In 2018, Lubeznik Center for the Arts (LCA) is celebrating the 37th year of its annual art festival, Lubeznik Arts Festival 2018, on August 18 and 19. The festival, previously held off-site, is now held on LCA’s grounds to connect festival-goers to gallery spaces, experience the stature of exhibitions, and connect with programs more effectively. All proceeds from LAF are invested back into the community through artistic and educational programs LCA provides year-round.
Deadline: 15 Mar 2018
Lubeznik Center for the Arts will select individual fine artists and fine crafters through a jury process. There is $3,000 in cash awards. Additionally, LCA will be inviting regional galleries who represent the best in emerging contemporary art. Overall, LCA anticipates 75-100 exhibitors. The festival draws repeat visitors from Chicago, South Bend, and Northwest Indiana, as well as Michigan’s nearby ‘Harbor Country’ communities. Patrons to the festival include second home-owners in the nearby beach communities.
The juror for this year’s festival is Aron Packer of Aron Packer Projects. Starting in the late 80’s as an American folk art dealer, Aron Packer built his early business focusing on outsider and non-traditional art. He became known for a broad yet unusual vision. He transitioned this vision to contemporary art and established his first public gallery in 1992 in Chicago. For the next 25 years, Packer continued to expand his notable group of contemporary artists. In 2015, he closed Packer Schopf Gallery in Chicago to work at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in business development for fine art sales. Packer continues to avidly curate pop-up shows throughout Chicago as Aron Packer Projects.
Lubeznik Arts Festival 2018 award categories ($3000 in cash awards)
- Best in Show
- 1st Place Artist
- Neil Kienitz Award for Representational Art
- Juror’s Awards (2)
Additionally, 2018 award winners will be exempt from jury process in 2019. They will not have to pay the 2019 application fee. Complimentary snacks and water are available through setup and the festival. Over $30,000 is budgeted to market the event through partnerships that span radio, TV, print, and outdoor media.
About Lubeznik Center for the Arts
Lubeznik Center for the Arts is located on the North end of Michigan City’s vibrant Uptown Arts District. LCA’s architecturally interesting facility houses five beautiful galleries and education multi-use spaces where they feature contemporary artwork. LCA is on the Southern shore of Lake Michigan within walking distance to the beach and marina. All proceeds from the festival are invested back into our community in all the artistic and educational programs LCA provides year-round.
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Guilford Art Center announces a call for artists for the Guilford Craft Expo 2018. They are looking for unique, high quality craft work including basketry, clay, glass, leather, metal and non-metal jewelry, wearable and non-wearable fiber, leather, mixed media, metal and wood. Applicants in fine art categories such as photography, painting, printmaking, paper arts, and sculpture are accepted. Any other original artwork not listed will also be accepted in the “other” category.
Deadline: 9 Jan 2018
All work submitted for application must be original and made in North America. It must be created by hand or with the use of appropriate tools, by an individual artist and/or with help from a limited number of assistants/apprentices. Works must be of high quality, be well-designed, and convey artistic originality and vision.
Craft Expo 2018, held on the historic Guilford Green, is one of the top ranked and longest-running craft shows in the Northeast. Located half way between Boston and New York, this landmark outdoor show is held at the height of the shoreline’s summer season. It showcases high-quality works by 180 exhibitors.
Guilford Craft Expo 2018 Artist Benefits
- Craft Expo is conveniently located in downtown Guilford near many restaurants and shops
- Reasonably priced parking is available close by, including overnight parking, if necessary
- Parking for trailers and RVs is available by special arrangement with St. George Church
- Free shuttle bus service and free parking
- Food and drink is available on site including beer and wine
- Free bottled water
- A complimentary artist’s dinner
- Volunteer booth sitters are available during the event
- Exhibitors are provided with badges
About Guilford Art Center
The Guilford Art Center is a non-profit school, shop, and gallery established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. Through classes for adults and children, gallery programs, a shop of contemporary crafts, and special events, the Center fulfills its mission to provide opportunities for the public to participate in the arts, experience their cultural and historical diversity, and appreciate the process and product of creative work. Founded in 1967 (as the Guilford Handcraft Center), the Center evolved from the first Handcraft Expo, held on the Guilford Green in 1957. It currently serves over 2,000 students in classes, presents juried and invitational exhibits of art in the Center’s gallery, and operates a shop of fine, handmade American crafts year-round. The Center also presents the Craft Expo, held on the Guilford Green each year in July.
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The American Craft Council (ACC) announces a call for artists for the American Craft Shows 2018. The juried marketplace features extraordinary work by more than 1,500 of the country’s most talented craft artists.
Deadline: 11 Aug 2017
Original work in the following categories are considered: basketry, ceramics, clothing and accessories, decorative fiber, furniture and lighting, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media, paper, stone, toys and puzzles, and wood. The ACC encourages new artists to apply. These exhibitors, if accepted, receive special signage and are promoted through marketing efforts as new.
American Craft Shows 2018 artist benefits
Each year, more than 45,000 people attend the shows in Baltimore, Atlanta, St. Paul, and San Francisco. These marketplaces provide an essential platform for professional artists to connect with the public. Admission is free for ACC members. The ACC promotes its shows with the help of highly skilled public relations firms that have a pulse on the local marketplace in each of the show cities. They work with media buyers that track the latest trends for reaching diverse audiences. In 2017, the focus will be on national, regional, and local media prior to each show and throughout the year. Artists’ work is featured on the ACC website, in digital and print ads, via social media, in special show preview sections of American Craft magazine, and onsite via comprehensive show programs and colorful navigational signage.
