[Sponsored Listing] The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee is seeking local, regional, and national artists and vendors for its 39th annual juried open air show to be held at River Bends Park in Shelby Township, Michigan on August 13 and 14, 2022.
This is an upscale suburban community located about 20 miles north of Detroit, just west of Rochester, and easily accessible from nearby M53, M59, and I75.
Enter by: 1 Apr 2022
This event is co-hosted by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and the Shelby Township parks and Recreation Department. The committee consists of area artists with experience in participating at art fairs as well as coordinating the planning, promoting, and hosting of art fairs. This perspective provides unique insight into what works for and what is expected from participants. This event has been held annually for 39 years, including a virtual fair in 2019. N0 resale products or distributors permitted.
Shelby Township Art Fair Artist Benefits
- All booths measure about 15’ x 15’ – some double booths available; all located on grass, many with shade trees
- Designated areas for artists, crafters, and the Michigan Made Market
- Friendly, helpful, organized staff, easy load-in and load-out, and overnight security
- Friday night set-up, plenty of free daytime and overnight parking close to exhibit areas
- Advertising in local and regional publications and websites, social media, radio advertising, email blasts, flyers, banners, billboards, posters, and signs
- Average attendance estimated at 15,000+
- Free parking and shuttle bus for visitors, family friendly music and entertainment, kid’s craft and activity area, great tasting food, and a sponsor tote bag giveaway
- Photos of exhibitors work will appear on event website and listing of exhibitors in fair guide.
“Quality vendors; something for everyone”
“Fun, friendly atmosphere”
“My favorite show to do; always organized and well run”
“Enjoyed the strolling entertainers”
“Love the large booth spaces!”
About Shelby Township
Shelby Township is a friendly, upscale suburb located about 20 miles north of Detroit, and is easily accessible with M53 and M59 nearby and I75 just a few more miles away. Visitors come from far and near to shop at the Shelby Township Art Fair.
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[Sponsored Listing] AuSable Artisan Village announces a call for artists for the 3rd annual Great Northern Art Explosion, an open, international public art contest and exhibition held in downtown Grayling, MI, August 28 – September 11. Artists will exhibit in a centralized space to the public for a chance to win awards and sell their art. Most forms of visual art are accepted.
Deadline: 15 Jul 2021
The 2021 Art Explosion juror is Valerie Allen, a curator, juror, and professional working artist. Art Explosion offers $10,000+ in available prizes. A $5,000 grand prize, $2,000 second place prize, $1,500 best of show juror award, $1,000 juror award, and $1,000 juror award. Artists have the opportunity to win one of the cash prizes including an Art Explosion trophy and website and social media recognition. Artists have the opportunity to publicly exhibit their work or offer their work for sale to over 2,000 visitors (statistic taken from 2020 visitor numbers).
About AuSable Artisan Village
AuSable Artisan Village is a non-profit art center and events destination in the heart of Northern Michigan, located in downtown Grayling. For 10 years, AuSable Artisan Village has hosted a retail art gallery with dozens of artists, live concerts and performances, and offers art classes and workshops. AuSable Artisan Village is partially funded by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2019, AuSable Artisan Village hosted the first annual Art Explosion, offering a $1,500 grand prize. This year, Art Explosion will offer a $10,000 award bag, including a $5,000 grand prize.
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[Sponsored Listing] The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Lakeshore Art Festival, a unique mix of fine art, fine craft, hand-crafted goods, food, and family fun in historic downtown Muskegon, Michigan. For decades, art has been a driving force in Downtown Muskegon. The Lakeshore Art Festival continues that tradition with a unique blend of fine art, crafts, music, food, and fun along the scenic shoreline.
Deadline: 28 Feb 2021
Fine Art / Fine Craft: Art in the Park
Art in the Park is held in historic Hackley Park, a green landscaped square block that features beautiful trees and flowers, interior and perimeter sidewalks, historic sculptures, and a center circle. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage District, home to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Lakeshore Museum Center, Monet’s Garden, Hackley Library, and Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.
