Information for 2017 Artists:
Learn about usThe Crested Butte Arts Festival is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to “encourage and promote the artistic and cultural environment of the Gunnison Valley”. Along with the event itself, the Festival fulfills its year-round art education and outreach mission through programs and initiative like our Art Grants, partnerships and in-school residencies.
The Festival is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors made up of a variety of art, business and community leaders from Gunnison County. The organization has one year-round director, one part time assistant director, and one seasonal employee who handles entertainment. The Festival could not operate without the 100+ volunteers who give their time each year in a variety of capacities. The Festival office is located at 601 Elk Avenue in the Chamber of Commerce building in Crested Butte, CO 81224.
Send us your paperwork, $, etc.Exhibitor contract and booth payment deadline: May 29, 2017. Please mail payment and required (signed!) paperwork to:
Crested Butte Arts Festival
PO Box 324
Crested Butte, CO 81224
Cancellation deadline: June 19, 2017 (for a full refund)
Standard Booth $375
Corner Booth $450
Double Booth $750
Double Corner Booth $800
Make your plans
Note: The Festival is opening on Friday evening this year! Please plan on arriving in Crested Butte no later than 11 am on Friday, August 4th, to ensure your booth is set up by 5 pm, when the Festival officially opens.
Festival Dates and Hours
Friday, August 4th: 5 pm – dark
Saturday, August 5th: 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday, August 6th: 10 am – 5 pm
Traveling to Crested Butte
Crested Butte is located 28 miles north of Gunnison, CO, on Highway 135. In the summer, you can also access Crested Butte via Kebler Pass Road, a 30-mile dirt road. Please visit our Area Information page for more information.
Please visit our Area Information page for more information on staying in or near Crested Butte.
Take notes – how our Festival worksArtist Map & Booth Assignments
Artist Check-In & Load-In Information
Please check in and pick up your artist package prior to setting up. Artist Check in will be located at the Crested Butte Community School, located on the right side of Hwy 135 as you head North from Gunnison (818 Red Lady Avenue).
- Check-in Dates: Thursday, August 3rd: 5 – 7 pm; Friday, August 4th: 8 am – 11 am
- Check-in Location: Crested Butte Community School, 818 Red Lady Avenue
Two shifts for load-in will be strictly enforced and are as follows:
- Shift 1: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
- Shift 2: 11:15 am – 1:15 pm
Exhibitor Parking During Festival
There are two public lots located close to the Festival site: (1) 1st & Elk; and (2) 6th & Elk (behind the Visitor Center at the 4-way stop). Overnight parking for trailers and RVs is at the CB Community School parking lot, which is located on the east side of the highway as you are entering Crested Butte from Gunnison on 135. General parking in Crested Butte is allowed on side streets; your vehicle must be ON the gravel, inside the curb, and parallel-parked.
Display RequirementsExhibitors are responsible for providing their own booth structures including: white canopy, racks, tables, display units or all other fixtures suitable for outdoor use. Exhibitors are encouraged to be prepared for inclement weather with appropriate rain covers, tie-downs and weights (required!).
The Arts Festival site does not allow for staking in, as stated in the Artist Contract: ANY PROPERTY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THE ARTIST’S ACTION SUCH AS STAKING, DIGGING, ATTACHING TO STRUCTURES, PAINT SPILLS OR STAINS, ETC., WILL BE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ARTIST. ANY FINANCIAL CLAIMS WILL BE SENT DIRECTLY TO THE PARTY AT FAULT. Exhibitors must leave their space in the same condition in which they received it, free of trash or other debris.
Each booth space measures approximately 11 feet wide by 11 feet deep. Artist MUST KEEP GUTTERS CLEAR in the event of rain. Please set your 10 x 10 booth up 12 inches away from the curb to prevent flooding and water blockages.
Artist Attendance RequirementsReasonable breaks excepted, all exhibiting artists are required to be onsite, in their booths for the duration of the show. Show hours are reasonable, and booth-sitters are available throughout the weekend.
JudgingJudging begins promptly at 10 am on Saturday. Three Judges will start at differing locations to ensure all artists are visited by at least one judge before 1 pm. Judges are on a tight schedule and will not have much time to spend talking with exhibiting artists. Please be mindful of time constraints and refrain from engaging them in lengthy discussions.
Judges will place a small colored sticker on booth signs after they judge. Please be sure to DISPLAY YOUR BOOTH SIGN prominently so the judges can access it easily. A total of six awards will be given: Best of Show, 2nd & 3rd Place, and three Juror’s Awards. Award winners will be exempt from the jury process for the next year’s Festival, with the top three winners also receiving complimentary booth spaces.
Artist Awards Party
Join us for the Artist Awards Party Saturday from 6-8pm at Mt. Crested Butte. Dinner, cocktails and awards. Artist Awards will be announced promptly at 7pm!
Sales TaxAll artists MUST fill out a sales tax form, which is included in the artist packet, and pay sales tax at the end of the Festival. Details:
- Crested Butte tax rate: 9.4%
- Sales tax payment location: 601 Elk Avenue
- Sales tax payment day/time: 5-7 pm, Sunday
- Method of sales tax payment: cash or check only
We will also have a few volunteers on site collecting sales tax forms and payments from artists unable to leave their booths.
StrikeNO VEHICLES MAY ENTER THE SITE UNTIL 6 PM on Sunday. Please have everything packed and dismantled prior to moving your vehicle on site. Hand carry & dolly out as much as you can to prevent gridlock and PLEASE be considerate of your fellow artists.
SecurityCrested Butte is a safe and clean community in which to live, work and play. People routinely walk in the area of the Arts Festival site during both daylight and evening hours. Security for your belongings is your responsibility and requires your active involvement. Use precautions you would normally take when traveling and when participating in any outdoor event to protect your art, cash and other treasured belongings.
The Arts Festival site will be routinely patrolled from the time streets are closed to prepare the site for the event until the streets are re-opened to traffic after the site has been cleared. Uniformed police officers as well as hired and volunteer security will be on duty. Nevertheless, artists are solely responsible for the security of their exhibits and equipment. The Arts Festival recommends removal of all valuables from the exhibit area each night, and the placement of all displays and related materials within the exhibitor’s canopy.