Host an Artist

For the last 5 years, residents of North Kingstown have opened their homes to Wickford Art Festival participants to provide a free space for them to stay for the event.

Information for artists to register to be matched or hosts to register to open their home, visit the Wickford Host an Artist page for more information or email wickfordhostanartist@gmail.com

 

 

Scholarship Program Raffle of Fine Art

Scholarship Program's "Raffle of Fine Art"

Since 1962, Wickford Art Association has annually awarded scholarships to outstanding students in the community. In order to fund the awards, artists generously donate their fine art which is raffled at the Wickford Art Festival. This year, two raffle drawings will occur on Saturday- July 11 and Sunday- July 12 at 4pm.  The WAA Scholarship Program awards over $3,000 to 3 public high school students attending college the following fall, with a fourth award funded by the Rhode Island Art Education Association. The Scholarship program awards will help offset students’ college expenses, allowing them to focus on their studies and art.

Buy Raffle Tickets and Support Young Artists
Please support this worthy cause by buying raffle tickets: winners do not need to be present in order to win. Our artists donate more than $10,000 worth of art and you could win! Please stop in our gallery or contact us if you would like to purchase tickets before the 58th Wickford Art Festival. Contact us if you'd like to pre-purchase tickets that can be mailed to you. Artwork will be displayed online and will be available for pickup at the Wickford Art Association Gallery: 32 Beach Street, North Kingstown from 4:30-6:00pm Saturday- July 11 and Sunday- July 12, or during open business hours in the week to follow. During the Festival, visit our information booth on Updike Park (corner of Brown and West Main) to purchase your tickets!

Artists! - Donate Your Artwork 
Donate your fine art to the raffle! Please download your 2020 WAA Scholarship Raffle donation form, complete and bring to the gallery with your fine art donation during regular gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday (11am-3pm) and Sunday (noon-3pm). Art donated by May 1st is eligible for inclusion on the poster (one per artist, as space allows). Thank you for your support!  Donations are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged.

Support the Scholarship Fund – Individual and Corporate Support
Cash donations are welcome and greatly appreciated to directly support the Annual Scholarship Fund! Your donation offers students the opportunity to pursue art as their career through higher education. Help emerging artists benefit from higher education and personal artistic development!

Learn more about the 2020 Scholarship Program Winners - click here
Visit the Scholarship winners at the 58th Wickford Art Festival on Saturday- July 11 and Sunday- July 12th in Wickford Village.

Festival Sponsors

Businesses - consider sponsoring the 59th Wickford Art Festival and reach over 60,000 people over two days.

Sponsorships are a year long investment in the arts and community.

Please contact WAA at 401-294-6840 or email the Festival Director, Ainslie Daly, at wickfordartfestival@gmail.com

 

Check out the 2019 / 57th Wickford Art Festival program here

Festival Program/Map 2019

Information on the 2020 will be festival will be updated in the spring. For now, check out all that the 2019 festival had to offer!

2019 57th Wickford Art Festival Program and Map

Browse the Program, learn where your favorite artists will be on the festival route! Be sure to pick up a Program at the festival on the shuttles, in artist booths, at participating merchants stores or at the Festival Information Booth.
Support our sponsors and advertisers - they support the arts!

Download the 2019 Wickford Art Festival Program here.

Parking with free shuttle available at Wilson Park on West Main Street, Wickford Elementary on Philips Street and Wickford Middle School on Tower Hill Road.

Support the WAA Scholarship Program  - park at Old Town Hall on Boston Neck Road and walk over Hussey Bridge to festival.

Please note new added Shuttle pickup/drop-off on Church Street on the back side of Art of the Greenway!

Note: NO on-street parking available in the Village of Wickford from Friday evening at 5 pm to Sunday evening at 8 pm.

 

 

Artist Exhibitor List 2020

Please join us in supporting the artists you would have seen sprawled across the streets of Wickford! We have created an easily accessible list of artists by medium complete with their websites or contact email.

2020 Artist Exhibitor List

 

 

Artist Application & Rejury List 2020

FESTIVAL UPDATES IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19 FOR NEW & RETURNING ARTISTS:

All artists that applied for the 2020 show should check the email they provided on their application for updates from the Festival Director on what our next steps will be due to the festival being cancelled. If you did not receive an email, please contact the Festival Director, Ainslie Daly, at wickfordartfestival@gmail.com

 

Check back for when applications for the 2021 Wickford Art Festival will open!

 

Eligible Art:

Non-functional, fine art only, including painting (oil, watercolor, pastel, encaustic, gouache, acrylic, etc), sculpture (wood, metal, clay, glass, mixed-media), drawing (pen & ink, charcoal, pencil), hand pulled prints, mixed-media, photography. Photographers must produce archival quality images with archival ink and archival paper and the majority of work must be signed and numbered (under 200). Numbered and signed reproductions (under 200) allowed in ONE browse bin or box only. Applicants please note: All work must be the original work of the exhibiting artist.

