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Check out ZAPP® for calls for artists

ZAPP® (Zaplication.org) is a web utility used by an increasing number of arts organizations to manage entries for shows or booking festival booths for artists. ZAPP describes itself as “a one-stop universal online application system that allows artists to submit and manage applications for participating art shows, festivals, and fairs.” Using ZAPP® is free to artists, but the organizations pay a fee.

For more about the advantages and the process for organizations, see http://www.zapplication.org/license.phtml, For information for artists on how to apply, see http://www.zapplication.org/apply.phtml.

For the artist, ZAPP® is a treasure trove of opportunities. Because the listings are so extensive, finding information can be a challenge. There are several ways to search: 

  1. The Event Calendar, which shows calls on a calendar format by application deadline. Once you find an interesting possibility, you then go to the Participating Shows for more information.
  2. The Participating Shows listing, which displays brief information with dates and links (see example below): 

Art in the Square 2013 | Southlake
Southlake Town Square
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 11/7/12
Show Dates: 4/26/13 – 4/28/13

View More Info– Apply to Show

Finding a particular show or shows in an area can be difficult, since there is no simple search feature. The Participating Shows can be sorted alphabetically by name, chronologically by application deadline or show start date, or geographically by region. The Texas shows describe themselves variously as “Central Region” or “South West Region” or even “South East Region”. Region is not selectable, but is an alphabetical sort, so it is somewhat crude.

To do a simple search, select one of the ways to sort, then use the Search feature of the browser you are using. The command is usually Ctrl-F (for find) on most browsers. Type in what you’re looking for: state name, city name, region, or event name.

Here is a listing of Texas shows on ZAPP® found by this search method:

(Note: some of the listings are expired, but are included as an example.)

Artfest@CityArts Dallas 2012
Fair Park
Texas
South West Region
Application Deadline: 2/3/12 Past Deadline
Show Dates: 5/25/12 – 5/27/12
View More Info

Art in the Square 2013 | Southlake
Southlake Town Square
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 11/7/12
Show Dates: 4/26/13 – 4/28/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Art on the Greene 2013
Richard Greene Linear Park 1601 E. Randol Mill Rd. Arlington, Texas 76010
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 1/27/13
Show Dates: 3/22/13 – 3/24/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Arts in the Square 2013 – Frisco Texas
Frisco Square
Texas
South West Region
Application Deadline: 1/14/13
Show Dates: 3/23/13 – 3/24/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Art City Austin Festival 2013
Downtown Austin, in the heart of the 2ND Street Retail and Shopping District
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 12/1/12
Show Dates: 4/13/13 – 4/14/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Winnsboro Fine Art Market 2012
Downtown Winnsboro, Texas
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 10/15/12 Past Deadline
Show Dates: 11/3/12 – 11/4/12
View More Info

Cottonwood Art Festival Spring 2013
Richardson, Cottonwood Park
Texas
South West Region
Application Deadline: 1/18/13
Show Dates: 5/4/13 – 5/5/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Dallas Fine Art Festival (Fairview) November 2012
Village of Fairview
Texas
South West Region
Application Deadline: 10/15/12 Past Deadline
Show Dates: 11/17/12 – 11/18/12
View More Info

Deep Ellum Arts Festival – 19th Annual, 2013
Located in Dallas’ Deep Ellum Entertainment District on Main Street between Good Latimer and Hall St.
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 10/29/12
Show Dates: 4/5/13 – 4/7/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Fairview Fine Art Festival 2013
The Village at Fairview
Texas
South East Region
Application Deadline: 2/1/13
Show Dates: 4/6/13 – 4/7/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Fiesta Arts Fair 2013
Southwest School of Art
Texas
Central Region
Application Deadline: 11/16/12
Show Dates: 4/20/13 – 4/21/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

Fort Worth Festival of the Arts (Texas) – March 2013
Ridgmar Mall
Texas
South East Region
Application Deadline: 1/15/13
Show Dates: 3/23/13 – 3/24/13
View More Info– Apply to Show

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