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How 260 artists are chosen to be part of the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Only 260 of the 2,138 artists who applied to the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival were chosen to be a part of one of the most competitive juried art shows in the US.

DENVER - The Cherry Creek Arts Festival, coming up this weekend, is one of the most competitive juried art shows in the country.

But what does that mean? And how are the artists who do get to exhibit at the festival chosen?

A juried show means each artist who wants to exhibit his or her work has to first submit an application to a jury.

This year, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival received 2,138 applications from artists who wanted to be a part of the festival.

A panel of five artists, consultants and curators then have the job of choosing the exhibitors. They don't know who submitted each piece and are asked to "select work based solely on artistic excellence of original, handcrafted work."

Eventually, the jurors select 260 artists to participate in the festival. Only about 12 percent of those who apply make it through.

Learn more about some of the chosen artists on our Instagram page!

In the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival, those artists will represent 13 different media categories and 62 of them are first-time exhibitors at the event. Thirty-six are from Colorado.

The Cherry Creek Arts Festival takes place July 6 - July 8 in the Cherry Creek North Shopping District in Denver. Booths will be set up between 2nd and 3rd Avenues from Clayton to Steele Streets.

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Along with the juried art show, the festival includes food booths, a community mural, an interactive children's area, live music and other performances.

Admission to the festival is free. Learn more here: http://cherrycreekartsfestival.org/.

Editor's note: 9NEWS is a sponsor of the Cherry Creek Arts Festiva