About the American Craft Council
For more than 75 years, the American Craft Council has championed craft. Aileen Osborn Webb, Founder, recognized the significant impact craft has on individuals and communities. She established a nonprofit to preserve, cultivate, and celebrate this communal heritage. Today, efforts span the nation. The ACC supports professional makers through unique nonprofit shows. They offer educational resources including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. National awards spotlight emerging artists and honor masters. They promote the handmade through a resource-rich website and award-winning magazine, American Craft.
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Handmade in Britain announces a call for artists for Handmade Edinburgh.
Deadline: 31 Jul 2016
Set to become the leading showcase for contemporary craft in Scotland, Handmade Edinburgh 28-30 October 2016 is supported by Craft Scotland and will take place in Edinburgh’s iconic landmark and key event venue, The Hub.
Handmade Edinburgh is a three day selling event and is highly consumer orientated, offering visitors the opportunity to view, buy or commission their perfect piece and take it home with them.
Handmade Edinburgh invites applications from individual designer–makers of contemporary craft who work in the following areas: fashion, interiors, textiles, glass, jewelry, paper, furniture, stationery, metalwork, ceramics, sculpture, woodwork, and prints. Makers do not have to be Scottish or live in Scotland to apply.
This is a brand new event, the first of its kind in Scotland.
Handmade in Britain has ten years of experience organizing contemporary, high-end craft events in London and Bath. Last year saw the successful launch of our first international show, Handmade at Kew which saw over 7,500 visitors across four days. This year, we’re reaching out to more areas and adding a new event to our portfolio with Handmade Edinburgh.
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Take part in Pacific Art League’s Holiday Art Market.
Deadline: 12 Nov 2015
To apply, submit a digital portfolio of 5-8 works priced between $25 and $1000. All fine art media including ceramics and glass are encouraged to apply. Artists who are selected will display all of the works submitted in their digital portfolio, and may be asked to bring in additional work as pieces sell. Pacific Art League will be open on select weekends and extended holiday hours.
Open to all media except video and installation.
Entry fee: Members: $40 Non-members: $50 (per portfolio of 5-8 works)
Juror: Marianne McGrath, Curator, NUMU Los Gatos. Marianne McGrath is Curator of Art at New Museum Los Gatos (NUMU). Her passion for art and art education motivates her work as a curator, teacher and art historian. Prior to her position at NUMU, she served as Education Curator and Associate Art Curator at The Museums of Los Gatos. Her professional experience includes work as an independent curator, art historian, teacher and designer. Ms. McGrath has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art and holds a Master of Arts in Art History from SJSU.
Dedicated to sustaining the great tradition of promoting art, training emerging artists and enriching lives in the San Francisco Peninsula since 1921, the Pacific Art League currently enrolls over 2,100 students of all ages, backgrounds and skill levels in classes taught by a faculty of 60 experienced artists at its downtown Palo Alto location. The gallery showcases monthly juried exhibits as well as other selected work by local artists. The League also offers summer art camps for youth and regular special events for art lovers as part of the growing vibrant art scene in the area.
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Guilford Art Center seeks 180 fine craft artists for its juried show to be held July 15-17-2016 on the historic Guilford, CT Green.
Deadline: 10 Jan 2016
Works must be hand made in the USA or Canada with the use of appropriate tools, individually or with help from a limited number of assistants/apprentices. Event is held outdoors under tents rain or shine and attracts 8,000 visitors, artists and collectors.
Artists works will be showcased in a beautiful shoreline setting at the height of the summer season. Returning artists are able to connect with their regular customers each year, and new artists may establish the groundwork for future collaborations with other artists, find customers for commission work, or find new buyers and collectors for their current work. Gate proceeds benefit the Guilford Art Center’s educational programs; exhibiting artists keep 100% of their sales.
Craft Expo, which is celebrating its 59th year in 2016, takes place on the historic and picturesque Guilford CT Green, a quintessential New England setting. This landmark show, known for its one-of-a-kind works, draws visitors from around the northeast who seek high-quality art and interactions with artists.
All proceeds generated from this unique 3-day show benefit the Guilford Art Center, a non-profit institution established to nurture and support excellence in the arts. In addition to Craft Expo, the Guilford Art Center operates a school, shop and gallery that are open year-round and serve the greater shoreline community.
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The Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts’ Sandra J. Blain Galleries invites artists to submit works for consideration for the national juried exhibition, “Touch: Interactive Craft.”
Deadline: 24 Oct 2015
Any work involving viewer interaction is welcome for submission; that which involves audience manipulation or involvement for the piece’s creation or enjoyment, or work that gains significance or emotional resonance by being touched or handled- without white museum gloves. Preference will be given to work that relates to traditional craft practices, but all media will be considered. More information can be found on the prospectus.
Monetary prizes will be awarded as follows: First Place: $1,000, Second Place: $500, Third Place: $250, Two Honorable Mentions: $125/each.
Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts enriches lives by developing aesthetic appreciation and fostering self-expression with hands-on experiences in a variety of media, classes, conferences and seminars. On the leading edge of arts education, Arrowmont utilizes contemporary and fine arts techniques to build upon a foundation of traditional arts and crafts.
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