Summer Festival of the Arts


What is Summer Festival of the Arts?

The YSU Summer Festival of the Arts is a celebration of the performing and visual arts, prominently including a juried art show featuring the works of local, regional and national artists, and welcoming over 80 artists yearly. Music, dance and theatrical performances throughout the festival grounds complement the art and attracts a diverse and fun crowd. The Summer Festival of the Arts is the flagship event for the Summer Festival of the Arts Weekend, which includes a Friday night concert, Youngstown Wine and Jazz concert, a Gospel concert, and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Summerfest. Other activities designed to enhance the Summer Festival of the Arts include the Festival of Nations, where ethnic groups display artifacts and sell food; an extensive children’s hands-on art tent; a silent auction and numerous displays and activities sponsored by community arts and cultural groups.

Where is it located?

Held outdoors, on the park-like, urban campus of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.

Festival Hours

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Set up: 7:00 - 9:45 am
Festival: 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Sunday, July 9, 2017
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Clean up must be done by 9:00 pm

festival calendar

Early application deadline*
April 3, 2017

Early application fee due
April 3, 2017

Notifications emailed
May 5, 2017

Booth fee due (if accepted)
June 5, 2017

Cancellation deadline — please note, no fees will be refunded
June 16, 2017

* Applications will be accepted after April 4 but will be subject to the $30 jury fee.


Cash awards will be given for Best of Show, Best Individual Piece, and Best in each of three major categories (2D, 3D and fine crafts). Honorable mention will be presented in the best individual piece and best fine craft categories. Judging will be done by a jury. The names of winner will be posted at the Main Information tent. The decision of the jury is final.

Jury Process

The jury will consists of jurors with evaluating experience. The following standards will be used for judging:

  • The ideal work reflects excellence
  • is well conceived
  • and well executed.

All work must be original.

Images are considered solely on the merit of the work. You must include a postage-paid SASE with your application if you want your CD returned. Images of accepted work will be returned after the festival. The Summer Festival of the Arts Governing Committee reserves the right to reject entries not adequately represented by electronic images.


A $20 non-refundable early application fee, or $30 late fee after April 3, 2017, is required for each application submitted and each category entered. Checks can be made payable to Youngstown State University, and must accompany each application packet. Upon receipt of an acceptance letter, the selected artist is required to return a check or money order for $100 to secure the space.
Booth fee must be paid in order to set up.


Artists are encouraged to demonstrate their work. Please indicate on the application.