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Artfest Michigan Avenue 2017
Pioneer Court off Michigan Avenue
Chicago, Illinois (Midwest)
Show Dates: 7/21/17 - 7/23/17
Application Deadline: 1/18/17 Midnight CST
The application deadline has passed.
Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)
Fee (2017 Artfest Michigan Avenue Application Fee): $30.00
You can submit up to 6 applications for this show.
Amdur Productions proudly announces the return of Art Fest Michigan Avenue to famous Pioneer Court. This three day fine art festival takes place on Chicago’s famous Michigan Avenue at the base of the iconic Chicago Tribune building overlooking the Chicago River. Admission to the festival is free and open to the public.
About 100 juried artists will be featured at this “all art” show. Night before set up makes for a more relaxed set up.
Michigan Avenue, also nicknamed The Magnificent Mile, is an upscale section of Chicago's North Michigan Avenue. The street is Chicago's largest shopping district, occupied by upscale stores, boutiques, restaurants, luxury retailers, residential and commercial buildings, financial services companies, and hotels. Tourists, residents and area professionals pack the area daily.
Facts: In the area, residents have an average household net worth of over $790,000 and 38% of the residents have graduate degrees or higher. More than 44,000 vehicles pass by this location every day. The combination of wealth, education, and lots of foot and vehicle traffic makes this location a great place to show and sell your art.
Attendance: About 100 juried artists are featured at this show with a projected attendance of about 55,000+ people.
Staff Support: Amdur Productions staff is present on site throughout the entire festival to assist artists from load in to load out.
Booth Sitting: Amdur Productions staff is available to booth sit for artists throughout the entire festival
Artist Parking: Amdur Productions gives their best effort to provide close parking at discounted rates.
Load-in: This is a dolly in show.
Tent Rental: Artists may rent tents, tables, pro-panels, and weights through the festival. Tents are commercial grade and rental includes delivery, set up, weights and removal.
ProPanel Rental: NEW THIS YEAR! We will have limited “pro-panel” walls available for artists. Rental is on a pre-ordered and first reserved basis, quantity is limited.
Set Up/Take Down Help: Booth set up and take down assistance is available on a scheduled reserved time and hourly cost basis.
Break Area: An artist break area provides refreshments throughout the festival for artists.
Awards: Bestowed at the festival.
Marketing: A large multi-layered marketing plan supports this show with advertisements running in local and Chicago newspapers, on Chicagoland radio, in posters, on street banners, in social media and through direct mail postcards. Professional public relations ensure high visibility for artists and this festival.
Security: Overnight security is provided.
2D – Original two-dimensional work including graphite, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks, and washes. All work must be framed and finished. 2D Artists must have panels in your booth.
3D Functional – Dimensional work that has a function – such as wearable fiber or wood furniture.
3D Non Functional – Art that serves an aesthetic not functional purpose. Generally “sculptures.”
Painting – Original, two-dimensional work created with pigment, including oils, acrylics, watercolor, egg tempura, etc.
Photography – Signed prints created by the artist from his/her own original negative or digital files that have been processed by that artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.
Jewelry – All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials, must be entered in this category. No commercial cast, molds or production studio work is allowed.
Ceramics – Original shaped and fired clay (including earthenware, porcelain, stoneware and terracotta)
Fiber – Original work created by the artist from fibers/fabric or leather including batik, basketry, weaving, and quilt-making. No factory produced items are permitted.
Furniture – Original work in any material which is functional as a piece of functional furniture or home accessory.
Glass – Original work created in glass by the artist including blown glass, fused glass or stained glass.
Print Making - Prints manually created by the artist using plates, stones or screens which have been signed and numbered.
Metal – Original work created by the artist without use of a production studio.
Mixed Media – Includes collage and handmade paper; incorporates more than one type of material. Generally flat, wall hung art.
Wood – Original hand-tooled, machine worked, built-up, turned or carved work in wood.
Acrylic Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Acrylic Resin – Applied to a surface in any way
Batik – Technique used on fabric
Collage – Variety of materials applied to a surface
Drawing – Charcoal, graphite, and color pencils applied to a surface
Egg Tempera – Applied to a surface in any way
Gold and/or Silver – Precious metal or precious metal clay used in jewelry
Leather – Primary material used
Oil Paint – Applied to a surface in any way
Paper – Hand made
Pastel – Dry pigments applied to a surface
Photo – Black & white, color, black and white & color, hand color, digital. Select the area the majority of your work is in
Stone – Carved
Watercolor – Applied in any way
Applications will be reviewed on the following rubric:
Body of Work- a cohesive body of work is presented
Originality- ideas and work is fresh and original
Technique- proficiency & execution of pieces shows expertise
Presentation- well thought out professional presentation of work
Festival Eligibility For Artists:
An Artist Statement describing the technique, materials, and processes used in the creation of your entire body of work must be included with each Zapp entry. Co-artists must describe the collaboration. Your Artist Statement may be used in the promotion of the festival through public relations efforts and should be no longer than a maximum of 200 characters (including punctuation and spacing).
Wait List Policy
A wait list is selected from the jury's scores in each category, and wait listed artists are invited as cancellations occur in that particular category. Wait list artists can be accepted up to and on the day of the show and will be notified by phone and email when a booth becomes available.
Cancellations must be made in written form and submitted by mail, fax, or email. Emails should be sent to the Artists Director, Caitlin@amdurproductions.com.
No refunds after April 20, 2017. Booth fee transfers to next year’s festival will be determined on a per case basis.
No Show Policy
Artists who have not checked in and/or notified Amdur Productions with a message via festival phone (224-253-2330), office phone (847-926-4300), or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 7:00 am Saturday (first day of festival) will be considered a NO SHOW and the assigned space will be forfeited with no refund.
$675 Exhibit Space Fee + city permit fee
Spaces are 10’ X 10’ and work must be contained within the assigned space. You may not infringe on another space physically or audibly. Exhibitors must have a white tent. All tables must be skirted to the ground. Only one artist’s work or the work of two approved collaborating artists may be displayed per booth. Artist must keep their area clean and orderly. Double spaces are considered and must be occupied by two tents.
An artist requesting a corner must either have the corner wall open or use the outside wall to display art.
Special booth space and special needs requests will be accepted but are not guaranteed. We will make every effort to meet all special requests on a first come, first served basis. Additional charges may apply. Please include all booth requests on the registration form.
During the festival, all exhibits will be visited by a festival representative to ensure that they are in compliance with our festival policies. It is the exclusive right and responsibility of the Festival Staff to call for the removal of work that is not in compliance with the festival policies and requirements. Non-compliance may result in expulsion from the festival or refusal of future festival participation.
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