54th An Occasion for the Arts (VA)
September 30 - October 2, 2022
Preferred Application Deadline 4/10/22

What: 54th Annual An Occasion for the Arts
Where: Merchants Square, in the center of Colonial Williamsburg, VA
When: September 30 - October 2, 2022 | Friday 5-7pm | Sat - Sun 10am-5pm
  • Limited to 145 Artists
  • Past Attendance 30,00-35,000
  • NEW - Friday Preview Evening and Party
  • Friday set-up and Sunday tear-down drive adjacent to booth
  • Every Booth is a Corner
  • Reserved artist-only parking (includes RV & oversize vehicles)
  • Booth sitters
  • Free bottled water and lunch delivery
  • 24 hour security using local police
  • Full color printed program delivered to 45,500 households prior to event
  • Awards Reception Saturday Eve
  • $5,000 in awards; winners jury-exempt the next year
  • Jury Fee $35
  • Booth Fee: 10'x10' $445 | 10'x20' $890

New this year, a Preview Party on Friday night from 5pm-7pm. We invite artists to showcase their work to our patrons and VIP's. Artists who are open for the evening will be given early setup times and invited to attend the party from 7pm to 9pm. This is a fundraiser for the AOFTA Artists in Residence program with the James County public school system. Artists will be treated to wonderful food, beverages and live music. Your application and acceptance to the show are not based on your ability to be open on Friday evening but your location may be affected. Jurors do not know if you have chosen to participate. 
For more than 50 years An Occasion For The Arts has brought fabulous art to historic downtown Williamsburg, VA on the 1st weekend of October.

Williamsburg is the home of the College of William & Mary with an affluent alumni base residing in the area. It is a growing midsize community with a population of 158,294. It is also a top tourism and retirement destination for people from all over the world. 
Our ambition is to be the best show possible for those exhibiting with us, and our commitment is to balance the show so it showcases artists' work as unique and provides the potential for sales. We are dedicated to maintaining high standards and work diligently to foster a positive environment for artists and patrons.

Now Accepting Applications on ZAPP
Preferred Application Deadline: April 10, 2022
Final Application Deadline: April 17, 2022 ($45 Fee)
Artist Notification: May 11, 2022
Booth Fee Due: June 30, 2022
For more information please visit: https://aofta.org/

Contact Robin Markowitz, Executive Director at aofta.artists@gmail.com or call 202-251-0637