Artist Registration Form

Show Date: Saturday, April  29, 2017

Application Deadline: Friday, January 15, 2017



Images: 4 (a booth shot is preferred)


General Information


Deaf Visual Arts Festival

Application Process

DEAF, Inc.

25 E. Frisco Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63119


VP: (314) 714-6404


Entry Deadline

Friday, January 15, 2017 Midnight PST


You are invited to submit your application for admission to the 2017 Deaf Visual Arts Festival. This Artist Application include essential details on exhibitor participation and should be read carefully prior to application.

General Information

The Deaf Visual Arts Festival (DVAF) is a one-day celebration of the visual arts held at Greater St, Louis Association's large hall. The festival is  expected to feature the works of 20-40 exhibitors and 5 performers. The goal of the Deaf Visual Arts Festival is to provide a venue for deaf and hard-of-hearing creators of quality fine art and fine craft to meet with the art-buying public. DEAF, Inc. is a Missouri tax-exempt organization and all proceeds are used to produce the festivals and to help fund other related non-profit, art-related activities. Deaf Visual Arts Festival is organized and operated by DEAF, Inc. staff and volunteers.

Artist Amenities


  • Free 8' x 8' booth
  • Website gallery with artist’s full color, thumbnail image and link to artist’s website.
  • Discounted hotel rates with participating hotels
  • Organized load-in/load-out at booth space
  • Artists retain all proceeds
  • Booth sitters available for artists during the show
  • Featured on the DVAF website, DEAF, Inc. Facebook, Twitter & Instagram providing great exposure before and after the art show.


Important Deadlines


Friday, January 15, 2017: Application deadline


Friday, January 22, 2017: Jury begins


Monday, February 1, 2017: Email notification of application status


Monday, February 15, 2017: Deadline for accepted artists to commit to exhibit.


Tuesday, March 1,  2017: Deadline to cancel participation in the 2017 Deaf Visual Arts Festival.


Art Fair Hours


Friday,  April 28, 2017

Load In: 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Saturday,  April 29, 2017

Festival Opens: 10:00 am

Festival Closes: 6:00 pm

Load Out: 6:00-8:00pm




You are invited to submit your application for admission to the 2017 Deaf Visual Arts Festival. Applications and images are submitted for consideration through the on-line form. Please carefully read the details prior to application.


Digital Images


Four (4) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist.

Three (3) images (image #1-3)must be of individual pieces of work.

One (1) image (image #4) must be of a display of the artist's work, showing overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work.


Images must accurately represent the body of the artist's work to be exhibited at the Deaf Visual Arts Festival. The DVAF requires all artists to apply on-line.


Jury and Selection Process


Potentially 40 new exhibit slots in all categories will be determined through the competitive jury process. The jury is composed of professionals working within the art community. The panel uses a blinded jury process to review a set of three images provided by each artist. The identities of individual artists are not disclosed to jurors.


Each juror will have two weeks to independently screen every application and has the discretion to work at his or her own pace. The process, materials, dimensions for each image and artist information statements are made available to the jury. Artistic excellence is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. The panel is convened to discuss their rankings and the artists with the top scores will receive invitations to exhibit. High-scoring artists who are not initially invited to exhibit will be added to a wait list and offered the opportunity to exhibit should an invited artist decline to participate in the festival.


Decisions of the jury panel are final. No juror comments are retained by the festival and no scores are shared with artists.


Acceptance of Offer to Exhibit


Any artist who is selected by the jury must notify DVAF of intent to exhibit at the Deaf Visual Arts Festival by February 15, 2017. Failure to respond by the deadline may result in revocation of the invitation and immediate invitation of an alternate from the wait list.


Rules & Policies


The Deaf Visual Arts Festival showcases artist's original work designed, handmade, created and produced by accepted individual artist alone.


No artwork from mass produced studios, collectives, or items made with commercial kits, molds, patterns, plans or pre-fabricated pieces are allowed. Artists may not exhibit work purchased in part or in entirety from other artists for resale.


Artwork must be first and foremost an artistic expression. Utilitarian purposes must be secondary.


Only original artwork produced by the exhibiting artist or co-artists' hands may be exhibited.  We require that participating artists show only work that they have signed, numbered and produced in limited editions. Such work is not considered to be reproductions.


