Event Information

South Haven Art Fair 2017

Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave.
South Haven, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 269-637-1041
Event Dates: 7/1/17 - 7/2/17
Application Deadline: 3/2/17 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00


Event Summary
The South Haven Art Fair is held every summer in the coastal resort town of South Haven and attracts massive Fourth of July crowds to a beautiful wooded park, just one block away from Lake Michigan’s sandy shores. During the summer months, South Haven is a coastal tourist destination for over 500,000 visitors who annually come from around the world.
From the moment you arrive until the time you have to leave, you will know you are somewhere special. This one-of-a-kind Michigan Beachtown cannot be fully appreciated by reading about it an art fair application. At the end of your art fair day, you’ll be a visitor, too. Check out Downtown features restaurants in all kinds, from tavern to tapas, and enjoy inspiring sunsets over our Great Lake Michigan with Sherman’s ice cream in hand. 
We are thrilled to continue our juried art fair as a two day event, Saturday and Sunday, July 1st & 2nd from 10am to 5pm. We are constantly expanding marketing and planning additional improvements. There is (optional) Friday set up with direct vehicle access to your assigned booth site for convenient unloading and loading your artwork. There will be overnight security on both Friday and Saturday nights.
Our goals are to provide a successful environment for exhibiting artists, to creatively market to a wide range of potential buyers, and to provide a professional awards program by credentialed judges. We are ready to make this year's fair one of the best and we welcome you to join us!

General Information
Art Fair dates: Saturday & Sunday, July 1 & 2, 2017, 10am-5pm
Application begins: Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Early application discount of $5 use code: EBIRD  Monday, January 15, 2017, midnight EST.
Application & fees deadline: Wenesday March 2, 2017, midnight EST.
Jurying: Thursday March 9, 2017
Booth fees due: Friday, March 31, 2017
Cancellation refund deadline: Monday, May 1, 2017
Set up dates & time: Friday, June 30, 1 pm- 6:00 pm, and Saturday, July 1, 6-9 am
Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave., South Haven, MI, is a large, gently rolling park filled with mature trees. The check-in booth is located on the corner of Woodman St. and Park Ave., which are both one-way streets. It is best to approach the park exiting from Highway 196 at Exit 22, onto North Shore Drive continuing west past the turnabout, turn left onto Woodman St., and drive one block to the check-in area. Artist parking area is provided onsite. No overnight camping is allowed.
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.
Application fee is $30.00 and can be paid online on the ZAPPlication® website. A fee of $195.00 for each reserved booth space is required after notice of acceptance and is due by Friday, March 31st, 2017. Booth fees can be paid online on the ZAPPlication® website. Checks should be made payable to SHCA or South Haven Center for the Arts, and mailed to 600 Phoenix St. South Haven, MI, 49090. 
Exhibit spaces are approximately 12 ft. wide by 12 ft. deep. Artists will be able to view the site map and request booths upon acceptance to the show. Booth requests are honored whenever possible. First preference is given to returning artists and the previous year’s media category winners.
Check in and booth set up begins at 1:00pm on Friday, June 30, 2017, in Stanley Johnston Park. Check-in closes promptly at 7:30 pm and all activity should be completed by 9:00pm. Booth packets will be issued at the artist check-in site located at the corner of Woodman St. and Park Ave. The park officially closes at 10:00 pm, when no one is allowed inside the park except security. There is no overnight camping. Check-in will resume on Saturday at 6:00 am and set up must be completed by 9:00 am. All booths must display the booth number sign, located in your booth packet, identifying the artist, category, city and state, on the front right corner of the booth.
“Best of Category” Awards are given in each of the ten (10) categories. The prizes consist of $50.00, certificate, and reduced booth fees for the following year. Beginning on Saturday morning, on-site judges will visit each artist’s booth to score their work from one (low) to seven (high). The judging sheets are collected and totaled, with the highest scores in each media category receiving the awards. In addition to initial criteria outlined in our policies, artists will be judged on:
•     Attractiveness of display
•     Artist participation, helpfulness to customer
•     Professional quality of art (not too commercial)

