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58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival – Call For Artists

The Chamber of Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg announces a call for artists for the 58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a community event that takes place the last full weekend in June (June 29 and 30 this year). It invites nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 14 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 annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages, and offices.

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Deadline: 15 Feb 2019

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.

58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival Artist Benefits

Artists prizes total $1,000 (top three prizes only). Honorable Mentions in each category listed above are awarded. There are many 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, as well as 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 they have the time to stop in to each and every booth and make real connections with 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.

For more information, contact msherman@grandhavenchamber.org.

Previous call for artists from The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg


Riverwalk Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

Riverwalk Festival 2018 – Call For Artists

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce announces a call for artists for the Riverwalk Festival 2018, to be held along the Flat River Riverwalk in Downtown Historic Lowell, MI. The focus is on handmade, re-purposed, found, organic, natural, sustainable, and eco-friendly art. The show is a gathering of 70 artists and craftspeople. The show is for high quality art and handcrafted but not a fine art. Median priced items sell best.

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Deadline: 22 May 2018

The Riverwalk Festival 2018 is on July 12, 13, and 14. Artists are required to participate on Friday night and Saturday. The Chamber offers vendors continental breakfast on Saturday morning from 8am-9am.  Vendor parking is close to the show area, making it easy for unloading and loading. Overnight security is provided. The festival is a crowd-pleaser which draws in thousands of people from around the area. This a family friendly event with many fun activities.

About the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce

The Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce has been a longstanding organization in the Greater Lowell Community. Organized as the Lowell Board of Trade in 1906, the name was changed to the Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce in 1970. Their mission is promote commerce and welfare in the Lowell area, making the area a desirable location for capital investment and residence. They promote the quality of life and harmony among the business and residential communities.

For more information, contact info@lowellchamber.org.


Bloomin’ Field Of Artists – Call For Artists

Bloomin’ Field Of Artists – Call For Artists

Think Jackson announces a call for artists for Bloomin’ Field of Artists, a new art fair in Jackson, Michigan. Located in the beautiful Bloomfield Park on West Michigan Avenue, a highly attractive neighborhood.

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Deadline: 22 Jun 2018

Booth spaces (10×10) are available for $100. Larger spaces and guaranteed corners available. Artists must provide all of their own tenting and displays. Overnight security will be provided. Tents must be secured by artist.

Bloomin’ Field Of Artists will be promoted to Jackson and surrounding communities. It is open to the public with no entrance fees. Event planners are working on scheduling an evening concert and other potential art related events throughout the weekend to help promote the fair and bring in additional customers.

About Think Jackson

Think Jackson is a community development and event planning company that focuses on projects and events that promote the Jackson community. Events are designed to cross collaborate with as many people and organizations as possible to capitalize on the promotion and interactions.

Other events and projects include Amazing Race Jackson (2013-2018); ARTitude (2014-2017); Invest in Jackson: Landlord & Property Managers Conference (2015, 2018); Placemaking projects partnering with Jackson Area Association of Realtors (2014-2018); and coordinating fundraising auctions. Future events and projects will include Mural Contest partnering with Jackson Young Professionals, Coney Fest, Bike Ride, and Prison Run.

For more information, contact events@thinkjacksonmi.com.


Gifts Of Art Program – Call For Artists

Gifts Of Art Program – Call For Artists

The Michigan Medicine Gifts of Art Program is seeking submissions for solo and group exhibitions for the September 2018 to August 2019 exhibit year. One of the first and most comprehensive arts in healthcare programs in the nation, the Gifts of Art Program brings the world of art and music to the academic medical center of the University of Michigan.

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Deadline: 31 May 2018

The Gifts of Art Program is designed to calm nerves, lift spirits, and engage minds. This supports the healing process and reduces the stress and anxiety often associated with a healthcare setting. Engaging with the arts in a medical setting can be an especially powerful, transformative experience for patients and visitors. The artwork on display is richly diverse in style, medium, form, and subject. They provide an ever-changing sampling of the best art the region has to offer.

The University of Michigan Hospitals are a large, academic medical center with over 26,000 employees. Nine 2D and 3D galleries throughout the medical center are viewed by approximately 10,000 people a day. The galleries display over thirty exhibits a year. The galleries are some of the most widely visited indoor, non-museum exhibit spaces in Michigan. Artists are not required to have works for sale. Community and arts organizations are welcome to apply.

About Michigan Medicine

Michigan Medicine is home to one of the largest health care complexes in the world. It has been the site of many groundbreaking medical and technological advancements since the Medical School first opened in 1850. Their vision is to create the future of health care through discovery and become the national leader in health care, health care reform, biomedical innovation and education.

For more information, contact kmtalley@umich.edu.


Just Drawing – Call For Artists

Just Drawing – Call For Artists

South Haven Center for the Arts announces a call for artists for Just Drawing, their 8th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition.

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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.

For more information, contact info.shca@gmail.com.


Arts And Greens 2017 – Call For Artists

Arts And Greens 2017 – Call For Artists

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.

Call for artists application / registration

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.

For more information, contact artshop@huronvalleyarts.org.


Arts In Ada Festival 2017 – Call For Artists

Arts In Ada Festival 2017 – Call For Artists

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.

Call for artists application / registration

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.

For more information, contact info@adaarts.org.


Midtown Detroit’s Dlectricity 2017 – Call For Artists

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.

Call for artists application / registration

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.

Dlectricity is produced by Midtown Detroit, a nonprofit planning and development agency charged with the revitalization of Detroit’s Midtown District.

For more information, contact info@dlectricity.com.

Dlectricity 2017 - Call For Artists


Shelby Township Art Fair 2017 – Call For Artists

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.

Call for artists application / registration

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.

For more information, contact shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org.

Shelby Township Art Fair 2017 - Call For Artists


South Haven Art Fair 2017 – Call For Artists

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.

Call for artists application/registration

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.
  • Drawing
  • Fiber (decorative and wearable)
  • Glass
  • 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.

South Haven Art Fair 2017 - Call For Artists

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.

For more information, contact southhavenartfair@gmail.com.


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