Crafts: Craft / Artisan Food Market
The Craft Market will flow through beautiful downtown Muskegon and will include only handcrafted goods. Absolutely no buy and sell.
Lakeshore Art Festival Artist Benefits
Extensive marketing and publicity using online/print news, magazine, social media, industry trade publications, posters, postcards, radio advertising, television, and billboards. Vehicle access near booth site for easy set up and teardown. Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Friday and Saturday. Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water, and baked goods. Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks.
Fine Art/ Fine Craft Artist Awards
$3,000 in prize money will be awarded to fine art / fine craft winners. Judging for cash prizes takes place on Saturday of the show. Artist Awards are determined by a professional art juror. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards. Awards will be presented Saturday afternoon with prize money presented at close of show. Prize awards are as follows:
- $1,000 First Place/Best in Show
- $800 Second Place
- $600 Third Place
- $400 Honorable Mention
- $200 Committee’s Choice
Craft / Artisan Food Market
People’s Choice Award will be announced on Saturday afternoon. Awards will be provided for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as voted on by the Lakeshore Art Festival attendees.
About The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce
For over a century, The Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce has been the enthusiastic voice and supporter of our diverse business community. As the largest business network in the Muskegon Lakeshore area, with over 1260 members, members have access to numerous offerings and benefits that serve as a foundation for their success and growth. Networking, promotion, advocacy, business resources, and strategic partners position members for success. From a one person start-up with a vision, to organizations with thousands of employees, there is something for everyone who loves business.
After a challenging 2020 and almost loosing the festival forever, the festival was able to come back under a new organization umbrella that believes in the benefit of events like these.
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The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place June 27 and 28. They invite nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 27 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, and Detroit visit the festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.
Deadline: 15 Feb 2020
This show welcomes fine art only. All artwork must be the original, handcrafted work of the displaying artist. Buy/Sell vendors are strictly prohibited. Artwork will not be permitted if it is created from non-artist made molds, kits, or other commercial methods. Artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted, nor will work that is mass-produced or ready-made items (clothing, furniture) with artistic embellishments.
Available categories for applying include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Wood.
59th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Benefits
Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are artist benefits and amenities including booth sitters; complimentary snacks and water; complimentary breakfast; a host home program for accommodations; extensive marketing in newspaper, television, and social media; artist parking close to the show; and an excited, welcoming, and beautiful community to spend the weekend.
Grand Haven Art Festival is a smaller show (in terms of number of booths) in comparison to other nationally-ranked shows. That’s what makes it special. Buyers feel as though they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with the artists.
About The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg
The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg has been the go to place for businesses in Northwest Ottawa County since 1899. They continue to be the leading voice for business. It is their mission to be the connection point facilitating the economic drivers that support business development, sustained growth, health, and quality of life for all sectors in North Ottawa County and West Michigan. Grand Haven is a beautiful beach town, located right on Lake Michigan.
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The Friends of Modern Art announce a call for artists for the Flint Art Fair 2020. This iconic 2-day event kicks off summer in Flint, MI, the weekend of June 13-14, 2020. Juried to ensure the highest caliber of artists, the event introduces original works from as many as 175 established and emerging artists from Michigan and beyond in various genres including ceramics, glass, painting, jewelry, fiber, metal, mixed media, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and wood.
Deadline: 15 Apr 2020
Each year, 6,000 fair goers come to the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center for this event. Various food trucks and vendors will provide a variety of food and drinks (adult beverages included), artist demonstrations, live music, and art related activities.
Flint Art Fair 2020 Artist Benefits
With numerous awards and honors, Flint Art Fair has been voted the #1 favorite summer event in Michigan by M-Live, rated one of the most “Artist Friendly” venues in the state, and one of the 50 best fairs in the country by Sunshine Artist Magazine.
