American Artisan Festival 2019 - EVENT SUMMARY

We’re thrilled to announce that the 45th annual American Artisan Festival will be back this year in Centennial Park on Father’s Day weekend, June 14, 15 & 16, 2019, in Nashville Tennessee. Apply today for your chance to learn first-hand the amazing experience as touted by fellow artists: historically very high art sales potential, strong rankings amongst artists, and a supportive environment for artists, sales and customer development. 

 Always free to the public, the American Artisan Festival is visited by more than 25,000 annually.  In addition to presenting the best in contemporary American crafts and fine art, visitors also enjoy public art installations, live music from Nashville’s best singer-songwriters produced by Musicians Corner, free children’s art booths, and more than fifteen artisanal food and drink booths.   

 The American Artisan Festival has had a long and successful history in Nashville since 1971. Founded by Nancy Saturn, a pioneer in the contemporary craft movement, the American Artisan Festival has been dedicated to showcasing the highest quality artists for over 40 years. Nancy lost her battle with breast cancer in 2010; however, the show carries on her tradition of excellence led by her daughter and protégé, Samantha Saturn.




I want to start by saying that I’m grateful for the opportunity to work with you amazing artists to present the American Artisan Festival as part of Nashville’s urban revival in the past few years.  I was thrilled with the success of our relaunch in 2017, 2018’s follow up event, and we have received tremendously positive feedback from the community that this event continues to be important to Nashvillians and they look forward to its continued success and growth.  Of the artists surveyed after the show, more than 90% say they would like to come back to the show if invited again - which is a resounding vote of confidence as well (thank you artists for the feedback!).

The mission for me - now 45 years after it was founded by my mother - continues to be that creating access to high-quality art and contemporary crafts is an important mission and Nashville still holds a special place in its heart for this event.  By providing direct access to artists, their work and process, we create the opportunity Nashvillians to understand and appreciate the pure joy of collecting contemporary art--whether decorative or functional. Art is what makes life worth living! I’m so honored to have the opportunity to work with you to host this show with love and commitment following my mother’s vision.  Now onto the details of the show! 



The American Artisan Festival is located in the newly rebuilt front section of Centennial Park, Nashville, Tennessee June 14, 15, 16.  Free to the public it will spread across the lawn off of West End avenue down the hill from Nashville’s Parthenon in Centennial Park. You will take Exit #1 from I-440 to West End Avenue (US 70). Drive EAST on West End approximately seven blocks.


Friday 12PM – 8PM

Saturday 10AM – 7PM

Sunday 10AM – 5PM


Show Dates:                           June 14-16, 2019

Application Deadline:           January 11, 2019 (midnight CST)

Jury Week:                              January 15, 2019

Acceptance Emails:               January 25, 2019

Acceptance Deadline:           February 8, 2019 

Booth Fees Due:                    February 15, 2019 (midnight)

Cancellation:                           March 29, 2019 last day to cancel with refund

Hotel Block Release:              May 10, 2019


Samantha Saturn, Director

American Artisan Festival

4029 Wallace Lane

Nashville, Tennessee 37215

(615) 212-9095



Application Fee: $40

Booth Fee: 10’ x 10’ space $495; 15 x 15 $675, 10’ x 20’ space is $900.

February 15, 2019 will be the payment due date for booth fees

March 28, 2019 will be the final day to receive an 90% refund.

There will be no cancellations or refunds after this date except at the discretion of the AAF team.



Images: 5 images of work + 1 booth or display image

Jurors: 4 advisors and volunteer jurors

Jury Format: Multiple rounds, first round is silent with jurors scoring 1-7, second round includes juror discussion and are scored by juror consensus and require a majority vote for an artist to move forward

Applications for Jury: Sorted by the date the application is received

Multiple Applications: If an artist has work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category they may apply with multiple applications


All sales are handled by the exhibitor. The American Artisan Festival collects no commission on sales. The exhibitor must collect Tennessee Sales tax, and instructions will be included in your welcome packet (given at check-in) regarding how the sales tax should be deposited with the Tennessee Department of Revenue.


