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Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair 2018

Location:
Bronson Park
Kalamazoo, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 269-585-9278
Event Dates: 6/1/18 - 6/2/18
Application Deadline: 1/31/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application/Jury Fee): $30.00

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
The 67th Annual Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is a two-day, juried show featuring up to 190 fine artists. Staged in a shady, historic park in downtown Kalamazoo, the KIA Arts Fair is acclaimed for its friendly atmosphere and large crowds of  arts patrons from across West Michigan and Northern Indiana. It offers many artist amenities, awards at least 12 best-in-category prizes and is supported by far-reaching promotion measures attracting a crowd of upwards of 40,000 patrons.

General Information
Presented by the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, the 67th Annual KIA Arts Fair is a festive event, acclaimed for hosting high-quality juried art works by up to 190 artists. The fair spans two days (a Friday and a Saturday) that overlap with several community activities and is promoted locally, regionally, and nationally.  Attracting upwards of 40,000 patrons and awarding 12 best in category $200 prizes, the KIA Arts Fair features many artist amenities such as free artist parking, a Friday evening artist dinner and award ceremony, coffee and light breakfast in the park Saturday morning, an air-conditioned artist lounge with refreshments, and free wi-fi in the park and insised the KIA. This beloved community tradition unofficially kicks off summer in Kalamazoo and is eagerly anticipated by locals and visitors alike. 
Proceeds from the fair support free-admission programming at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

DATES/HOURS
Friday, June 1, 3-8 pm
Saturday, June 2, 9 am-5 pm

ARTIST CALENDAR
• Applications available: Now via www.ZAPPlication.org
• Applications deadline: January 31, 2018, by Midnight (PST) (via www.ZAPPlication.org)
• Artist notification: February 16, 2018 (via e-mail)
• Booth fee deadline: March 30, 2018
• Booth assignments available: April 9, 2018
• Cancellation refund deadlines: April 20, 2018 (less a $25 administrative fee) / May 7, 2018 (50% refund)
• Set up times: June 1, 8 am, Artist assumes all responsibility for correct booth location with early set up.
• Artist Check-In: June 1 (time assignments begin at 8 am)
• Art Fair times: June 1, 3 - 8 pm- June 2, 9 am-5 pm
• Prize judging: June 1, 3-7 pm
• Prize awards announced: June 1, at the Artists' Dinner
• Artist booth jurying: June 1, 3-7:30 pm

LOCATION
The Art Fair is staged in downtown Kalamazoo’s historic Bronson Park. The park is located adjacent to the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and bordered by old churches and civic buildings. Is it used regularly as a place for meetings, rallies, concerts, and community events. A lovely, tree-shaded, grass-filled space, the park is crisscrossed by six concrete pathways that lead to a central concrete plaza and two fountains.

AUDIENCE
The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Fair is a Friday-Saturday event that attracts upwards of 40,000 patrons. Fair-goers are a mix of local and regional residents who appreciate art. Promotion measures are focused on attracting residents from outside the region.

SIMULTANEOUS ACTIVITIES
The fair is a very popular local event. The KIA stages a  beer garden on Friday night with food and live music. The fair also provides performances by local musicians, children’s art activities, and food vendors. Several downtown activities occur during the fair (and attract more patrons). They include:
• a non-juried art fair with about 70 artists located two blocks from our fair (Friday-Saturday)
• a popular first Friday event called Art Hop in which 60+ downtown businesses venues host artists and
  their artwork (Friday, 5-8 pm)
• The Doo-Dah Parade - a wacky Kalamazoo tradition (Saturday, 11 am)

FAIR AWARDS
Arts Fair cash awards include: 12 category prizes each worth $200.
Prize ribbons are also provided to display on booths.

PRIZE JUDGING
Prize judging will occur on June 1, 3-7 p.m. Our jury is comprised of arts professionals who will assigned categories to judged based upon their fields of expertise.  Our 6 jurors will review the following categories:  
3-D Mixed Media/Sculpture/Metal, Ceramics/Glass, Jewelry Precious/Non-Precious, Painting/Drawing/Pastels, 2-D Mixed Media/Photography, Wood/Fiber/Leather.  
Cash prize awards will be announced during the artists' dinner on June 1.

