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Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original 2017
N University, E Washington and Ingalls Mall
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Midwest)
Show Dates: 7/20/17 - 7/23/17
Application Deadline: 1/11/17 Midnight EST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (Ann Arbor Street Art Fair Application Fee): $40.00
You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair is the original of a collective of four concurrent and contiguous fairs that transform central Ann Arbor into a massive outdoor art gallery each July. Established in 1960 as part of Ann Arbor’s Summer Sidewalk Sales, the Street Art Fair quickly became a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization with a mission of increasing public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts. Over the ensuing 58 years, and additional art fairs, the Original Fair has continued to focus on the art, the artists and the art buyers. Known for its consistently high quality, all original work, the Street Art Fair now resides on the streets surrounding the historic Burton Carillon Tower and the tree-lined central campus of the University of Michigan and does not host sidewalk sales or vendor booths. The Street Art Fair was voted one of the “Top Ten Best Art Festivals” in the country in an USA TODAY Reader’s Poll and is continually in the Art Fair Calendar “Top Ten Best Art Fairs”.
Fair Dates: Thursday, July 20 – Sunday, July 23, 2017: CELEBRATING 58 YEARS OF ORIGINALITY.
Images: 6 images are required; 5 images of work and a booth image.
$35 (submitted by 12/31/2016)
$40 (submitted 1/1 to 1/11/2017)
This fee is non-refundable. A separate application and fee are required for each category, with a three category limit. A separate application and fee is also required for each entry within the same category, with a two entry limit.
Now you can apply to the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original in more than one medium category from just one profile. This eliminates the need for you to maintain separate profiles if you regularly submit applications in more than one medium category to our show. All you have to do is log into your ZAPP account, apply, and check out as normal. Then, repeat for each additional category you are applying in, we have a three category limit.
DATES TO REMEMBER
October 26, 2016: Online application available at www.ZAPPlication.org.
December 31, 2016: Last day to receive early-bird discount.
January 11, 2017: Applications due by 11:59 PM EST.
February 9-13, 2017: Jury in session.
February 17, 2017: Notifications e-mailed.
March 15, 2017: Booth fee and Contract/Booth Request Form Due.
May 3, 2017: Deadline to cancel and receive refund (less $75 administrative fee).
July 19, 2017: Artist set-up.
July 20 to July 23, 2017: 58th Annual Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original.
The Street Art Fair, as well as the three other concurrent art fairs in Ann Arbor, market collectively and individually, resulting in hundreds of feature articles and listings, an enormous social media presence, as well as Detroit area TV and radio coverage (including 3 NPR stations).
Major marketing pieces include:
AMENITIES AND SERVICES
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.
2D Mixed Media: Two-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.
3D Mixed Media: Three-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.
Ceramics: Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.
Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, using archival papers, inks, and emulsions.
Drawing: Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of ink. Reproduction prints are not allowed.
Fiber: Includes leather, baskets, dolls, paper, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. Factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
Furniture: Original, handmade furniture designed and fabricated using raw/unfinished material. Factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.
Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category.
Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.
Painting: Acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolor paintings are accepted in this medium. Reproduction prints are not allowed.
Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered on archival material and all work displayed in the booth must be for sale. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces, and/or framing options is prohibited.
Printmaking: Only hand pulled original prints are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed and numbered.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.
Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
Awards of Excellence
Three independent jurors evaluate all artists’ work on the opening day to select ten Excellence Award winners. All artists, regardless of category, are eligible for these awards. Each award winner receives recognition, a cash award of $800 and a re-invitation to the Fair for the following year.
Jurying proceeds as follows:
1. Overview: images from all re-invited artists are shown to each media panel followed by images from applicants being juried.
2. Initial scoring: Each medium is scored independently. The artist’s jury statement is read while the images are shown for scoring (individual image description and sizes may be read if requested by a juror and may be available on scoring pages.)
3. Review and final scoring: Scored submissions are viewed a third time and discussion is encouraged. Jurors may revise their scores. Final scores are recorded. Artists with the highest scores in each category will move on to the composition session.
4. Art Fair Composition Session: The Jury Advisory Board views the highest scored work from each of the media panels. The final composition of the show and waitlist are established.
Waitlist: A single waitlist of all mediums is maintained. Artists receive their waitlist number after jurying is complete and can track their status on ZAPPlication. Due to the unique situation created by multiple Ann Arbor fairs, a larger than usual waitlist is maintained and invitations are generally extended to all of the artists waitlisted.
On-site Jurying and Re-Invitations: Each artist’s work is scored during the Fair, except artists whose media is scheduled for total re-jurying in the following year. On-site scoring is completed by the Jury Advisory Board, in addition to Peer Jurors. Peer Jurors are selected from invited artists to jury within their own or related categories and are issued a re-invitation for the following year.
Artists will be notified of their status on or before February 17, 2017 by email and your status will be changed on Zapplication.org. A list of the invited artists will be posted on www.artfair.org after notification.
Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria. By applying you agree to abide by the rules, policies and decisions of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is a highly selective fine art fair. Participating artists' booths will be visited periodically throughout the fair by the Jury Advisory Board or staff to ensure compliance with the rules. Artists will be required to remove all work that is not in compliance. Persistent and/or major violation of the rules may result in expulsion from the Fair and ineligibility for future fairs.
Application Fee: $35 Jury Fee (Submitted by 12/31) / $40 Jury Fee (Submitted after 12/31). This fee is non-refundable.
A separate application and fee is required for each category, with a three category limit. A separate application and fee is also required for each entry within the same category, with a two entry limit.
Booth fee: (Due March 15, 2017 - payment plans available upon request.)
Booth spaces are assigned in the following order of priority:
Artist Set-up is on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 between 11am - 6pm.
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