Event Information

Art & Apples Festival 2017 (Rochester, MI) September 8, 9 & 10, 2017

United States
Rochester, Michigan (Midwest)

Event Dates: 9/8/17 - 9/10/17
Application Deadline: 3/17/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
  • The Art & Apples Festival®, running for more than 51 years, consistently ranks among the top fine art festivals in the U.S. according to Sunshine Artist Magazine.
  • The Art & Apples Festival® is a juried festival of fine art, featuring over 280 top quality, national exhibitors, with an estimated attendance of more than 100,000.
  • The Art & Apples Festival® is a program of Paint Creek Center for the Arts, a non-profit regional art center located in Southeast Michigan.
  • The Festival is held annually the weekend following Labor Day in Rochester’s scenic 30-acre Municipal Park.

General Information

Application Fee:

This fee is non-refundable. Applicants can apply for two categories.  However, acceptance will only be for one category and work submitted for second category that was not accepted can not be shown or included at the 2017 Art & Apples Festival. (The same body of work is not eligible in multiple categories).

About Paint Creek Center for the Arts:

The Art & Apples Festival® is a program of Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA), a non-profit regional art center established in 1982. Dedicated to creating a passion for art, PCCA enhances life in the region by promoting, encouraging, and creating opportunities to participate in and appreciate the arts.

Artist Amenities:
  • 24-Hour Security 
  • Booth Sitting
  • Hospitality Tent
  • Ability to drive into park and unload right next to booth space
  • Parking within walking distance to park
  • Complimentary shuttle service to all artists (Saturday and Sunday only)


The 2017 Art & Apples Festival will be comprised of approximately 280 artist spaces.  A total of 75 artists have been invited through high scores from the on-site jury at the 2016 Art & Apples Festival. Approximately 205 artists will be invited from the ZAPPlication jury process in March 2017.  An additional group of artists in each category will be selected for the waitlist.

Jury process: 
  • One jury session is held. The session is judged by four guest jurors and the Art & Apples Festival® Jurying Committee Chairperson. Jurors are selected for their experience and expertise in a specific media and understanding of other media. A diversity of backgrounds and skills is sought, including artists and educators.  
  • Artist applicants remain anonymous.
  • All four images are projected simultaneously and are viewed in the random ZAPP ID order.
  • Scoring is 1 (low) to 7 (high), based on originality, creativity, design, technique, craftsmanship, and production methodology.
  • Jury scores are combined and averaged.
Jurying proceeds as follows: 

1. Preview: all images from applicants being juried in a particular category are briefly shown as a whole.

2. Initial scoring: Each medium is scored independently. The artist’s jury statement is read while the images are shown for scoring.

3. Scores: The final scores are tallied and artists selected. Then the waitlist is created based on jury scores.

Jurying is anonymous so please remove any words or images that may allow jurors to identify yourself as the artist. This includes company name and signature.

Artists will be notified by email on March 27, 2017. 


During the 2017 Art & Apples Festival®, each artist’s work will be evaluated by an on-site jury. The top scoring artists will receive cash prizes based on design, execution, and aesthetic appeal of the work, as well as booth presentation.  Up to one third of the highest scoring artists will be invited to participate in the 2018 Art & Apples Festival as Jury Exempt Artists.
1 Best in Show Award:
5 Awards of Excellence:
 $500 each

Media Descriptions:
Paint Creek Center for the Arts 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.

Clay (functional): Original clay and porcelain work, functional.

Clay (non-functional): Original clay and porcelain work, sculptural.

Digital Art: This category includes original work created by using computer programs to significantly manipulate or alter source material(s) such as scans or digital files.

Drawing: Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen/brush.

Fibers (non-wearable): All work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced  or mass production wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, are permitted.

Fibers (wearable): All work crafted from fibers including embroidery, weaving, knitting, sewing, and wearable art. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production are permitted. No factory produced or mass produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist, are permitted.

Glass:  Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.

Jewelry (metal): Jewelry hand crafted strictly from metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Jewelry (non-metal): Jewelry hand crafted from semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, glass, fiber, paper, pebbles, glass, wood, lab created gems, found objects, etc. No production studio work is allowed. Only those artists who jury and are accepted in the jewelry category may sell jewelry.

Leather: All works made from real leather.
Metalsmithing: 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.

