visually appealing. He works tirelessly to be as accommodating as possible. For outdoor events, he secures the most lovely settings and the best food trucks. And for indoor events, the most patron accessible and beautiful spaces available. The shows are always well advertised through billboards and media and have gained a really great customer base (with plenty of money to spend on art). Apply to an Artworks Foundation show.
You won't regret it!
We did an ArtWorks Foundation show for the 1st time during COVID.
They did an AMAZING job of spacing out the booths, tons of hand sanitizer stations, plenty of Face Mask signage and even complimentary clear face masks for the Artists.
Greg really puts his heart into creating a successful show.
We saw so many thoughtful details, and the load in and load out was super easy.
My husband and I average 25-30 shows a year and Greg’s show was one of the best to participate in for being the most thoughtful, and on top of that, one of the most profitable!
This is a magic unicorn show!
It’s always been a personal and financial pleasure to do an Artworks Foundation show. Greg knows his market and
brings in the shoppers.
Artworks shows are the most beautiful and well organized shows I’ve ever been involved with. The organizers and the artists they host are always so professional and supportive of each other. I always feel so lucky to be involved!
- Cheryl Hazelton, Wood Worker,
My husband and I have been in the field of flame work glass beadmaking for over 30 years. We traveled nationally for art shows and are so thankful to have ArtWorks Foundation's high quality shows close to home. The director always goes above and beyond to provide the best layout and services for all the artists. We've enjoyed Artworks Foundation shows in Tennessee, Mississippi & even nearer our home in Arkansas.
- Sage Holland, Beadmaker, Fox AR
As an Artist in these crazy times (Covid) you are just scared of how things will turn out. I believe you should walk lightly on this earth and trust your instincts and remember those who were good to you and for you. Thanks a lot Greg for having the courage to move forward in life and helping others to see its not all bad.
I've been fortunate to be juried into the last 3 Art in the Loop shows. As an artist, it's vital that the shows organisers bring an appreciative/knowledgeable audience, and ArtWorks has never failed to do that. From the moment of being juried in, to the actual event taking place, ArtWorks (Greg), has always kept in communication about everything concerned with the event. This includes how ArtWorks are promoting the event (local advertising, TV, and radio), providing links to promote the event using my own social media, and local information for artists (hotels, restaurants, parking etc). These things are an important part to my being successful. Art in the Loop is one of my most enjoyable shows on my calendar, and I look forward to applying every year. The event has always been well organised, from get-in to breaking-down, the team of volunteers who come round regularly to check if I need a comfort break or water, are an intrinsic part of its success. There is great value in that for me as an artist because I also feel valued and welcomed into this friendly, and supportive environment.
As part of ArtWorks Foundation's commitment to “help artists grow in their business and their work,” we award an annual scholarship of *up to $500.00 towards an Advanced Study course, offered between February and January. (Applications should be made in January, but may be applied for later in the year, or awarded retroactively, if funds have not been fully allocated).
To be eligible for this award, you must have participated in a minimum of three (3) ArtWorks Foundation shows in the past ten (10) years (i.e., Art Squared, art2wear, Art Paired, Art in The Loop, The Great Exposition, WinterArts, etc.; note: consignment arrangements at WinterArts do not count).
You must also submit a letter describing the course you want to take, and what you hope to learn from it (include the name of the institution, date of course, cost, etc...a link to any info about the school/program would be helpful). Additionally, describe any travel costs that may be associated with taking the course, and how you plan to meet **expenses not covered by the scholarship. You must ALSO submit three (3) pictures of your most recent work.
Send applications to firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to ArtWorks Foundation / 60 North Century / Memphis TN 38111.
An independent jury from various arts organizations and festivals in the Southeast will select the recipient(s).
*The scholarship funds may be divided among up to three applicants at the jury's discretion.
**Scholarship funds will be awarded in two phases: 40% upon request, and 60% upon proof of course completion.
“I think I have been an Artist my whole life: I started tinkering with modeling clay and sketching at a young age; whittling with a pocket knife, building and all manner of making. I’m a wood Artist. I use wood as my main medium; I use a wood lathe as my main tool for creation. I have been on a journey of learning and sharing that has not dimmed but burns ever brighter as the years pass. I feel as a professional artist, that the more I learn, the more I can share. In this never ending journey of learning I am taking a week long course at Arrowmont with Michael Lee, a world renowned wood Artist from Hawaii.
He is a master turner, carver and embellisher. Taking this class will further enhance my skills as an artist.”
Dennis received an advanced studio scholarship from ArtWorks to help with expenses involved in this one week learning experience at Arrowmount School of Arts & Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN.
“I have been a fiber artist for over 30 years producing wearable art and interiors from hand painted silks and velvets. I developed a fascination with merging silks (feminine) and metals (masculine) 10 years ago and began incorporating found metal objects and knitted metal mesh into my wearable art and interiors. I’ve enjoyed successful collaborations with other metal artists, but was still unable to have the control I wanted. I now want to gain a more in depth knowledge and capability in metal art to more fully express my vision.”
Lisa Received an advanced study scholarship from ArtWorks Foundation to help with expenses toward a three month course, Torch Techniques 1 in Jewelry Design, at Vanderbilt University’s Sarrat Art Studios. The course – taught by Nancie Roark – will allow Lisa greater freedom to incorporate metal into her work as a fiber artist.