ARTIST INFORMATION
• Approx. 190 exhibition spaces
• Booth dimensions are approximate 12’ x12'. Most have additional space in back or on the side
• Artists will be able to pull their vehicles alongside Bronson Park in order to park and load and unload materials
• Artists will select or be assigned a time slot for arriving and unloading their vehicles (Extended time slots are available for those who need it)
• Free parking 
• Morning shuttle service 
• Artists hospitality amenities include:
  o Artist dinner at the KIA – Friday, June 1, starting at 8 pm
  o Coffee in the park – Friday, June 1, 8 am-noon
  o Coffee and light breakfast in the park – Saturday, June 2, 7-8:30 am
  o Artist lounge inside the KIA
  o Artist Liaisons on-site during fair to assist with artist needs, including booth sitting, bottled water delivery, and other hospitality needs
  o Discounted hotel rooms (information forthcoming)
  o Free lodging at a limited number of local homes (indicated your interest when applying; information forthcoming)
• Kalamazoo Public Safety officers during the fair
• Three security guards will patrol the park, June 1, 8 pm- June 2, 7 am 
• Electricity is not available and generators are not allowed
   Tent stakes are not allowed in the park
• Artists who do not exhibit on Friday (June 1) will not be allowed to exhibit on Saturday (June 2)

ACCEPTED MEDIA CATEGORIES
The KIA Art Fair features works grouped into 12 mediums:
2-D Mixed Media
3-D Mixed Media
Ceramics
Drawing/Pastels/Prints
Fiber/Leather
Glass
Jewelry-Non-Precious
Jewelry-Precious
Metal/Sculpture
Painting
Photography
Wood

APPLICATION PROCESS
Artists must apply at www.zappapplication.org.

• Application/Jury Fee
  o Each application must be accompanied by a $30 non-refundable application/jury fee.
  o Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card through ZAPPlication or by check made payable to
     Kalamazoo Institute Arts and mailed to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI 49007.
  o Fees must be paid by January 31, 2018.
 
• Booth fee
  o The booth fee is $295 for a single space. $590 for a double space.
  Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card through ZAPPlication or by check made payable to
    Kalamazoo Institute Arts and mailed to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI  49007.
  o Fees must be paid by March 30, 2018

• Exempt artists
All exempt artists must apply via Zapplication.org by January 31, 2018
Exempt artists are qualified to bypass the jury process; however, are still required to pay the $30 application fee.

IMAGES
Four digital images are to be submitted with each artist application. Three of the images must show the artist’s work. One image must display the artist booth, as it will appear at Art Fair.

ZAPP JURY PROCESS
Artist jurying takes place in early February. Jurors are art professionals, who work as artists, educators and fine art and contemporary gallery owners. 

Each juror will be assigned a category(s) to review based on their field(s) of expertise. Images are grouped according to media.

Jurying is anonymous. Images are assigned a code number to ensure that jurors do not know the artist’s name or any identifying details other that what is supplied by the artist. Ratings are based on creativity, uniqueness, concept and craftsmanship of the work in addition to the overall presentation shown in the booth’s image. Jurors will select an appropriate number of artists in their assigned catergory(s), based on scores, to particpate in the fair.

Artist scores are reviewed by the Arts Fair Leadership committee, which extends invitations. The committee may limit the number of artists accepted in some media in order to present a balanced show.

NOTIFICATION PROCESS
On February 16, 2018, e-mails will be sent to all artists informing them of their status. Contracts will also be emailed. A number of 2017 KIA Fair artists will be re-invited to the 2018 fair. They will be given priority choice for booth assignments. Other booths will be assigned to artists on a first-come, first-served basis when fees and contracts are received.

ON-SITE JURY PROCESS
Jurors will be on-site Friday, June 1 to review only the booths in their assigned category(s), which will allow for them to spend more time visiting in each booth.  They will then select one winner for their category(s). Please note that jurors may be assigned more than one category based upon number of artists in participating in a certain medium (jurors will be assigned no more than 33 artists each to review), in which case, they will select a winner for each category that they are assigned.  
Example: The 3-D Mixed Media/Sculpture & Metal juror will be selecting 2 winners; one for 3-D Mixed Media and one for Sculpture & Metal.  


