Award categories are judged on merit and outstanding achievement, regardless of chosen medium. Awards are given based on the artist’s overall presentation and are determined by on-site judging held on the day of the Joplin Arts Fest. Artists must be present to be considered for the awards. Winners of Joplin Arts Fest 2017 will be automatically accepted to participate in Joplin Arts Fest 2018, unless the artist medium changes. A total of $1,400 in prizes will be awarded at the festival.