Starkville Area Arts Council offers a number of programs and submission opportunities, from the annual Cotton District Arts Festival to period calls for submissions posted throughout the year. All applications are now taken online - no more postage, no more CDs or DVDs, and no more printing and lost materials!
Submission requirements vary widely for each of our programs. So, please be sure to read all instructions (and make sure you are submitting to the right program)!
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PLEASE NOTE: Submittable may be best viewed on a Desktop or through the Submittable Phone App.
COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT: SAAC is an equal opportunity organization. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, hiring and firing of staff, selection of volunteers and vendors, operation of programs, and provision of services. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for the public, all members of our staff, volunteers, vendors, and artist communities.
We expect all SAAC & CDAF board members, volunteers, participants, vendors, and grantees to follow the same community-engagement policy.
Are you interested in becoming a Taste of Starkville food vendor at the 2019 Cotton District Arts Festival? If you were NOT a vendor at the 2018 CDAF, please use this form to provide some basic information and the ToS Committee will contact you for further discussion. The application to be a part of Taste of Starkville is a 2-step process. New vendors are subject to initial screening. If approved, then you will be provided with a link to the approved vendor application.
If you are a previous 2018 CDAF Taste of Starkville vendor, please contact SAAC at 662.324.3080 or Taste of Starkville Committee Chair Christy Cater at firstname.lastname@example.org for the link to the approved vendor application.
DEADLINE EXTENDED - NOW ACCEPTING LATE APPLICATIONS UNTIL 2/28.
NOTE: If you wish to participate in the JURIED ART SHOW, you must ALSO submit in that category. This application is for consideration as a VENDOR in the Artisan's Village.
Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Original artwork is defined as both handmade and/or the repurposing of items which results in the creation of new and unique works of art. NO craft kits allowed. NO Tee Shirts or other factory made items (i.e. containers, furniture, etc.) regardless of artistic enhancement. Items containing collegiate or organizational logos and emblems are not allowed.
Juried selection of artists is based on creativity, quality, and originality. Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application.
- Items offered for sale must be original work of the Artist and must be representative of that described in the application. Vendors may not sell arts and crafts created by others. Items brought to the festival must be items in the same family or category of those that were submitted in the application photos. Additional items are prohibited and are grounds for removal.
- Original artwork is defined as both handmade and/or the repurposing of items which results in the creation of new and unique works of art. Repurposed items must result on the creation of a new or unique item. Examples are wind-chimes made out of silverware, bottles, etc., and sculpture made out of found objects. Adding embroidery, screen-print, or digital print to a mass produced item such as clothing, dish towels, cups, huggies, or other items does not meet this criteria.
- NO craft kits allowed. Vendors may not sell any item that was made from a pre-packaged arts and craft “kit”, such as models, rugs, paint by number, etc.
- NO Tee Shirts or other factory made items (i.e. containers, furniture, etc.) regardless of artistic enhancement. Vendors may not sell items that are factory made or mass merchandised, including CD’s, tee shirts, etc. All items must be the explicit creation of the vendor, and vendors must be able to describe in detail, the artistic process they used to create their item(s).
- Items containing collegiate or organizational logos and emblems are not allowed. Any item that requires licensing by a third party is prohibited. Therefore, arts and crafts that contain college or organizational logos, emblems, or mascots cannot be sold at the festival. This includes all Mississippi State University emblems and logos, as well as those of other colleges, universities, national sports organizations, or corporations (e.g. Coca-Cola, etc.). To clarify, items that have a connection to any university, business, or organization, are using a college, organization, or business logo as a selling point, and the vendor is attempting to profit from the use of such, is prohibited. For instance, using licensed fabric that is printed with the MSU logo to make quilts and sell at CDAF is prohibited. However, using plain maroon fabric with no logo or emblem to make and sell quilts is permissible.
- Juried Selection of artists is based on creativity, quality, and originality. Final selection of artisans is based on the artistic creativity, originality, and quality presented in the written description and accompanying photographs submitted in the vendor application. Preference is given to items that are created using traditional handcraft methods, therefore it is important to detail methods used in creating items.
The following is a list of Arts and Craft items that are considered appropriate. Note that this is only a guide and is not all inclusive, nor is it an automatic acceptance. For the purpose of completing the application, items that are designed to serve a utilitarian purpose generally fall into the traditional crafts category, including furniture, wooden spoons, bird feeders, wind chimes, boxes, basketry, clothing, candles, soap, etc.
- Paintings – Original (oil, acrylic, water, mixed media, and other) on canvas, wood, paper, and recycled objects. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial prints (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original paintings along with prints is desired, for example, a booth might have a balanced assortment of 20 original paintings hanging and flip bins containing 10 prints of each.
