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Call for Entries: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

Today's call for artists is for the BIG ONE that started it all, the
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair in Ann Arbor, Michigan. As most of you know there are four art fairs running consecutively in Ann Arbor in late July. All of them have excellent art, but this is the one that is universally acknowledged as the best, the original juried art fair. The thrill of this business is in participating in an event of this caliber. Will this be your year?
Why not apply now? I always have held that it is to your advantage to apply early because generally speaking the first images the jury will see are the early applicants. Be there first and be seen first, not when the jury has already seen thousands of images. See you in Ann Arbor? Here's the rest of the story:
July 21-24 - Ann Arbor Street Art Fair At the Tower On the streets and campus of Ann Arbor 175 Artists Deadline: January 14 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 --It works with many cultural community and educational institutions to produce exceptional community art activities --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 events. The Street Art Fair has an distinctive jury process, unlike that of any other art fair. There are five separate panels jurying specific media or related categories. There are 4 to 5 jurors per panel, one of whom is a member of the Jury Group. The Jury Group 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 at the end of January and early February. 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 only in their own area of expertise, 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 Group 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 of the panel to the final session. One of the unusual aspects of this jurying is that there is no booth slide required, but rather five images of your work. For more information on the Street Fair visit their website:
http://www.artfair.org/ To view the application and apply today, visit:
http://www.zapplication.org/

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