Applications for the 2017 Art on the Square are CLOSED. Please check back next season for a brand new Art on the Square experience.
Professional applicants specializing in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
- Original fine art and photography — all disciplines and media
- Original handmade artisan crafts — all disciplines and media
Imports, wholesale items, and reproductions (unless they are limited edition prints from original artwork) are not appropriate to sell at this Market and will not be considered. The applicant shall be the maker of the applied materials and must be present at the show.
Please choose your application photos carefully and (if applicable) make sure your online presence is up to date with your recent inventory. Crisp, clear photos of your products and display will assist the jury in the final selection of participating vendors. A wait list in each category will be created in the event of cancellations. Applications that do not include a photo of the display/booth will not be considered.
The jury selects vendors based on originality, innovative design, quality craftsmanship, and number of spaces available. We strive to create a customer experience that includes a variety of mediums, styles, and price points. Please note, previous Art on the Square participation does not influence selection for the current year.
Applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017. Notifications be emailed by end of day April 3, 2017. If accepted, your vendor fee must be received by end of day via PayPal on Friday, April 7, 2017 to confirm your participation. Vendor load-in instructions will be sent following your acceptance email.
We will maintain a wait-list of individuals who may be contacted to participate should we receive a seller cancellation and if there is room within that category. You will be notified of your wait-list status when acceptances go out.
We are offering 2 styles of spaces: a standard 10’x10’ space and a double 10’x20′ space. Vendors will be responsible for supplying their own displays including tables and tents.
- Standard 10’x10’ space: $75
- Double 10’x20′ space: $150
- Community Arts Organization [representing educational opportunities and adult/youth programs]: $40 (10’x10′ space)
Displays are the responsibility of each vendor. Professional quality tents and tent weights (40 pounds per tent leg) are required. You can find several affordable options online (such as this) or make your own (such as this). Water gallon containers, gym weights, or any other options that could pose a tripping hazard are not permitted. Additionally, please provide full-length table covers, as well as pricing, payment, and business signage. Trash is the responsibility of each vendor. Professionalism is key. The aforementioned are key components to the jury process.
Please note: there is a slight incline on S. Broad Street; you may find it helpful to bring “shims” to level your tent and display. While it is unknown if or how much wind there will be on the day of the event, small weights, clips, or type of anchor for products may be useful.
Artists may share vendor spaces, however applicants are required to submit applications separately. Sharing a booth is contingent on both applicants being juried into Art on the Square. Fees will be paid in full by one individual. Please note who you would like to be paired with in your application; matches will not be made for vendors.
Vendor spaces are assigned by the Kennett Square Merchants AOTS Committee based on a variety of criteria. Placement requests will not be accepted, however applicants with unique offerings (interactive activities, demonstrations, extra large items, etc.) should mention so in their applications. Space assignments and detailed load-in logistics will be sent out via email to confirmed vendors prior to AOTS.
Refunds and credits will not be given for seller cancellations. Should a juried vendor need to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances, please email Art on the Square at email@example.com so that we may contact another artist from our wait list to fill your spot. Vendors who don’t contact the organizers will not be invited to participate in future events.
Both Pennsylvania and out-of-state vendors are responsible for obtaining and maintaining a current PA sales tax ID, collecting tax (6%), and remitting the sales tax you make at the festival on your income tax return. For more information, please contact the Pennsylvania Department of Revenue at 717-787-1064 or visit their website here: https://www.doreservices.state.pa.us/BusinessTax/default.htm
The Kennett Area Restaurants and Merchants Association carries a general liability insurance policy for the Art on the Square event. Generally, this policy covers, but is not limited to bodily injury, property damage to the Borough of Kennett Square, and personal injury. It is recommended that any vendor wishing to insure their merchandise and/or displays, obtain an individual policy for the day of the event.
Art on the Square is a “rain or shine” event. Should severe weather pose a risk to our vendors and the public, the event will be cancelled and a credit may be given to vendors.