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Call for Artists: ArtFest Fort Myers

9400390477?profile=originalFebruary 5 & 6
Fort Myers, Florida
Downtown Fort Myers
Option to participate in Opening Night: February 4
Friday 5pm-9pm, Saturday & Sunday 9am-5pm
200+ Artists
Deadline: September 10

We are beyond excited for ArtFest Fort Myers 2022! ArtFest Fort Myers is coming back as you knew us pre-COVID, 200+ artists with a great layout overlooking beautiful Downtown Fort Myers alongside the riverfront and yacht basin. A FREE, non-gated event for all members of the Southwest Florida community to come shop your artwork.

As a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic, many home buyers and new residents from big northern cities are making their way to smaller cities in Southwest Florida. The cities seeing the most migration are Fort Myers and Cape Coral who are adding 50 new people on average a day according to David Cobb at Market Watch 2021. With all of these new residents there is an overwhelming desire for art to fill attendees’ hearts and enhance their homes.

How do we promote for you?

All advertising messages and media will be targeted to bring art buyers to you! Drawing in art lovers, experienced and new collectors and educated buyers, who are year-round residents and those visiting Southwest Florida during the peak of season, is our primary goal.

$175,000 Marketing Campaign targeted to art buyers from Marco Island to Sarasota to West Palm Beach and beyond. We are getting the word out about your fabulous art work via TV, radio, digital billboards, glossy magazines, theater/symphony programs, our website, eVites, and year-round Facebook, with paid ads and organic postings. We know the importance of online advertising and having a social media presence. Social media works best when artists & art festivals work together.

How do we assist with artist success?

We have multiple resources to help build your business to create more revenue streams. We have also partnered with experts to bring you video trainings on the power of video, Images for Jury and Websites, and much more. There are opportunities for artists to participate in Artist-based promotions leading up to the festival. Please feel free to be in touch with any questions. We love talking with artists and we want you to succeed in all aspects of your art business.

If you are new to the idea of selling at an outdoor Art Festival, please contact us for any support you may need- we love to help.

Learn More Here

At ArtFest Fort Myers, you will find:

  • Two-day, FREE to the public, community event, with 90,000 attendees

  • Year-round professional staff, with 22+ years of consistent management

  • New and cutting-edge art is equally at home with more traditional work

  • Loyal base of dedicated art buyers/VIP members who are focused on YOUR work

  • Attracting young professional families with free fun art related activities for kids of all ages

  • Encouraging the next generation of artists and art supporters with a high school art competition; sidewalk chalk competition; kids art activities.


How do we take care of artists?

  • Oversized booth spaces – 3 feet between booths & ample storage space behind
  • Easy Friday Set-up with scheduled staggered drive-up access beginning at 8:30am
  • Artists' Hospitality includes daily complimentary continental breakfast, water, and private indoor restrooms
  • Dedicated Artist Ambassadors and Booth Sitters
  • Discounted hotel rates at area hotels & Luminary Hotel & Co.  in the heart of the festival with including covered parking with special artists rates.
  • Reserved free artist parking with complimentary trolley transportation
  • Professional 24-hour security
  • Learn More Here


Be a part of ArtFest Fort Myers:

  • Apply from May 14th – September 10, 2021 at ZAPPlication.org
  • Visit our festival website ArtFestFortMyers.com. The Info for Artist page provides artist specific information including hotels, set-up, jury success & many other helpful tips.
  • Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram where we feature festival artists and engage patrons year-round

Apply Now: ZAPPlication.org

Questions: Erin Jackson, Community Engagement Manager

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Covid-19 has prevented many art fairs from taking place this year.  One show that will definitely look different is the Uptown Art Fair.  While the Uptown Art Fair will be canceled, it will be adapted for the changing times. 

The Uptown Association decided to cancel their traditional art show which was planned for August 7-9, 2020 to protect the health and safety of the artists, art patrons, guests, neighbors, and volunteers. 

However, art will still continue to take place.  The Uptown Association will host the Uptown Art Fair Heals - Mini Event.  This new event will showcase the art and artists of the Minneapolis Community in a new kind of way.

After George Floyd's tragic death many local artists in coordination with local businesses were called upon to paint over 50 murals on the plywood that boarded up buildings through out the community in an attempt to heal the community through works of art related to George's untimely passing.

There will be about 50 local artists in the surface lot at Calhoun Square in Uptown Minneapolis.  Other events will take place all over the Uptown community at various businesses and locations including sidewalk sales, artist demonstrations, musicians, food, and drink specials.  Participating businesses at this time include Calhoun Square, Granada Theater, Amazing Thailand, Kitchen Window, Local Motion Boutique, Daymark Uptown Apartments.

