Call for Artists

Artist applications for the 2018 A-RTS at Rockville Town Square will be available October 1, 2017 on ZAPP. This is a premier event in a spectacular venue organized and managed by the Bethesda Row Arts Festival team. A-RTS will take place Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, 2018.

Please apply by logging onto ZAPP at


Application Instructions

The application, images and jury fee must be submitted electronically by 11:59pm on Monday, January 15, 2018 on ZAPP.

Artists do not need to submit booth fee payments with the application. If accepted, payment of the booth fee will be necessary to secure a spot in the show. The booth fee entitles you to one 10×10 space in the show.  Booth payment is a commitment to participate in the show.  There are no refunds as space has been committed.

Each artist must provide their own tent. The festival recommends that you do not use inexpensive, pop-up tents, as they have the potential to be dangerous in high winds and inclement weather. Several double booth spaces are available at extra cost, which may be requested after acceptance. Booth sharing is not permitted.

Five digital images: 4 of artwork and 1 of artists’ outdoor booth display are required.

Jury Process

The jury is composed of three art professionals versed in a wide range of artistic media, usually an academic and curator, as well as a working peer artist. A new jury is impaneled each year to ensure the show remains fresh and eliminate any favoritism or bias. These jurors will be on-site at the event to serve as a standards committee and to select artist category award winners.

Artist excellence of original work is the sole criteria for selection of exhibitors. Images are reviewed by jurors in a blind jury online process. Artists are assigned a number and judged only by the digital images submitted, not on any other qualifications. The identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. The process, materials and dimensions for each image, as well as artist information statements, are made available to the jury. Jury scores are averaged together to create the final artist score. The highest scoring artists will be selected for the show.