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Grand Marais Arts Festival 2013
Show Dates: 7/13/13 - 7/14/13
Application Deadline: 3/11/13

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:

Media
Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

General Information
The North Shore of Lake Superior is a well known vacation destination. This year will be the 23rd Annual Arts Festival, organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, a historic nonprofit arts organization. This festival is known for its high-quality exhibitors and scenic lakeside location in the well-established, art-loving community of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Weekend events include many activities such as artist demonstrations, interactive activities, live music and more. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply.



Quick Facts 
  • An average attendance of 8,000-12,000 is expected.
  • Total artists' sales in 2012 are estimated at $200,000.
  • Reported average sales per artist is $2,000.
  • There are about 75 booths available.
  • Since 2011 the Grand Marais Arts Festival has received funding support from the Minnesota State Arts Board (Festival Support Grant) and the Cook County Visitors Bureau.
  • The Grand Marais Art Colony is a nonprofit arts center dedicated to providing services to artists, promoting art education and nurturing art in the community since 1947. The Art Colony hosts over 100 year-round classes, offers studio access and organizes several events and exhibits.
Entries & Dates

Applications for the 2013 Arts Festival must be received by March 11, 2013. Participation in the festival is contingent upon acceptance by the jury committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 8th. Accepted artists must pay booth fee by April 17 or loose their place in the festival. Artists who are on a waitlist will be notified as space becomes available. Once notified, waitlist artists will have 24 hours to accept and purchase a booth before the Art Colony contacts the next person on the waitlist.



Submissions

Submissions are encouraged to be placed via Zapplications. However, the traditional mailed application will still be accepted for the 2013 show.



To submit an application via mail: On a clearly labeled CD, submit 3-5 JPEG images. Images must be orientated correctly and be sized to 1024 pixels on the longest size with a 300dpi. Provide information about each image such as: Artist’s Name, Medium and Size on a sheet of paper. If you would like your images returned, please include a self-addressed & stamped envelope.

Please send applications to: Grand Marais Art Colony PO Box 626 Grand Marais, MN 55604



Images

Please submit 3-5 images of your artwork as well as one image of your booth (if possible).



Shared Booth (optional)

Up to two artists can share one booth space. BOTH artists MUST submit an application to the jury process and BOTH artists must be accepted in order to qualify for a shared booth space.

  • Fees: Shared Booths must pay ONE jury fee ($35), the second artist can submit an additional jury fee at a reduced rate of ($15) and ONE booth fee ($100) - if accepted.
  • When submitting an application, applicant must name their booth partner.
  • If one artist is accepted but the other is not, the accepted artist may be allowed to fill the booth as an individual (if space is still available). However, substitutions without the advanced authorization of the Arts Festival Jury Committee will not be allowed.
  • One artist must be named as the main contact. The Art Colony will only send one packet of information per booth. It is the responsibility of the artists sharing a booth to communicate and share information. Downloadable copies of all exhibitor information will be made available online, but it is the responsibility of the artist to download it.
  • All other rules and requirements are the same.
NOTE: If you are submitting an application for a Shared Booth you will need to fill out a second jury application (at a reduced rate). Contact the Art Colony for more details.



Jury

The Jury is comprised of Art Colony board members, staff, professional artists and members of the Arts Festival Committee. Artists must represent their own work. Only original, high-quality works of art will be considered. A variety of mediums are accepted including, but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, metal, printmaking, sculpture and wood. Submissions will be viewed intermixed as a group by category. Jurors will not be given the names of the applicants and any personal information about an applicant may not be shared among the jury. Images will be scored on a value of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and most favorable value. Invitations to exhibit will be issued to artists with the highest scores.