Click the link below to read about Jill Osiecki Gleich's idea to turn the blank boards covering local businesses into works of art:


If you are able to attend the Uptown Art Fair Heals event, let us know what you thought.

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Friday News Roundup, Feb. 5, 2021

8869203290?profile=original**A Month Full of Art Fairs
News from photographer Evan Reinheimer -- After so many cancelations over the past year, it's exciting to see that I have a full month of art festivals planned for February!

It all starts this weekend (Feb. 6 & 7) in Fort Myers, FL at Art Fest Ft. Myers. The festival is open 9am-5pm on Saturday and then again on Sunday from 9am-4pm. It takes place in downtown Ft. Myers, right along the river. You can find me and my artwork in booth 329, near the Look Out Pier on Hendry St. The GPS address for the festival is 1375 Monroe Street; Fort Myers, FL. 

Learn more: EvanReinheimer.docx

8869204081?profile=original**Clyde Butcher. Do any art fair artists ever "make it big?" Well yes, Virginia, quite a few do. It doesn't happen over night, but because entrepreneurial and creative people are drawn to the art fair opportunity, many of them keep scrambling and trying new things to see what works. 

One of them is Clyde Butcher. We first met Clyde in the early 80's. We did shows together for years and visited one another between shows. He'd recently moved from California to Florida and was trying to turn his photography into a way to support his family. He would show up with color photos, black and white photos, kept trying to see what would click with the buyers.

His love was landscape photography and he fell in love with the Everglades. His lucky break was being able to buy a piece of land deep in the Everglades, rarely available, where he and his wife Niki (also a photographer) built The Big Cypress Gallery. The rest is history ... gallery exhibitions, collectors, honors and awards.

More: https://www.aarp.org/work/working-at-50-plus/info-2020/

**GULFPORT, FL — First Friday Art Walk returns to downtown Gulfport this Friday, Feb. 5 with nearly 20 of the region's most innovative emerging and professional artists showing and selling their creations along the stores, restaurants and galleries on scenic Beach Boulevard. The event runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and is hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Chamber.

**From Sunday Minnich at the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras in Morgan Hill, CA:

With the uncertainty of holding large events due and evolving developments with COVID-19, and taking into consideration the scope of work, size, attendance and the upfront costs of the Festival, it is with a heavy heart that the Board of Directors of the Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras, Inc. have made the decision to cancel the 2021 festival and are optimistically planning it’s return May 28-29, 2022. www.mhmmg.org

**Real vs Virtual Art Sales, how's it going? How buying art went digital and why it won't go back

Mike Steib, CEO of Artsy says, "I think two things have happened during the pandemic. The first is that more people have become interested in bringing art into their lives, and second, Artsy has made it possible for those people to come into the art world, to discover what they would love to buy.

"The percentage of revenue that galleries are generating online has tripled in the last six months," Steib said. "I've never seen an industry go back once it's becoming digitized. This [was] the year that the art world [became] digital." 

Interested in what he has observed? https://businessinsider.com/MikeSteib

Do you have any news you'd like to share? Send it to us: info@artfaircalendar.com

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Call for Artists: Palmer Park Art Fair


June 5 & 6
Detroit, Michigan
Palmer Park 
Sat. 10am-7pm & Sun. 11am-5pm
65 artists
Deadline: March 5

Application fee: $25

Booth fees start at $335

Best for high-end traditional work, afro-centric work, larger paintings and sculpture.
The show is held in beautiful Palmer Park and is adjacent to some of the city's best neighborhoods. Residents are professionals with huge homes and great disposable income. Our experience is the shoppers like more traditional images, and afro-centric work also does well. Don't be afraid to bring larger work as many people have substantial historic homes.
The show winds around a pond and runs adjacent to the historic log cabin. Artists are encouraged to get out of the tent and create installations that enhance their work and interact with the natural beauty of the park.
The "entertainment" is art projects and artist demonstrations. Patrons are invited to get their hands dirty. All of this helps to contribute to appreciation and sales.
Why you should be here:
  • Limited to 65 artists
  • Significant paid advertising and news coverage
  • Easy drive up unloading
  • Experienced artists friendly organization
  • Free parking and RV parking


8869207053?profile=originalAs with all art fairs by Integrity Shows, artists are juried on a three-year basis, allowing artists to grow with the show. If you are accepted by the jury, you are assured of acceptance annually and re-jury in the fourth year.  Of course you still need to apply on time and your work has to be relatively the same. We believe that artists should be able to plan at least a part of their schedule.

