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2014 Fine Art, Fine Craft, and International Markets application

Houston International Festival

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

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Markets Application Ended $40.00 $1.79

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2014 Houston International Festival (iFest)

Fine Art, Fine Craft, and 

International Markets Application


April 26-27 & May 3-4, 2014

Saturdays & Sundays 11:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Downtown Houston, Texas


Limited booth spaces are still available. Please email markets@ifest.org with specific requests before applying.


IFest Markets Information

The high quality Houston International Festival Markets are unsurpassed in selection, quality and authenticity. Each market area is designed around a geographical theme to offer the vendor a rich and beautiful market venue from which to sell products and to attract a large crowd.

The Houston International Festival Fine Arts Avenue is a city-block gallery exclusively reserved for the display and sale of the works of artists from across the globe. The Fine Arts Avenue is a show-within-a-show located at the heart of the festival, providing maximum exposure to the city’s art buying crowd.

  • Many targeted markets help you attract interested buyers, including a Fine Art and Fine Craft Market, the African-Caribbean Market, Asian and Middle Eastern Market, the European Market, the Latin Market, and the Local Market. This year we will also feature a new market - the Boutique Market which will feature artist designed clothing, jewelry, and accessories.
  • Markets are strategically placed near gates and headliner stages to generate traffic.

Space Availability, Tent Requirements, and Cost:

  • 10’x10’ and 10’x20’ booth spaces are available. The cost for a 10’x10’ space is $450 per weekend. The cost for a 10’x20’ space is $850 per weekend. Discounts may apply for vendors and artists who reserve booth space for both weekends.
  • Exhibitors may apply for one or both weekends.
  • Spaces are assigned by the Market Director based on event needs and availability. Prime booth spaces such as corners are assigned based on booth payment date.
  • Tents must be white, of professional quality, and weighted properly on all four corners. Pop-up tents are highly discouraged. Exhibitors who do not comply with the tent requirements will be asked to leave the festival and no refunds will be provided.
  • The Festival does not provide tents, tables, chairs or any kind of set-up equipment. A Booth Rental Package including tent, 2 chairs and one table can be provided via approved festival vendor only. Information on Booth Rental Packages will be made available to all accepted exhibitors.
  • Electricity is provided at an additional cost as needed, and based on availability. Base electrical fees must be paid along with the booth fees to ensure availability.


Event Details

  • Event Hours: Saturdays & Sundays – 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • All exhibitors must stay open until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Set up on Friday from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. (On Saturday and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. all exhibitor vehicles must be removed from the site.)
  • Tent and display may remain up Friday and Saturday nights. Tear-down begins at the close of the Festival on Sunday. Vehicles enter the site once crowds are cleared.


Fine Art and Fine Craft Artists:

  • Types of media may include, but are not limited to: painting, graphics, pastels, photography, wood, fiber, clay, metal, glass, leather, paper, works of mixed media, 2-D and 3-D and any combination of these materials.
  • Individual artists, artistic co-ops, and gallery representatives are eligible to apply.
  • Exhibits must be original, one-of-a-kind, handmade works of art. Or, if the work is an edition, one of a series, or in multiples, each item must be signed and numbered in a limited edition by the artist. Ceramic works must be handmade by the artist.

International Market Exhibitors:

  • The Houston International Festival includes vendors with hand-made and culturally significant items in the International Markets. It highly discourages mass-produced, commonly available items.
  • If there are multiple applicants with similar items or services, the Markets Judging Committee will accept the earliest applicant.
  • Sale of reproductions of copyrighted designer items is strictly prohibited!
  • No amplified music is allowed.

General Information:

  • Texas Sales Tax Info Line: 1-800-252-5555. The tax rate is 8.25%
  • Booth sitting/artist relief will be provided during festival hours for individual exhibitors.
  • The Houston International Festival does not provide scholarships for travel or accommodations.
  • International Artists and Exhibitors that require acceptance letters to support visa applications should apply early to allow time for judging and visa processing. (HIF does not sponsor visas; it only provides letters to support the reason for travel.)

Application Checklist: 

  • Application Fee $40, Early-bird application fee of $25 if applying before January 1, 2014  (non-refundable - acceptance pending by Festival Market Manager)
  • Signed & completed application (Click “Order Now” above to complete application)
  • 4 .jpg photo images or photos of artwork or products
  • 1 .jpg photo image or photo of booth display

Application Deadlines:

Fine Art, Fine Craft, and International Markets Applications are judged on a rolling admission system.


Submit a complete application by January 1, 2014 and you will be notified by January 15, 2014.

Apply before February 1, 2014, be notified after February 15, 20014.

Apply before March 1, 2014, be notified after March 15, 2014.

Final Applicants who apply by April 15, 2014 will be notified on a case-by-case basis.


Limited booth spaces are still available. Please email markets@ifest.org with specific requests before applying.


Any applications that are missing images or are incomplete in any way will not be considered for acceptance until they are complete. Incomplete applications will be held for the next judging period and the Market Manager will contact all applicants about their status. Spaces are limited in each Market Area and some applicants may be waitlisted pending their final acceptance.


Booth Payments:

Booth payments are due three weeks after exhibitor acceptance notification. Payment in full for booth space, electricity fee (as needed), and tent rental (as needed) is required by the three week deadline to guarantee placement in the festival markets. Booth spaces are assigned in order of payment. Prime corner spots are given to early applicants for both festival weekends who pay their booth fees in full. (Due to construction downtown the festival footprint will change again in 2014. The Market Manager will not be able to honor all requests for specific booth spaces.)


REFUNDS: Application Fees are non-refundable. After acceptance and booth fee payment, iFest will refund 50% of all booth fees until March 15, 2014. After that date no refunds will be made.



RELEASE: Applicant’s signature on this application releases and forever discharges the Houston Festival Foundation, Inc., the Houston International Festival, The City of Houston and Harris County, all sponsoring organizations and their elected officials, directors, employees, agents and volunteers from any responsibility, personal liability, or claims of loss or damage arising out of or in conjunction with participation in the Houston International Festival.


The Houston International Festival is not responsible for any injury sustained by exhibitors, patrons or guests. Applicant stores and
exhibits applicant’s artworks at applicant’s risk. ARTISTIC CONTROL: By signing this application, applicant agrees that images submitted for review are representative of work to be exhibited and recognizes that the Houston International Festival retains the right, at its sole discretion, to advise applicant of any work that does not meet the standards of the Festival.


Applicant further agrees to immediately remove any such work from applicant’s exhibit. Failure to do so may result in applicant’s removal from the Houston International Festival and may result in applicant being prohibited from future participation. Director of Markets has discretionary right to change placement of artist/vendor. Signature of this application means agreement to comply and acknowledge all regulations stated on the application and its pamphlet.


Have questions about 2014 Fine Art, Fine Craft, and International Markets application? Contact Houston International Festival

When & Where

Downtown Houston Texas

Houston, TX

Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:00 AM - Sunday, May 4, 2014 at 8:00 PM (CDT)

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