East Lansing Art Festival 2018 announces a call for artists for the May 19-20, 2018, mid-Michigan event featuring fine art, live local music, children’s educational art activities, live artist demos, poetry readings, and an international-style food court in Downtown East Lansing, Michigan.
Deadline: 31 Jan 2018
East Lansing is a charming university town with a variety of shops, restaurants, and galleries. The beautiful Michigan State University campus is across the street. It is home to the renowned Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum. The East Lansing Art Festival is ranked #38 by Sunshine Artist magazine’s 100 best fine art shows.
Exhibitors at the East Lansing Art Festival 2018 can expect
- Well-educated visitors including professionals from the state government and university
- Friendly volunteers who welcome artists and make load-in and load-out run smoothly
- Booth sitting services
- Friday set-up
- Free artist parking
- Saturday morning coffee
- Artist reception and award ceremony
- Affiliation with local public TV and radio – bringing the right people to you
- Eclectic live music that enhances the art rather than distracts from it
- International flavors in a unique food court
- Hands-on arts education area for children and families
- A festive mood – this is the kickoff of the local festival season in Michigan
About The East Lansing Art Festival
Established in 1964, the East Lansing Art Festival is an evolving outdoor celebration featuring fine artists, exceptional musicians, artist demos, children’s art activities, poetry, and delicious food. The festival offers community members an opportunity to learn about the artistic process directly from the artist and purchase one of a kind original pieces of art. The festival strives to introduce the next generation of art lovers by introducing children to interesting arts activities and experiences. The Emerging Artist program also contributes to the next generation of exhibiting artists by providing space and mentorship to artists new to the festival circuit. Each of these endeavors fosters an atmosphere of art appreciation and a weekend of fun.
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South Haven Center for the Arts announces a call for artists for Just Drawing, their 8th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition.
Deadline: 1 Sept 2017
Drawing can be defined as the arrangement of line and mark in space designed to serve a variety of expressive purposes. It is often used as a preliminary step in service of other mediums. This exhibition will feature drawing as the main act. 2-D and 3-D work is acceptable as long as drawing is the main feature.
This call is open to all artists 18 years of age or over in the following states: Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin. All work must be the original work of the artist and completed in the last three years.
The Just Drawing Exhibition will be juried by local artists Lou and Linda Rizzolo.
Lou trained as an artist at Western Michigan, the University of Iowa, and the University of Georgia. He is a significant presence on the world artistic stage. He has taught, lectured, and exhibited internationally for over forty years. His works, which ranges from drawing to multimedia installations, have captured audiences in the U.S. Canada, Scotland, Switzerland, Hawaii, Austria, France, Norway, Australia and Albania. Lou has participated in ArtPrize for several years.
Linda Rizzolo takes painting to a higher plane by working with fibers, beads, and natural objects such as reeds, sticks, brightly colored hand-painted silks, and a variety of other three-dimensional materials. She transforms them into unique and exciting sculptural creations. Of her work, Linda says, “I love fantasy, costumes, twirling, parades and flowing fabric. This free spirited, spontaneous way of experiencing life has influenced the kind of art I love to make and my process of making it.”
Just Drawing Artist Benefits
Work that is accepted into Just Drawing by the jurors will be on display at the South Haven Center for the Arts from September 23 through November 11, 2017. The exhibition will include an opening reception. All artists and friends will be invited attend. Three winners will be chosen by the jurors with a First Prize of $150, Second Prize of $100, and third Prize of $50. Exhibited work may be sold at the price specified on the entry form. A commission of 35% is received by the South Haven Center for the Center for works sold during the exhibition.
About South Haven Center For The Arts
South Haven Center for the Arts (SHCA) is the primary arts non-profit in the greater South Haven area. The South Haven Center for the Arts originated in 1951 as the South Haven Art League and has a long-standing tradition of providing South Haven and surrounding communities a venue to learn about and participate in the visual arts. The art center provides cultural enrichment to a population diverse in age, ethnicity, economic status, and education level. They offer year-round exhibitions and creative programming for adults and children to encourage individual artists to enter the field and foster the growth of art in the community.
