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Last Call for Artists: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

July 18-21

Ann Arbor, Michigan 

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original

On the streets around Burton Carillon Tower and on the University of Michigan's Ingalls Mall

                   190 Artists

             Deadline: January 9


The Street Art Fair is one of the highest ranking art fairs in the nation and for good reason:

  • It draws collectors who rarely attend art fairs  
  • It attracts the finest artists 
  • There are no merchants or buy/sell vendors in the

    Street Fair

  • It works with many cultural community and educational

    institutions to produce exceptional community art  


  • It works throughout the year to be a blue ribbon        

    presence in the Ann Arbor community

This is the original event on which the other Ann Arbor fairs have patterned themselves, as well as many other fairs across the nation. It is the creme de la creme of art festivals.

The Street Art Fair has a distinctive jury process, unlike that of any other art fair:
  • There are five separate panels jurying specific media or related categories.
  • There are 4 jurors per panel, one of whom is a member of the Jury Advisory Board.
  • The Jury Advisory Board meets in a sixth session after all the panels are complete to review the submissions with high scores and determine invitations in each category, balancing the scores, the range of work and the strength of category.
  • Artists selected for the wait list are also determined at this session.

The jury meets over the weekend of January 27th. All images are projected, statements read with additional information available upon request. The strength of this approach is that they have jurors (who are paid an honorarium) working 4 to 6 hours in their own area of expertise only, or related areas. Jurors see the work multiple times and are able to ask questions and to discuss the work, moving back and forth to compare it to other submissions in the category. Jurors are generally working artists and are often educators at area colleges or museums. They mix new jurors with experienced jurors.

The Jury Advisory Board member brings a familiarity with the fair and knowledge of the goals and programs from having juried the fair on site the previous year. They will bring the overall sensibility

K Eaton
Kathleen Eaton, a veteran of the AA Street Art Fair

of the panel to the final session.

A booth slide is required along with 5 images of work.  The booth slide is reviewed by staff only, to ensure that the body of work submitted for jurying is consistent with what is displayed in the booth.  If there is a question, the artist will be contacted before the jury session.

For more information on the Street Fair visit their website:

To view the application and apply today, visit:

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