Big Four Bridge Arts Festival Opening Announcement

Big Four Bridge Arts Festival presents September 9th and 10th, 2017 an Arts Festival on the lawn overlooking the Ohio River.

“Call for Artists” starts January 1, 2017 through March 30, 2017. Notification of acceptance is on June 15th.

This has been 3 years of planning to make this event a pleasant experience for all.




Downtown Louisville Waterfront Park Big 4 Bridge Lawn
Louisville, Kentucky (South)

Phone: 502-435-7602
Show Dates: 9/9/17 – 9/10/17
Application Deadline: 5/1/17 Midnight EST
117 day(s) and 8 hour(s) remaining


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (application fee(non-refundable)): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary

Loacated in downtown Louisville, KY on the Big Four Bridge Lawn, 4 acres of tree lined walks overlooking the Ohio River . Bettter than 2 million people visit Waterfront Park annually for special events. Ample Parking and trolley service for our patrons. Located within walking distance to downtown Louisville’s accomadations, restaurants, Nulu, 4th St. Live, and Whiskey Row. The quality juried artist will be presented in a location that was built to showcase festivals and special events.Three years in the planning to make this a pleasant and profitable experience for all involved. Community inclusion and support for the arts has spawned a loyal and highly engaged audience that will attend  and support our festival. We invite you to join us “Louisville Loves the Arts”. This is a free event for patrons.  The dates for this event are Saturday, September 9th, (9 a.m. to 7 p.m.), Sunday 10th,(9 a.m. to 5 p.m.). There will be a light breakfast for the artist Saturday & Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.. Friday September 8th will be e-z in out setup 8 a.m. till 4 p.m. and Friday evening is  the free “Premiere Gala” (optional for artist) will be from 5 p.m. till 9 p.m.

General Information

All interested applicant artist  will be invited to participate in our annaul “Premiere Gala” at the Big Four Bridge Lawn the evening of Sept. 8th. Which features local entertainment, beverages, snacks, performing arts, and artist booths (optional to artist). An evening with the potential for the invited patron to meet the artist in a relaxed atmosphere. This event can develop a bond for the patrons and sales for the artist.This is all optional for the artist after their set-up on Friday. Hours for the Gala are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please notiify Festival Staff  that you would like to participate in this oppertunity to meet the invited patron that are known to support the arts in Louisville.

We want the Emerging Artist to participate. If you have interest in participating by showing your work and you are new to exhibiting, we ask that you use web site application. There is a $25.00 non-refundable application fee, you will be juried in the Emerging Artist category. Once you have been accepted  you will be notified and given your schedule of dates. You will be required to attend a class are make arrangements with staff for a alternative . There is only 20 positions for the Emerging Artist category above the 80 – 100 juried artist. Booth fees are 50% of Juried Artist ($212.50, possible scholarship, or sponsorship). All transactions are handled by the Festival Staff of the directly. Application dates start January 1st and end March 30th, 2017@ midnight ET. Staff will notify you of your acceptance by phone are email by April 30th. Please use web site for contact and all information in Emerging Artist category.

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