The Red River Revel Arts Festival (the Revel, known by locals) is an annual festival of food, culture, art and music held at Festival Plaza in Shreveport, Louisiana. The festival features over 80 visual artists, two performance stages, 18 food booths and a children’s arts education area.
What is new for Revel 43? The days, hours, and footprint have all been revamped! We strive to make the Revel an enjoyable experience for visual artists — they are an important part of the festival. Below you will see the updated hours with the option to choose full week (limited double booths offered for full week), first half, or second half. Full week booths will run the duration of the festival; first half booths will run from Saturday, September 29 – Wednesday, October 3; second half booths will run from Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 7. Mid-week changeover begins after closing on Wednesday.
2018 Red River Revel ‘Full Week’: Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, October 7
1st Saturday 11am – 9pm
1st Sunday 11am – 6pm
Monday 4pm – 9pm
Tuesday 4pm – 9pm
Wednesday 4pm – 9pm
Thursday 4pm – 9pm
Friday 11am – 9pm
2nd Saturday 11am – 9pm
2nd Sunday 11am – 6pm
Preview Party – Friday, September 28, 2018 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The nine-day, outdoor arts festival features*:
- Up to $7,000 in cash awards
- Local, Regional, & National Performers
- Tents with Sides Provided
- All Corner Booths
- Half week or full week options
- Designated, FREE Parking
- 24-hour security
- ATMs on site
- Hospitality & Free WIFI
- Booth sitters and energetic volunteers
- Name badge for artist and an assistant
- A guidebook listing all Revel artists with booth location
- Event marketing including print publications, billboards, TV, radio and various social media outlets
- Nearby hotels and support services (restaurants, gas stations & shopping within 5 miles of the festival site)
- Direct sales and no commission
Ranked In Top 100 Fine Arts Festivals in the United States (Sunshine Artist Magazine)
Ranked In Top 100 Events in North America (The American Bus Association)
Ranked In Top 20 Events in the Southeast (Southeast Tourism Society)
‘The Times’ Best of NWLA Reader’s Choice Award for “Best Local Festival.”
For 2016/2017, the Revel was the award winner for Area Events/Tourist Attractions by LocalsLoveUS.
Applications for this year’s Revel will be accepted and processed through the Red River Revel webpage beginning February 8, 2018. Application Deadline is April 15, 2017; accepted artists will be notified by email. An alternate list will be developed based on jury scores; alternates will be notified through email if a booth space becomes available.
Application Available: February 8, 2018
Application Deadline: April 15, 2018
Notification Date: May 1, 2018
Contract and Payment (Installment Plan Information Provided) Due: June 1, 2018
Cancellation Deadline: July 5, 2018 (full refund of fees paid to-date less a $50 processing fee)
A $30 nonrefundable application fee must be paid online.
$40 nonrefundable fee if application is submitted past the deadline.
First Half (September 29 – October 3) – $500 (individual)
Second Half (October 4 – October 7) – $500 (individual)
Full Week (September 29 – October 7) – $800 (individual)
– $1600 (double booth; full week only; limited # available)
Booth assignments are at the discretion of the Red River Revel Arts Festival and are not interchangeable. Requests will be accepted, but are not guaranteed.
Media category descriptions
Ceramics/Pottery – Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass-produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
Computer/Generated Art – Any original work for which the original image or the manipulation of other source material was executed by computer. Must be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.
Drawing – Using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
Fiber – Work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, will be rejected.
Glass – No forms of mass production are permitted.
Graphics/Printmaking – Printed works for which the artist hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition. All photogravure, photocopy and/or off set reproductions will be rejected.
Jewelry – All jewelry including work produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Metal – All non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metals.
Mixed Media – Both two– and three-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material to produce. The work has relief or depth of not more than one eighth of an inch (1/8″). Includes non-sculptural work as determined by the artist.
Oil/Acrylics – Two-dimensional
Photography – Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative, which have been processed by that artist or under his or her direct supervision. Prints must be from limited editions, signed and numbered by the artist.
Sculpture – Three-dimensional original work done in any medium, including built up works in wood.
