Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions
This is a first year art show. How can I be sure it’s going to be worth the time and money to set up a booth there?
What are the hours of the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival?
Exhibitor Questions
Do Plein Air painters have to have a booth?
When are exhibitor applications due? Other important dates?
Will there be security if I want to leave my booth setup overnight.
What are the exhibitor booth requirements?
Are exhibitors required to donate an item to the Milwaukee Domes Art Auction?
Vendor Questions
How much does it cost to be a vendor at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival? Who Should I contact?
What are vendor requirements?
Attendee Questions
Can I bring food or beverages into the Art Festival Grounds?
  Can I bring food or beverages into the Art Festival Grounds? ^TOP
No outside food or beverages are allowed inside the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival Grounds. Bottles of water are just $3 and there are also water fountains available inside the Milwaukee Domes.
  Do Plein Air painters have to have a booth? ^TOP
Plein air painters may forego operating a booth if they wish only paint at the festival and to enter the plein air competition.
  This is a first year art show. How can I be sure it’s going to be worth the time and money to set up a booth there? ^TOP
The Grand Re-opening of the Milwaukee Domes in 2008 drew 20,000 people on a Wednesday night in November with minimal advance promotion. The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival is going to have much more publicity, advanced planning, better timing (on the weekend at the end of festival season), and much more going on, including live music, food and drink, and other things which bring Wisconsinites out in droves. The Milwaukee Domes are among Wisconsin’s best known and beloved landmarks. There will be lots of people there. There will also be specific marketing initiatives targeting the art buying community in Southeastern Wisconsin. In addition, the first year booth fees for vendors and exhibitors are quite reasonable. 
  What are the hours of the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival? ^TOP
Friday August 20:     12 PM – 7 PM
Saturday August 21: 10 AM – 7 PM
Sunday August 22:   10 AM – 4 PM
  When are exhibitor applications due? Other important dates? ^TOP
Exhibitor application due date has been extended to April 1, 2010. Artist notification date is May 3rd and deadline to return signed contract and booth payment fee is May 24.
  Will there be security if I want to leave my booth setup overnight. ^TOP
The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival will have 24 hour security to protect artist booths and belongings.
  How much does it cost to be a vendor at the Milwaukee Domes Art Festival? Who Should I contact? ^TOP
The cost to operate a food tent at the Domes Art Festival is prepaid $1000 for the three day festival. You can apply to be a vendor by making a request on our contact form.  Milwaukee Domes Art Festival reserves the right to refuse any vendor for any reason. 
  What are the exhibitor booth requirements? ^TOP
Every exhibitor will be given a 12 foot wide by 10 foot deep area to set up their booth. The booth will consist of a tent to protect the artwork from inclement weather, as well as display cases, stands or mounting surfaces for individual artworks. The Milwaukee Domes Art Festival can rent tents to artists for a fee of $200 for the weekend. Each artist must have at least five works in the same medium as their jury application pictures to display.
  Are exhibitors required to donate an item to the Milwaukee Domes Art Auction? ^TOP
No, there is no donation requirement. However exhibitors donating items will get priority booth placement (higher profile locations).Value/quality of the piece donated will also be a consideration.
  What are vendor requirements? ^TOP
Vendors must be licensed and capable of passing inspection for all applicable health codes. Other than that, the only requirements are good food that people will like. If you apply to be a vendor you may or may not be asked to submit samples for consideration. Vendors may apply to sell specialty alcoholic beverages (fine wines, craft beers, etc.) but the vast majority of alcoholic beverages will be sold exclusively at the Art Fair Beverage stations.