The SHCA is the only art center in Van Buren County. It attracts hundreds of visitors from cities and towns in Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, and Wisconsin each year. The SHCA is the primary arts non-profit in the greater South Haven area and works with other area community and non-profit organizations to offer additional opportunities for artists throughout the year. Free to the public, the art center is located in an historic Carnegie Library built in 1906. It offers unique exhibition space to showcase artwork and is an additional draw for seasonal visitors.
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Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) announces a call for artists for Arts and Greens 2017 Holiday Market, set amidst the beautiful greenery of the Bogie Lake Greenhouses. Fifty artists will be selected to display and sell their work.
Deadline: 5 Sept 2017
HVCA’s Arts and Greens 2017 Holiday Art Market is a juried event. Past participation is not a guarantee of acceptance. Only fine arts and quality crafts of original design and execution will be accepted. Participation is open to all Michigan artists 18 years or older. Works in all media will be considered. All artwork must be original, created solely by the artist.
- Entry Fee: $21
- Booth Fee is billed and due upon acceptance: $116 for typical booth, $96 for A-Frame
- Late applications (received after Sept. 5 2017) $31. Booth $126. Late applications will be considered if space is available or wait-listed in case of cancellation.
Arts and Greens 2017 Holiday Market:
- Friday, Nov. 17, Artist check-in and set-up: noon-4:30pm
- Friday Night Grand Opening: 5pm-8pm
- Saturday, Nov. 18 – 9am-5pm
- Sunday, Nov. 19 – 10am-3pm
Arts and Greens is a highly regarded event in the community that attracts people from all over the area. Artists will be able to sell their work to this experienced audience during the holiday season. Because of the limited space at the event, the fifty artists selected will be of the highest caliber. Artists will benefit from the festive surroundings provided by the Greenhouse and the classes that are being taught during the event on creating holiday greens.
About Huron Valley Council for the Arts
As a regional center for arts and culture Huron Valley Council for the Arts (HVCA) is a uniting voice for the arts and arts support within the region. Based in western Oakland County, HVCA is committed to working with and supporting activities of visual and performing artists and organizations. HVCA’s mission is to enhance the cultural life of the region through arts programs that enrich and entertain.
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The 23rd Annual Arts in Ada Festival 2017 is now accepting applications for this year’s juried art exhibition. The festival is on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Deadline: 1 May 2017
Over 90 artists and artisans will display and sell their fine art and crafts on the beautiful tree-lined Bronson Street in Ada, MI. All visual art mediums will be considered, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, mosaics, mixed media, and fine crafts. Pamela Alderman, artist and storyteller, will join members from the Ada Arts Council as a special guest Juror. Together they will award the top three fine art artists and the top craftsperson during the Arts in Ada Festival 2017 celebration.
$1,200 in cash prizes:
- 1st place fine art: $500
- 2nd place fine art: $300
- 3rd place fine art: $150
- Best in show, fine craft: $250
About the Ada Arts Council
The Ada Arts Council was established in 1992 by an enlightened group of thirteen members of the Ada community. They included artists, business owners, and public officials who shared a common interest, “to encourage participation in and the appreciation of the arts by the residents of Ada, Michigan and its environs.”
To that end, the Council has engaged in a number of activities over the years. The most visible of these is the annual Arts in Ada Festival, held annually in May in Ada Village on Bronson St. Over 50 artists display and sell their work in a wide variety of media. An outdoor stage features live music and dance performances.
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Midtown Detroit announces a call for artists for Dlectricity 2017, a biennial nighttime outdoor festival of art and light that showcases extraordinary art by artists and creative design professionals in Detroit’s public spaces.
Deadline: 28 Feb 2017
Up to 25 site-specific, outdoor projects for Midtown Detroit’s Woodward Corridor will be selected through this call. Midtown Detroit is looking for high-quality projects that will activate the outdoor, nighttime landscape of their Woodward Corridor including:
- Light art
- Video art
- 3D video mapping projections
- Multimedia installations
- Projects that use technology or interactivity and community engagement
- Works that utilize mobile platforms (smart phones, tablets)
- Performance (art, dance, theatre, music)
Criteria for selection will include creativity, innovation, and suitability. The selected projects will be announced in May 2017.
