Art enthusiasts, amateurs, and professionals rejoice! Already in its 33rd year, the 2019 Southwest Arts Festival continues to bring world-class artists and creative minds to Greater Palm Springs. Last year, over 10,000 people attended the festival and over one million dollars were made in gross sales. This year, the festival will reach even bigger heights. Start the new year on the right foot and enjoy some amazing artwork in the heart of the desert oasis.
Get your paint brushes ready and take a look into one of the most vibrant events of the year!
The Southwest Arts Festival, hosted by the Greater Coachella Valley Chamber of Commerce, is a four-day event designed to put art and the creation of it, into the forefront. Mediums like clay, drawing, glass, jewelry, metal works, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, textiles, and others are all invited to be showcased and juried. The event will also feature a variety of food, beverage, live music and interactive art displays to maximize the fun factor for all attendees!
This event starts on Thursday, January 24 and goes into the weekend through to Sunday, January 27th, 2019. The festival will open daily at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 PM
This art festival has the perfect setting and location to inspire any Picasso or Monet in the making! It will be held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, one of the most iconic venues in the desert oasis. The Empire Polo Club is known for its breathtaking views of the nearby mountain ranges and palm trees galore! Plus, the 330-acre property of the polo grounds are also home to another wildly popular Greater Palm Springs festival-- Coachella Music Festival. Snap a quick picture across the lawns and enjoy the same sights that music festival goers will have in April.
The Southwest Arts Festival brings critically acclaimed artists from around the globe to Greater Palm Springs. It interweaves a variety of different art and craft styles such as traditional, contemporary, and fine art.
Giving Back to the Community:
The festival helps give back to Greater Palm Springs by being one of the largest fundraisers in the year. The Southwest Arts Festival helps raise funds for various nonprofit organizations in the oasis. Besides helping to benefit local charities in Greater Palm Springs, a special emphasis is placed into the community itself. The festival has the help of a large volunteer base. Over two hundred community leaders and volunteers put in long hours and time to help organize the success of the event.
Travel Magazine has recognized the festival as one of the Top 100 Events in North America. Each year, the event aims to attract a "high caliber of talented artists and unique artwork." The careful curation of the event makes it one of the best art shows in the nation annually. In addition, its "first-class quality" reputation and "professional integrity" make it one of the greatest juried art festivals in the United States. The jury process starts online with a blind jury, some of them also artists, to review submissions. Artists with the top scores at the end are invited to the actual festival. This year's iteration of the event accepted 250 artists from around the world.
Interested spectators can find ticket information at Southwest Arts Festival. General admission tickets will be $15.00 for all four days. Senior discount admission for one-day tickets will be available online for $13.00