2019 Application Schedule

Application Opens February 20th Application Closes July 15, 2019 Notice of Acceptance Beginning May 31st

You must read the following rules and regulations before applying to the 2019 show!

Artist Row seeks both amateur and seasoned artists to participate. Acceptance to Artist Row 2019 will be based on the creativity, execution, and originality of the work. To be considered, all applicants must submit their application, fee, and at least three digital photographs of their work through the online application.

Criteria for eligibility

Artists must have hands-on involvement in the creation and execution of each piece of work to be exhibited. We do not host vendors with work made from commercial kits, patterns, stencils or molds, or beaded jewelry made solely by restringing commercially-produced or purchased beads. We also do not host vendors selling candles, soap, plants, or personal care items. Please do not apply if you wish to sell bought/sold items, imported items, or if you are a representative/consultant for a larger business (such as Mary Kay, Jamberry, etc.).

To reiterate, we WILL NOT accept vendors of any of the following items (and you will lose your non-refundable application fee):

  1. Items that do not show explicit creative direction and involvement of the artisan.

  2. Items that are based primarily on commercial/preexisting products, patterns, or kits.

  3. Beaded jewelry made solely by restringing commercially-produced beads.

  4. Candles, soap, plants, or personal care items.

  5. Bought/sold items, imported items, or products from a larger businesses.

The most important criteria for Artist Row is your ability to bring high-quality, hand-crafted artwork to our show. We especially look for applicants that bring new types of work that stands apart in a given category or medium. It’s our goal to keep the show fresh for our perennial attendees.

Digital Portfolio

Each applicant must submit three digital photographs that clearly document their artwork. These photos must accurately represent the work to be exhibited on the day of the event. Please note: Artist Row cannot accept hard-copy photographs or physical samples of artwork.

Digital photographs must meet the following minimum technical requirements:

  • Standard image format: .jpeg or .png

  • At least 72dpi resolution and no larger than 5mb in size


The Artist Row planning committee maintains one of the lowest fee structures in Rochester to encourage small and emerging artists to participate.

You must submit a $10 non-refundable application fee with your online application. This fee covers the cost of processing your application materials. If you are accepted to the show, you will be required to pay an additional booth fee of $60. You will receive a link in your email to pay this booth fee via a secure form on the Artist Row website. Your booth space is not officially reserved until this booth fee is paid in full.


A jury will review all applications to Artist Row 2019. Selection for participation in the show is based upon a combination of factors including originality, quality, technique, and overall aesthetic. All decisions of the jury are final and the application fee is nonrefundable.

Artist Row Awards

The Artist Row judging panel consists of local art professionals and art educators.This year, the panel will evaluate each participant’s work prior to the show based on one photograph chosen by the artist and submitted with their application. The same jury will convene on-site on the day of the show to review their selections. The Best of Show winner receives the Maria A. Friske award ($250 cash prize) and an Artist Row trophy. Additional trophies and cash prizes are also awarded at the show.

Booth Space

The use of a booth at Artist Row is restricted to the artist to whom it is assigned: only the work of the designated artist may be displayed or sold. The work must be consistent with the digitals photographs submitted by the artist.

Booths are assigned in advance of the show by a group of dedicated volunteers from the Friends of the Rochester Public Market. While volunteers make every effort to assign preferred booth spaces to those returning artists that designate them on their applications, booth locations simply cannot be guaranteed. Final booth assignments are at the discretion of the Friends of the Rochester Public Market.

Each artist will be assigned a space measuring approximately 10’ wide by 10’ deep in one of the existing outdoor sheds at the market. Please note: some spaces are non-standard in size or shape. In many cases, you will be able to park behind/within your assigned booth space. For booths that do not allow for parking, ample spaces are provided around the market for artist vehicles.

Booths are empty on show day. Artists are responsible for bringing their own supplies to display their artwork in an outdoor environment, including booth structure (canopy/tent), racks, display units, tables, and chairs. While most booth spaces have partial overhead cover from the sheds, exhibitors are encouraged to be prepared for any inclement weather with appropriate rain covers, wind-shields, tarps, tie-downs, and weights.

Sales and Sales Tax

Friends of the Rochester Public Market will retain no commissions on artists’ sales. The Friends suggest that all participating artists collect and pay the appropriate New York State Sales tax (8% on all items sold). For more information about obtaining your Sales Tax Certificate of Authority, visit: https://www.tax.ny.gov/bus/st/register.htm.


Please e-mail artistrowrochester@gmail.com and one of our Artist Row volunteers will get back to you. Our show is planned and executed entirely be volunteers. We appreciate your patience!