This two-day festival was last held in September 2014. The open call process attracted over 360 proposals from artists representing 38 countries. 39 projects were presented. 28 artists were selected from the Open Call and 11 other artists were invited to participate by our Curatorial Committee. Over 3,400 cyclists participated in our signature Light Bike Parade and 150,000 people attended th3 second edition of Dlectricity.
Accepted projects will be funded up to 3,000 USD. Artists will receive a 1,000 USD honorarium.
The media coverage extended beyond the Detroit market for this festival. The Dlectricity social media channels have a large and growing audience. The website is frequently visited. Each artist is well represented on the website and all project info is archived.
The goals of Dlectricity 2017 include:
- Introduce thousands of people to innovative contemporary art. Awaken them to the potential impact of art on public spaces.
- Showcase diversity in the arts by working with more artists of color.
- Provide a platform and a real budget for emerging and international artists to develop new work. Further support the artistic community by employing other artists and tech people to help the participating artists realize their installations.
- Strengthen the community and economy over the festival weekend. On a broader scale, Dlectricity plays a positive role in shining a spotlight on the success of Midtown, generating unprecedented excitement for the City of Detroit, and building upon Detroit’s reputation as being a world destination for the arts.
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The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee is seeking artists and vendors for its 34th annual juried show,Shelby Township Art Fair 2017, to be held on August 12 and 13.
Deadline: 1 Apr 2017
Shelby Township Art Fair 2017 has four exhibitor categories. This event is held outdoors on the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds with booths located on grass, many with shade trees. All booths measure approximately 15’ x 15’ with some double booths available. No resale products, services, home improvement companies, or distributors permitted.
Located on the Shelby Township Municipal Grounds, the venue is on Van Dyke Avenue, just south of 24 Mile Road. Out of town exhibitors will have a choice of several hotels, great restaurants, and shopping all located within a few miles of the Municipal Grounds. Shelby Township is located about 25 miles north of Detroit in southeast Michigan.
Shelby Township Art Fair 2017 Categories
- Art media – Original, hand-made, one of a kind pieces (with the exception of prints), created and produced by the artist including, but not limited to: clay • digital • fiber • glass • jewelry • metal • mixed media • painting • photography • printmaking • drawing • sculpture • stone • wood • multi-media
- Emerging artists – Artists just starting to exhibit in any of the art mediums listed above that don’t have enough work for a full booth. Each accepted artist may rent no more than one 6 foot table under the Emerging Artists Tent.
- Craft media – Items created by the crafter and produced in small quantities including, but not limited to: home décor • clothing and accessories • jewelry that is not one of a kind
- Michigan made market – Items created in batches by Michigan based businesses including, but not limited to: food items • bath and body products • candles • toys and games • books • pet products
Fees – Payable by cash, check, Visa or MasterCard only
- Application/Jury fee: $20 for all categories
- Artist Booth fee: $150 – single, or $320 double
- Crafter Booth fee: $150 – single, or $320 double
- MI Made Booth fee: $75 – single, or $160 double
- Emerging Artist fee: $75 for one six foot table (limit 1 table per artist)
The friendly, helpful, organized staff, easy load-in and load-out, Friday night set-up, plenty of free daytime and overnight parking close to exhibit areas, overnight grounds security, and complimentary coffee and donuts each morning help to create a fun, friendly atmosphere.
Advertising in local and regional publications, internet social media, television and radio announcements, e-mail blasts, flyers, banners, signs throughout the community, and more bring over 10,000 visitors to the event.
About Shelby Township Art Fair Committee
The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and the Shelby Township Parks and Recreation Department have organized and presented this event for 34 years. The attendance is good, although not overwhelming like some larger shows. The small town atmosphere in an upper-middle class community makes for an enjoyable weekend for visitors that come from Macomb, Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, and St. Clair Counties.
