Art Festival Directors Conference

March 13-15, 2022

LOCATION: Sheraton Suites, Old Town Alexandria, VA


REGISTRATIONRegistration will open in September 2021 




Cindy Lerick - President, The Art of Events

Robin Markowitz - Executive Director, Art-Linx

                                Executive Director, An Occasion for the Arts

                                Festival Director, Rose Squared Art Shows & Rockville Art Festival  


This two and half day professional development event brings together show directors and those connected to the industry for learning, discussion, inspiration and networking opportunities. This conference is tailored to individuals who are involved with the planning of   an art fairs or festivals, including board chairs, council or chamber staff, and volunteers. 

 Conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate in: 


  • Vital networking events

  • Presentations by experts highlighting critical trends affecting the art fair industry

  • Training on skills to amplify visibility of festivals, grow participation, promote artistic excellence and more


 Conference Schedule  - Preliminary - All times and presentations are subject to change

 Sunday, March 13, 2022

 5pm - Happy Hour

 6pm - Dinner 

 8pm - Speaker (TBA)


 Monday, March 14, 2022

 8 - 8:30am - Check in and Hot Breakfast Buffet

 8:30 - 9am - Introduction of Conference Attendees

 9 - 10am -  TBA

 10 - 10:30am - Morning Break

 10:30 -Noon - TBA

 Noon - 1pm - Lunch

 1 -2:30 pm - Art Show Priorities - (3) Break out Sessions

 2:30 - 3pm - Afternoon Break

 3 - 4pm - TBA

 4 - 5pm - TBA

Tuesdsay, March 15, 2022

 8 - 8:30am - Hot Breakfast Buffet

 8:30 - 9am - Artist Community Post Covid - 11th Annual Artist Survey Results from Art-Linx

 9 - 10am -  TBA

 10 - 10:30am - Morning Break

 10:30 -Noon - Hilary-Morgan Watt, The Future of Art and Digital Engagment

 Noon - 1pm - Lunch

 1 -2:30 pm - TBA

 2 :30 - 3:30pm - What Keeps you up at Night? Roundtable Dicussion

Conference Concludes


This conference is produced by Art-Linx

Please contact Robin Markowitz at 202-251-0637 or email with any questions





















Conference Co-Chair Cindy Lerick, CFEE is the owner and President of The Art of Events, providing services to a broad range of festivals and events around the world. In 2019 she is working with the Saint Louis Art Fair as a consultant. Most recently she was Executive Director of the Sausalito Art Festival in Sausalito, CA; a position that she accepted in 2017 to help the organization through an internal transition period.  Prior to that move, she served as the Executive Director/President of the Saint Louis Art Fair from 2009 - 2017. Before that she was the Executive Director of the Uptown Association and the Uptown Art Fair (1996-2007). She also co-produced the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival from 2002-2004.

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Conference Producer and Co-Chair: Robin Markowitz has been immersed in the art festival world as a Jewelry Artist, Art Festival Director, Principal at Art-Linx and Editor of the Art Festival Newsletter. I began my art career as a jeweler, showcasing my work at juried art festivals since 1995 and have served as an Festival Director for the last 13 years.  Art-Linx is the culmination of all my art expertise. Art-Linx is the only multi-platform connecting service for the art festival community: connecting artists to art shows, directors to directors and galleries/art publications to artists.  The Art Festival Newsletter (published 6x per year) has topical articles for the art professional and highlights industry trends.

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2019 Conference Participants by Festival or Organziation

4 Bridges Arts Festival (TN)

An Occasion for the Arts (VA)

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original (MI)

Artisphere (SC)

Art-Linx (MD)

Art of Events (MN)

Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts (PA)

CherryArts (CO)

Cornell Art Museum Art on the Square (FL)

Engenius (AL)

Fountain Hills Chamber of Commerce (AZ)

Frederick Festival of the Arts (MD)

Fourth Avenue Street Fair (AZ)


Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (MI)

Lenexa Art Fair (KS)

Mount Gretna Art Show (PA)

Mountain Art Festivals (CO)

Mountain Heritage Arts & Crafts Festival (WV)

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival (VA)

Oklahoma Festival of Arts (OK)

Prairie Village Art Show (KS)

Redlands Festival of Arts (CA)

Renaissance Craftables (NJ & PA)

Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show (PA)

Rockville Arts Festival (MD)

Rose Squared Productions (NJ)

Saffire (TX)

Saint Louis Art Fair (MO)

Sedona Arts Festival (AZ)

Shenandoah Valley Art Center (VA)

Stockley Gardens Arts Festival (VA)

Summerfair Cincinnati (OH)

Waterford Fair (VA)

Vail Arts Festival (CO)

Zapplication (CO)

Hilary-Morgan Watt is the Director of Digital Engagement at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, previously managing digital engagement at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. With 15 years of experience in museums and galleries, Ms. Watt has led digital strategy workshops across the Smithsonian and lectured at the State Department, George Mason University, and Georgetown University. A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, she completed her B.F.A. at Southern Oregon University, and completed her Masters in Museum Studies from the George Washington University (GWU). She is an active member of ArtTable and an Adjunct Professor at GWU, teaching “Museums & Social Media” in the Graduate Museum Studies program.


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