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65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair (Park Forest, IL) – Call For Artists

65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair (Park Forest, IL) – Call For Artists

Tall Grass Arts Association announces a call for artists for the 65th Annual Park Forest Art Fair scheduled for September 19 and 20, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Artists may exhibit a variety of media, including two dimensional work (painting, pastels, printmaking, and stitchery), three dimensional work (wood, glass, ceramics, and fiber), and jewelry. This is the second oldest juried art fair in Chicagoland. It is a very artist-friendly fair.

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Deadline: 8 May 2020

Registration is $175 and artists keep 100% of sales. Gallery artists receive 70% of the sale price of items sold in the gallery during exhibits or in the gift shop.

The Park Forest Art Fair is held on the Village Green in front of the gallery and along Main Street in downtown Park Forest. The village hosts a music fest on Saturday during the fair and fest favorite, the folk duo Patchouli, will perform on Sunday. There are several food vendors offering a variety of foods.

Park Forest Art Fair Benefits

Tall Grass Arts Association offers several prizes, totaling $2,500, and various purchase prizes. The fair is advertised on WBEZ during prime time; in various publications such as the Chicago Tribune; in regional newspapers with the focus of the story being the individual artists from that region; and on social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Being juried for the art fair conveys the status of gallery artist with an annual opportunity to exhibit annually in the Tall Grass Gallery, the opportunity to participate in invitational exhibits, and to sell in the gift shop.

Artists are provided a breakfast each day of the fair and a wonderful dinner on Saturday night when prize winners are announced. Volunteers bring free bottles of water to the artists several times each day and provide bathroom breaks for the artists.

Some of the art fair artists have been exhibiting in the fair for more than 3 decades. One pair of artists who participate in both the Naperville Riverwalk and the Park Forest on the same weekend have reported that they sell as well in Park Forest as in Naperville. All of the participating Park Forest art fair artists report that they enjoy the fact that the Park Forest fair attendees stop to chat with the artists. 100% of the sales price goes to the artist and is not split with Tall Grass. Finally, this is one of the most affordable art fairs around because it is totally organized and managed by a team of volunteers.

“I love doing shows with nonprofit orgs because I support their efforts to do good on their community. I also think this is a growing movement among artists tired of the outrageous fees and impersonal promoters (23 new artists!) Keep up the good work, see you next year.” e waddington

“Mu husband and I had such a great time this weekend. I love you all, and loved the artists with whom I spoke, as well as every single person who came into my booth. This was truly one of the most special weekends I’ve ever experienced. I can’t believe how much happiness my artwork brought so many people. I even sold my Milky Way acrylic print on Sunday! N Roash

“Even though it was my first year at the fair, I could tell that I would like to return next year. I am looking forward to next year. I would like to thank you and the great staff for being so helpful and understanding.” P Taylor

About Tall Grass Arts Association

The Tall Grass Arts Association team is composed of volunteers. They have gotten to know the artists in a personal manner as they plan all the various aspects of the fair, from registration to helping unload, marketing the fair, and participating in the dinner for the artists. It is the dedication and effort of these volunteers that allows Tall Grass to keep the fees low for artists.

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West End Arts Festival (La Grange, IL) – Call For Artists

West End Arts Festival (La Grange, IL) – Call For Artists

La Grange Business Association announces a call for artists for the 25th West End Arts Festival, to be held on 9/12 and 9/13/2020 in suburban La Grange, IL. Located just outside Chicago, this upscale, family-friendly community holds this annual end of the summer event which attracts thousands. The event is free to the public. Parking is free. The event features art demonstrations, art activities for kids, food vendors, wine, jazz music, and culinary art.

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Deadline: 14 Apr 2020

Cash awards and ribbons are given to the top four artists at the West End Arts Festival. Artists are highlighted in advance in social media and in the program guide given to all attendees (and available online). Artists love the show for it’s ease of loading and unloading and for the strong support of the volunteers and attendees. The vibrant business association actively markets the juried artists and the event to the community at large.

  • “The customers were great and we had a good weekend in terms of sales and exposure to new potential clients for custom works of art.”

  • “The people that live in the area are a buying crowd that are knowledgeable about art and appreciate it.”

  • “I look forward to participating in the WEAF each year. The event is well organized and the other artists are excellent and friendly. The set up is very accessible and the artists are given breaks and snacks by helpers. I recommend it to all my friends who love the arts.”

  • “This show is a great suburban show that has been going on for years and draws a lot of the local and surrounding communities.”

About the La Grange Business Association

La Grange Business Association is an active association which has been involved in the West End Arts Festival for 25 years. The Village of La Grange is upscale and vibrant and arts-focused.

