Fresh Arts is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to strengthening the sustainability and vibrancy of Houston's arts sector by bolstering the capacity and professional practice of artists and arts organizations and enhancing the public's engagement with the arts.

Fresh Arts is committed to providing the resources, information, and a platform for artists and arts enthusiasts to engage in an environment that promotes community driven artistic expression. Whether facilitating dialogue between novice artists and experienced arts professionals to promote growth, holding annual events to benefit the local arts economy, or exhibiting some of the most talented up-and- coming artists, Fresh Arts is devoted to keeping the arts in Houston alive.

Fresh Arts is seeking submissions of original artwork, unique crafts, and handmade goods for its 11th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM), November 18-20, 2016. In its mission to provide artists access to economic development and networking opportunities and to celebrate Houston’s diverse arts scene, Fresh Arts hosts WHAM, an annual juried 3-day exhibition and art festival each fall at Winter Street Studios in the First Ward Arts District.

Since its launch, WHAM has generated nearly $900,000 for hundreds of local artists and continues to grow as an important venue for Houston artists.


PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW WHAM'S TERMS & CONDITIONS- then scroll to the bottom to complete the application form

ELLIGIBILITY

  • WHAM is open to ALL artists or artisans living within 50 (-ish) miles of Houston.
  • Applicable art mediums include but are not limited to: all forms of fine art, sculpture, jewelry, stationery, soaps, handbags, clothing, ornaments and other handcrafted, original goods.
  • You do not have to have a business or tax permit.
  • Artists will be selected on the basis of quality, type, and range of price points of merchandise and take into consideration those that best serve the interests of the local community, the market and our customers.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES: 
  • Application deadline:  Friday, August 26, 2016 by 11:59PM
  • Selected participants notified by:  Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (do not call for results)
  • Registration form and fees due:  September 23, 2016 by 5PM

FEES: 

  • There is an artist fee of $95 for registration which includes event management, marketing, and rentals/supplies (see ARTIST AMENITIES and SPACE & MATERIALS).
    Fees are due by September 23, 2016. Do not send in registration fees until acceptance into WHAM has been confirmed.
  • All sales are subject to a 75/25 split. Artists receive 75% of selling price, while 25% goes to Fresh Arts to cover remaining event costs. (NOTE: WHAM is not a fundraiser for us. We are only looking to cover our costs and help you sell as much local art as possible.) 

ARTIST VENDOR AMENITIES:

Each participating artist receives:

  • booth space (min. dimensions approx. 10’w x6’d )
  • 80 sq. feet (min.) of hang-able wall space
  • one 8'x30" table and chair
  • black table linen
  • sales receipt books
  • access to Wi-fi and electrical outlets
  • one complimentary guest ticket to the Friday Night Preview Party
  • complimentary beverages and snacks all weekend

SPACE & MATERIALS POLICY:

  • For consistency and aesthetic purposes, artists must use the black linens provided by Fresh Arts; however, artists are encouraged to decorate & embellish their table/wall spaces freely and creatively.
  •  Freestanding racks and shelves are allowed for display purposes but must conform to the allotted space and are the responsibility of the artist.
  • Artists may use wall space behind their table(s) to hang artwork, banners, and light weight shelves. (Nails and hooks into the sheetrock are fine. Wall anchors are not.)
  •  All display, hanging hardware, and packing materials are the artists’ responsibility. Artists must patch any holes or visible wall damage (materials will be provided).
  • Depending on availability, WHAM artists may purchase an additional table and space for $50. Availability is not guaranteed and will be determined at least 3 weeks from WHAM.
  • Fresh Arts will determine booth placement. Artists may not switch assigned tables. This is non-negotiable.
  • Artists will have the opportunity to request special space needs (location preference, direct access to electrical outlet, additional wall or floor space, etc.) via a Pre-WHAM Artist Survey. The Program Manager will do its best to accommodate such requests, but due to the large number of participants, we are not able to accommodate everyone's requests for placement.

LOAD IN/LOAD OUT POLICY:

  • LOAD IN + SETUP is scheduled for THURSDAY, NOV. 17 from Noon to 7PM and FRIDAY, NOV. 18 from 9AM to 4PM. 
    You must be completely finished setting up by Friday at 4p.m. No exceptions.
  • Merchandise may be left overnight between setup and market days; however, the Artist does so at their own discretion. (Note: the building has interior and exterior security cameras. An off-duty police officer will patrol the building before securing and locking exterior doors at the end of each evening.)
  • BREAKDOWN + LOAD OUT must be completed and the building vacated no later than 8PM the last day of the market. 

WHAM HOURS: 

  • Friday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  (Ticketed Preview Party for patrons)
  • Saturday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (FREE)
  • Sunday, November 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (FREE)
  • Artists or other representatives are expected to be at their tables during all WHAM hours.