- Sculpture – (metal, wood, glass, mixed media, other). Three-dimensional art objects made with any type of material which prime purpose is aesthetic and not so much utilitarian or functional.
- Graphics (Drawing, Printmaking, Calligraphy, and Photography)
- Drawings – Original (pencil, pen and ink) on paper. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial prints (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original drawings along with prints is desired.
- Calligraphy – Original hand lettering on paper or canvas. Framed prints must be signed and numbered; commercial reproductions (not signed or numbered) may be sold separately (in bins). All prints must be clearly marked as reproductions. If selling prints, remember that a good mix of original drawings along with prints is desired.
- Printmaking – Block prints, screen-prints, typography - hand pulled prints, and other types of individually created prints on canvas or paper, all must be individually signed and numbered. Commercial reproductions must be clearly marked and sold separately (in bins). No screen-printed tee shirts.
- Photography – Artist’s original photographic prints; including black & white, color, or enhanced.
- Ceramics – All clay based art and craft - hand thrown or built (mold made ceramics must be labeled).
- Jewelry – All types and materials.
- Traditional Craft – include all craftsmanship items that are designed mostly to serve as a utilitarian purpose. Examples include but are not limited to:
- Woodworking – furniture, boxes, pens, spoons, bird houses, toys, etc.
- Furniture – all materials,
- Fiber/Fabric – handcrafted garments, millinery items, knitted items, crocheted items, bows, etc.
- Decorative Art: Basketry, Stained Glass (sun catchers, windows, boxes), Pressed Flower Art, Paper Crafts (Origami, hand-made paper & books); Gourd Art, Wind chimes.
- Other: Candles, Soap, Condiments, etc. - There is small limited number of booths available for items that are in the “Other” category.
- Condiments: These are items such as dip mixes, sauces, and honey. All items must be pre-packaged, recipes and packaging must be original and proprietary of the vendor, and all items must meet federal, state, and local health regulations.
- For all other food based items, such as baked goods, cookies, crackers, etc., and ready to serve or pre-packaged foods, please refer to the Taste of Starkville application.
If you still have eligibility questions after reading these instructions, please send an email to CDAFArtisans@starkvillearts.org. If you have technical issues, contact Submittable by clicking the "?" in the upper right or lower left of the form.
IF ADMITTED, you will receive a SECOND FORM to collect your booth fee. No admitted vendor will be allowed to set up until booth fees are paid.
NOTE: If you wish to participate in the ARTISAN'S VILLAGE as a vendor to sell artwork, you must also submit in that category. This is for the Juried Show only.
The Juried Art Show is a competitive, juried show where pieces may be listed for sale. Judging occurs in 2 phases: 1) acceptance to the show and 2) competition for prizes at the show. Starkville Area Arts Council and the Cotton District Arts Festival encourages submissions that reflect a diversity of talent, perspective, and medium. Show us what you've got!
SAAC and CDAF and the Juror reserve the right to remove any piece from the Juried Art Show that, in their judgment, fails to adhere to the theme or these parameters. This ensures equitable treatment of all submissions, while also maintaining the integrity of the Juried Art Show as a professional experience for both artists, buyers, and the public.
Works must be your original work, created within the past 3 years, and may be submitted in any of these categories:
- 2D (Painting, Drawing, Mixed Media)
- Photography & Graphic Design
- 3D (Sculpture and 3D Mixed Media)
No piece may extend more than 48" on any one side, and no piece may weigh more than 100 lbs.
Open to artists 18 and up. For artists under 18 (or any artist who has not finished high school), please check the submission opportunities for the Student Art Competition.
Works accepted into the Juried Art Show will compete for monetary prizes. Prize amounts vary based upon funding. Previously, prizes have ranged from $50 to $1,000.
Please send us an image for each work to be considered for the Juried Art Show. Each submission may include up to 3 pieces. You may submit multiple times, but no more than 3 pieces will be admitted for any single artist.
Each work may be submitted only to one category. An artist may submit other pieces to other genre/categories OR multiple works to the same category. Upon acceptance, works must be delivered gallery ready (framed or gallery wrapped and ready to hang with wire ONLY). Works may be marked for sale (most works are listed for sale). You'll receive further instructions upon acceptance.
NOTE: Diptych, Triptych, and Sets (ceramics, pottery): if considered one piece, then these must be submitted, labeled and priced as one piece.
