The Soirée is a signature arts festival that electrifies the streets of downtown Anderson.  The 2024 Soirée will continue the same standard of excellence with a focus on visual, culinary, and performing arts.

This community-led  festival, hosted by the City of Anderson, will provide an entertaining two-day cultural experience attracting visitors from near and far.

The Soirée is coordinated by the City of Anderson with artistic guidance from the Anderson Arts Center and support from community volunteers. Any proceeds realized will be used to subsidize production of this annual arts festival, as well as to provide funding for new art initiatives in Anderson.

Key Deadlines:

December 31, 2023: Deadline to submit application
February 5, 2024: Artist Notification
February 29, 2024: Acceptance of Festival Participation and Booth Fee Due
March 15, 2024: Final Date for Cancellation and Refund
April 26 – 27, 2024: Soirée Dates


The Soirée takes place in downtown Anderson, SC. The event will be focused along Main Street and Carolina Wren Park.

Event Dates and Times:

Artist Check-In: April 26 (10am – 2pm)
Festival Hours: Friday, April 26 (4pm – 8pm)
 Saturday, April 27 (10am – 8pm)
Artist Load-Out: Saturday, April 27 (8pm – until)


Fine Art: Fine art includes painting, drawing, fiber, sculpture, mixed media, photography, printmaking, ceramics, and digital art.
  • Digital Art is any original work for which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using a computer. Work in this category MUST be in limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality materials.
  • Ceramics are to be original, non-functional works.
  • Printmaking should be original prints pulled by artists from traditional methods, including etching, engraving, silkscreen, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodblock, produced in signed and numbered limited editions from an original image created by the artist.
  • Photography includes all photographic prints made from artist’s original negative or digital image processing. Work must be limited editions, signed and numbered on archival quality paper.
  • Mixed Media should be original 2-D or 3-D work that incorporates more than one material/medium.
  • Sculpture is to be original non-functional, three dimensional work of any material.
  • Fiber should be original work of primarily fiber including soft sculpture, batik, or painted fabric intended to be wearable or decorative. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.
  • Drawing is work created using dry media including pen, pencil, charcoal, pastel, chalk, or fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
  • Painting should be original works made with oils, acrylics, or watercolors.
Jewelry: original work made from materials such as sterling silver, enamels, glass, ceramic, paper, polymer clay, etc. No production studio work permitted.
Home Goods: includes functional and/or decorative items of your own creation including textiles (blankets, throw pillows, etc.), functional ceramics (mugs, bowls, etc. ), furniture, utensils, forged items, wooden cutting boards, etc.
Stationery and Paper Accessories: includes items of your own creation such as greeting cards, notepads, stickers, etc.
Bath, Body, and Candles: includes handcrafted items such as soap, lotion, candles.
Culinary Products: includes products of your own creation to use in food or packaged to eat such as dip mixes, chocolate, popcorn, etc.
Apparel and Accessories: includes items of your own creation including hats, knit or crochet items, t-shirts, aprons, bags, patches, etc.


Question about the artist application? Contact Erin Spainhour at


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