Saturday morning, Judges will choose 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. Chosen artists will be recognized over the loud speaker throughout remainder of the fair. They will receive a complimentary booth for the 2021 Flint Art Fair. The 1st place artist will be featured in the 2021 fair brochure distributed to visitors upon entry.
Event marketing includes:
- Print and outdoor advertisements including billboards
- Television and cable marketing
- Radio including on-air interviews
- Listings on local and relevant event calendars
- 400 posters and 3,500 postcards distributed around the greater Genesee County area
- Social media including Facebook and Twitter, reaching tens of thousands
- Flint Institute of Arts’ website
- Flint Art Fair website
About Friends of Modern Art
Since 1967, the Flint Art Fair has been presented by the Friends of Modern Art (FOMA), a non-profit membership organization serving an 11-county region in southeast Michigan. FOMA’s mission is to promote interest, understanding, and appreciation of
contemporary art at the Flint Institute of Arts among the citizens of the region. FOMA membership has grown to more than 550 individuals. Its programs serve more than 116,000 adults, children, and families within Southeast Michigan annually.
The 53rd annual Flint Art Fair is proudly presented by FOMA on the grounds of the Flint Institute of Arts (FIA) in the beautiful Flint Cultural Center. Proceeds from the fair benefit the Flint Institute of Arts through exhibition sponsorship and purchase of contemporary art for the FIA collection.
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The Good Hart Artist Residency, located in Good Hart, Michigan, announces a call for artists for the Artist Residencies 2020 – 2-3 week residencies dedicated visual artists and writers. The resident artist is housed in a rural area within walking distance of Lake Michigan and the village of Good Hart, along the “Tunnel of Trees,” a Scenic Heritage Route. The Good Hart Artist Residencies 2020 offers a solitary experience by hosting one resident at a time.
Deadline: 15 Jan 2020
The Good Hart Artist Residency works in partnership with several local nonprofit organizations to connect visiting artists and writers with the community in the Emmet County area. In applying to the program, most artists and writers are asked to collaborate with a local nonprofit organization to provide some type of educational event or to exhibit their work. Visual artists participate in an open studio event held 10 am to 2 pm on one Saturday during their stay. These Open Studio Saturdays connect artists to the Good Hart community by inviting local residents to experience their work.
The many local, state, county, and township parks in the area offer inspiring landscapes and habitats. Some of these locations include Little Traverse Conservancy Nature Preserves, Headlands International Dark Sky Park, Elmer Johnston Nature Preserve, Goodhart Farms Nature Preserve, and Readmond Township Nature Preserve. These richly diverse habitats and the widely varying weather conditions provide dramatic content for artists and writers. Applicants who will draw inspiration from the setting and use environmentally friendly materials and methods are encouraged to apply.
Artist Residencies 2020 Artist Benefits
The residency provides full room and board including a newly completed residency building with a 24 x 14 detached studio, a fully-stocked kitchen with several meals provided by host family each week, a $500.00 stipend, and quiet, natural surroundings to concentrate on creative work.
A welcome dinner is provided and other dinners are offered by the host family or a community volunteer 2 times per week. The residence has a fully stocked and well equipped kitchen for the resident to prepare other meals. Good Hart provides homemade baked goods and jams, locally sourced ingredients, and seasonal vegetables from the host’s garden when available.
Good Hart is located in rural Northern Michigan with limited diversity. The program is focused on bringing in a diverse set of artists and writers into the community and engaging them with the community during their stays. Our residency is designed to be accessible. Good Hart actively seeks a diverse set of artists and writers.
About Good Hart Artist Residency
The Good Hart Artist Residency is motivated by the three concepts of Art, Place, and Community.
Art – Good Hart Artist Residency welcomes writers and artists working in all visual mediums. The residency provides time and space for writers and artists to create, as well as full room and board to allow residents time to focus on work.