The Art Fair Committee consists of local artists and select members of the Parks and Recreation Department staff. They work year around together to provide a quality event where a variety of juried exhibitors and visitors can enjoy a great Michigan summertime weekend.
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The South Haven Center for the Arts (SHCA) announces a call for artists for the South Haven Art Fair 2017, a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday, July 1st and 2nd 2017 from 10 am to 5 pm at Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave.
Deadline: 1 Mar 2017
The art fair is held every summer in the coastal resort town of South Haven. It attracts massive Fourth of July crowds to a beautiful wooded park one block away from Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. SHCA’s goals are to provide a successful environment for exhibiting artists, creatively market to a wide range of potential buyers, and provide a professional awards program by credentialed judges. All work must be the creation of the exhibiting artist. The original concept, design, and execution must be attributable solely to the displaying artist. All artists will be juried. All work on display must be consistent with images submitted. Artists must be 18 years or older.
On-site judging will begin Saturday morning, July 1st. The judges will cast their votes to recognize the best artist in each of ten media categories for cash awards, certificates, and reduced booth fees in next year’s art fair.
The following South Haven Art Fair 2017 categories are juried and receive awards:
- Clay/Ceramics (functional and non-functional)
- Digital art/Graphics/Printmaking: Digital art is original work created on a computer. Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples.
- Fiber (decorative and wearable)
- Jewelry (precious and non-precious)
- Mixed media (2D and 3D)
- Painting (watercolor, oils, and acrylic)
- Photography: Photographs must be made from the artist’s original image, film or digital.
- Sculpture (metal, wood, and other): Any media, including furniture, in figurative or abstract in any 3D works
One South Haven Art Fair 2017 winner will be chosen by the jurors in each of the above categories. Each winner will receive a certificate, cash prize, and complimentary South Haven Center for the Arts membership. In the application, please select the option if one or both of these apply to you:
- Sustainable art: Original artistic creation that is produced in harmony with the key principles of sustainability while also considering the impact the work has on its environment.
- Emerging artist: Current students, recently graduated students, second career artists, or new to art festival exhibition.
The South Haven Center for the Arts is a non-profit art center in South Haven, Michigan. SHCA’s mission of community enrichment through the arts includes providing opportunities for the community to explore, discover, and experience the arts. During the summer months, South Haven is a coastal tourist destination for over 500,000 visitors who annually come from around the world.
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The Friends of Modern Art announces a call for artists for the 50th Annual Flint Art Fair, to be held June 10 and 11, 2017.
Deadline: 15 Apr 2017
The friendliest art fair in Michigan, the 50th Annual Flint Art Fair is a juried fine art and fine craft fair with monetary awards held on the lawn of the Flint Institute of Arts in the heart of the beautiful Flint Cultural Center. Attracting thousands of visitors each year, this event introduces original works from various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood. Up to 150 artists will be invited to participate in this 2-day event and are eligible for monetary awards.
Rental is $250 per space. Double spaces and corner spaces may be requested (additional fees apply). Spaces are a grassy 10’ x 10’ with storage space behind each booth.
50th Annual Flint Art Fair artist benefits:
- $2,000 in cash awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.
- Coffee and donuts are available Saturday morning in the Artist Hospitality area.
- Sunday morning is the catered Artists Awards Breakfast – free for artists.
- The Hospitality team of experienced volunteers is available to provide artists with short breaks and complimentary bottled water is available to artists at any time during the fair.
- Easy check-in and check-out procedures with drive-up access to booths for set-up and breakdown is provided.
- Parking is free.
- 24-hour security during the fair.
Proceeds from the Flint Art Fair support the following Friends of Modern Art (FOMA) programs:
Exhibition of Contemporary Art
Each year, FOMA co-sponsors a traveling exhibition of contemporary art at the Flint Institute of Arts. Sponsored exhibitions in recent years have included Andy Warhol, M. C. Escher, Andrew Wyeth, Winfred Rembert, and the Art of Video Games.
