California Arts Council

State of California

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Indian Wells Arts Festival
For Inland Empire artists

"100% of Sunshine Artist auditors recommend coming back to the Indian Wells Arts Festival." -Sunshine Artist Magazine

The 16th annual Indian Wells Arts Festival... an International Palette! Join more than 10,000 art enthusiasts, collectors and serious buyers in attendance, March 30, 31 & April 1, 2018 at one of the most pristine venues in the beautiful Palm Springs Desert Resorts area, the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, home to the BNP Paribas Tennis Tournament.

Celebrating its 16th year of success, artists travel from across the Nation and from as far as Japan, Africa, Central and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe and beyond each year to showcase their contemporary and traditional fine art and high quality craft. A total of 200 artists are selected to participate by jury, with the 2018 Indian Wells Arts Festival's Primary Jury deadline set for October 20, 2017, and 60 places held for the Secondary Jury deadline of January 8, 2018.

Open to all media artists, 15 mediums and categories are judged for awards in painting, drawing, 2D and 3D mixed-media, printmaking, photography, and other 2-dimensional, as well as sculpture, jewelry, hand-woven textile or fiber, non-functional, utilitarian, wearable-art, and found art.

"Auditors agreed the quality and balance of work was present at the show, and gave a score of 9.4 to each, while the prestige of show was ranked a nice 9.6." -Sunshine Artist Magazine

The Indian Wells Arts Festival is ranked as an AFSB Blue Chip 100 Fine Art Events in 2017


#3 So-Cal Getaway by The Examiner 'Best of the Best' by Palm Springs Life Magazine

Booth fees affordably range from $300 for a 10' x10' single space and $600 for a 10' x 20' double space, with electricity optional at an additional $200 fee

Reported sales of $765,000 in 2016 are fostered by the Festival's established reputation for fine and high-quality art

Ranked consistently as one of the 100 Best Fine Art Shows in the country by Sunshine Artist magazine

Privately gated venue with 24-hour security and unparalleled state-of-the-art facilities which include on-call booth sitters; free Wi-Fi internet access; and luxury on-site restrooms

Artists are required to be in attendance daily

What to expect in 2018:

  • On-going artist promotion opportunities through artist spotlights across all IWAF social media and in video podcasts; and IWAF blog features, all at no additional cost to the artists
  • Strong public relations and media coverage; local and select major-market editorials and press releases
  • Easy artist Check-in and Express Check-out
  • Real-time show updates and communications via text message
  • Complimentary artist hospitality with fresh snacks and beverages
  • Live jazz and entertainment ambiance designed to indulge and motivate buyers
  • Guests are greeted as VIPs with free and valet parking available, event programs, and free 'be-back' passes
  • Interactive activities and artist demonstrations
  • Children's activities along with special exhibits
  • Gourmet specialties at the Gourmet MarketPlace lining the festival entryway
  • Local charities incorporated as Festival Partners, with donations towards their art scholarship funds
  • Saturday & Sunday "Eggs + Champagne in the Garden" brunch menu till noon
  • Champagne Circle Bar and RumChata Bar service, and full-menu restaurants in the shaded courtyard pavilion
"Why not head out there next weekend for a nice little 'Eggs + Champagne' brunch, listen to the music of Steve Madaio, oh and check out some incredible artwork from more than 200 artists from across the country and around the world."- The Desert Sun (March 29, 2016)


Deadline: 10-20-2017
Dianne Funk Productions
Indian Wells, CA

Contact: Dianne Funk
Phone: 760.346.0042

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