Art Providence Holiday Show 2018 - December 7-9, 2018   ARTIST INFO


Here you'll find content from the update e-mails we send.

Scroll WAY down for the 2018 Show Prospectus, or go directly to to see the original application. 

Click here to see the 2017 Show Re-Cap, including attendance, marketing/PR, artist survey results and more.


E-mail 1: Sent Monday, June 4, 2018

Congratulations and welcome!

If you're receiving this, it's because your work has been accepted for the 2018 Art Providence Holiday Show. Well done! The work submitted this year was overall even stronger than last year, and last year's was excellent. Clearly, the word has spread about what we're aiming to build: a high-quality art, craft and design show representing a wide diversity of artistic styles and talent. This e-mail includes a booth payment reminder and a couple of notes regarding communication as we approach show dates - December 7-9, 2018.

But first, a huge thank you:
Some of you will be coming from as far as Oregon, Florida, and California. Thank you. Many of you are RISD alumni who believe that maintaining a high-quality show in Providence is important, relevant and more important than ever. Thank you. Others are returning artists from last year - artists who took a chance and are committed to the continued success of the show. Thank you. Many of you are coming from throughout New England (and beyond) and recognize the potential of continuing - and evolving - a long-standing tradition and the value of opening applications to all artists working in the included categories. Thank you. All of you have worked hard to get to where you are in your creative pursuits and are putting your faith in this 'new-not-new' show in the hopes that together we can build something really special. THANK YOU!

Booth Payments
Booth payments are due June 22, 2018. You must (no one likes that that word - sorry) complete this step in order to reserve your space in the show. (Many of you have already done so - thank you.) Completing this process in June allows us to plan our marketing and operational efforts and you to plan your 2018 show schedules with certainty. Please let us know if you have decided not to participate so that we can release your spot to someone on the waitlist. Use the link below to complete payment and remember to check the Corner Upgrade box if you'd like to secure a booth with two open sides rather than one:

Booth pricing:
Regular: $600
Double: $900
Corner Upgrade: $175
ESAP: $350
For details, see the Exhibitor Info tab located at the bottom of our website:

After June 22, we will begin contacting artists on the waitlist. Again, your participation/space is not guaranteed until your payment is received. If you pay after June 22 and do not hear from us, it means your space is still available and has been secured. If your space is no longer available, you will receive a refund. Please contact us directly if you have special extenuating circumstances and we will try to work with you to find a solution.

How We Communicate
This is how we'll communicate information about the show, so please be sure to check this Inbox regularly as we get closer to show. The content of these e-mails will also be posted in the 'Exhibitor Info' tab on our website

How best to reach us?
It is often easiest to reach us via e-mail at or You should make sure both of these addresses are added to your Contacts so that our messages don't go into Spam. For urgent matters, you may text us at (617)-708-6404. (Be sure to tell us who you are!). You may also leave us a voice mail but texts will get seen/processed more quickly.

We'll be announcing more info as we move closer to show dates. In the meantime, let us know if you have any questions.

Stay tuned, keep creating and have a great summer!


 The Art Providence Holiday Show features over 200 artists from throughout greater New England and beyond. Apply by April 20, 2018 on

The Art Providence Holiday Show features over 200 artists from throughout greater New England and beyond. Apply by April 20, 2018 on


  • Set-up and VIP Preview Event -  Friday, 12/7
  • Show Open to Public – Saturday, 12/8 and Sunday, 12/9
  • LOCATION: RI Convention Center, 1 Sabin Street, Providence RI
  • APPLICATION DEADLINES: 4/20/18 (regular);  4/27/18 (late)
  • APPLICATION FEE: $35 regular (through 4/20); $60 (4/21 – 4/27)

*While there may be minor variances in wording, the content of this Prospectus is the same as that posted on on February 13, 2018.



The Art Providence Holiday Show was created in 2017 to (a) replace the Rhode Island School of Design’s holiday show after its successful 20-year run, (b) broaden the show to include other talented artists alongside RISD alumni artists and (c) become one of the premiere arts and crafts events in New England.

Considered the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in America, Providence has a long, rich history of creating and making. Known more recently as the Creative Capital, it is home to the Rhode Island School of Design, Brown University, and other premiere academic institutions – all of which enrich the city’s creative community and cement its reputation as one of the crown jewels of art, design, and making in the US. Providence is also a vibrant yet accessible city in terms of restaurants, nightlife and live entertainment. It is becoming increasingly popular as a weekend getaway destination. We can think of no better city in which to celebrate and promote the work of artists and artisans than art-and-design savvy Providence.



The show will take place at the Rhode Island Convention Center in downtown Providence and will host approximately 200 artists in the following format:

Friday, December 7 – Load-in*/ Set-up (8am-4:30pm) and VIP Preview Event (5-7pm)

Saturday, December 8 – Show open to public 10am – 6pm (artists in place at 9:30am)

Sunday, December 9 – Show open to public 10am – 5pm (artists in place at 9:30am)

      *Artists will be assigned specific load-in times.



A qualified panel of jurors is assembled each year to select artists making superlative work in baskets, ceramics, decorative fiber, wearable fiber, drawing,  furniture, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.

All images will be viewed using computer monitors. Applicants will be notified of jury selections on Juried Art Services and via email shortly after the completion of the jury process.

Waitlisted exhibitors are queued for acceptance based on their juror scores and media category. Approximately 85% of artists will be selected through an open jury process and 15% will be invited by the jurors.


Early Stage Artist Program (ESAP)

New this year, the Early Stage Artist Program (ESAP) facilitates show participation for up to 24 artists/makers/designers who have been selling their work in public forums for less than 4 years.