Contemporary Art Purchase
Every other year, FOMA purchases artwork by a significant emerging artist for the collection of the Flint Institute of Arts. Recent gifts to the collection include works by Ralph Goings, Andrew Lenaghan, Chakaia Booker, and Lino Lago.
Weekly Film Series
For more than 25 years, FOMA has sponsored and coordinated a weekly series of independent, international, and classic films at the Flint Institute of Arts nine months out of each year. Films in the series are programmed with the goal of providing a rich, varied schedule of movies that represent a wide spectrum of locales, cultures, and attitudes as well as genres such as comedy, drama, fantasy/horror/science-fiction, musicals, great directors, classic films, and emerging filmmakers.
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The Grand Haven Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Coast Guard Craft Fair. This is one of the most popular fairs in Michigan and held during one of the state’s biggest festivals – The Grand Haven Coast Guard Festival.
Deadline: 15 Mar 2017
Quality exhibits, high attendance, the Coast Guard parade, and fireworks mean you will have a successful event and a great time while you’re here. Acceptable work includes items that are original and handcrafted by the applicant. Unacceptable work includes wholesale, mass-produced, or foreign made items as well as buy/sell work, fine art pieces, kit-art, or hobby crafts.
Coast Guard Craft Fair crafter amenities:
- Breakfast (coffee and pastry) provided for one person per booth for each day of the show
- Lunch provided for one person per booth for one day of the show
- Bottled water available at the Information/Registration Tent
- Overnight security both Friday and Saturday evenings
- Booth sitters available upon request at the Information/Registration Tent
- Marketing and promotion via social media, press, event calendars, and local publications.
The Coast Guard Festival attracts over 325,000 people during the 10 day event. The Craft Fair’s estimate of attendance is 50,000 over the two day show.
The onsite jury’s top votes in each category will be invited back the following year without a Jury and Handling Fee.
The Coast Guard Craft Fair pulls in a large crowd and occurs during the renowned Coast Guard Festival. The Fair’s location, Central Park, is a beautiful spot that is minutes from historical, downtown Grand Haven, Lake Michigan, and the Board Walk. As a tourist-driven, beach-side town, Grand Haven has a lot to offer. Stay at one of our many campsites, take a trip to the beach, or visit the downtown shops. Make it a trip for the whole family when you come to the Coast Guard Craft Fair.
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The Lakeshore Art Festival 2017 is seeking artists for their annual event featuring a unique blend of arts, crafts, music, food, and fun in beautiful Downtown Muskegon, Michigan.
Deadline: 1 Feb 2017
With nearly 300 fine art and specialty craft exhibitors, children’s activities, specialty food items, street performers, and multiple interactive art stations this event is an artful experience for all to enjoy. The Lakeshore Art Festival has been recognized by Sunshine Artist Magazine as one of the 200 Best in the country and by ArtFairCalendar.com as Favorite Small Town Art Fair. The Lakeshore Art Festival 2017 will be held July 7 and 8, 2017.
Work with experienced event professionals. Only handcrafted items. Absolutely no buy/sell. Extensive marketing and publicity using newspaper, magazine, social media, trade media, posters, postcards, and radio advertising. Vehicle access near booth site for easy set up and teardown. Artists reception Thursday night at the nationally recognized Muskegon Musemu of Art. Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Thursday and Friday. Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water, and baked goods. Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks. $3,000 in Fine Art/Fine Craft awards and Craft Market People’s Choice Awards.
About the Lakeshore Art Festival
The Lakeshore Art Festival was reborn out of a former art and craft festival. We have made great strides in enhancing the quality of the show, put significant effort into marketing to both exhibitors and guests, and pride ourselves on the progress made thus far.
This is what a recent exhibitor said about the show: “The event far exceeded my expectations! Not only has the event turned around, but the downtown area as well. I’ve been doing craft events for nineteen years and usually as many as forty a year (twenty states so far). I say that to make this point. Never have I seen an event make such a dramatic turn for the positive. What a credit to you, your staff, and the community. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.”
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