 SALES & PAYMENT POLICY:

  • All sales (and credit card fees) are subject to a 75/25 split. Transactions will be processed and tracked via Square. Accepted forms of payment: cash, check, American Express, MC and Visa.
  • Each artist vendor must provide his or her own sales staff.
  • Artists will be responsible for processing customer’s credit/debit card sales via Fresh Arts’ Square account (Square sales training will be provided). Dedicated volunteers will be on hand to assist Artists.
  • Cash and Check sales will be made at the Fresh Arts managed central check-out area. No exceptions.
  • Credit/debit card transactions are subject to a 3% credit card fee. This credit card fee is subject to the same 75/25% split between the selling artist and Fresh Arts.
  • Artist will receive payment from their sales within 10 business days of WHAM.

PAST SALES HISTORY:

In 2015, (our highest sales year ever) the average artist gross was $2,388; the highest was $4870. 

  • 36 out of 63 artists sold more than $2,000
  • 26 artists sold more than $3,000
  • 9 artists sold more than $4,000

In 2014, the average artist gross was $2,015; the highest was $5,246.

  • 27 out of 61 artists sold more than $2,000
  • 17 artists sold more than $3,000
  • 7 artists sold more than $4,000

SALES & INCOME TAX: 

  • Fresh Arts has a Texas sales tax permit and will collect sales tax on sales and remit to the state. Artists are responsible for claiming their net sales on income tax statements.
  • The 25% commission from sales underwrites the cost of administering WHAM and is NOT a tax-deductible donation to Fresh Arts.  
  • HOWEVER, participating artists and businesses may deduct the WHAM fees and commission as a business expense IF and only if the gross (full 100%) sales price is claimed in income tax reporting.  Please consult with your accountant for clarification. 
  • Note: Fresh Arts hosts a FREE Artist Taxes workshop each February. All WHAM artists will receive event notification.


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This application is for artists that are interested in applying for the newly launched WHAM Fine Art Exhibition which will take place on the 1st floor of Winter Street Studios during the 3 day WHAM weekend. Artists may apply to participate as both a Booth Vendor and as a Fine Art Exhibition artist but will need to create separate applications for each opportunity (sorry!). 

The Fine Art Exhibition will be reviewed by an  jury of selected fine art experts, gallerists, and curators.

EXHIBITION APPLICANTS should ONLY submit high quality images of artwork that you are proposing to sell in the exhibition. 

  • Accepted artists will have the opportunity to include new (un-submitted) works of art in the exhibition. 
  • Please include your website or portfolio(s) to demonstrate the caliber of your past work. 
  • Be sure to have a list of past exhibitions, achievements, and an artist bio ready. 
  • Please include a description of attached images (art titles, sizes, and prices).

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Fresh Arts is seeking submissions of original fine art for its new Fine Art Exhibition component of the 11th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market (WHAM), November 18-20, 2016. In its mission to provide artists access to economic development and networking opportunities and to celebrate Houston’s diverse arts scene, Fresh Arts hosts WHAM, an annual juried 3-day exhibition and art festival each fall at Winter Street Studios in the First Ward Arts District.

Since its launch, WHAM has generated nearly $900,000 for hundreds of local artists and continues to grow as an important venue for Houston artists.

PLEASE CAREFULLY REVIEW WHAM'S TERMS & CONDITIONS- then scroll to the bottom to complete the application form

ELLIGIBILITY

  • WHAM is open to ALL artists or artisans living within 50 (-ish) miles of Houston.
  • You do not have to have a business or tax permit.
APPLICABLE ART
  • Applicable art mediums for the Fine Art Exhibition is limited to hangable, original 2-D forms of art: paintings, collage, framed Photography, Prints, etc.
  • Non-original Prints or Photos must be a part of limited edition series.
  • Fragile pieces of art should be framed as appropriate.
  • The Exhibition opportunity is limited to no more than 20 individual pieces of art (or as wall space permits-- keep reading for more info)
  • Artists will be selected on the basis of quality, type, and range of price points of their artwork, and we will take into consideration those that best serve the interests of the local community, the market and our customers.

IMPORTANT DATES AND DEADLINES: 
  • Application deadline:  Friday, August 26, 2016 by 11:59PM
  • Selected participants notified by:  Tuesday, September 13, 2016 (do not call for results)
  • Registration form and fees due:  September 23, 2016 by 5PM

FEES: 

  • There is an Exhibition fee of $45 for registration which includes event management, marketing, rentals, and supplies.
    Fees are due by September 23, 2016. Do not send in registration fees until acceptance into WHAM has been confirmed.
  • All sales are subject to a 75/25 split. Artists receive 75% of selling price, while 25% goes to Fresh Arts to cover remaining event costs. (NOTE: WHAM is not a fundraiser for us. We are only looking to cover our costs and help you sell as much local art as possible.) 

