The Durango Arts Center is excited to celebrate its 26th year of presenting fine art and fine craft by makers from around the country. This festival takes place amidst the fall colors on quaint Second Avenue in historic downtown Durango, Colorado. The wide avenue, lined with restaurants and a variety of shops, is one block from Main Avenue, a gathering place for shoppers and the thousands of visitors that fill the town each fall.
Organized as a benefit event by and for the Durango Arts Center, the region’s premiere non-profit arts organization serving Durango and the Four Corners, the festival is a well-loved and attended community event attracting a large audience throughout the weekend. In the last several years this festival has welcomed an average of 6,500 visitors. Artists and craftspeople report the show is well organized and offers great hospitality and friendly, steady crowds.
Nestled in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains in La Plata County, the area is home to a population of nearly 54,000 permanent and part-time residents. Durango, located only 40 miles from Mesa Verde National Park, a United Nations World Heritage Site, is a destination for arts and culture enthusiasts with a rich history in Native American, Hispanic, and Western pioneering cultures. Historic Durango draws visitors from around the world to ride its famous narrow-gauge train, raft the wild Animas River that runs through it, and hike and bike its pristine mountain trails.
Participation is limited to 90 exhibitors. One artist/craftsperson per booth, unless more than one artist/craftsperson is collaborating on work. All work submitted must be original fine art or fine craft in concept and design and executed by the exhibitor present at the festival. Work displayed at the festival must be of the same type, quality, and materials as depicted in the images submitted for jury. All reproductions must be signed and numbered, except for note cards. See Rules/Regulations for additional details.
A non-refundable application fee of $35 is due for each category entered; i.e., fiber is $35 and jewelry is $35, totaling a $70 application fee
No application will be considered without application fee payment.
Jurors are selected based on a high level of involvement in their field, knowledge of fine art and fine craft, and their professional reputations.
- Application Deadline: May 22, 2020
- Jury Process: May 25 – June 1, 2020
- Artist Invitations Sent: June 5, 2020
- Artists Accept/Decline Invitation: By Monday, June 15, 2020
- Artists’ Booth Fees Due: Friday, June 19, 2020
- Cancellation Deadline to Receive Refund: Friday, June 26, 2020
List of 2019 winners:
Best of Show / Fine Art: Greg Davis
Best of Show / Fine Craft: Ester Smith
Best of Show / Best Booth: Carla McBride
First Place: Brian Heritage
Second Place: Craig Terry
Third Place: Jeff Pedersen
Honorable Mention: Kevin Eslinger
The Durango Autumn Arts Festival is presented by First Southwest Bank of Durango.