Exhibitor Requirements

  • This is an outdoor event and you must provide your own tent. Located only feet away from Lake Superior, the weather can be inclement, please plan accordingly. Weighted buckets are useful in securing tents.
  • In an effort to keep booth fees low, the Art Colony requires a donation of artwork per artist to be sold as a fund-raiser. Because the Art Colony is a nonprofit organization, your donation is tax-deductible.
  • Check-in and set-up is from 3 to 8pm, Friday and 6:30 to 8am Saturday.
  • Festival Hours are 9am - 5pm Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday.
  • Booths are required to remain in place until 4pm on Sunday. If an artist abandons their booth before the end of the festival, they may not be allowed to return to the festival in future years.
Rules

  • The Grand Marais Arts Festival is open to artists of all media types.
  • Work submitted must represent the artist who is exhibiting.
  • Only original works/concepts will be accepted. No work made from commercial kits, molds, patters, stencils, etc will be allowed. Reproductions of original artwork and/or prints may be sold but must not comprise of the entire booth.
  • All sales shall be conducted between the artist and the purchaser.
  • All exhibitors booths will be viewed by Art Colony representatives at various points during the festival. If an artist is found to be violating any of the rules or is found to be behaving in an unacceptable manner, that artist may be asked to leave.
Awards
  • Best of Show One artist (booth) will be awarded the title "Best of Show." The winner will be automatically accepted into the 2014 show and the jury fee will be waived.
  • Best Booth One booth will be awarded the title "Best Booth." The winner will be automatically accepted into the 2014 show and the jury fee will be waived.
  • Judging will occur on Saturday morning.
  • Winners will be announced on-air during the Live Radio Broadcast.
  • Judges will be comprised of Art Colony staff paired with local business owners, artist and/or board members. Judges will be determined closer to the event.
Amenities & Unique Features

  • Artist Hospitality Room: With coffee, donuts, light lunch & (artists only) restroom facilities.
  • Security, Staff & Volunteers: Overnight Security to protect your work. Staff and numerous volunteers to answer your questions and offer booth sitting.
  • Artist Classes: Digital Portfolio Pictures
  • Festival Directory: A complete directory of exhibitors with website to be handed out to Festival Attendees and local businesses.
  • Year-round Exposure. Artwork donations on display at the Art Colony's Gift Shop until sold during the year.
  • Visitor Engagement. Artist demonstrations & Friday night soiree establish a connection with attendees. Demonstrations are highly recommended as it is a significant draw for visitors based on crowd evaluations and supports the Art Colony’s mission of art education.
  • Live Radio Broadcast. Interviews & live broadcast during the festival with local radio station 90.7 WTIP.
  • Community Support. Local businesses assist in promotion of the Arts Festival by including information in their e-newsletters and promo materials expanding our reach to well over 200,000 people.
  • The Grand Marais Art Colony's main objective is to organize a high-quality arts festival where artists can be successful and have a good time.
Rules/Regulations
Exhibitor Requirements
  • This is an outdoor event and you must provide your own tent. Located only feet away from Lake Superior, the weather can be inclement, please plan accordingly. Weighted buckets are useful in securing tents.
  • In an effort to keep booth fees low, the Art Colony requires a donation of artwork per artist to be sold as a fund-raiser. Because the Art Colony is a nonprofit organization, your donation is tax-deductible.
  • Check-in and set-up is from 3 to 8pm, Friday and 6:30 to 8am Saturday.
  • Festival Hours are 9am - 5pm Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday.
  • Booths are required to remain in place until 4pm on Sunday. If an artist abandons their booth before the end of the festival, they may not be allowed to return to the festival in future years.
Rules
  • The Grand Marais Arts Festival is open to artists of all media types.
  • Work submitted must represent the artist who is exhibiting.
  • Only original works/concepts will be accepted. No work made from commercial kits, molds, patters, stencils, etc will be allowed. Reproductions of original artwork and/or prints may be sold but must not comprise of the entire booth.
  • All sales shall be conducted between the artist and the purchaser.
  • All exhibitors booths will be viewed by Art Colony representatives at various points during the festival. If an artist is found to be violating any of the rules or is found to be behaving in an unacceptable manner, that artist may be asked to leave.


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