EXHIBITION ARTIST AMENITIES:

Each participating artist receives:

  • wall space (min. dimensions approx. 6ft w x 10ft high)
  • two complimentary guest tickets to the Friday Night Preview Party
  • art sales taken on their behalf by a Gallery Attendant (exhibition artists need not be present during WHAM weekend).

EXHIBITION WALL SPACE & MATERIALS POLICY:

  • All artists are responsible for hanging their own artwork. 
  • Artists may use the full vertical and horizontal wall allotted to them (wall sizes will vary between 6ft and 8ft wide; ceiling is 10 ft high) but are limited to no more than 20 pieces of art.
  • All display, hanging hardware, and packing materials are the artists’ responsibility.
  • Nails and screws into the sheetrock are fine (wall anchors are NOT); however, artists must patch any holes or visible wall damage (materials will be provided).
  • Fresh Arts will determine exhibition wall location. Artists may not switch assigned areas. This is non-negotiable.

WHAM HOURS: 

  • Friday, November 18, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  (Ticketed Preview Party for patrons)
  • Saturday, November 19, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.  (FREE)
  • Sunday, November 20, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  (FREE)
  • Only artists participating as a Booth Vendor are expected to be at their tables during all WHAM hours.

 SALES & PAYMENT POLICY:

  • All sales (and credit card fees) are subject to a 75/25 split. Transactions will be processed and tracked via Square. Accepted forms of payment: cash, check, American Express, MC and Visa.
  • Exhibition art sales will be handled by a Gallery Attendant. (you will not need to be present)
  • Credit/debit card transactions are subject to a 3% credit card fee. This credit card fee is subject to the same 75/25% split between the selling artist and Fresh Arts.
  • Artist will receive payment from their sales within 10 business days of WHAM.

SALES & INCOME TAX: 

  • Fresh Arts has a Texas sales tax permit and will collect sales tax on sales and remit to the state. Artists are responsible for claiming their net sales on income tax statements.
  • The 25% commission from sales underwrites the cost of administering WHAM and is NOT a tax-deductible donation to Fresh Arts.  
  • Participating artists and businesses may, however, deduct the WHAM fees and commission as a business expense IF and only if the gross (full 100%) sales price is claimed in income tax reporting.  Please consult with your accountant for clarification. 
  • Note: Fresh Arts hosts a FREE Artist Taxes workshop each February. All WHAM artists will receive event notification.

WHAM SELECTION POLICY:

  • A jury panel of fine art experts, gallerists, and curators will select up to 24 artists to participate in the Fine Art Exhibition. This panel will be separate from the Art Market jury.
  • Artists will be selected on the basis of quality, type, and range of price points of merchandise. We aim to offer a variety of art types and take into consideration those that best serve the interests of the local community, the market, and our customers. 
  • There will be no discrimination against any artist by Fresh Arts on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability.


It is most important to use this form for physical checks received by donors. (All checks must be made out to "Fresh Arts"-- not the project title. Please ask donors to include your project title in the check memo line.)

Checks may be mailed or delivered to the Fresh Arts offices:
2101 Winter Street, Studio B11
Houston, TX 77007

Regular office hours are M-F (10am-6pm). Please call before dropping by: 713.868.1839

Credit card donations may be made online via your project's profile page on the Fresh Arts' website.

You should only submit this form if any of the below apply:

1) You are starting a new project that was not listed in your original application for sponsorship

2) You plan to implement significant changes in programming

3) There have been changes or update to the purposes for which grant funds are spent 

Only projects that are currently approved as fiscally sponsored by Fresh Arts should submit this form

This form must be filled out upon requesting a disbursement of funds from Fresh Arts for fiscally sponsored projects. All disbursements must be released to the project manager or the legal entity whose tax ID we have on file. (We will not be paying third-party vendors or contractors.)

In order for Fresh Arts to process this request, all fields in this form must be completed and supporting documents (invoices or receipts) for the disbursement must be attached.

EXAMPLE: You need to pay 2 vendors for expenses related to your project. When filling out this form, please list the invoice amounts from both vendors below and then, attach the corresponding invoices to your request. Fresh Arts will cut ONE check to YOU (project manager/legal entity) for the combined amount.

Project managers may only request disbursements up to the amount of the project's account balance.

Before you apply, please read the FA Fiscal Sponsorship Guidelines, as well as check your eligibility via the questions below. Also, please note that you must be a current member of Fresh Arts to apply for fiscal sponsorship. (You may read more about membership and join here.)

Currently, fiscal sponsorship applications are reviewed once every month by a special committee, whose recommendations are subject to approval by the Fresh Arts board of directors. Please allow adequate time for the approval process before beginning to raise funds for your project.

(If you already have a budget, mission statement, and project description prepared, the application should take roughly 30-45 minutes.) 

Click here to download a budget template for your application