Dear Artist,

Greetings from the Mississippi Delta! On behalf of the Crosstie Arts Council, I would like to personally invite you to participate in the Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival this year. Each year, we transform the Bolivar County Courthouse lawn into a juried fine arts show featuring hundreds of exhibitors displaying paintings, sculpture, pottery, fabric and paper designs, hand-made furniture, jewelry, and much more. With a multitude of activities and live music surrounding the art, Crosstie pulls in hundreds of visitors from Cleveland and the surrounding areas. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. I hope to see you in April!


Ann Franklin, President

For exhibitor questions or information, please contact Wendy at


  • Application

  • $75 application fee ($50 Student Artist Fee)

  • Legal-sized stamped and addressed envelope

  • 3 photos or slides of work

  • Current membership in craftsman’s guild

Apply Online:

Apply By Mail:

Mail Form and Check To: 
Crosstie Arts Council
P. O. Box 1064
Cleveland, MS 38732


Purchase Prize / $1,500
* Crosstie will purchase your selected piece at this amount

1st Place • $400
2nd Place • $250
3rd Place • $100


* Categories will receive awards at the discretion of the judges.


  1. Paintings (all media)

  2. Drawings, Graphics, & Photography

  3. Multimedia & Sculpture (2 & 3 dimensional)

  4. Pottery

  5. Crafts


  • With the exception of current members of the Mississippi, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, or Arkansas Craftsman's Guilds, who shall be accepted in their categories, all applicants must send slide or photo examples of their work for review.

  • All applicants must contain the completed application, a check for the entry fee, and a legal-sized stamped self-addressed envelope for reply (if email is not available for confirmation) . Acceptances will be sent in a timely manner.

Rules & Fees

  • If accepted, our signed application is considered a commitment to show. There will be no refunds of entry fees.

  • Only original works by the exhibitor will be accepted for display and competition.

  • Only work in listed categories may be exhibited.

  • The Festival Committee reserves the right to limit the number of exhibitors in a category.

  • A fee of $75 ($50 Student Artist Fee) reserves a 10’ by 12’ space and allows for competition pieces in any combination of the listed categories.

  • All checks should be made payable to Crosstie Arts & Jazz Festival or payment can be made online at

  • Exhibitors who require electrical service must specify their needs in advance on the application form. Electrical service is limited and not guaranteed.

  • Exhibitors may report to the Crosstie Festival Booth on Friday at 1 pm or Saturday at 6 am for reserved space assignment. Exhibitors are responsible for any equipment necessary to display their work, which must be in place by the time the judging begins at 9 am.

  • An alternate location is secured for inclement weather.

  • Applications will be reviewed and accepted as long as space remains available; however, potential exhibitors should apply as soon as possible to ensure acceptance and location.

  • Exhibitors and guests will receive an invitation to Crosstie Patron’s Party on Friday night.