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Call for Artists, Making Money at Juried Art Fairs, Craft Shows and Festivals

September 9-11
Streets of downtown Clayton, Missouri
Presented by Cultural Festivals
181 Artists
Deadline: March 15
Friday 5pm-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm; Sunday 11am-4pm
Cultural Festivals invites you to apply to be an exhibitor at the 18th annual St. Louis Art Fair, a fine art and fine craft festival.  Attracting over 150,000 art enthusiasts each year, our award winning fair is held in the central business district of Clayton, MO., one of St. Louis' most dynamic communities.
Since it's inception the St. Louis Art Fair has consistently been ranked in the Top Ten of the Art Fair Source Book's ranking of Top Fine Art Events.  Artists' average sales were $6,179 (2010 survey from Art Fair Source Book - Gross Sales Minus Show Fee & Per Diem) and cash awards totaling nearly $21,000 were handed out.

In addition to the amazing visual art exhibition the festival will feature live performances on three stages, artist demonstration areas, the Creative Castle activity area for children, and the best of St. Louis' most delectable restaurants. 

The St. Louis Art Fair offers an affluent, educated and sophisticated audience at our show.  Research shows that of our 150,000+ patrons, over half sustain incomes over $60,000 while over a quarter maintain incomes in excess of $90,000.  Research also shows that nearly half of our patrons are college educated or have received post-graduate degrees. 

The St. Louis Art Fair has even more to offer:

    •    Discounted hotel rooms for artist
    •    Complimentary snack and beverage delivery
    •    Artist V.I.P. area complete with buffet, beverages, AC,
          indoor eating area and restrooms
    •    A 10' x 10' booth space with 2' buffer all around
    •    500 watts of electric provided free, no generators
    •    24 hour security with booth sitters
    •    Free/Reserved parking

Please visit for more information  
Visit to apply today   
If you have any questions please call (314)863-0291 or email:
***For the second year in a row, be a part of our open jury process.  Artist and Jury reception will be held Thursday, April 7 and open jury process on Friday, April 8.  The Jury will be closed on Saturday, April 9 and Sunday, April 10.


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Comment by mark oehler on March 11, 2011 at 9:21am
go ahead and apply. contribute to their bulging advertising budget and just wish you'd gotten in. or you just save your money and say that you did. how would you like to be on the jury for that mess? Another good example of a show that is way too big and should have stayed regional and limit the application circle area. That's my opinion and I'm sticking with it.
Comment by mark oehler on March 11, 2011 at 2:10pm
Oh Paul, you ain't met bitter.
Comment by mark oehler on March 11, 2011 at 5:57pm
it's hard to type here in my bunker where I 've been hiding since expressing my opinions.
Comment by mark oehler on March 11, 2011 at 6:03pm
what I mean by 'too big' is not the size of show, which I agree is reasonable, but 'too big' in the sense that thanks to Zapp another fine regional show has become national in scope which almost always excludes rather than includes. As far as a competitive business ... art fairs are that for sure, but the love of art and artists shouldn't be, we are competing for the big dollar, but need to work together to support the artist, especially in one's medium weather or not we like the person doing it.
Comment by mark oehler on March 11, 2011 at 8:43pm
I apologize. 40 years of trying to sell my ware has given me a less than charitable attitude. I know about the show and have, too, applied many times. When a show of 180 spaces gets several thousands applications at $35 a pop you'd think the show would be 250 or more booths like Ann Arbor, Art on the Square so yeah I see it as a money maker for people who don't really need more money. If you chose to view such a thing as a plus for the community have at it.
Comment by Barry Bernstein on March 15, 2011 at 6:59pm
1 in 10 get into the Saint Louis show.  I want to do all the shows that only let in 1 in 10.  If I don't get in I think the jury is incompetent.  However, I then think I have to get better.  I get motivated to make work so good that they can't help but let me in.


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