Mark Loeb, Integrity Shows President, has been producing and consulting with events since 1982 in metro Detroit. In addition to these events, he consults with art fair and event organizers.

Intentional events for extraordinary results: www.integrityshows.com

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Grand HavenJune 26 & 27
Grand Haven, Michigan
Washington Avenue
Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm
100 Artists
Deadline: February 15

Application fee: $30   Booth fee: $285

The Grand Haven Art Festival is a community event inviting nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked in the Top 200 Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this well-attended event boasts free admission, food vendors, kids' activities and live music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, Detroit and more, visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages and offices.
Grand Haven show

Artist Amenities
  • GRand Haven show 2Artist Awards:
    • Artists to win Best in Show, Jury's Choice and Excellence Award, all selected by an onsite jury, will be invited to participate in the 2022 Grand Haven Art Festival without jury and application fee. These winners also receive cash prizes.
    • Honorable Mention Award in each category and the People's Choice Award will be invited to participate in the 2022 Grand Haven Art Festival without jury and application fee.
  • Complimentary morning coffee and pastries Saturday and Sunday.
  • Complimentary snacks and water brought to artists.
  • Host an Artist program - free accommodations with residents for artists.
  • Artist Social the first night of the Festival.
  • Roaming Booth Sitters to allow for artist breaks.
  • Boxed lunches available for purchase and delivered directly to artist's booth Saturday and Sunday.
  • Artist-only parking reserved one block from the start of the show.
  • Extensive Festival marketing and promotion.
  • Artist survey to collect feedback, comments and suggestions.
  • Paid security Friday and Saturday nights throughout the Festival.
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    Grand Haven Art Festival Brochure including name, booth number and contact information of all participating artists accepted and paid by April 15.
  • Featured Artist option in GHAF Brochure at discounted price (limited available).
  • Booth sign with name, business, booth number, medium, city and state for easy identification.
  • Information packet provided in April including lodging options, area information, event logistics, etc.
  • A welcoming and excited community for the 60th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a top-rated show!
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Philadelphia 2021November 4 - 7
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Thursday Preview Party
Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday 10am-6pm,
& Sunday 10am-5pm

195 Artists
Deadline: April 19

Application fee: $50   Booth fee: $1000-$1950
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show is now accepting applications through April 19th for the 2021 Craft Show. The Craft Show committee has begun planning for both an in-person and online juried Craft Show in November. A highly-regarded event nationwide and internationally, the Craft Show seeks artists that create unique one-of-a-kind or limited edition contemporary crafts by hand. 

Philadelphia boothArtist Amenities:
  • Sign with name, city, state and booth number
  • Listing and thumbnail image included in show program book
  • Show postcards for mailing to customers
  • Booth sitting by volunteers
  • Online directory listing and link to website/virtual shop
  • WIFI (for e-mailing and retail transactions)
Philadelphia booth 22020 Best of Show recipient Stacey Lee Webber shares her thoughts on artists considering submitting an application. "The PMA Craft show has been pivotal in my career, I highly recommend applying and putting your full energy into the exhibition. It has helped me grow my audience and develop a community of people who support my work. I am still in close contact with many of the patrons I met at my very first show many many years ago!"

The PMA Craft Show is dedicated to bringing the finest in contemporary crafts to a nationwide audience, and also presents annual awards in ten categories including Best of Show ($1500) and nine excellence awards ($1000).

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Des Moines Holidaze logoDecember 5 & 6
Des Moines, Iowa
Iowa Events Center

Saturday 10am-6pm & Sunday 10am-4pm
80 artists
Deadline: September 28

Application fee: $30  Booth fee: $275-$500

What a great way to get ready for the Christmas holiday! The Des Moines HoliDaze Market is the only large Christmas event in central Iowa with 80 Artists and vendors selling art and perfect gifts for the holiday season.

