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Novel Ideas Art Book Fair exhibitors

Application Period December 15, 2022-February 3, 2023

Applications accepted December 15, 2022-February 3, 2023

Notification by March 1, 2023

Contemporary at Blue Star is pleased to announce the return of the Novel Ideas Art Book Fair. This one-night art book fair features artists’ books, monographs, zines, printed ephemera, and more. The fair is envisioned as a platform for artists and publishers to share and sell their work and build community with one another. The fair will happen in the Contemporary’s gallery spaces at 116 Blue Star, San Antonio, TX 78204 on Friday May 5, 2023 from 5pm-9pm.

Application details
-There is no fee.
-You will submit a letter of interest which must include a short description of what your booth would feature and what do you hope to get out of participating in the fair. The letter must also include a link to your website, and the name for the primary person of contact, phone number, email address and mailing address. (Max 1000 words for the letter)
-You will select the type of exhibitor you are: artist, non-profit, small press, publishing house, distributor, book dealer, institution, magazine, zine, other.


Is there a fee for exhibitors? No.

Will the Contemporary at Blue Star take a percentage of my sales? No.

How many people will attend this event? This event coincides with Southtown’s First -Friday art walk. Our First Friday attendance over a three hour period ranges from 600-900.

Is there an admission fee for the public? No.

How many exhibitors will be selected? Between 30 and 40 exhibitors will participate.

Are out of state and international exhibitors applications accepted? Yes.

Is there additional support for exhibitors in the form of grants? We hope to offset exhibitor costs by having no fees. Out of town exhibitors are responsible for their own travel and accommodations and the shipment of their product.

Questions? Email

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