Elmira Street Painting Festival - Elmira, NY

A Call to Artists for the Elmira Street Painting Festival!

The Elmira Street Painting Festival is celebrating the 11 years in July! We want you to celebrate with us! Elmira Downtown is pleased to announce a Call for Artist for the 11th Annual Elmira Street Painting Festival to be held Saturday, July 7th and Sunday July 8th in downtown Elmira. Pastels are the medium and works produced are temporary - but amazing. There are no fees to participate! Materials will be provided. You need only provide your talents and love for art. The streets of downtown Elmira become a gallery of art, with artists creating over 150 vibrant colorful images. Help us reach our goal of 175 artists.

A perfect opportunity and forum for professional and amateur artists of all ages to demonstrate their skills, compete for awards, earn local recognition through awards ceremony, event publicity, and be part of a community event. Each artist will receive a set professional chalk and other art supplies at no cost to participating artists. The festival provides an Artist Tent with beverages, light snacks and some shade. Elmira Downtown will once again be offering Two (2) - Youth Art Scholarships for 2017, (must be a senior from a local area high school).

Each year: Artist Awards - We give 11 awards, which include Best in Show, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, ESPF Honorable mention, Most Original, ESPF Youth Award, ESPF Youth Honorable Mention, and ESPF Team! Also, we celebrate our young artists who participated in a 5-week workshop called Chalk It Up for Our Youth! There will be 3 Chalk It Up Awards - 1st Place, 2nd Place, and 3rd.

Registration deadline is June 30, 2018. A completed Sign Up Form is required from anyone interested in participating in the festival. Participation in the festival is free for all ages and skill levels. All artists are provided space for artwork, chalk/art supplies, lunch/water, and NEW This year, an instructional class, which will be held a day or two prior to the festival and announced a few weeks in advance. Again, the artwork is due by the end of June if you and your team would like to be consider for one of the many awards!

Click here for Mail in Application & Guidlines

Online Artist Application:

Title: Mr. Ms. Mrs.



Email: (*required)

Phone: Daytime Evening

About the Artist(s):

 I will be street painting solo.

 I am the team captain. This is The Crew.

Member 1:

Member 2:

Member 3:

 I am a student.

School Grade

On the Street:

 I am creating an original artwork for the ESPF. I am attaching it in an email to espf@elmiradowntown.com, for the committee approval:


 I will be reproducing another artist's artwork:



Space Request:

10' x 10' 7' x 7' Other

Request additional space by contacting ESPF; spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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