Des Moines HolidazeHighlights:
  • Set-up the day before from 12pm to 7pm
  • All spaces are 10' x 10' corner booths to maximize social distancing
  • Electricity available at no fee
  • Artist amenities include:
    on-site security, daily continental breakfast, continuous beverages and snacks available at Artist Hospitality Room
  • In-depth Artist Directory on the Fair's website with an enlargeable color thumbnail of your work. Your contact information and links are also included
Should we find it necessary to cancel any show because of government regulation or government health guidelines, for shows you applied for and were accepted into, we will immediately refund both jury and booth fees you paid for the cancelled show.
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Call for Artists: Crested Butte Arts Festival

dd61e96c-b0b2-422c-aa7a-0e83cdbd1bbc.jpg July 31 - August 2
Crested Butte, Colorado
Downtown in the National Historic District
165 Artists
Deadline: March 1

Application fee: $35; Booth fees: $450-$1000

The "Premier Arts Event in Colorado", the Crested Butte Arts Festival will be held on Historic Elk Avenue in the majestic town of Crested Butte. Approximately 165 artists are selected during a competitive jury process with 12 mediums welcomed for evaluation. Sales at this nationally recognized event continue to increase as the festival attracts a savvy, sophisticated and motivated art-buying clientele.
The charming and eclectic Town of Crested Butte, a National Historic District, is the venue for this outdoor show. Admission and parking are free and entertainment, children's programs, and live art demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend. 
  • Artist VIP house and amenities coined the "best in the industry" with a well organized setup and tear down process
  • attentive staff and volunteers prior to and during the festival weekend. 
  • Now approaching its 48th year, the event is recognized as one of the best juried arts shows in the West! 
PRINT: Colorado Homes and Lifestyle, Mountain Living, THE Magazine, Southwest Arts Magazine, Colorado Performing Arts Publications,Colorado Springs Independent, Denver Life, The Beacon, Sunshine Artist, Arts Advisor Magazine, Colorado Life Magazine, Crested Butte News, The Crested Butte In Room Guide, The Crested Butte Magazine, and Gunnison Country Times
SOCIAL MEDIA & DIGITAL: Facebook and Instagram outlets with partners: Colorado Homes and Lifestyle, Mountain Living,  Art Fair Sourcebook, Art-linx, THE Magazine, Sunshine Artist, Arts Fair Insider, Art Fair.com, Arts Fair Sourcebook, Travel Crested Butte, and  Colorado Springs Independent
"Outstanding show in every way, great sales with motivated customers." - 2019 Juried Artist
"The Crested Butte Arts Festival was a fabulous show & experience! A wonderfully ran event with an amazing Artist VIP option. The staff & volunteers were great throughout the event, the art showcased at the event was top notch, & the patrons/art collectors were so vibrant, positive, & supportive of the arts! Oh & the beautiful location of Crested Butte is just the icing on the already awesome cake!" -2019 Artist 
"Best show of the year! Amazing staff, educated customers, supportive city." -2019 Artist
"I am grateful for this extremely well run festival in a beautiful town with plenty of buyers!" -2019 Artist
The Crested Butte Arts Festival welcomes all artists in any fine art or fine craft medium, exhibiting his or her own handmade work of art. Four images of current work and one booth image representative of work that you plan to display at the Festival are required for jurying.
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Call for Artists: Artisphere

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May 8 - 10
Greenville, South Carolina
Main Street - downtown
Thurs. May 7: Opening Night Gala 6 pm-10 pm
Fri. Noon-8pm, Sat. 10am-8pm, Sun. 11am-6pm
135 Artists
Deadline: October 4

Application fee: $35
Booth fees:
Standard 12' x 12' $450, Corner $550, Double $900
Electricity: $40

Despite its short history, Artisphere has distinguished itself as both a regional and national highlight.  A supportive, art-loving community, beautiful setting, and over 500 volunteers make Artisphere an enjoyable experience for 135 exhibiting artists.  
Artisphere crowd
In addition to a Purchase Awards Program that provides an average of $10,000-$12,000 in art sales, Artisphere distributes $15,000 in prize money to eleven award winners each year.
Average artist sales: $9,930
6ab2cb94-16a4-4fa2-acf9-77d4aa9005ce.jpg Renowned artist hospitality includes: 
  • Convenient set-up and load-out
  • Parking, security
  • Reduced hotel rates
  • Volunteer booth sitters and complimentary meals
Artisphere's multi-media advertising campaign markets the festival throughout the Southeast region in print ads, print and digital ads in national travel and leisure pubications, and regional radio & television ads. Artisphere is also marketed through festival brochures, social media, and the Artisphere website.