Ineligible Art:

No agents allowed - artist must be in booth.
No buy/sell.
No functional art such as crafts, notepaper, cards, art supplies, jewelry, leather work, clothing/accessories, housewares, mirrors, furniture  or functional pottery. Please be respectful of your fellow exhibitors who abide by these guidelines. In an effort to maintain the high quality of fine artwork at the festival, we will be actively checking booths both days. You will be asked to remove any artwork, prints, excess browse bins, functional art, etc, that does not meet our show specifications.

Volunteer

The Wickford Art Festival could not happen without the dozens and dozens of volunteers that contribute their time all year round.

Our volunteers are graphic designers, shleppers, photographers, program ad salesmen, cheerleaders, record keepers, setup / breakdown helpers, booth sitters, bakers and connection makers: this list doesn’t cover it but we have something for everyone, and it's a lot of fun!

So if you love the arts, love Wickford or just love to help, we can use your skills. Wickford Art Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and you can use your volunteers hours to benefit WAA too. Plus all volunteers receive a commemorative festival T-shirt!

Volunteer meetings start in February – like us on Facebook or Twitter to keep up with meeting announcements or email the Festival Director

Logo & Poster Contest

Become a part of Art Festival History! 

Each year the Wickford Art Association holds a logo design contest and the winning design will appear on our commemorative festival apparel. This year, we are seeking a cohesive logo and poster design! The poster will be used for a variety of marketing purposes and featured on the event's program cover as well.

  • Submit an original, one-color design for the logo as well as an 11x17 full color event poster design that incorporates that logo.
  • No third party logos or copyrighted material may be used. Wickford Art Association owns the trademark WICKFORD ART FESTIVAL.
  • For the logo, the design's ink color is printed with apparel color in mind: dark shirts will have white ink and light colors will have black ink.
  • 58th Wickford Art Festival or 58th Annual Wickford Art Festival should be on included in the logo design. For the poster, the festival dates Saturday, July 11 and Sunday, July 12 should be incorporated, plus other related information including: wickfordart.org, Proudly Produced by the Wickford Art Association since 1962.
  • There isn't a limit to how many designs artists can submit so feel free to mix up one design, or submit a variety of different designs.

Deadline for submissions is April 1st.

Winner receives a $50 award and a one year WAA membership for the winning design, plus bragging rights!

Entries should be submitted in separate PDF,  JPEG or PNG via email to the Festival Director, Ainslie Daly at wickfordartfestival@gmail.com with "Logo & Poster Contest Submission" in the subject line.

Please include your complete contact information with your submission.

By submitting artwork, artist is giving permission to Wickford Art Association to reproduce their artwork to promote the Wickford Art Festival.

Local Info 2019

Wickford Art Festival (in Wickford Village):
GPS coordinates: 41.571312, -71.452456

Directions to Wickford Village:
From Providence and north of North Kingstown:
Route 95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South). Follow RT 4 for 5 miles to Route 102 South exit, follow to Wickford Village.

From Connecticut and south of North Kingstown:
Route 95 North to RI; exit 5. Route 102 South, Exeter; this route breaks across RT 3, then continues. Follow 9 miles to Wickford Village.

 

Wickford Art Association, 36 Beach Street, North Kingstown, RI:
GPS coordinates: 41.565843, -71.444471

Directions to Wickford Art Association:
From Providence and north of North Kingstown:
Route 95 South to Exit 9 (Route 4 South). Follow RT 4 for 5 miles to Route 102 South exit, follow to Wickford Village. Bear right at Brown Street, intersection, go over Hussey Bridge. At red light, turn onto Beach Street, follow to Stop sign, go right. WAA is on the right, parking is on the left on North Kingstown Town Beach.

From Connecticut and south of North Kingstown:
Route 95 North to RI; exit 5. Route 102 South, Exeter; this route breaks across RT 3, then continues. Follow 9 miles to Wickford Village. Bear right at Brown Street, intersection, go over Hussey Bridge. At red light, turn onto Beach Street, follow to Stop sign, go right. WAA is on the right, parking is on the left on North Kingstown Town Beach.


Information about local accommodations, restaurants, merchants and marinas
:

North Kingstown Chamber of Commerce
http://www.northkingstown.com/

Wickford Village
https://www.facebook.com/ilovewickfordvillage/

South County Tourism Council
http://www.southcountyri.com/

Rhode Island Tourism Division
http://www.visitrhodeisland.com/          

Discover Newport
http://www.discovernewport.org/

Wickford Marinas are an easy walk from the festival.
Call for transient dockage availability. 

 

Temporary and Annual RI Retail Permits 2020

TAX PERMITS
Although original and limited edition artwork is now exempt from sales tax (certain restrictions apply), the state of RI requires that every artist possess a Temporary  or Annual RI Retail Sales Permit.

  • Temporary RI Retail Sales Permits may be purchased onsite during Festival Registration and before booth set-up: bring a separate check for $10 payable to RI Division of Taxation.
  • Annual Retail Sales Permits ($10) may be purchased online at https://www.ri.gov/taxation/BAR/ prior to the festival. RI Certificate of Exemption for Artistic Works applications are available here too.
  • The State of RI requires Wickford Art Association to keep a copy of your permit(s) on file. Copies of Annual Retail Sales Permits and Certificate of Exemption for Artistic Works must be submitted  with your festival application.
  • The Town of North Kingstown requires the artist’s Date of Birth. Please help WAA comply – your information will be kept secure.

