Thank you for your interest in applying as a vendor for the Art Squared Arts Market. Please read the following rules and application process thoroughly before you sign and submit the required forms. The Art Squared Arts Market is held on the second Saturday of each month from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from March through December at the Hays County Courthouse lawn located at 150 E. Hopkins St. All interested vendors must receive prior approval before participating in any of the Arts Market events.
All art work for sale must be handcrafted by the vendor and must fall into the following categories: ceramics, glass, graphics/printmaking, metalwork, photography, wood, drawing/pastels, jewelry (ornamental/costume), jewelry (precious metals), sculpture, fiber/textiles/batik, fiber (wearables), leather, painting (oil/acrylic), painting watercolor), upcycle/recycle, and mixed media. No imports or resale items are allowed. All items sold must be pre-approved.
All submissions will be juried by a committee from photos/images that are submitted by the vendor. Images of work to be considered must be representative of the items that will be sold at the Arts Market. Certain criteria such as creativity and originality, popular and/or aesthetic appeal, and technical skill will be used in determining acceptance. Art Squared reserves the right to decline approval based on over representation of one or more type of artwork already confirmed to be available at the Arts Market. If this occurs, the vendor will be placed on a waiting list and/or the vendor will be encouraged to resubmit for a future Arts Market event. Items that may not be sold include, but are not limited to perfume, cosmetics, supplements, weight loss products, cleaning products, marketing products, and other items deemed inappropriate by the Art Squared Planning Committee. Submission of an application does not guarantee acceptance.Art Squared reserves the right to refuse work that is not consistent with the submitted photographs/images and the vendor may be asked to leave the Arts Market with no refund. Please note: if you participated prior to 2017, but did not participate during the 2017 market year, you must re-apply and go through the jury process.
PLEASE NOTE: Art Squared is a fine arts and fine crafts market. The jury seeks artists and artisans who are accomplished in their medium, who are original and exciting in their ideas, and who will be an asset to the market overall. Originality and workmanship are highly favored, especially in over-represented categories such as jewelry. If you have questions on whether your product would be acceptable, you are encouraged to visit the Art Squared Facebook page to see pictures of past markets.
UPDATE: we are currently not accepting applications for the following categories: knitting, crochet, cloth and textiles; painted signs.
First Time Vendor - You must complete the New Artist application and submit four images of your work for review. ONE OF THE IMAGES MUST BE OF YOUR BOOTH SET-UP. A one time, non-refundable application fee of $10.00 is required upon submission. Once approved, you will be added to the vendor mailing list, and will receive monthly emails in the weeks prior to each market, asking for you to confirm your participation and pay the booth fee. Booth fees are $25.00 or $20.00 if you are a member of SMAL. You can apply online or mail your check payable to the San Marcos Art League, Attn. Art Squared, P.O. Box 260, San Marcos, TX 78667. All payments must be received by the Wednesday prior to each month's market to be considered for that month's market. Payments made afer that time will be subject to a late fee ($25).
PLEASE NOTE: This is a fine arts and fine crafts market. If you are not an artist or a fine artisan, your work may not be accepted into the market. You are encouraged to visit the Facebook page of Art Squared to see pictures of previous markets. You may then determine if your work meets the quality, creativity, and high workmanship standards that the jury is looking for.
The San Marcos Art League collects names, email addresses and mailing addresses for the sole purpose of informing members and vendors about upcoming events. If payments are made with a credit card, no account numbers are kept. Information is only obtained for payment of vendor booth fees, membership fees, and date of event participation.
All applicants are required to submit four (4) images/photos of their artwork. Photos/images must be representative of the items that will be sold at the Arts Market. One of the images must be of the artist's booth set-up.
Booth Fee is $25 per event.
Booth fee for current San Marcos Art League members is $20 per event
Shared booth (no more than 2 artists) fee is $15/artist
San Marcos Art League Membership is $25 per year (www.artleaguesmtx.org)
A $25 Late Fee will be assessed if payment is made after the Wednesday prior to the event.
All vendor spaces are approximately 10 ft. X 10 ft. and are located on a grassy surface. TENTS ARE REQUIRED; white is preferred. All tents must be anchored with weights; stakes are not allowed. Entire display including ropes, supports, etc. must be within these boundaries. All vendors must bring their own supplies, including tables, chairs and table cloths. All tables must have a table covering and must be floor length to cover storage area under table. All vendors should display their name and/or business name at their booth. Electricity will not be provided. Generators are acceptable but must be quiet and as fume free as possible.
Cancellations must be made as soon as possible to the market administrator by email (email@example.com) or text 512-679-5059. Booth fees will be credited towards a future market; no refunds are given. No-shows forfeit their booth fees.
If the Arts Market event is officially cancelled due to inclement weather, credit will be granted for the next scheduled event.
It is the responsibility of the vendor to have a Texas Sales and Use Tax permit and have it available upon request. To obtain a permit visit the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts at https://comptroller.texas.gov/taxes/permit/. Please note that it is very costly to operate without a permit. The Comptroller may assess daily penalties for operating without a permit.
Set-up is scheduled the morning of the event from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Take down may not begin until 4:00 p.m. All vendors are required to be present for the duration of the entire event. Vendors who set up late or take down early may not be approved for subsequent markets.
All events will be held rain or shine. In the event of heavy rain, lightning or extreme weather conditions, the Arts Market will officially cancel the event. Notices of market cancellation will be posted on the Facebook event page and email notice will be sent out. Refunds will be CREDITED for future participation.
The consumption of alcohol and smoking are prohibited during all Art Squared Arts Market events.
All parking MUST be away from the courthouse square, unless you are unloading/loading.
For additional information or questions regarding the application process, please contact the market administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org