Application, booth and other fees may be sent via check or money order to the American Artisan office if you do not wish to pay through Zapplication.  Make payable to American Artisan Festival and mail to: American Artisan Festival, 4029 Wallace Lane, Nashville, TN 37215. 

If paying by check, payments must be received by March 1st in hand. 


Exhibitors are responsible for their entire displays.

We *may* have electricity this year in limited quantities - there will be small extra charge but we will list on the booth fees section.

We will contact all artists with specific set up times and details as driving on the grass is no longer permitted. The show goes on rain or shine, and each exhibitor should make arrangements for wind or rain. (Tents must be rented in advance should you want to rent one from us. We will include tent rental as an option in the fees section once invited to participate)


The American Artisan Festival provides 24-hour security on the fairgrounds (from 7pm Thursday through 6pm Sunday); however, all artists exhibit work at their own risk. It is understood that The American Artisan Festival does not carry insurance to cover your personal property. As an independent contractor, you are advised to obtain your own insurance.


 Cash awards, including The Excellence Award and the Nancy Saturn People’s Choice Award

 Affordable Hotel Rooms blocked

 Saturday evening party post-close exclusively for Artists and their families

 Vehicle unloading/loading at booth space

 Free artist parking close to the event

 Complimentary breakfast bagels and coffee each morning

 24-hour police security during the fair

 Volunteer booth sitting during show hours (sign up at show)

 Full-scale marketing and press campaign including print, online, radio and television media outlets as well as select direct media opportunities (if interested in participating let us know!)


 All displayed work must be for sale or commission, with prices clearly marked.

 All artists must be in attendance presenting their work - no sales reps are allowed

 Electricity or other sources of ignition are not permissible inside exhibitor tent or display area. The use of generators is strongly discouraged. If a generator is essential to displaying your artwork, it must be battery operated, quiet and non-fume producing. Applicants must state the use of a generator on their Zapplication. 

 All exhibitor tents must be WHITE in color.

 Tents may not be staked in the park but rather must be weighted down.  

 No prerecorded or amplified live music of any kind is permissible in an exhibitor’s booth space



Works eligible for exhibition include clay, drawing, fiber/textiles, furniture, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, oil painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture, wood and other. Note: Artists wishing to exhibit jewelry and another medium MUST submit a separate application for their jewelry and may not exhibit jewelry unless this second application is accepted.



Exhibitors display all works at their own risk. While we have 24-hour/day security on site throughout the show and event insurance, the American Artisan Festival is not responsible for damage, theft or loss of an exhibitor‘s property, or personal injury resulting from participation in the Art Fairs.


 Artwork must be original, designed and produced by, or under the direct supervision of the exhibiting artist.No commercial reproductions, or embellished commercial products are allowed.

 Work done by a production studio is not acceptable. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist.

 If you produce work in editions, you must disclose edition numbers.

 Artists may only show work in categories and body of work selected by the Jury.

 All work exhibited must be of the quality, category and body of work of that shown in the images juried.

 All work must be original, handcrafted work. Artist guarantees the accuracy of the description of the works presented and the authenticity of the work as the creation of their own hands.

 Artists must be present with their work for the entire three days of the Arts Festival. Representatives should not attend in place of the artist unless this is cleared by the festival.  



Standard booth for each exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10’ deep by 10’ wide. Artists are to provide their own display booth, racks and/or tables in order to display their work in an outdoor environment.  Other options such as corner booths and electricity will be available for additional fees after acceptances have been given out. 


All tents must be WHITE in color and brought by the vendors.  There is no staking at all in the park so weights and sides should be included in your set up.  If you do need to rent a tent it can be done through Zapp - we pass that cost onto you from the tent company at no extra cost.  


We begin set up at 2PM Thursday before the show.  We assign two load in time options based on your booth location each of which is a window of 4 hours within which we would like you to drive in and unload.  It has allowed us to get all of the artists to their booth with flexibility.  We have a similar structure for load out and the artists can drive in and out of their zones with ease


There is no electricity throughout the park. There are a few locations that may have power which we will charge for if we can on a first come first serve basis. Generators are permissible only if not seen or heard and do not emit any odors.