ESAP creates a pathway to show participation and provides the same benefits at a lower cost due to its booth-sharing format. Each large ‘community booth’ will be shared by 6 ESAP artists. ESAP booths are 20’W x 10’D x 8’H and come with electricity, basic lighting, and a display fixture. Each artist will have a dedicated space within that booth measuring 4’W x 2’D x 8’H. The center area will be designated as common space. There will be a maximum of 4 such booths – each containing 6 artists – at the show. All eligibility requirements, participation rules, terms and conditions as stated herein apply to ESAP applicants, i.e., the same rules/eligibility/terms & conditions apply to all applicants.  Established artists are not eligible for this program. ESAP application is restricted to artists who have been selling work in public forums for no more than 4 years. ESAP applicants must apply as individuals and not as a group.

If you qualify to apply for ESAP but prefer a standard booth package, you may apply as a Regular applicant. Just respond with "Regular" to the application question, "Are you applying as a Regular artist or ESAP artist?"



Artists must apply online at There are two application deadlines: regular deadline April 20 ($35 application fee) and late deadline April 27 ($60 application fee).

Artists are asked to submit a total of five (5) digital images - 4 that best represent their work and 1 showing their booth display. Work will be juried based on originality, execution of design, technique and craftsmanship, creative use of materials, and aesthetic qualities.

Please ensure that the e-mail address you provide is accurate, and that both Juried Arts Services and Art Providence Holiday Show are listed in your e-mail Contacts so that communication from us does not go to Spam.



The Art Providence Show strongly encourages both established and early-stage artists to apply.

      Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria:

1. All work must fit within an acceptable media category. Acceptable media categories include: baskets, ceramics, drawing, fiber decorative, fiber wearable, furniture, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, painting, paper, photography, sculpture and wood. All work must be original and made by hand or with the use of appropriate tools. Art Providence encourages one-of-a-kind and limited edition work.

2. No commercial reproductions of any kind are allowed. This includes embellished commercially made objects and works assembled (wholly or in part) from commercially available kits.

3. Artists are accepted for participation must be in attendance at their booth during the entire show. No agent, dealer, or representative may attend in place of the artist.

4. Collaborating artists are permitted, however, any representation other than a true, hands on artistic collaboration is not permitted. Collaborating artists are defined as ‘artists who assist and/or collaborate with the primary artist on their body of work.’ Two artists working on separate bodies of work may not share a booth or a single ESAP space. 

5. Artists may only show work in categories selected by the jury. All work exhibited must be of the same body, quality, and category of work that was juried through digital images.


Please note:  Individual Artists who wish to apply in two different categories must submit two separate applications and application fees. If both bodies of work are accepted, both may be shown. If only one body of work is accepted, only that body of work may be shown.



Application Fee

The application fee for the April 20 deadline is $35 (non-refundable). The late application fee for applications received between April 21 and April 27 is $60 (non-refundable).


Booth Fees

Regular 10’W x 10’D x 8'H (Standard Booth Package) - $600 

Corner upgrade - Additional $175 (Open on two sides rather than just the front)

Double-wide 20’ x 10’  - $900 (Limited to 6)

ESAP Early Stage Artist Program (Shared booth, limited to 24 artists) - $350


A $25 booth credit will be awarded to accepted artists who exhibited in 2017, to be credited upon payment of 2018 booth fee.


     Standard Booth Packages include the following:

·       10’W x 10’D x 8’H booth space

·       8’H pipe and drape – 3 sides

·       Booth signage – name and booth number

·       Listing in the digital show program guide

·       Booth number listing on exhibitor floor map

·       4 complimentary tickets


What’s Not Included in the Standard Booth Package:

The Standard Booth Package fees (for regular and double-wide booths)  do not cover electricity, WIFI, displays, additional cross bars, floor covering, tables chairs or other furnishings.* Artists may purchase electricity through the RI Convention Center. Other furnishings may be rented through the decorator company. Booth sharing is not permitted in standard booth packages.


ESAP Booth Packages include the following:

·       4’W x 2’D x 8’H space within a shared 20’W x 10’W x 8’H booth space

·       Display structure

·       Listing in the digital show program guide

·       Booth number listing on exhibitor floor map

·       4 complimentary tickets

·       Electricity

·       Basic lighting fixture

·       Does not include WIFI, floor covering, additional furnishings or ancillary services such as shipping.



Art Providence will be publicized in a variety of regional print, radio, and digital outlets including the following:

·       Local and regional advertising and public relations including but not limited to outdoor, print, radio, digital, e-mail blasts and collateral

·       Bio listing and image for each artist on the show website and in the official online show directory

·       Event coverage on social media sites including Facebook and Instagram

·       2017’s marketing efforts generated over 2.5 million impressions across print, radio, billboards, and digital. E-mail for detailed recap.

*Featured areas on the website and full page ad opportunities in the event digital program book will be available at an additional cost.



Application Deadline: April 20, 2018 - $35 application fee.

Late Application Deadline:  April 27, 2018 - $60 ($35 + $25 late application fee).

Jury Process: Week of April 30, 2018

Jury Notification: All applicants who apply through Juried Arts Services will be notified of their status via Juried Art Services. Please make sure to check your JAS profile by May 7, 2018.

Booth fees due: Booth fees must be paid in full by June 15, 2018.



Artists who submit their request in writing by June 29, 2018 are eligible for a 75% refund of booth fees.

Artists who submit their request in writing between June 30, 2018 and October 30, 2018 are eligible for a 50% refund of booth fees.

Beginning October 31, 2018, no refunds will be given.

Application fees are non-refundable.


Please contact us with questions at



Thank you in advance for considering our show. It's going to be fun and hopefully fruitful as well. We hope you'll join us!

Warm regards,
Laura & Sue