Place – Good Hart is a very small town located on M-119, a scenic heritage route referred to as the Tunnel of Trees, in Northern Michigan. The area’s natural beauty includes the Lake Michigan shoreline, inland lakes, and coastal dunes and wetlands. This unique region is home to state parks and forests and more than 25 publicly accessible preserves.
Community – The Good Hart Artist Residency believes connecting people from different backgrounds and cultures feeds creativity and creates a more interesting and compassionate world. Artists-in-residence connect to the local community by collaborating with our partnering nonprofit organizations to provide educational workshops, presentations, and open houses.
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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.
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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The Muskegon Museum of Art (MMA) is pleased to announce a call for artists for the 91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition, to be held from September 5 – November 13, 2019. All artists 18 years or older, residing in Michigan, are eligible to enter. Artists may enter one or two pieces, in all media excluding video. Work must have been completed in the past two years.
Deadline: 12 Jul 2019
Fee for entry is $35. Fee for MMA members is $20.
The Muskegon Museum of Art’s regional juried exhibition, now the Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition and formerly the “Regional Exhibition,” is the longest-running regional art exhibition in Michigan. The reputation of the MMA’s show is well-established. Jurors are chosen from outside the area and often from outside the state to provide an objective selection process. The MMA’s professional staff is proficient at providing publicity, event planning, and logistical operations for the annual call-for-entry, jurying, and exhibition presentation with a personal touch.
This year’s juror is artist and curator Amy Chaloupka, a sculptor, curator, and art history professor. She has exhibited widely and created several public works including permanent installations in Santa Fe, Chicago, and Madison, WI.
91st Michigan Contemporary Art Exhibition Artist Benefits
Now in its 91st year, this competitive exhibition is an opportunity for career growth, recognition, and financial prizes and sales for contemporary Michigan artists. Over $5,000 in prizes will be awarded including a $1,500 Best of Show Award. Last year, over $40,000 of art was sold from the exhibition. The exhibition was viewed by over 3,700 guests. All artists chosen for the exhibition will be listed in an exhibition catalogue and award winners’ works will be pictured in the catalogue. Most works are sold early in the exhibition’s run.
Artists participating in this regional show in past years have gone on to have greater recognition and exhibitions at the Muskegon Museum of Art and at other galleries and museums. The timing of the exhibition coincides with fall academic attendance and with Muskegon County’s October Arts and Humanities Festival.
About the Muskegon Museum of Art
The Muskegon Museum of Art, founded on a tradition of aesthetic excellence, is committed to fostering the life-long study and appreciation of the visual arts by strengthening, preserving, and exhibiting its collections; offering a wide range of traditional and contemporary exhibitions; stimulating learning and creativity through diverse public and educational programming; and enhancing community involvement and support in a safe, accessible, and welcoming environment.
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Ann Arbor Art Center announces a call for artists for Odds and Ends, an exhibition of collage works. Referencing both classic and contemporary techniques, the exhibition surveys how traditions have evolved and celebrates the ways artists find to continually re-imagine materials. This exhibition welcomes artists that employ a range of collage techniques in any medium (2-D and 3-D). In addition to traditional paper collages, artists working in performance, sculpture, installation, ceramics, sound, and digital media are encouraged to submit work for consideration.
Deadline: 19 Apr 2019
The Odds and Ends call for entry is open to any artist over the age of 18 who currently resides in the US. Artists are invited to submit up to three images per $35 entry in any combination of individual artwork or detail images. Artworks must have been created within the past three years and not previously shown in any other Ann Arbor Art Center exhibitions. There are no restrictions on artwork dimensions however artists are encouraged to review the gallery space diagram to help guide their submission.
The Odds and Ends jurying process is anonymous; however, artists must submit a bio and CV as separate .doc or .pdf documents. Label the files using the following format: Lastname_Firstname_Bio and Lastname_Firstname_CV. This is a juried exhibition and all entries must be submitted digitally for consideration. Submission does not guarantee artwork acceptance and submission fees are non-refundable. Submissions will not be accepted past the deadline.