Cathy Talbot is a life-long resident of Tupelo, MS. Cathy has also had a life-long interest in art, but she only began to study how to create it after raising her son. Classes at the National Ornamental Metal Museum and Memphis College of Arts led her to the art of enameling.
Cathy handcrafts jewelry using torch and kiln-firing to fuse glass enameling to copper and fine silver. “My jewelry designs begin with the hand fabrication of copper or fine silver sheet metals. My process then continues with vitreous/glass enamel fused to the metal by kiln or torch firing. Pieces are further enhanced by using various techniques, unique mountings, and elements such as gold leaf, fine silver, etching, or horse hair.”
Cathy, a longtime participant in WinterArts, used her scholarship to attend classes in Dimensional Enameling taught by the renowned enamelist, Anne Havel. The classes, offered by the Enamel Foundation, were staged at Thompson Enamels, Bellevue KY.
Hi, everyone. Our set up for Art in The Loop begins on Friday, April 14, at 9:00am.
We will set up on a City street: Ridgeway Loop Road (between Briarcrest Ave. & Ridge Bend Rd.).
The street will NOT be closed before 9:00AM. You must access the festival site from the WEST end of Ridgeway Loop Rd., by following Ridgeway Center Parkway (which will become Ridge Lake Blvd) past the Hilton, and then taking a right onto Ridgeway Loop Road; the street will be closed at the corner of Ridge Bend Rd.
Our festival runs along Ridge Loop Road from Ridge Bend Road to Briarcrest Avenue (see map link). You may line up on Ridge Lake Blvd, or in the building lot at the SE corner of Ride Lake & Ridgeway Loop. DO NOT Drive on to the Festival Grounds ahead of time.
Artists whose names begin with A-M should be in line at 9:00am; artists whose names begin with N-Z will line up at 9:20am. This process should not take long. You will be asked for your name, and then handed an envelope with your badge and space number, as well as a map of the site.
There will be staff on-site at additional points along the road to help direct you to your space. Numbers will be marked on the curb to indicate your space.
You may drive up to –and unload at – your space. You should park in the 10+’ space to the west of your space, or parallel immediately in front of – and abutting – your space.
DO NOT park in the middle of the street: DO NOT block the flow of traffic. All vehicles must be removed from the festival grounds by 11:00am (not one second later, as we have to man the barricades to let you out).
You will exit Ridgeway Loop from the EAST side of the festival, to one of two approved parking lots: either, Mission Church (6000 Briarcrest Ave, near east side of festival: take first left on Briarcrest, then ahead one short block; the church will be on your left); OR, First Evangelical Church (near the WEST side of the festival; heading straight past Briarcrest Avenue on Ridgeway Loop, and then make a right onto Ridgeway Center Parkway (which will become Ridge Lake Blvd when it passes the Hilton: the street ends at the church). There is no overnight parking in these lots!
Then, walk back to your space (there will be additional – closer – parking lot access on Saturday & Sunday).
Remember that we need to save any nearby street parking for our guests!
If you have a trailer to drop, or are traveling in an RV, and you did not contact us to reserve overnight parking instructions, we will TRY to find you space: you must contact me by Sunday April 8, 2023.
There is limited off street parking for trailers and RV’s, which are assigned by permit.
Remember, you each have a corner space (actually, open on three sides); tents will face the middle of the street; the back of your tent should be 3 feet away from the curb (to allow water to flow if it should rain). You may use the grass median behind your tent for storage (do not block the gutter or the sidewalk).
Do not spread out on the street in any direction more than 2’ beyond your 10’x 10’ tent; this 2’ limit includes: awnings, signs, artists’ work, displays, check-out podiums, chairs, etc.: you will be required to move anything extending beyond these parameters.
Also, remember that all tents must be weighted as per our specifications in Zapp: “All tents must be suitably weighted: at least 50 pounds per corner, suspended from the top of the tent” (i.e., not sitting on the base of the tent poles, that will not prevent a tent from being blown over): you are liable for any damage done by your tent to the tents/work of other artists.
Art in The Loop officially opens at 1:00PM; if you cannot be set up in the 4 hours allotted, do not panic: there is no penalty for failure to be 100% ready by 1:00pm. Before some of you ask: No, you may not start setting up early: the street is open to traffic until 9:00am: there are no exceptions.
Art in The Loop is open to the public on Friday from 1:00pm to 6:00pm; on Saturday from 10:00am to 6:00pm; on Sunday from 11:00am to 4:00pm: no packing up is permitted until 4:05pm; no vehicles will be admitted for move-out until 4:30pm.
1) Move in begins at 9:00am, on Friday, April 16th.
2) Vehicles must be removed by 11:00am
3) Festival “Opens” at 1:00PM
4) Festival move out begins at 4:05pm on April 16th.
Greg (email@example.com; or, m. 901-826-3196)
NOTE: I can read text messages, but prefer to call with replies. Email is a better way to get in touch prior to April 13th.
NOTE: Take Ridgeway Center Parkway to Ridge Lake Blvd (the street changes names as it curves past the Hilton), and turn right onto Ridgeway Loop Road to get in line for set up. (Please note, you may not drive onto the site from the Briarcrest Avenue side; you have to go around to the west entrance at Ridgeway Loop and Ridge Bend Rd).