Call for Artists!

May 1, 2018 Submission Deadline!!!


what? FREE BOOTHS? how and why? 
Because the NewBo Art Fest has a long tradition of supporting the arts in the community. 
How better to do this than to raise enough money to ensure 
a booth fee doesn’t become a hurdle for artists to promote thier work. 
 This is the 3rd year we have been able to offer the FREE BOOTHS. It’s very bohemian lol.

what? cash prizes too? 
Yes, the NewBo Art Fest is juried for participation and judges award prizes the day of the fest.
$500  $300  $200

So what are you waiting for?

Call for Artists!

The 12th Annual NewBo Art Fest 2018

is on the Sunday schedule of Cedar Rapids’ newbo evolve fest!

Sunday August 5, 2018

To submit click

Follow the ”NewBo Art Fest in evolve” FB page
The 12th Annual NewBo Art Fest in Cedar Rapids, IA, will take place in the heart of Cedar Rapids’ New Bohemia Arts & Entertainment District.

The most exciting part is that this year, the NewBo Art Fest is part of the newbo evolve festival! newbo evolve is a multi-faceted festival in Cedar Rapids, Aug. 3-5, that celebrates the creative Bohemian spirit through art, music, fashion, dance, food, and technology. What are the events? Concerts by Maroon 5 and Kelly Clarkson! Speakers and Sessions by: Clint Harp, Carson Kressley, Alexis Ohanian, Christian Striano, John Waters and many more to be announced. Follow the updates for all newbo evolve events and schedules at :

The New Bohemia District is a Mainstreet historical area that includes :
– NewBo City Market local food vendors serving Mexican, Mediterranean, Korean, hamburgers, grilled cheese, cupcakes, a bakery, pizza, chocolates, coffee shop, juice bar, popcorn, creps, local wine and beer bar
– CSPS/Legion Arts an international music, art and performance venue
– Restaurants/bars/coffee shops: Fong’s Pizza, Pig & the Porter, Coucho, Brewhemia, Parlor City, NewBo City Market food vendors
– RAYGUN t-shirt store
– Great American Popcorn Company an ice cream and specialty popcorn shop
– Next Page Books
– Delve fabric shop
– Top Drawer second hand furniture
– Ceramics Center located in the Cherry Building
– Cherry Building artists’ studios and art galleries
– And don’t forget Czech Village right across the river with Lion Bridge Brewery, Czech Museum, Village Meat Market restaurant, Sykoras bakery, bars and antique stores

The New Bo Art Fest is a juried show.

The submission fee is $35.00 (non-refundable)

Booth Fee : FREE yes, FREE !

DEPOSIT: For artists that are invited to participate in the fest, there will be a $100.00 deposit required to hold your space.

Your deposit/check will be returned when you arrive at the fest.

Space is limited to only 35 Openings

Our sponsors have made it a priority to support the arts in Cedar Rapids and feel that FREE artist booths is a true bohemian spirit we want to promote.

To submit click
(any problems submitting contact Anne Stamats @
Timeframe for submission is now thru May 1, 2018, closing at midnight.
Juried selection begins May 1, 2018
Artists will be notified whether or not they will be participating in the New Bo Art Fest as early as May 2, 2017.
• All work must be original or a limited edition and not from a commercially available kit.
• Past participation in the festival does not guarantee participation from year to year.
• 4 photos will be required for submission. One photo must be of your booth set-up. If you do not have a photo of your booth, please contact Anne Stamats at

Timeframe for submissions is thru May 1, 2018 closing at midnight.

Artists will be notified whether or not they will be participating in the New Bo Art Fest as early as May 2, 2018.

Judges will determine 1st, 2nd and 3rd place at the festival. The three judges are local art professionals.
1st Place = $500.00
2nd Place = $250.00
3rd Place = $150.00
A single space is 10’x10’
Artists must provide their own tents and tent weights, tables, chairs, and display.
Artists MUST have a tent to participate.
7:00am August 5, 2018

Check-in and set up begins

Entrance to the artist booths is at the corner of 10th Avenue SE and 3rd Street SE

Participants will receive a map showing entrance to the festival grounds

You will be assigned a booth number

Spaces will be marked with a location number

NO cars are allowed to be parked within the festival grounds
There is FREE parking one block away by the river

Volunteers will be available to help unload and load

Please unload your car and remove your vehicles from the area before setting up

Artists should check in no later than 8am and MUST HAVE THEIR DISPLAY SET NO LATER THAN 8:45am.

If you need additional time to set up, please make arrangements with Anne Stamats at 319-431-2669.

This letter and application outline our policies and expectations; if you have additional questions, please email us at We look forward to seeing your applications and meeting many of you in August.

9 AM – 3 PM
SUNDAY August 5, 2018
7:00 AM
Check-in begins: Artists are allowed to start set-up. Artists should check in, locate their space, unload and remove vehicles from the street before setting up. Artists should check-in no later than 8am, and MUST HAVE THEIR DISPLAY SET NO LATER THAN 8:45 AM.


3:00 PM
Breakdown starts at 3pm and must be completed by 5:00pm. Booths should NOT be broken down prior to 3pm. Artists are required to remove all equipment: tent, tables, chairs, displays, art. All garbage should be removed with your booth.

Volunteers will be on site to answer questions and assist artists as needed throughout the day.

Each artist is personally responsible for the collection and reporting of Iowa State and Linn County Tax (7.0%).

The New Bo Art Festival, New Bohemia Group, LLC, NewBo City Market nor the City of Cedar Rapids is responsible or liable for any loss, theft or injury incurred by any artist.

Artists are responsible for keeping their area presentable and clean, and not allowing trash or debris to accumulate throughout the day.

All cancellations should be made in writing or by email, and must be received by Saturday, July 7, 2018, in order to have your $100.00 deposit returned.
Cancellations received after Saturday, July 7, 2018 will not be refunded.
Note : only artists invited to participate in the fest will be required to send in a $100.00 deposit to hold their space. The NewBo Art Fest will return the artists’ deposit check when they show up for the fest.

Please indicate any special needs, such as wheelchair access, etc. in an email to
Any other needs related to the display of art are the responsibility of the artist.