FESTIVAL: Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival 2018 Open Call for Artist Submissions






PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is officially accepting applications for participants in the 59th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, June 1–10, 2018. The nation’s premier free, community arts festival seeks a diverse group of visual and performing artists of all disciplines and career stages. The festival attracts half a million visitors annually to enjoy an extensive array of music, performance, visual arts, crafts/art-making activities and a renowned Artist Market.

This year’s call for visual and performing artists welcomes artists and performers who have never before participated in Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, emphasizing brand new art and original work. Applications will be accepted from October 2, 2017, through January 16, 2018. Application status notifications will be sent to all applicants in late March of 2018.

Travel + Leisure named Pittsburgh one of the Best Places to Travel in 2016, stating “the Steel City is reforging itself into the Arts City.” Thrillist listed Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival in Every Outdoor Concert Worth Attending In Pittsburgh This Summer. The 10-day arts celebration in downtown Pittsburgh has grown to attract local, regional, national and international artist participation, showcasing a broad spectrum of works and talent. In 2018, artists will have the opportunity to explore the following opportunities:

Artist Market presented by Peoples
Featuring 350+ independent artists selling handmade work in an open-air setting, the Artist Market is attended by hundreds of thousands of visitors. The show is ranked among the nation’s best by Sunshine Artist Magazine, offers $10,000 in cash awards, and features a new selection jury in a wide variety of media.

Juried Visual Art Exhibition
Showcasing exceptional new art by regional artists (150-mile radius) in various stages of their careers, and in a variety of media, the JVAE delivers high-quality visual arts to Festival fans in an indoor gallery setting. The jury process is “blind” and cash awards go to the best in show and jurors’ top picks.

Emerging Artist Scholarship Program
Established in 2002, the Emerging Artist Scholarship Program of the Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival provides individuals the opportunity to take an important first step towards a future in fine art and craft shows. The program supports the growth and longevity of fine arts and fine crafts in the Pittsburgh region with a special devotion to introducing new art forms to the Festival and new audiences to emerging artists.

Music & Performing Arts
Musicians, dancers, actors, literary, and performance artists from around the region and globe present original work on stages and in spaces throughout the Festival, including Point State Park, Gateway Center, and the Cultural District.

Special Project / Collaboration 
Creative original concepts, multidisciplinary work, and multi-artist collaborations leave lasting impressions with visitors each year. The Festival’s geographic footprint and artists’ imaginations are the only bounds for proposals.

On Wednesday, November 1 from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust in collaboration with the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council will host an Artist Information Session and Mixer where potential exhibitors will have the opportunity to gain insider knowledge on the application process, past artist submission success, and curatorial selection process. Presentations will be made by Sarah Aziz – Director of Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, Jennifer Owen – Principal & Director of Production, Melissa Franko – Special Projects Manager, and Ivette Spradlin – Juried Visual Arts Exhibition Coordinator. Early registration for this event is encouraged, as space is limited. Interested applicants can register for the Info Session and Mixer here.

Applications will be accepted from October 2, 2017, through January 16, 2018. To learn more about the submission categories and to apply, visit www.TrustArts.org/TRAF or call (412) 456-6666.

About Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival
The Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival, a production of the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, is a 10-day celebration of the arts in downtown Pittsburgh unlike any other in the nation. This world-class, multi-disciplinary festival is free to attend and open to the public. Attracting over 500,000 visitors annually, the Festival begins on the first Friday in June and takes place at the confluence of Pittsburgh’s famed three rivers in Point State Park, throughout picturesque Gateway Center, and in the city’s world-renowned Cultural District. Now in its 58th year, the Festival’s loyal visitors have enjoyed an extensive array of music, performance, visual arts, crafts/art-making activities and a renowned Artist’s Market featuring over 300 artists from around the country. Artists are selected through a rigorous jury process–emphasizing quality, craftsmanship, and presentation in a wide variety of media, from jewelry to painting, woodworking to photography. The programming line-up for the 59th annual Dollar Bank Three Rivers Arts Festival will be announced in the spring of 2018.

About Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has overseen one of Pittsburgh’s most historic transformations: turning a seedy red-light district into a magnet destination for arts-lovers, residents, visitors, and business owners. Founded in 1984, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a non-profit arts organization whose mission is the cultural and economic revitalization of a 14-block arts and entertainment/residential neighborhood called the Cultural District. The District is one of the country’s largest land masses “curated” by a single nonprofit arts organization. A major catalytic force in the city, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust is a unique model of how public-private partnerships can reinvent a city with authenticity, innovation, and creativity. Using the arts as an economic catalyst, the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust has holistically created a world-renowned Cultural District that is revitalizing the city, improving the regional economy and enhancing Pittsburgh’s quality of life. Thanks to the support of foundations, corporations, government agencies and thousands of private citizens, the Trust stands as a national model of urban redevelopment through the arts.
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