Accepted artwork must arrive “ready to hang” – the Art Center reserves the right to decline artworks that do not meet gallery standards or do not represent artist submission. Artists are expected to provide components necessary for special/nontraditional installations. For shipped artwork, artists are responsible for all shipping costs and insurance, if applicable. It is preferable that artworks are for sale. The Art Center retains a 50% commission on all sold artwork.
Odds And Ends Juror: John Gutoskey
John Gutoskey is an artist, designer, printmaker, and collector. Early in his career, John worked as a costume designer and as a specialist in costume crafts, where he worked on productions in New York City and across the US in theater, opera, dance, film, and television. He taught classes in millinery, mask making, and fabric dyeing at the University of Michigan in the Department of Theater.
In the 1990‘s, John returned to his studio with a newfound interest in making art on his own terms. It resulted in an outpouring of new work. Exploring the media of assemblage (through found objects), collage, printmaking, and installation, he was inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell, Betye Saar, Lucas Samaras, outsider art, Art Brut, and religious art to evolve his own unmistakable style: a perfect mirror for his gregarious, highly animated personality. The obsessive collector in Gutoskey met the trained visual artist half-way.
John earned his BFA in theater design with a minor in sculpture from Webster University in St. Louis. He earned his MFA from the University of Michigan’s School of Art & Design where he studied printmaking & installation art, and also completed a certificate in LGBTQ Studies. John is the owner of JG Studio and the A2 Print Studio in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Important dates for artists
- Submission deadline: Friday, April 19 at 11:59PM (MST)
- All artists notified of juror selections: Monday, April 22 via email
- Accepted artwork delivery deadline: Monday, May 6
- Opening party / Juror awards presentation: Friday, May 10 (6-9pm)
- Exhibition closes: Saturday, June 1
- Pick-up of work: Sunday, June 2 – Thursday, June 6
Odds And Ends Artist Benefits
Artists will be in the running for a number of monetary awards. Additionally, they will be featured throughout various social media accounts for the duration of the show. Best in Show awards the winner $500. Second place awards $200, and the third is a $100 prize.
The Ann Arbor Art Center is located right in the midst of downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan, a hot spot of shopping and restaurants, which give ample foot traffic to our exhibitions in the 117 Gallery. Opening parties average around a few hundred people. Online stats are as follows:
- Facebook Page: 22K likes
- Instagram Page: 3650 likes
- Twitter Page: 4K likes
About the Ann Arbor Art Center
For 109 years, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been a contemporary forum for the visual arts. Through exhibitions, public art, and art experiences, the Art Center engages over 50,000 people annually in collaboration and exploration of art. The Art Center is located in the heart of downtown Ann Arbor, MI.
Since 1909, the Ann Arbor Art Center has been sparking creativity in people of all ages and artistic abilities. The mission: “to be a contemporary forum for the visual arts through education, exploration, collaboration and exhibition, and to engage minds, expand perspectives and inspire growth in students of all ages, teachers, artists and the community.”
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Announcing a call for artists for the East Lansing Art Festival 2019. Established in 1964, the 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 directly about the artistic process 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 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.
Deadline: 31 Jan 2019
Exhibitors at the East Lansing Art Festival 2019 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 at booth location
- Free artist parking
- Over $6000 in artist awards – all award winners are exempt from jury for the following three consecutive festivals
- Saturday morning coffee
- Artist reception
- 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
In its 56th year, the East Lansing Art Festival is a well-established fine art and fine craft show that attracts artists from all over the country. As a May event, the festival leads the way into the summer art festival season in Michigan. The festival got its start when a group of artists set up their art on the main street of the downtown. The Festival has grown and evolved into a two day festival produced by a volunteer Board of Directors and two part-time staff. With amenities like complementary promotional postcards, Friday drive-up load-in at booth assignment, Saturday morning coffee and donuts, booth sitters, free artist parking, and upwards of 60,000 weekend visitors, the festival provides an exceptional artist experience.
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