Call for Artists: 17 events from Amdur Productions

This is a special edition of our Call Amdur logofor Entries. Listed below are seventeen Midwest area professionally run art fairs by Amdur Productions.

Headed by Amy Amdur, these events exploded on the art fair scene 29 years ago when the Port Clinton Art Festival appeared in the affluent community of Highland Park, Illinois.  Since then Amy has continued to produce and organize nationally recognized festivals in high-profile suburbs and popular metro areas.

Amdur's hard work and unparalleled eye, coupled with the dedication of her staff and a strong marketing outreach have made these art fairs a destination for artists and art buyers from the Midwest and around the world.  

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With the addition of three new festivals, including a partnership with the Highland Park Art Center in June, a move into Michigan's summer shore playground in New Buffalo, and a Labor Day Weekend show in Milwaukee, Amdur continues to make an indelible impact on the arts community by hosting a selection of the most desirable juried art festivals.  


Take a look at these seventeen events to fill your art fair schedule and your pocketbook!  


Visit the website: for full disclosure on each of the events and apply today! Deadline January 3.


May 26 & 27Bar01

Barrington Art Festival
Barrington, Illinois

140 Artists!
Booth: $375
Jury: $25

Amdur Productions proudly kicks off the season with the third annual Barrington Art Festival.  Known for its grand mansions and horse farms, the affluent suburb of Barrington boasts a wealthy population with a deep appreciation for the arts. More information.

Average temperature: 70


June 1-3
Eastside Millennium Art FestivalES01

Chicago, Illinois

Fri.-Sat.: 11am-7pm
Sun.: 11am-5pm
130 Artists
Booth: $495
Jury: $25
Located blocks from Chicago's bustling Millennium Park, the Eastside Millennium Art Festival returns to downtown Chicago for its fourth year.   More than 175,000 people visit the area daily whether for work or play at the neighboring Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Cultural Center or Millennium Park. More information.

Average temperature: 71



June 16 & 17
New Buffalo ARTigras! - NewNB01

New Buffalo, Michigan


Great location just outside of Chicago!
Booth: $450
Jury: $25

Amdur Productions proudly adds this new festival to its stellar line-up.  Located one hour from Chicago in New Buffalo, Michigan, ARTigras! is expected to draw tens of thousands of art lovers who own summer homes in Harbor Country or visit the charming town for weekends away from the city. More information.

Average temperature: 73


June 23 & 24
Promenade of Art Arlington HeightsAH01

Arlington Heights, Illinois

150 Artists!
Booth: $445
Jury: $25

Now celebrating it's tenth year, the Promenade of Art Arlington Heights is a longstanding tradition for residents of this prosperous suburb and nearby communities.  The festival takes place in the lively downtown area amid upscale high-rise apartments, boutiques, cafes and popular restaurants. More information.

Average temperature: 74 


June 23 & 24FC01

The Art Center's Festival of Fine Craft - New
Highland Park, Illinois

Well-established following!
130 Artists!
Booth: $450, + One Piece of Artwork Priced at $100 Retail
Jury: $35
Hosted by The Art Center-Highland Park, the show emphasizes fine craft including glass, wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry and more.  Amdur Productions is excited to work with The Art Center (TAC) on this celebrated event located in downtown Highland Park. More information.


Average temperature: 74

June 30 & July 1
Lincolnshire Art Festival
Lincolnshire, Illinois 


120 artists!
Booth: $430
Jury: $25

Located in one of Chicago's most prosperous suburbs, the Lincolnshire Art Festival draws more than 20,000 art lovers annually.  2012 marks the Lincolnshire Art Festival's 15th year as a summer institution. More information.

Average temperature: 75


July 6 - 8CBG01
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival
Glencoe, Illinois  


85 Artists!
Booth: $625
Jury: $35

Last year's inaugural event drew tens of thousands of art enthusiasts, making it a record breaking weekend for the Chicago Botanic Garden.  Originally produced by Amdur Productions years ago, the festival returns for a second year with a select group of exceptional artists showcasing work of a botanic theme, use or material. More information.

Average temperature: 75


July 14 - 15
Gold Coast Art Fair

Chicago, Illinois GC01

350 Artists!
Booth: $595
Jury: $35

The "Granddaddy of American Art Festivals", the Gold Coast Art Fair returns to Grant Park, Chicago's premier festival destination!  Now celebrating its 55th year, the Gold Coast Art Fair is the third oldest and by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago.  Located within walking distance of The Art Institute of Chicago and Buckingham Fountain, the art festival draws hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts annually! More information.

Average temperature: 76


July 21 - 22
Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival 

BG01Buffalo Grove, Illinois

160 Artists!
Booth: $475
Jury: $25

For 14 years, the Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival has been a family and community tradition.  This stellar art festival takes place in one of the fastest growing communities in the greater Chicagoland area, which is home to some of the most reputable business organizations in the Midwest. More information.