Work produced by assistants is not allowed at the festival. Artists may utilize assistants to frame and mat artwork. Using assistants to create a portion of a piece of art to be exhibited and sold at the festival is not allowed.


The display and sale of commercially made reproductions of any kind are not allowed.


Photography must be signed and numbered in limited editions.


Printmaking is defined as hand-pulled prints, in numbered, limited editions.


Proof of originality and authenticity of work is encouraged.


Unlimited giclee prints, digital reproductions, offset reproductions,  series and/or mass editions will not be allowed.


Exhibitors must be at least 18 years old.


Artists must be present with their work for the entire Festival. Representatives may not attend in place of the artist.


Work must be consistent with submitted images.


Exhibiting Artists must comply with all safety requirements, and local and state laws.


The Deaf Visual Arts Festival reserves the right to refuse to  exhibit of work not consistent with the quality and cohesiveness of submitted images and these guidelines.


Reproduction Policy


All artwork displayed must be original and produced by the hands of the exhibiting artist.


Any method of making multiple copies of original art using photo, mechanical, digital or casting technology is considered by the Deaf Visual Arts Festival to be a reproduction, unless it numbered and signed by the artist. Our definition of reproduced art is work that meets one or more of these characteristics:


  • The work is not the product of the artist own hand.
  • The number of reproducible copies is technically limitless.
  • All copies are identical.
  • The copies are produced by commercial entities, and the artist is not involved in the process.


Methods of creating multi-copy art in limited runs, such as intaglio, lithography, relief painting and other traditional printmaking means, are not considered reproductions.


Regarding photography and digital art, the Deaf Visual Arts Festival recognizes that artwork created utilizing photographs and/or computer technology are inherently reproducible. We also recognize that the use of cropping, enlargement and darkroom and digital processes can produce different effects even from the same negative/image. All of this is allowed at the Deaf Visual Arts Festival. We require that participating fine art photographers show only work that they have signed, numbered and produced in limited editions. Such work is not considered to be reproductions.


To prevent the sale of mass produced work at the Deaf Visual Arts Festival, the Festival reserves the right to halt sales of such work on-site.


Rule Violation Policy


To insure fairness for every artist, the rules contained in this application will be strictly enforced. Artists not complying with the Deaf Visual Arts Festival policies will be asked to leave the art fair.  The Deaf Visual Arts Festival reserves the right to advise artists of any work that does not meet art fair standards and may take any action deemed necessary for compliance.


Wait List Information and Policy


Artists will be assigned wait list numbers by category. The Deaf Visual Arts Festival will begin taking artists from the wait list beginning in February and through the first day of the fair as spaces open in their categories. We cannot predict when or if a space in a category will become available.


When a wait list space becomes available, we will call and leave a message, in addition to sending an email. You have 24 hours to respond whether you'd like to take the space or not.


Artists on the wait list may also come to the festival on set-up day and wait for a "no-show" space to become available. Typically there are several spaces, that for various reasons open up on the fair weekend and we will fill them with wait list artist who are present. There are no guarantees, however.


Booth Information


Booth Space

All booth spaces are sized to 8 ft. wide by 8 ft. deep. No electricity is provided. The committee is looking for balance in terms of variety of product and the way in which it is displayed. All work must carry a selling price. Artists must exhibit work on both Fair days from 10 am to 6 pm. on Saturday.

Sales and Taxes

Artists retain all revenue from the sale of their work. No commission on sales is due to the Deaf Visual Art Festival. Artists are responsible for collecting and reporting the State of Missouri on any sales. For more information, please visit the Missouri Department of Revenue web site at:


Unloading, Parking & Set-up Instructions


You may begin unloading on Friday evening from 6:00 pm to 10 pm or Saturday morning from 7 pm to 9:00 am.  The booth must be set up by 9:30 am on Saturday. You may utilize only the booth space assigned to you. Please double check booth numbers. Please unload your vehicle as quickly as possible. Do not unload until you have a spot at the curb. No double parking is permitted.  As soon as you are unloaded, your vehicle must be moved. Please return to your spot to set up your booth. Artists may leave displays overnight, Friday, at their own risk. However, security will be provided, but any damage or loss will be the responsibility of the artists and not the Deaf Visual Arts Festival Committee.


Load-out Instructions


All artists can begin breaking down at 6:00 pm. Take your junk with you! All refuse must be disposed of in a trash receptacle. Do not leave behind articles of any kind at the booth space.


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