REFUND POLICY
Accepted artists wishing to cancel and receive a refund must notify Carianne Zomonski at the KIA.  A full refund (minus a $25 administrative fee) will be issued for cancellations received by April 20, 2018. A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations received by May 7, 2018. No refunds will be issued after May 7, 2018.

There will be a $35 charge for checks returned due to insufficient funds.
 
ARTIST LISTINGS
Artists and their booth numbers will be listed in an Arts Fair program that is handed out. Artists will also be listed on the Arts Fair website’s artist guide (with links to artist websites). Select artists will be profiled on the fair’s Facebook page.

LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
The artist agrees to make no claim for any reason whatsoever, including negligence against the KIA, its members, volunteers, employees of the City of Kalamazoo for loss, theft, damage, destruction of property or towing of vehicles, nor for any injury to artists or artist employees of invitees while present at the Arts Fair.


COMPLIANCE WITH LAWS
Artists must comply with all laws, rules, regulations and ordinances in force.


VIOLATION OF ART FAIR RULES
Artists booths will be visited periodically by Arts Fair committee members to ensure rule compliance. If an artist is in violation of any rules, he/she may be asked to leave the fair. Persistent violation of the rules may jeopardize the right to participate in future KIA Arts Fairs.


SALES INFORMATION
Artists retain 100% of their sales and are responsible for the collection and reporting of all applicable sales tax. Michigan’s sale tax is 6%. For more information or to register for a tax license, visit the State of Michigan Treasury Department’s website: www.michigan.gov/treasury


INQUIRIES
Direct all inquires to: Carianne Zomonski, Special Events and Sponsorship Coordinator
Kalamazoo Institute of Arts
314 South Park Street
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007
269-585-9278
cariannez@kiarts.org

Rules/Regulations
RULES
Eligibility: The KIA reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any artist for inclusion in the Arts Fair in accordance with either the KIA  Arts Fair jury process and/or invitational procedures. All work must be designed and executed by the accepted artist (max. of two collaborators).

Artist Representatives: Artists are expected to be present in their booths. No spouse or representative will be permitted in place of the artist unless written permission is obtained from KIA Arts Fair management at least 15 days prior to the event.

Standard of Artist Work: Work that is shown must be original in conception and that of the artist(s) accepted. Objects made from commercial molds, kits or plans are not acceptable. Digital reproductions of an original work of art may occupy not more that 25% of the booth space and must be clearly marked as reproductions.

Work Quality: Artists may show only work in categories approved by the jury, Work that is shown must be the same quality, type and medium as that accepted by the jury. In addition, it must meet the standard requirements of the Eligibility section above. The KIA  Arts Fair reserves the right to have work removed that is not consistent with the images submitted and quality standards of the fair.

Booth Location: Participating artists shall accept booth locations in Bronson Park as assigned by KIA Arts Fair management.

Limitation of Liability: The artist agrees to make no claim for any reason whatsoever, including negligence against the KIA, its members, volunteers, employees of the City of Kalamazoo for loss, theft, damage, destruction of property or towing of vehicles, nor for any injury to artists or artist employees of invitees while present at the Arts Fair.



Booth Information
• Booth fee
  o The booth fee is $295 for a single space. $590 for a double space.
  Applicants may choose to pay online by credit card through ZAPPlication or by check made payable to
    Kalamazoo Institute Arts and mailed to Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, 314 S. Park St., Kalamazoo, MI  49007.
  o Fees must be paid by March 30, 2018

Booth Information:  
• Approx. 190 exhibition spaces

• Booth dimensions are approximate 12’ x12'. Most have additional space in back or on the side
 Artists will be able to pull their vehicles alongside Bronson Park in order to park and load and unload materials

• Artists will select or be assigned a time slot for arriving and unloading their vehicles (Extended time slots are available for those who need it)
• Electricity is not available and generators are not allowed
‚ÄčTent stakes are not allowed in park
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