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Call for Artists: Lakefront Art Festival

August 21 & 22

Michigan City, Indiana

30th Annual Lubeznik Center for the Arts Lakefront Art Festival

Washington Park

Saturday - 10 to 6 Sunday - 10 to 5

Deadline: January 31

The Lakefront Art Festival attracts thousands of visitors from surrounding states to a festive, high-quality event held under shady trees in a grassy park on the shore of Lake Michigan. In 2010 they had 6000 visitors to the festival. Because the event is sponsored by the Lubeznik Center for the Arts, it is overseen by arts professionals, committed to making every aspect of the festival a quality venue for artists and visitors.

Where is Michigan City? Visit this link.

Why this should be of interest to you:
    •    small town art fair in the heart of vacation country
    •    advertising extends to Chicago, South Bend and Fort Wayne
    •    a weekend get away place for Chicagoans
    •    $3000 in artist prizes
    •    sponsored by an art center
    •    an art purchase program
    •    volunteers who understand artists' needs
    •    very reasonable booth fee

These days there is a lot of talk among artists about keeping their overhead down. One of the best ways is to exhibit at local events and the Lakefront Art Festival is in the heart of where a lot of artists live.

Expect a $125 booth fee and a $30 jury fee. When we are all talking about events that seem to forget the artists this is a small show that "gets it". All of us need smaller shows to keep us going between the big ones. The Lakefront Art Festival could be one of those secret ones that everyone can appreciate.

Advertising will include press coverage, ads, and billboards throughout the area and through LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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Comment by Connie Mettler on February 24, 2011 at 7:06pm

No, I wasn't aware of this rule... I can't imagine a whole new body of photos every two years. It would be like fratricide, killing off the loved ones. In fact, R.C., I think this rule pops up now and then at many shows and in general it is ignored by artists. It is kind of a gallery rule, or one for competitions. Right? This event is run by an art center so may have that kind of thought process.

I'll bet they have never been asked about it and probably would be open to a discussion. I know they want this event to succeed.


Comment by R. C. Fulwiler on January 26, 2011 at 5:17pm

Connie are you aware of this rule?  How would Norm have faired under such a condition?

"All work must be original art, conceived and  executed solely by the artist within the last two years, without instructional assistance."

Comment by Oscar Matos Linares on January 24, 2011 at 10:24am
This one of the shows that I will like to be part of it. I stop applying to the show b/c I get rejected every year. It could be my work but it does not matter I need the money for other booth fees.

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