2019 JUROR: Kate Cherry, Executive Director of the Meridian Museum of Art.
Kate has served as Executive Director for the Meridian Museum of Art for ten years, where she has installed more than one hundred exhibitions; curated more than fifty rotating exhibitions; and handled all aspects for the annual Bi-State and People’s Choice Competitions. In addition, Kate has extensive experience touring the arts festival circuit as well as teaching in local after-school art programs.
Thank you for submitting to the 2019 Cotton District Arts Festival Songwriter Competition!
The top 10 applicants will be selected to compete in a live performance at Dave's Darkhorse Tavern on March 31, 2019. Songs should be original works written and composed by the submitter. In the application form, please paste the url where the Songwriter Committee can view/listen to your song online.
DEADLINE: March 1, 2019.
NOTE: If a teacher, please use the submission form marked TEACHERS.
Are you an elementary, junior high, or high school student in Oktibbeha County? If so, and you'd like to enter the 2018 CDAF Student Art Competition, then you're in the right place. This form may be used to submit your artwork (submissions are also being accepted from teachers, so be sure to check with your school teacher to see if they are submitting for you).
Apply by March 20, 2019. Send us your best work (the images you provide must be of the work you wish to submit). One submission per student per category. Cell phone pics are appropriate.
On acceptance into the Exhibition, your work MUST be gallery ready. Mounting (on cardboard, mat board, foam core) is required. Matted and shrink-wrapped is preferred (it will protect your work). Works do NOT need to be framed. Two categories are available, and you may submit up to 1 piece per category:
- drawing / painting / mixed media
Craft kits are not allowed. The 2018 CDAF Student Art Competition will be on display in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on April 11, 2019, in downtown Starkville.
Are you a teacher in Oktibbeha County for young artists? If you'd like to enter your student(s) in the 2019 CDAF Student Art Competition, then you're in the right place. Although submissions for students under 18 will be taken directly from teachers, any student who is 18+ at the time of submission may submit on their own (see www.cdafestival.com for instructions).
Please submit by March 20, 2019. Send us their best work (the images provided must be of the works to be submitted). Only submission per student per category. Cell phone pictures are acceptable.
On acceptance into the Exhibition, each work MUST be gallery ready. Mounting (on cardboard, mat board, foam core) is required. Please let us know if this poses issues. Matted and shrink-wrapped is preferred (it protects the work). Works do NOT need to be framed. Art must be ready to hang on the wall. Categories available:
- drawing / painting / mixed media
Craft kits are not allowed. The 2019 CDAF Student Art Competition will be on display in the Greater Starkville Development Partnership on April 11, 2019, in downtown Starkville.
Starkville Area Arts Council awards youth summer scholarships for art-related programs in performing arts, music (choral or instrumental), applied arts, visual arts, or creative writing. Funds may be used for lessons, camps, workshops, auditions, or any activity that builds artistic development. All awards are paid directly to the camp or program for the benefit of the student.
Applicants must be between the ages of 10 and 18 and reside in Oktibbeha County. Applicants may not be currently enrolled in or attending college. One recommendation letter is required. The letter should address the student’s commitment and skill level. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Parents & Guardians should sign this form on behalf of students who are under 18. Decisions are based primarily upon merit, although a student’s need will also be considered. The applicant should be thoughtful and specific when answering the 3 questions below.
Deadline for submissions: submitted or postmarked on/before April 1, 2019.
Starkville Area Arts Council awards small grants to teachers and administrators for innovative K-12 projects in the arts (or arts education) that incorporate visual arts, music, theatre, dance, or literature into class curriculum. Grants up to $200 are awarded for specific classroom projects and grants up to $500 are awarded for more general projects that affect multiple classes or an entire school. Teachers or administrators may apply. Funds are paid to the teacher or administrator for the benefit of the project, absent extenuating circumstances.
Projects must be completed within the 2018-2019 academic year OR before May 1, 2019, whichever comes first.
Starkville Area Arts Council awards grants to organizations and individuals for artistic endeavors in Oktibbeha County across all art disciplines: visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, and arts education. The organization or project must align with SAAC's mission to build a strong, creative, connected community through art. For organizations with robust arts programming, SAAC will consider requests for general operating support. We are particularly interested in projects (or public programs) that use art to address community issues, or provide direct services (in the arts) to communities in need, or create public works of art. SAAC is unlikely to fund another scholarship program and is RARELY the sole funder for a project. This is not an exhaustive list: please feel free to call us before applying!
PLEASE NOTE: Most grant amounts are in the $500-1,000 range. Grant requests greater than $2,500 will not be considered.
DEADLINES: Applications must be for projects that will be completed by June 30, 2019. Applications are due on/before April 1, 2019. Applications may close if all funding is awarded before the deadline.