2019 Stone Arch Bridge Festival

General Information

Show Dates: Saturday, June 15 and Sunday, June 16

Application Deadline: 4/10/19

Location: Minneapolis Riverfront District is an ideal setting for this legacy festival of the arts! The festival stretches along the Mississippi River anchored by the historic Stone Arch Bridge and iconic Hennepin Avenue Bridge.

Features: The Stone Arch Bridge Festival is a platform for artists to sell, share inspiration and receive recognition for their fine arts and crafts. Additionally, the event offers: A platform for local musicians to showcase, a fun family activities area, and the Pop Art Father’s Day Car Show.


Important Dates for Artists

  • April 10 Application deadline at midnight (CST)
  • April 17 Jury results e-mailed – First Round Invites, Wait List Notice.
  • April 29 First Round Acceptance and Booth Purchase Due Date. Second round invitations will be extended on April 30
  • April 30 Second round invitations sent.
  • Booths will be available to puchase on first come, first serve basis, until sold out.
  • May 3 Booth sales close / Deadline for cancellation with 50% refund. After May 3, there are no refunds
  • May 8 Space/booth numbers assignments sent to artists
    (NOTE: dates subject to change).


Festival Schedule

Friday, June 14
8 am – 5 pm Event set up

Saturday, June 15
10 am – 7 pm – FESTIVAL HOURS

Sunday, June 176
10 am – 5 pm – FESTIVAL HOURS
5 pm – 8 pm – Event load out


Important Artist Information

  • Located along the Mississippi River within walking distance of the heart of
    Downtown Minneapolis
  • This festival has been a Father’s Day Weekend tradition in the Twin Cities for 2 decades
  • 200+ Artist booths – 13 Categories
  • More than $150,000 in media in Twin Cities area – print, tv and radio.
  • Nearby and free parking for artists
  • Drive-up/day before show set-up
  • Overnight security



  • Completed Application with correct medium (category) selected.
  • Images: 5 (a booth shot is not required but highly recommended)
  • Jury Fee: $25 Non-Refundable



We strive to include quality and unique work in the 13 categories. Our goal is to include artwork that is accessible to a diverse buying audience and available in a variety of price points. No sell-through items. The artist attending the festival must handcraft all work. Prints of photography, drawings, painting and printmaking may be sold if original work is also present. Henna and caricature artists need to apply to management for invitation status.

  1. Ceramics: All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry is accepted in this category. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed each piece must be signed.
  2. Mixed Media / Digital Art: This category includes any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. Traditional photographs taken through a digital media should apply in the photography category. This category also includes works, both 2 and 3-dimensional, that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
  3. Drawing: Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush are to be entered in this category.
  4. Glass: No forms of mass production are permitted.
  5. Jewelry/Beadwork: This includes jewelry items and sculptures. Also includes lamp work. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
  6. Jewelry/Metal/Stone: Jewelry with fine metals that may include precious stones. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
  7. Metalworks: Includes all non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals. No production studio work is allowed.
  8. Painting: Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc. are in this category.
  9. Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image, which have been processed by that artist, or under his or her direct supervision, are included in this category. Artwork must be in signed and numbered limited editions, on archival quality materials. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.
  10. Printmaking: Printed works for which the artist’s hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. All photogravure, photocopy and/or offset reproductions, will be rejected. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.
  11. Fine Crafts/Sculpture/Wood/Fiber: Three-dimensional original work done in any medium. Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. This can be wearable or non-wearable.
  12. Emerging – Designed specifically for artists who are beginning their career in the art world and have very little experience exhibiting and selling their artwork. The application procedure and jury fee are the same as the regular show, however, upon acceptance emerging artists will pay a lower booth fee. Applicants must currently be a student and/or the first year of their business. A limited number of these booth spaces are available.
  13. Culinary Arts – Pre-packaged handcrafted culinary products. These artists need to apply via our Culinary Arts Quarter manager, Stephanie Hansen. For an application, email shansenmarketing@gmail.com . No jury fee.


Festival Favorite Awards

One awarded in each (13) medium. Prize package includes:

  • $100 check
  • Acceptance into the 2020 Stone Arch Bridge Festival
  • Jury fee waived for the 2020 festival
  • Booth fee waived for the 2020 festival (in the same area – or available for upgrade for additional fee)
  • Festival Favorite ribbon
  • Marketing and publicity during and after the event


Two Great Shows!

NEW SPECIAL OFFER – Stone Arch Bridge Festival artists will receive an automatic invite and acceptance with NO jury fee to participate in Art in Bayfront Park! If you are accepted to the Stone Arch Bridge Festival, and want to participate in Art in Bayfront Park your jury fee for Art in Bayfront Park will be applied towards your booth fee.


Contact Information

Heather Williams
email: heatherwmpls@gmail.com

Culinary Artists
Stephanie Hansen
email: shansenmarketing@gmail.com

General Festival Management
Sara Collins
email: sara@somersetamp.com

Festival Business Office
Stone Arch Bridge Festival
900 Wayzata Blvd
Suite #130
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 952-473-6422

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