For more information: https://artisphere.org/
Contact: Robin Aiken, robin@artisphere.org, (864) 271-9355
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Call for Artists: Hot Works Naples Fine Art Show

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March 28 & 29, 2020
3rd Annual Hotworks.org Naples Fine Art Show
Deadline November 13, 2019; notifications sent by November 23

Naples, Florida
Naples Italian-American Foundation Club
7035 Airport Pulling Road
Event hours Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 5 pm
Move-in Friday 8:30 am - 6 pm
Move-out Sunday 5 pm - 9 pm
10' x 10' = $425; 10' x 15' = $635; 10' x 20' = $850; corner add $75
  • Each show is limited to 175 Artists 
  • Friday Set-up
  • Tents 4 Events (Joe and Shannon) are onsite at all shows!
  • Convenient parking 
  • Show Director and Staff onsite during all event hours
  • Booth Sitters Available
  • Comprehensive Marketing and PR campaign - we understand how to reach art buyers
  • $1,500 Professional Artist Awards 
  • $250 Youth Art Competition Awards
  • Previous year's award winners are juried into the 2019 shows - as long as your art has not dramatically changed - and the jury fee is waived - please ask for a 'manual' artist application to complete.
  • Mentored by: Daymond John's Success Team
- additional $75 - Generators may be used outdoors only, however:
  • You must advise us a minimum of three weeks prior to show date that you are bringing a generator
  • Your generator cannot bother anyone for any reason
  • Your generator must be made for outdoor use
  • Your generator must be placed a minimum of 20' away from any structure.
At Hot Works, Your Success is Our Success! 
Please feel free to check-in with any questions.
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Patty Narozny
Executive Producer
Hot Works, LLC Fine Art & Fine Craft Shows
Your Art. Our Passion.
941-755-3088 FL, 248-684-2613 MI
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Call for Artists: Art on the Bay

August 31-September 1
New Baltimore, MI
Walter & Mary Burke Park
80 Artists
Deadline: July 15
Application fee: $15; Booth fee: $150
Located in Walter and Mary Burke Park in historic downtown New Baltimore overlooking the dancing waters of Anchor Bay. A lovely view of the water, trees and a gentle breeze, Art on the Bay is in the center of shopping, dining, boating and many other summertime activities.
It is Art on the Bay's 10th year of a well-attended, successful show for both the artists and the community. The show is juried awarding ribbons to to 1st Place and Honorable Mention in both arts and crafts. The show also highlights a "People's Choice Award", selected by the Art on the Bay committee. Art on the Bay is a mix of fine art, craftsmanship and a bit of whimsy, too. The attendees are happy with the quality of of the work at a reasonable price. Many are return visitors every year looking for their favorite artist and crafts person.
While new artisans are recruited every year, the favorites are encouraged to return. This year Art on the Bay is concentrating on expanded amenities like food and drink, music and a relaxed place to spend the day.
  • All artists will be listed on the website, Facebook, expanded links to other events.
  • Print format and digital media is also part of the marketing plan.
  • Attendees are given a booklet with the artists listed, booth number and location with in the show.
  • Sign and banners are put up two weeks before the show throughout the city and adjoining communities.
  • Artists are allowed to bring cars in to unload and relaod. There are designated parking areas for the vendors and a smaill shuttles service, too.
"My favorite art show and I love the variety." 
"Customers told me it was the best art show they had been to all year. Said there were an excellent number of quality artists." 
"Committee assistance was very much appreciated. Very well organized show." 
"Friendly committee, friendly customers. Nice people."
For more info and to apply: www.artonthebay.com, or phone Laurie Huff at 586-383-0139; send requests to  artonthebay48047@gmail.com
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Deadline for the 2019 Holiday Show is May 8!

The 19th annual One of a Kind Holiday Show is a 4-day show, held from December 5-8 indoors at The Mart in Chicago, featuring fine art and craft from a juried selection of participants. We invite artists, designers and makers with high quality, handmade, original work to apply to be a part of the One of a Kind Holiday experience! Apply via zapplication.org