Photography: Original images created/taken by the artist, both from film and original digital formats are included in this category. They must be printed by the artist or under the artist's direct supervision. Photo collage and painting on photographs, which are traditional photographic processes, need to be in this category. If a photographer copies hand painted photographs, the photographs will need to properly signed and numbered as a limited edition of no more than 250. Whether the work is produced in a traditional wet darkroom or via digital processes, only "traditional" correction methods may be utilized. Work produced over and above traditional methods should apply in the Digital category. Please call should you have any questions as to which category is appropriate for your work. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work must be signed, using only archival quality materials. In all cases, the work must be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.

Printmaking: Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples.
Printed original works which are hand manipulated by using etching, engraving, silk-screening, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, etc. which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition of 250.

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.


PLEASE NOTE:  Categories listed below are scheduled for a complete re-jurying process in which no artist from those categories will be chosen for Jury Exempt Status for the following Festival year. On-site jurors will only re-invite artists who are outside of these re-juried categories. All categories are up for re-jurying over the four-year cycle.

2016 - Categories that will be re-juried in 2016 for the 2017 Art & Apples Festival. 
  • Fibers (Wearable)
  • Fibers (Non-wearable)
  • Leather
  • Wood
  • Drawing
2017- Categories that will be re-juried in 2017 for the 2018 Art & Apples Festival. 
  • 3D Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Jewelry (Non Metal)
  • Metalsmithing
2018- Categories that will be re-juried in 2018 for the 2019 Art & Apples Festival. 
  • Jewelry (Metal)
  • Painting
  • Clay (Non-Functional)
  • Digital Art
  • Printmaking
2019- Categories that will be re-juried in 2019 for the 2020 Art & Apples Festival. 
  • Sculpture
  • Glass
  • Clay (Functional)
  • 2D Mixed Media


Rules For Participation
(Any violation of these rules will result in an immediate removal from consideration at any point, including after notification of acceptance or on site during the Art & Apples Festival):
  • The artist(s) of application must be present at check-in and with his/her work for the duration of the Festival. A picture I.D. is required daily.
  • All work must be designed and hand made by the accepted artist(s). Commercially cast jewelry, molds and imported or commercially-made products (including fiber/wearables); or pieces done by a production studio are NOT ACCEPTABLE.
  • Artists in the 2D categories are allowed to sell reproductions of their original work in limited, signed and numbered editions (no more than 250), but reproductions cannot represent the majority of work in the booth.
  • Artists may not exhibit and sell work in more than one category. 
  • Only artists accepted in the jewelry categories may display and sell jewelry.
  • Artists are allowed one single booth only.  Double booths will be available in each category for those artists that received the highest scores from the jury.  Notifications of double booth availability will sent by email to eligible artists and will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Collaborating artists may apply jointly on one application; however, the primary artist(s) of application MUST be present at check-in and for the duration of the Festival. (The primary artist is defined as the person(s) whose signature(s) appears on the application form).
  • Only work consistent with the accepted juried images may be exhibited and sold at the Art & Apples Festival. Nothing of lesser quality may be exhibited.
  • Each artist is responsible for the collection and payment of the 6% Michigan sales tax.
  • All artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  • These rules are subject to change at any time with or without notice at the sole discretion of Paint Creek Center for the Arts.

Refund Schedule

100% of applicable Art & Apples Festival® fees paid for booth, corner, and electricity will be refunded MINUS a $25 processing fee.

50% of applicable Art & Apples Festiva® fees paid for booth, corner, and electricity will be refunded.

No fees will be refunded as of this date.

Cancellation Procedure:
  • Artists cancelling their participation in the Art & Apples Festival® MUST follow the procedure below.
  • Please note refund calendar above. Call PCCA at 248.651.4110 to notify staff of your cancellation stating your name and category. Your verbal acknowledgement is acceptable. A staff member will also send an email notification acknowledging your cancellation.   THERE ARE NO REFUNDS AFTER FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 2017

Booth Information
  • A single booth space is $450 and measures 11’ x 11’ with 4’ of storage in back and a double booth space is $700 and measures 22’ x 11’ with 4’ of storage in the back.
  • Artwork must remain in the allotted booth space.
  • Artists are responsible for providing their own display units and weather protection.
  • Absolutely no power generators.  Electricity is available in select locations and booth placements will be made to accommdate requests on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • The BOOTH FEE can be paid through ZAPPlication, or paid directly to PCCA by credit card by calling PCCA at 248-651-4110 or by mail by sending booth fee to:      
                 Paint Creek Center for the Arts
                 407 Pine Street
                 Rochester, MI 48307
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