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Previous call for artists from the La Grange Business Association


Superfine! Art Fair Seattle 2020 (Seattle, WA) – Call For Artists

Superfine! Art Fair Seattle 2020 (Seattle, WA) – Call For Artists

Superfine! Art Fair announces a call for artists for the Superfine! Art Fair Seattle 2020. Are you struggling with reaching new collectors, marketing your work, and finding the time to do what you love to do — create art? Superfine! Art Fair is a first mover in the new art fair for artists model, where you take control of your career. Meet collectors face-to-face, make sales, and grow a strong collector list. Gain lifetime value from our seasoned marketers.

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Deadline: 27 Jul 2020

Whether you’re a local Seattle artist, an artist from the Pacific Northwest, or an artist from anywhere in the world looking to tap into a top emerging market, we invite you to pre-qualify for Superfine! Seattle today. This unique artist-forward art fair event will be held August 20-23, 2020.

Beyond in-fair and post-fair art sales, expect to gain incalculable lifetime value in marketing expertise, art sales, and collector and industry relationships.

Superfine! Art Fair Seattle 2020 Benefits

A whole year of exhibitions in one weekend.

  • 4-6,000 motivated, art-hungry visitors during the four days of the fair
  • 25% of our visitors make a significant ($100-$2,500+) art purchase
  • More than 50% of our exhibiting artists receive major media coverage

Make art. Sell art. Superfine! does the rest.

  • Meet your next collectors in a friendly, welcoming space: the ideal environment to discover, collect, and sell art
  • Innovative cost-saving and cost-spreading financing options that work with every artist’s budget to make exhibiting and selling a reality
  • Serious opportunities for features in Superfine!’s earned (press and PR), owned (website, blog, and social), and paid (advertising) media

Note: Superfine! takes no commission on any artwork sold either in person at the fair or via our online E-Fair.

You’re the art-making expert. Superfine! are art-marketing experts.

  • The smartest and most sophisticated marketing engine in the industry. The audience is 26-45, affluent ($120k+/year), and buying art now.
  • A professional, courteous, and knowledgeable team of experts guide you every step of the way.
  • Lead-up webinars and curatorial guidelines geared towards success. Take what you learn with you and make it work for you year-round.

About Superfine! Art Fair

As both artists and collectors, Superfine! wanted to find a better way for regular people excited about art to connect directly with artists and support their work, and for artists to meet and retain their collectors, make more sales, and replace job income with art income. That’s how Superfine! was born: an art fair where artists can build a market for themselves, saving time, energy, and stress while allowing real people to discover, connect with, and support our artist community’s life work.

Superfine! has expanded to cities across the country: NYC, LA, Chicago, Seattle, Washington DC, and San Francisco. They have proven that the artist-to-buyer connection is at the center of a sustainable art market. In just 4 or 5 days, artists are meeting more collectors than they were in an entire year. 75% of surveyed visitors say meeting the artist is their favorite part of attending each Superfine! Art Fair.

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Previous call for artists from Superfine! Art Fair


Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

Kalamazoo Institute Of Arts Fair (Kalamazoo, MI) – Call For Artists

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (KIA) announces a call for artists for the 69th annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair. The KIA Arts Fair is a two-day, juried show featuring up to 190 fine artists. Staged in a shady, historic park in downtown Kalamazoo, the KIA Arts Fair is acclaimed for its friendly atmosphere and large crowds of arts patrons from across Michigan, Indiana, and beyond.

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Deadline: 31 Jan 2020

Artists who are chosen to participate in the 2020 Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair will enjoy showing and selling their work in a beautiful outdoor venue affording the opportunity to interact personally with fair-goers and jurors. The KIA Arts Fair recruits jurors who demonstrate expertise in their mediums. The jury is comprised of practicing artists, art educators, and museum professionals. On the first day of the fair, jurors will select 12 best of category winners who will each receive $350 and a prize ribbon to display on their booths the second day of the fair. All artists selected to participate have the opportunity to promote themselves during the fair by distributing promotional materials.

The fair offers many artist amenities, awards 12 best-in-category prizes, and is supported by far-reaching promotion measures attracting a crowd of upwards of 40,000 patrons. Artist amenities include free artist parking, a complimentary Friday evening artist dinner and award ceremony, complimentary coffee and light breakfast in the park Saturday morning, and an air-conditioned artist lounge with refreshments.

About Kalamazoo Institute of Arts

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts believes the visual arts are for everyone. They inspire, transform, and fulfill. Since 1924, the KIA, a private non-profit organization, has presented opportunities to the community and visitors from around the world to enjoy and create art. The KIA holds more than 4,700 fine artworks in its permanent collection; presents touring and collection exhibitions in 10 galleries; offers four terms of art classes at the Kirk Newman Art School; and houses the KIA Gallery Shop, featuring artwork by area artists and international artisans.

The collection of the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts includes over 4,000 works of art, focusing on American painting, sculpture and ceramics; American and European works on paper; and photography. In recent years, the collection has been expanded to include Oceanic, Pre-Columbian, African, and East Asian art.

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