The Red River Revel Arts Festival (the Revel, as known by locals) is an annual festival of food, culture, art, and music held at Festival Plaza in Shreveport, Louisiana. The festival features visual artists, two performance stages, food booths and a children’s arts education area.
We strive to make the Revel an enjoyable experience for visual artists — they are an important part of our festival. Artists are selected to participate based on a jury process. Below you will see Revel 45 hours with the option to choose full week, first half, or second half (limited double booths offered for full week).
2021 Red River Revel ‘Full Week’: Saturday, October 2 – Sunday, October 10.
Full week booths will run the duration of the festival; first half is Saturday, October 2 – Wednesday, October 6, 2021; second half is Thursday, October 7 – Sunday, October 10, 2021. Changeover begins after 9:00pm Wednesday, October 6th.
Revel Preview Party – Friday, October 1, 2021 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
1st Saturday 11am – 10pm
1st Sunday 11am – 7pm
Monday 11am – 9pm
Tuesday 11am – 9pm
Wednesday 11am – 9pm
Thursday 11am – 10pm
Friday 11am – 10pm
2nd Saturday 11am – 10pm
2nd Sunday 11am – 7pm
Applications for this year’s Revel will be accepted and processed through the Red River Revel webpage. Accepted artists will be notified by email. Email is our primary communication tool. An alternate list will be developed based on jury scores; alternates will be notified through email if a booth space becomes available.
Application Available: March 2021
NEW Application Deadline: August 31, 2021
Acceptance Notification Date: tbd
Contract and Payment (Installment Plan Information Below) Due: 3 weeks from receipt
Cancellation Deadline: August 1, 2021 (full refund of fees paid to-date less a $50 processing fee)
Application Fee: A $40 nonrefundable application fee must be paid online.
First Half (October 2 – October 6) – $550 (individual)
Second Half (October 7 – October 10) – $550 (individual)
Full Week (October 2 – October 10) – $900 (individual)
Full Week (October 2 – October 10) – $1700 (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 and considered based on the date your booth fees are paid, but are not guaranteed.
The nine-day, outdoor arts festival features:
- Cash awards
- Local, Regional, & National Performing Artists
- Tents with Sidewalls; All Corner Booths
- Half week or full week options
- Designated, FREE Parking
- 24-hour on-site security
- ATMs on site
- Hospitality room
- Booth sitters and energetic volunteers
- Name badge and lunch card for artist and one assistant
- Guidebook and Website listing artists with booth location
- Event marketing including print, billboards, TV, radio and online/social media outlets
- Nearby hotels and support services (restaurants, gas & shopping within 5 miles of festival site)
- Direct sales, 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.”
LocalsLoveUS award winner for Area Events/Tourist Attractions
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.
Jury Process: In a blind jury process, a panel 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; outside 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. Please do not use free parking areas that are meant for your customers as this may deter them from attending the festival.
Installment Plan: Once selected, you may pay the full booth fee with signed contract or choose the installment option. If you choose installments, we require 50% of the booth fee with your signed contract to secure your space. The remainder will be broken into two payments of 25%; booth fees must be paid in full by September 1. If for some reason you must cancel your contract, you must do so before August 6 to receive a full refund of booth fees paid to-date less a $50 processing fee. After August 6, cancellation will result in no refund. If the Revel has to cancel or is substantially limited due to governmental action, we will do our best to refund fees minus any expenses already incurred for visual artist area.
Sales: All sales are handled by the artists. The Revel does not collect commission on sales. Artist is responsible for collecting and submitting state and city sales taxes.
Hospitality: Hospitality room will be available daily, one hour prior to the festival opening. During festival hours, refreshments will be available; snacks and lunch will be provided on weekends.
Signage: We will provide a sign with your name and city that is required to be hung at your booth.
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 on-site 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 30, from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Friday, October 1 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists must be completely set up by 5 p.m. Friday, October 1. There is no set-up allowed during the Preview Party (Friday, October 1) or during festival hours.
- Second-half week artists, check-in is Wednesday, October 6th from 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Thursday, October 7 from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m.
Artists may begin set-up once their assigned booth is vacant. Artists must be completely set-up by 10 a.m. Thursday, October 7th.
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 7 p.m. Sunday, October 10, 2021. Artists will not be able to access the site by vehicle until the site is cleared of patrons.
- 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 – Decorative or wearable. Work crafted from fibers including leather, 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.
- Other – Any art that does not fit in the above categories.