For any artist with a Temporary Sales Permit that has collected taxes, it is mandatory that a separate check payable to the RI Division of Taxation for tax collections be turned in to the Festival Director by 6:00 PM, Sunday July 12, 2015 at the close of the Festival.

PERMIT SUMMARY
Below is a summary of the Temporary and Annual Retail Sales Permit process from the state of RI. We didn’t make the rules and we admit that it is complicated so figure out which category fits your situation best. Please contact the Festival Director, RISCA or RI Division of Revenue with any questions.
If you already have them, submit copies of your Annual Retail Sales Permit and Certificate of Exemption with your application - WAA is required to have copies on file.

If an Artist lives and works in RI and the Artist already has a RI Sales Tax Permit AND a RI Exemption for the Sale of Artistic Works (hereafter called “Exemption), that Artist does not have to apply for a Temporary Retail Sales Permit or Exemption (they already have it). The Artist reports their sales directly to the RI Division of Taxation.
Copies of both permits must be submitted with festival application.

If an Artist lives and works inside RI and does not have a RI Sales Tax Permit or an Exemption, then the Artist must purchase a Temporary Retail Sales Permit at the Festival registration. Artist must provide their EIN# or Social Security number as well as a check for $10.00 payable to the RI Division of Taxation at Festival registration. The Artist will now be eligible to make retail sales and art will be exempt from sales tax under the Wickford Art Association's blanket Certificate of Exemption. On Sunday 7/14/19, at the conclusion of the Festival, Wickford Art Association will collect artist's completed Sales Tax Summary (pg 3, pink form) with payment for any items subject to sales tax, and submit forms to the RI Division of Taxation. WAA will provide this form when you register. In addition, the Artist must also fill out and submit a reconciliation of the sales of artwork. Failure to submit the sales tax summary or the reconciliation will prevent the Artist from being able to participate in future shows (this is the RI Law, not WAA).
NOTE: Please bring two (2) blank checks to the Festival: one check for the $10 permit and one check for any applicable RI state sales tax to be paid, if applicable, at the conclusion of the show.

If an Artist lives and works OUTSIDE of RI and does not have a RI Sales Tax Permit or Exemption, then the Artist must purchase a Temporary Retail Sales Permit at the Festival registration. Artist must provide their EIN# or Social Security number as well as a check for $10.00 payable to the RI Division of Taxation. The Artist will now be eligible to make retail sales and art will be exempt from sales tax under the Wickford Art Association's Certificate of Exemption. At the conclusion of the Festival, the Artist must submit to the Wickford Art Association (WAA) a Sales Tax Return (pg 3, pink form) with payment for any items subject to sales tax, and submit forms to the RI Division of Taxation. WAA will provide the form when you register. In addition, the Artist must also fill out and submit a reconciliation of the sales of artwork. Failure to submit the sales tax return or the reconciliation will prevent the Artist from being able to participate in future shows (this is the RI Law, not WAA).

NOTE: Please bring two blank checks to the Festival: one check for the permit and one check for any applicable RI state sales tax to be paid, if applicable, at the conclusion of the show.

If an Artist lives and works OUTSIDE of RI and already has a RI Annual Sales Tax Permit,
At the conclusion of the Festival, that Artist will still need to file a Sales Tax Return (pg 3, pink form) with payment for any items subject to sales tax and a reconciliation of the sales and activity of the show. Wickford Art Association will collect and submit the form to the State of RI Division of Taxation. WAA will provide the form when you register. The Artist is not required to purchase the $10 Temporary Retail Sales Permit because they already have a State Sales Tax Permit, but is required to fill out the Sales Tax Return form. The RI Law does not allow artists living outside of RI to have a Certificate of Exemption number so these artists will fall under the WAA’s Certificate of Exemption (WAA exemption number will be provided at Registration). Failure to submit the Sales Tax Return or the reconciliation will prevent the Artist from being able to participate in future shows (this is the RI Law, not WAA).
Please submit a copy of your annual permit with your festival application.

NOTE: Please bring one blank check to the Festival for any applicable RI state sales tax to be paid, if applicable, at the conclusion of the show.

Per state law, Sales Tax Permits and Exemptions must be displayed in artist's booths during the Festival!

Also, the State of RI requires that the Artist’s assigned Certificate of Exemption number or the Wickford Art Association's Certificate of Exemption number must be entered on your customer’s invoice. Artists operating under the Wickford Art Association's Exemption number will be provided that number at registration.

For more information about annual permits, please visit these websites:

RI Division of Taxation "Annual Retail Sales Permit" application link:
https://www.ri.gov/taxation/BAR/

RI Division of Taxation "Certificate of Exemption for Artistic Works" application link (for RI residents only):
http://www.tax.ri.gov/forms/2013/Excise/Artistic%20Works%20Sales%20Tax%20Exemption.pdf