  • There is a thirty dollar ($30), non-refundable application fee. You may pay by credit card on the ZAPPlication® website, or by mail.
  • Artists should apply online at www.ZAPPlication.orgApplication deadline is Wednesday March 1, 2017 at midnight EST.
  • If you need help with image dimensions, please look through ZAPPlication help videos. We are not able to assist with resizing or uploading images.
  • A booth fee of $195 is required after notice of acceptance and is due by Friday, March 31st, 2017.
  • The booth fee can be paid through the online application process at Zapplication.com or by check in the mail. Make check or money order payable to the South Haven Center for the Arts and mail to 600 Phoenix Street, South Haven, MI 49090. If it becomes necessary for any artist to withdraw from the show, please notify SHCA immediately. Deadline for cancellation is Monday, May 1, 2017, after that date no refunds will be given.
  • Each application must include five (5) digital images: four (4) of artwork and one (1) of booth display. Any of your images may be considered and used for publicity. Digital images must show current, original artwork and be representative of work being sold and/or displayed in your booth. Applications without booth images will not be considered.
  • All applicants will be juried by jurors who will review the five (5) digital images as a group. Images will be scored from 1 (low) to 7 (high). The highest scores in each category will be invited to participate in the art fair. Artists must submit an artist statement to be read during the jury process. This statement will describe your artwork and process. Please include your name on your statement. 
  • Extensive marketing and publicity using newspaper, magazine, social media, and radio advertising.
  • Vehicle access to booth site for easy set up and teardown. Free on site artist parking.
  • Private security patrolling the park overnight Friday and Saturday.
  • Artist hospitality which includes morning coffee, pastries, and bottled water.
  • Friendly volunteer booth sitters are available for artist breaks.
  • Committee members and volunteers dedicated to welcoming our artists and having a successful art fair. If you would like more information on the city of South Haven or lodging please visit www.southhaven.org or www.southhavenmi.com.
Our policies will be enforced to promote the highest level of artist participation and integrity.
  • Photo ID required at check-in. Only the accepted artist may register.
  • Collaborating artists are invited, but must apply as a single entry only. If accepted, only one booth will be issued, and only finished work that is the result of the collaborative process may be displayed and/or sold.
  • Applying in more than one category is permitted. If applying in more than one category, you will need a separate ZAPP application, fee and required images for each application. Only one category will be accepted. Artists may exhibit and sell work only in the medium or category in which the work was accepted; no “cross-merchandising” is permitted within a single booth.
  • All work exhibited and/or sold at the fair must be original and of the artist’s own creation. Commercially made products, i.e.: kits, molds, patterns, plans, pre-fabricated forms, or other commercial methods will not be accepted.
  • Mass Production is not allowed and is defined as repetition of style, design, and/or concept of work, with no intention of advancing the state of the art and no intention of making changes of any kind in the work other than minimal outward appearance. Additionally, ready-made or factory produced objects (e.g., clothing, furniture, etc.) which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed, or batiked are not allowed regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist and regardless of any differences between the original form or appearance of the work and the final form or appearance.
  • Digital images must show current /original artwork and be representative of work being sold and/or displayed in your booth.
  • Each application must include five (5) images: four (4) of artwork and one (1) of booth display. Any of your images may be considered and used for publicity.
  • Booth image requirements must be representative of the booth quality you intend to provide at the fair. Please do not submit an image with any identifiable signage or photo of the artist. Everything that is visible in your booth from the front of the booth at the fair must be seen in the booth image. Browse boxes, flip bins, etc. must appear in the booth image if they are visible from the front of the booth at the fair. The purpose is to ensure that you have a complete body of work which is represented in the first four (4) images and to give us a fair and accurate representation of your total, over all lay out as it will appear in our fair.
  • Except for reasonable, short breaks, artists must be present in their booth for the duration of the art fair.  Booth sitters will be available for scheduling breaks. 
  • Displays are to remain intact until 5:00 pm Sunday, the close of the art fair, and no vehicles are permitted in the booth area until after 5pm.
  • All displays will be viewed by the Quality Coordinator(s) throughout the fair to ensure exhibitors comply with art fair rules.
  • An Artist Statement must be displayed during the art fair.
  • A booth sign bearing the artist name, booth number, medium, and city will be provided. This must be “prominently displayed” in the front right corner of the booth, to assist the on-site jurying process and within easy reach by the juror assistants.
  • Pets are not permitted on site at any time and there is no overnight camping within the park, per park regulations.
  • Artists are solely responsible for all sales taxes.
  • Reproduction Policy: A reproduction is defined as any existing work of art that is copied by digital or photographic means and printed with an offset press, a serigraph press or computer printer. This includes giclees, reproductions and any additional enhancement by the artist. This does not apply to photography or any digital categories. Framed reproduction must be signed, numbered in an edition not to exceed 250, and may be displayed in browse bins and/or hung on one (1) wall of the booth. All unframed reproductions must be signed and numbered in editions not to exceed 250 and displayed in browse bins only and clearly marked as “REPRODUCTION”.
If you need assistance please contact us at SHCA, Tuesday through Friday, 10 am to 4pm, phone 269.637.1041, or email at southhavenartfair@gmail.com.

Booth Information
On site judging will begin Saturday morning, July 1st. The judges will cast their votes to recognize the best artist in each of 10 media categories for cash awards, certificates, and reduced booth fees in next year’s art fair. The following are juried and receive awards:
Fiber (Decorative & Wearable)
Painting (Watercolor, Oils, & Acrylic)
Jewelry (Precious & Non-Precious)
Mixed Media (2D & 3D)
Sculpture (Metal, Wood, & Other): Any media, including furniture, in figurative or abstract in any three dimensional works.
Clay/Ceramics (Functional & Non-Functional)
Photography: Photographs must be made from the artist’s original image, film or digital.
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.

One winner will be chosen by the jurors in each of the following 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.