Average temperature: 76


July 27-29

NS01North Shore Festival of Art
Skokie, Illinois 

Now opening on Friday!

140 Artists!
Booth: $445
Jury: $25

A highly visible location, revamped layout and an extra day make this Amdur festival a pleasure for artists.  Located in the incredibly popular Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, this festival boasts a great following of discerning art lovers. More information.

Average temperature 77


August 4 & 5Glencoe

Glencoe Festival of Art
Glencoe, Illinois

Sat. & Sun. 10-5
120 Artists
Booth:  $455
Jury:  $25

The Glencoe Festival of Art takes place in the prestigious Village of Glencoe, an upscale community on Chicago's North Shore, which attracts a highly educated crowd of art lovers annually. More information.
Average temperature: 75 


August 11 & 12GLEN01
Art at the Glen Town Center
Glenview, Illinois

200 Artists!
Booth: $515
Jury: $35

Sales rank among the highest at this high quality, nationally well regarded show.  Showgoers flock to this festival which is situated in a beautiful community, boasting some of the finest stores in the Midwest. More information.

Average temperature: 71


August 25 & 26PC01
Port Clinton Art Festival
Highland Park, Illinois

260 Artists!
Booth: $760
Jury: $50

Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, the Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country.  More than 250,000 art savvy, loyal attendees visit this high caliber festival annually. More information.

Average temperature: 72 


September 1 & 2
TW01Third Ward Art Festival - New!
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 


Located in the heart of
Milwaukee's fashion and art district!
150 Artists!
Booth: $425
Jury: $25

The Third Ward Art Festival launches this year just three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee, in the Historic Third Ward known as "Milwaukee's Arts and Fashion District".  This upscale area boasts the city's most dynamic array of restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries and unique shopping-attracting visitors from near and far. More information.

Average temperature: 68 


September 8 & 9
Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival
Downers Grove, IllinoisDG01


120 Artists!
Booth: $295
Jury: $20
A cherished community tradition for the past 35 years, the festival will be directed by Amdur Productions for the third year.  Held on the town's main street, the festival draws stellar crowds of art enthusiasts annually! More information.
Average temperature: 65

September 15 & 16
Highwood Last Call Art Fair

HW01Highwood, Illinois

120 Artists!
Booth: $235
Jury: $15

Nestled between three of the wealthiest communities on the North Shore, this unique art fair offers artists the opportunity to sell off their inventory at the end of the season; great art at great prices!  Artists and/or artist's reps are welcome to work the festival. More information.

Average temperature: 63

December 7-9WIN01

The Inside Show
Highland Park, Illinois

Fri.: Noon-5pm;

Sat. & Sun.: 10am-5pm
40 Artists!
Booth: $750
Jury: $25


Amdur Productions will once again extend art festival season to the winter months.  A select group of artists are invited to showcase their artwork at this high-end holiday event.  10x10 booths and 10x5 booths are available. More information.


Average temperature:  You'll be happy you're indoors!  


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                         Deadline: January 3  
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Lennette, Rose, Lora and Amy are ready to take your calls Monday - Friday between 9am-5pm CST.
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  • Connie,  I think if it's just "Call for Artists" without being a personal post by "Connie Mettler" then it will be clear it's coming from the show.  Greg Lawler sends out collections of email blurbs from shows which state at the bottom  "from the organizer."

    I think you're in a difficult position if you post personal opinions about shows that are advertising clients of AFI.   

    And, back to Greg Lawler and AFSB, I also think it's problematic that shows promote and advertise their AFSB ratings.  I think their needs to more separation.  For instance, Consumer Reports prohibits any manufacturer promoting their CR ratings.

  • Good eye, Will. In actuality these calls for artists should be marked as advertisements and I have not been noting that and I've been wrestling with how to note them as such. The writing is usually a combination of the event organizers and my spin. 

    Do you have any suggestions on the best way to mark them as advertising? Doesn't seem that This is an Advertisement should be in the headline...

  • I'm curious about these "Call for Artists" postings on AFI.  They are posted by Connie, but read as if written by, as in this this case, Amdur Productions.  Who wrote, for instance, "Amdurs hard work and unparalleled eye......", etc.  Connie or Amdur?  Are these paid advertisements?  The editorial lines seemed blurred here.  Forgive me, but I'm a Journalism major, and I notice these things... 

  • Amy hires jurors who look at the work online, one time each, on their own time. After the jurors have scored all the applicants, Amy's team also looks at the work and makes the final determination as to who gets into the shows. Your slides get looked at once for the 16 shows + Port Clinton.

  • Amy should create a bundle, apply to all 17 shows and get a free booth.

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