Kathleen Hogan                  Amber Melson
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Thursday, July 18 - Sunday, July 21, 2019
Deadline: MONDAY, JANUARY 14, 2019
Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 10am-9pm, Sun. NOON-6pm
205 Exhibitors
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (AASAF) is the original of a collective of four concurrent and contiguous fairs that transform central Ann Arbor into a massive outdoor art gallery each July. Established in 1960 as part of Ann Arbor’s Sidewalk Sales, the Street Art Fair quickly became a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization with a mission of increasing public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts. Over the ensuing 59 years, and additional art fairs, the Original Fair has continued to focus on the art, the artists and the art buyers. Known for its consistently high quality, all original work, the Street Art Fair resides on the streets surrounding the historic Burton Carillon Tower and the tree-lined central campus of the University of Michigan and does not host sidewalk sales or vendor booths. The Street Art Fair was voted one of the “Top Ten Best Art Festivals” in the country in an USA TODAY Reader’s Poll and is continually in the Art Fair Calendar “Top Ten Best Art Fairs” & Art Fair Source Books “Elite 25”. In addition, we ranked 8th in the nation in the latest Sunshine Artist’s “Top 100 Fine Art Shows” poll. 
Application fee:
$40 through 12/31/18, $45 after the 1st of the year
Booth fee:
$650 single
$800 double-back
Electricity and corners are available for an additional $100 each
For more information:
or call 734-994-5260
Apply here:
  • The combined Ann Arbor Art Fair draws approximately 400,000 fairgoers from across the nation.
  • Marketed extensively throughout Southeast Michigan and Northern Ohio, including a robust social media campaign.
  • In-depth Artist Directory on the Fair's website with an enlargeable color thumbnail of your work, contact information and links are included.
  • $8000 in award money and automatic re-invitation for award winners. 
  • Set-up the day before.
  • 11'/12' wide booth space plus behind booth storage.
  • Artist amenities include: on-site security, indoor restrooms, booth sitting, daily continental breakfast, continuous beverages and snacks available at Artist Hospitality, water delivered to booths, and an awards reveal lunch on Friday as well as an artist lunch on Saturday.
  • Paid demonstration opportunities.
See what's happening on our social sites:
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original
721 E. Huron, Suite 200, Ann Arbor MI 48104
734-994-5260 - artfair.org
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July brings the BIG shows and if you're not doing an art fair this month (especially if you live in the heart of the country) you probably aren't too serious about this business. (Just my opinion).


Photo by Miles Glynn, Best of Show at the Cherry Creek Arts Festival

Art Fair on the Square in Madison, WI, hosts nearly 500 artists on the state capitol courthouse square and the crowds show up! For some artists this is their best show of the year and getting in is paramount to their yearly success. Here are this year's prizewinners who will be returning again next year:

Ceramics:                                           Michael Imes (565)

Digital Art:                                          Ed Myers (334/336)

Fiber / Leather:                                  Samuel Yao (520)

Furniture:                                            Ron Dekok (649)

Glass:                                                 William Ortman (839)

Jewelry:                                              Mary Filapek & Lou Ann Townsend    (641)

Metal-Works:                                      Kurt Ruby (253)

Mixed Media 2-D:                               Nestor Yulfo (244)

Painting:                                              Luke Stretar (162)

Photography:                                      John Scanlan (719/721)

Printmaking, Graphics, Drawing:        Robin Lauersdorf (136/138)

Sculpture and 3-D Mixed Media:        Thomas Wargin (462/464)

Wood:                                                  Matthew Hatala (571)

Then there is the real darling, the Cherry Creek Arts Festival in Denver. How do you like these winners?

<2nd Place: Dolan Geiman, Mixed Media
<3rd Place: Melissa Dominiak, Painting

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February 20-24 - Baltimore, MD
March 15-17 - Atlanta, GA
April 5-7 - St. Paul, MN
August 2-4 - San Francisco, CA
presented by the American Craft Council
Apply Now for the 2019 American Craft Shows.
Deadline: August 15, 2018

Each year, more than 50,000 people flock to Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco to attend our American Craft Shows. These juried marketplaces provide an essential platform for professional artists to connect with the public. 
OUR MISSION:  We see the big picture. For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. Our founder, Aileen Osborn Webb, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities, and established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Today, our efforts span the nation. We support professional makers through our unique nonprofit shows. We offer educational resources, including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Our national awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. And we promote the handmade through our resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft.
We invite you to be part of our talented community of artists, ranging from those just beginning their careers to masters in the craft field. Join us for what promises to be a spectacular season showcasing the highest quality craft in the country. American Craft Council shows reach nearly 50,000 collectors and craft enthusiasts who attend our prestigious shows across the country.

Application fee: $30
Booth fee varies by show
For more information:
Melanie Little, shows@craftcouncil.org; 800-836-3470
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Metuchen, New Jersey
Presented By: Metuchen Arts Council & Metuchen Chamber of Commerce
150 Artists
Deadline: May 1

Application Fee: $5.00; Booth Fee:  $50.00

Noon - 10:00 pm. Outdoor festival featuring open air exhibits, live art performances and interactive events throughout downtown historic Metuchen NJ. Streets closed to car traffic. Two stages with live music performances all day long. Draws thousands of visitors from the tri-state area.
The METFEST is seeking highly qualified local, regional and national artists with expertise in all visual media - oil, acrylics, ink, watercolor, clay, glass, precious stones, textiles, photography, fiber, etc. - to participate in its one-day art extravaganza. Now in its 11th year, don't miss out on this opportunity to share your work with a sophisticated, art-conscious audience! 
New in 2018: A one-day, 10-hour event format that gives visitors and artists more time for interaction; new public plaza featuring main stage performances and art installations; more art "live" demonstrations; expanded "junior bug zone" for kids art activities; beer and wine gardens; food court; free parking. A must see, must attend event! 
Metuchen NJ has been a mecca for artists of every discipline for more than a century. The METFEST reflects the Borough's commitment to nurturing all forms of creativity and is just one of the ways Metuchen is the "Gateway to the Arts" of central New Jersey.

