call for artists

Put your art on a dress so we can use it for awesomeness

Alternative Fashion Week turns five this year and we're using the anniversary as an excuse to do anything we can think of to show off how cool and creative our city is.


For instance, we'd like to showcase your art on our fashion. (Literally.) We're asking you to paint, draw, stitch, print, or otherwise create your art on a dress made by a local designer. 

Following are the deadlines and details (including compensation!). Please fill out the form below by Monday, May 29 to apply!


Artists will be paid $50 and will receive a ticket to Runway No. 5 (Columbus' best show of independent fashion) to be held at
The Newport on Saturday, July 8 (doors at 7 pm). You will be credited for your artwork during the show and in the program.

Dates to know

Before you apply, please be sure you are able to abide by this timeline:

  • Complete below application by Monday, May 29 at 5 pm

  • Selected artists will be notified by Friday, June 2​ at noon

  • Your blank canvas (i.e. dress) will be available for you to pick up by Tuesday, June 13 at noon

    • The pick-up location will be in central Columbus​

  • Your completed dress must be returned to the pick-up location by Tuesday, June 20 at 7 pm

  • A check for your $50 payment will be mailed to you before
    June 30.

What are we going to do with your art?

  • The dress, featuring your artwork, will be displayed on a dress form in a Columbus store window or business ​to help us promote Alternative Fashion Week events, from June 20-July 8, and again from July 9-July 24.

  • The dresses will be displayed during Runway No. 5 on July 8 -- our biggest event of the year.

  • After Alternative Fashion Week, the dresses will be auctioned to raise money for FABRIC Columbus Design Resource Center -- a highly needed resource for our local, independent designers. (Learn more.)

Dress by Lydia Hopmann