Watercolor – Two-dimensional
Wood – Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved are accepted in the wood category. “Built up” wood belongs in the sculpture category.
Artwork Eligibility: Artwork must be original, designed and produced by the exhibiting artist(s). No commercial reproductions will be allowed. Artists may only exhibit and sell work in the media category for which they were accepted. All jewelry must be juried in the jewelry category. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
Digital Images: Five images are required. Four of the five images are of individual pieces of work. The first image uploaded will be the featured image on your page on the Revel website; the fifth image must be a booth shot. The booth shot is an important aspect of your application; it shows the jurors the presentation of your artwork as a whole. If you do not have a booth shot, please upload an image of your artwork in a group setting. All images are anonymous during the jury process; please do not upload images, including your booth shot, with you or your assistant visible.
Artist Statement: This statement describes your work in detail. Provide a brief introduction to your work and how it is made. What is unique about the way you complete your work of art? Your statement will be on your page on the Revel’s website prior to and during the festival.
Jury Process: A five-member panel, in a blind jury process, judges submitted images. Artists’ identities are not disclosed to the jury. The jury is comprised of art experts, gallery owners and professional artists. Individually, jurors score each artist on a scale of 1-10 with no 5s permitted, creating a numerically ranked group of artists deemed qualified to display at the Revel.
Size: Exhibition booths are 10′ x 10′ or 10′ x 20′ (under one 20’x20’ tent). Each booth has a corner space with 7’6″ clearance; sidewalls are provided. Storage and displays must not extend beyond the rented booth space. Artists are required to provide all display materials.
Parking: Parking is free to artists. You will be assigned parking in close proximity of the festival at the time of check-in.
Installment Plan: Once selected as a visual artist, you will be given the option to pay your full booth fee with your signed contract, or you can choose our installment option. If you choose to make installments we require 50% of your booth fee with your signed contract to secure your space. The remainder of your booth fee will be broken into two payments of 25%; booth fees must be paid in full by August 1. If for some reason you have to cancel your contract, you must do so before July 5 to receive a full refund of booth fees paid to-date less a $50 processing fee. After July 5, cancellation will result in no refund.
Sales: All sales are handled by the artists. The Revel does not collect commission on sales. The artist is responsible for collecting and submitting state and city sales taxes.
Hospitality: The hospitality room will be available daily one hour prior to the festival opening. During festival hours, coffee, tea and water will be available. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided Friday and on the weekends
Signage: You will receive a sign with your name and city to hang at your booth during the festival.
Promotions: Participation in the Revel offers tremendous visibility and exposure. You will receive social media links to promote your art to Revel followers and promote the Revel to your followers. Please utilize these tools to help promote your art and the Revel!
Lighting/Electricity: Electricity will be provided in each tent space. Clip-on lights may be rented for $10 each (limit 2 per artist). Quad boxes to be shared by all four booths are located at the center of each 20′ x 20′ tent. Each booth space has access to a 20 amp outlet. Artist supplies extension cords.
Security: The Red River Revel will provide 24-Hour security, but cannot assume liability for damage, loss or theft.
Weather: The Red River Revel is an outdoor festival and is held rain or shine.
Setup & Breakdown:
Full week and first-half artists, check-in and load-in is Thursday, September 27th from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, September 28th from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists must be completely set up by 5 p.m. Friday, September 28th. There is no set-up allowed during the Preview Party (Friday, September 28) or during festival hours.
Second-half week artists, check-in is Wednesday, October 3rd from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 4th from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. Artists may begin set-up once their assigned booth is vacant. Artists must be completely set-up by 3 p.m. Thursday, October 4th.
Check-in will not occur before or after designated hours.
Artists may drive onsite for easy load in/out during designated set-up and breakdown times only. Vehicles must be offsite one hour prior to festival opening each day. Any vehicle entering the festival site must have a valid driver’s license and proof of valid automobile insurance. Artists may begin to breakdown their booths at 6p.m. Sunday, October 7, 2018. Artists will not be able to access the site by vehicle until the site is cleared of patrons.