MarketingWe engage in a full-year promotional effort that includes regular press release announcements, social media postings, radio advertisements, flyers and postcards distributed to art schools/studios/artists in the tri state area.
APPLY: Go to ZAPP at: https://www.zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=6475; if you don't already have a profile, it takes 5 minutes to set one up; search for "METFEST" 

More Information: www.metfest.org
Contact: Robert Diken rmdiken@yahoo.com  (732) 762-5224

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Daytona Beach, Florida
Presented By: Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences
252 Artists
Deadline: July 20

Application Fee: $40; Booth Fee: $250

The 56th annual Halifax Art Festival located in the historic downtown waterfront area of Daytona Beach is the 2nd oldest continual art festival in the state of Florida. The Festival attracts over 45,000 art lovers annually, continuing its tradition of providing the community a showcase for Fine Arts, Fine Crafts, a Student Art Competition, as well as a children's interactive art experience known as Little Van Gogh. The Halifax Art Festival is presented entirely by the members of the Guild of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, a dedicated group of volunteers who work nonstop, yearlong, to provide artists with an exceptional opportunity to showcase their work.
The two-day festival features the juried works of 252 artists, predominately in the category of fine art. These artists have booth locations stretching north along Beach Street from Orange Avenue to Bay Street. Juried non-competitive arts are placed north of the competitive arts. Artists booths, positioned on the street, back up to a grassy median dotted with palm trees. Artists may request booth placements with either east or west facing views. An east view includes food vendors, music, and children's activities, while a west facing view provide artists with shop and restaurant venues across from them.
International street cuisine and good old-fashioned festival food are available with Beach Street cafes and restaurants featuring Festival specials. There is live entertainment by musicians playing a variety of popular music. This year we are expanding the food vendors, wine offerings, and music throughout the length of the Festival!
Extensive multi-media marketing campaign to the Volusia/Flagler area to reach locals and "snowbirds" as well as the I-4 corridor to include Orlando and Tampa. Advertising includes Cable, Newspapers, Magazines, Outdoor, Transit Buses, and Radio as well as Internet and Social media. Budget provided by the Guild of the Museum of Arts & Sciences, the Downtown Development Authority, and a Grant from the Halifax Area Advertising Authority.

  • Fine Art cash awards totaling more than $30,000
  • 5:30 PM Saturday Night Pizza Party for all artists; 6 PM  Competitive Fine Arts Prize Winners Announced
  • Discounted accommodations at select local hotels via web link
  • "In-Booth Judging" of Fine Arts for cash awards
  • Best of Show will be a Judge Selection of a single piece of work
  • Friday Registration and Set up begins at 2:30PM on November 2
  • Saturday, November 3rd early morning set up permitted 
  • Winner's Full Breakfast Sunday morning at Halifax Yacht Club, South         Beach St (invitation)
  • Booth sitting available both days by MOAS Guild volunteers
  • Complimentary coffee and bakery goods available both days
  • Free Parking. Festival Security Friday and Saturday nights
  • No additional charge for corners/ end booth locations
More Information: www.HalifaxArtFestival.org
Contact: Pat Fieldus, HalifaxArtFestival@gmail.com, (386) 402-2140

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Louisville, KY
Presented By: St. James Court Art Show Inc.
700 Artists

Deadline: April 15

Application Fee: $40   Booth Fee: $575 

More than 700 fine artists and craftspeople from throughout North America converge the first full weekend of October for the Saint James Court Art Show. Ranked in the top ten fine art and craft shows in the country by the industry's Sunshine Artist Magazine, this autumn tradition draws over 100,000 visitors every year who come to purchase unique handcrafted items directly from the hands that crafted them. 

The show is held in the heart of historic Old Louisville, which boasts the largest collection of Victorian homes in the country. Old Louisville is an elegant backdrop for this display of fine arts and crafts, which will be exhibited and sold along Saint James Court, Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, and the adjacent blocks of Third and Fourth Streets. 

Event organizers work diligently to cater to all artistic preferences and budgets. The result is a tasteful selection of high-quality original works that include paintings, sculpture, pottery, leather and woodcrafts, photography, textiles, glass art and other fine arts. Proceeds from the show fund various community charities, art scholarships and neighborhood maintenance and restoration. 

Admission is free, and the event is held rain or shine. No pets please.

9d7c67a9-574e-41d3-b4ca-ddce5d40e2b5.png Testimonials: Insider Louisville called it "The MacDaddy of all art shows"
Our artists are important to us. We work hard all year long to make sure Louisville knows you are going to be here the 1st weekend of October. Our annual marketing plan includes Louisville Magazine, Kentucky Monthly, Nashville Arts, Playbill Cincinnati, StyleBlueprint, ArtFairCalendar.com, Insider Louisville, Ad Network Kentucky, Art FM WXOX 97.1 FM, WAVE 3 TV, Facebook, Instagram, and subscriber based e-newsletters.
Please note:
The show is comprised of 6 sections which operate simultaneously and contiguously. St. James is the original show and hosts 250 of the 700 total number of artists. You may apply to as many sections as you wish, but can only accept an invitation to participate in ONE section in a given show year. At this time there are several ways to apply to the 2018 show depending on which section of the show you would like to participate in. 

Which Section should I apply to?
All 6 areas have good traffic flow. When a patron comes to the Art Show they don't really know when they are walking from one section into another. We don't advertise the different sections to the public. There are several differences that I like to tell artists about. You are welcome to call me and I can explain further. 

4 sections are listed on Zapplication and only take digital images and applications through Zapp, http://zapplication.orgThe other 2 sections, West End Baptist Church and 1300 Association only take paper applications which can be downloaded on our web site under "Exhibitors". 

More Information: stjamescourtartshow.com

Contact: Marguerite Esrock, mesrock@stjamescourtartshow.com
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Call for Artists: Old Town Art Fair

250 Artists
Deadline: December 15
Application Fee: $40    Booth Fee: $625
Perennial Favorite 
Now with Friday Set Up

Exhibiting Artists often name the Old Town Art Fair as one of their most successful events of the year. The enthusiastic collectors, family-friendly atmosphere and helpful neighborhood volunteers make it a favorite. Hear what artists have to say. 

Considered one of the top Art Fairs in the country by artists and buyers alike, the Old Town Art Fair has been voted #1 in the country for the past three years in a row by ArtFairCalendar.com.  This fine art fair takes place the second weekend of June in the heart of the charming Old Town Triangle Historic District on Chicago's North Side.  There are 250 artists, an estimated 30,000 art lovers, a Garden Walk, Live Music, Food Court and Children's Corner.
Hundreds of volunteers team up 
with neighborhood residents to produce this exceptional show on behalf of the not-for-profit Old Town Triangle Association.  All proceeds benefit neighborhood preservation, art and cultural programming and youth groups.

The Old Town Art Fair also offers:
  • Artists' Breakfast -Continental Breakfast is available Saturday and Sunday morning
  • Artists' Aid - Girl Scouts distribute refreshments to the Artists during the Fair
  • Booth Sitting - available Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
"The 2018 Old Town Art Fair was my best show ever. 
Not just at Old Town, or Chicago, but anywhere. Best. Show. Ever." 
Exhibiting Artist
Contact: Barbara Guttmann, info@oldtownartfair.org,  
(312) 337-1938
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9fbab1d9-a67c-4304-aa6b-c892f330ec2f.png November 17 to December 22
Evanston, Illinois
Presented by the Evanston Art Center
150 Artists
Deadline: October 1

Application Fee: $35
The Evanston Art Center's 16th Annual Winter Arts + Crafts Expo features original, handmade arts and crafts by over 140 selected artisans. We feature original, handmade works of jewelry, ceramics, fiber, metal, glass, painting, photography, mixed-media, and more. This month-long event attracts visitors all over the Midwest region.
The Art Center has open gallery space available for this event. The Expo is a group show, and as such, there are no booth spaces. Each artist's inventory will be identified and displayed on an approximately 20x30 inches tabletop space or the equivalent area on the wall or floor. Extra inventory for each artist will be stored and then displayed as merchandise is sold. 
The Expo staff will make all decisions regarding placement and display. Since this is not a booth show, artists will not be required to be present to conduct sales.  The Expo relies on volunteers to run the show. We have found that the artists who are present during the show contribute greatly to the professional atmosphere of the galleries and increase the sales of their own work by being able to talk to customers about their craft and process. We encourage each participating artist (who lives in the area) to volunteer three, 3-hour shifts during the show.

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