Event Information

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff 2018

Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph
St. Joseph, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 269.983.0271
Event Dates: 7/14/18 - 7/15/18
Application Deadline: 2/1/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee - Early fee of $35.00 before Dec 31, 2017 with coupon earlybird): $45.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Welcome to the 57th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff presented by Krasl Art Center.

With an estimated 50,000 attendees, the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is one of the most prestigious and well-attended events in Southwest Michigan.  As a source of pride for the community, volunteers and artists from around the country, the Krasl Art Fair provides our guests with tremendous exposure to high quality art.  The art fair is consistently ranked as one of the top art fairs in the country and is often ranked in the top 20 art fairs in Sunshine Artist Magazine.

St. Joseph is located next to Benton Harbor, Michigan, which is home to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation and is 1 1/2 hour drive from Chicago and Grand Rapids. This established art fair attracts fine art and fine craft artists from all over the US and Canada.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION - $35.00.  REGISTER BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017 and use the coupon earlybird to save $10.00.

General Information
57th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
A Fine Art, Fine Craft Art Fair

EARLYBIRD APPLICATION fee of $35.00 - use the coupon earlybird and register before December 31, 2017 to save $10.00!!!! 

LOCATION: 707 Lake Boulevard, St. Joseph, Michigan 49085
Located along the bluff overlooking beautiful Lake Michigan

Phone: 269.983.0271
Email: artfair@krasl.org
Website: www.krasl.org
Saturday, July 14, 2018, 10 – 6 PM
Sunday, July 15, 2018, 10 – 5 PM

Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 
Friday, March 16, 2018

ELIGIBILITY: The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (KAF) maintains high standards of quality in fine art/fine crafts. All work must be the creation of the exhibiting artist: the original concept, design, and execution must be attributable solely to the displaying artist(s). All work on display must be consistent with the images submitted. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The application fee is forty-five dollars ($45), and is non-refundable.
  • EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION - $35.00.  REGISTER BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017 and use the coupon earlybird to save $10.00.
  • Please pay with a credit card via ZAPPlication®. Payment must be received by application deadline.
  • All applicants must apply online through ZAPPlication® by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Submit one application per category.
  • The KAF uses ZAPPlication® projection equipment for digital jurying. While the system will automatically add black borders to any images not already meeting those requirements, we encourage artists to prepare your images to meet those requirements prior to uploading them to your ZAPP profile. This is the link to the ZAPP Help Center for their section on Image Preparation. https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php?page=image-preparation
  • ZAPP has the capacity to allow artists to apply in more than one category without creating a separate ZAPP profile for each application.
  • Each application must include five (5) images: four (4) of artwork and one (1) of booth display. Accepted artists images may be considered for promotional use and one image will be used in the 2018 Art Fair Guide Book.
  • The booth display image is used on site for quality control purposes.

EXEMPT ARTISTS: (Those exempt from Jurying for 2018)
  •  All exempt artists must apply.
  • The $45.00 application fee is waived for 2018.
  •  Artists will receive a code via email to apply without paying the application fee.
  • All must apply online through ZAPPlication® by midnight (Eastern Standard Time) Wednesday, January 31, 2018. Submit one application per media category.

  • Booth Fee ($375 for 10'x10', $425 for 15'x10' or $475 for 20'x10' or larger) is required after notice of acceptance and is due Friday, March 16, 2018.  

  • Booth image 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 KAF must be seen in the booth image.
  • Browse boxes, flip bins, etc. must appear in the booth image should they be visible from the front of the booth at the fair.
  • The purpose of the booth image 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, overall layout and presentation.
  • Hint: the best booth shot is an image taken of the front of the booth to give the best overall view and sense of the artist’s work.
  •  If it becomes necessary to withdraw from the show, please email artfair@krasl.org. Deadline for cancellation for a 100% refund less a $50 administrative fee is Friday, April 13, 2018. After that date no refunds will be given.
  • The booths are located in beautiful Lake Bluff Park with trees, lake breezes and a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan.
  • Krasl Art Fair Best of Categories: $100 cash award for each category (by highest score). All awards presented at the Sunday Morning Round Table Discussion.
  • Krasl Board of Directors' Choice Award: winner receives an automatic invitation to return in 2018 and a $100 cash award.
  • Artist-only: off-street parking close to the fair during show plus reserved overnight parking for RVs and vans.
  • Curb-side unloading and loading.
  • Roomy booths with ample storage space.
  • Paid security staff patrols the park Friday and Saturday nights of the KAF. During the KAF police officers are present and ready to respond as needed.
  • Booth sitters are available to provide breaks for artists.
  • Booth signs identify the artist the category and their city and state..
  • Invitation to the Friday Night Block party from 5:00– 9:00 pm. 
  • Free continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, featuring pastries from a national award-winning local pastry shop.
  • Marketing materials will be designed using artwork from select, accepted artists.
  • E-marketing ad for facebook provided
  • Promoted in Chicago, Indiana and Michigan media markets.
  • Spectacular KAF Artist Guidebook listing artists’ names, color images, categories, etc.
  • 10% discount for KAF artists in Krasl Art Center Gift Shop.
  • A committee and staff that is dedicated to making our show the artists’ favorite.

  • Drawing (including mixed media 2D): Artistic creations using chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.   May use more than one basic material or object, or a combination of multiple mediums.
  • Painting: Artistic creations using paint – acrylic, oils, or watercolors (including egg tempura) – on an appropriately prepared 2D surface. 
  • Photography:  Photographs made from the artist’s original image, from film and/or original digital files. 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, are included in this category. If a photographer copies hand painted photographs, the photographs will need to adhere to our general reproduction policy. 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 that should apply in the Digital category. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work must be signed, using only archival quality materials.
  • Digital:  Original work created by using computer programs to significantly manipulate or alter source material(s) such as scans or digital files. Work must be signed and use only archival quality materials. Digital photographers, i.e., those who use a digital camera or process images digitally to perform standard manipulations, (cropping, color/tone adjustment, sharpening, etc.) should apply to the Photography category. Digital Art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision.
  • 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. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes
  • Jewelry:  Jewelry hand crafted from precious jewels and metals, semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, paper, pebbles, glass, wood, lab created gems and found objects, etc. No production studio work is allowed. Only those artists who jury and are accepted in the jewelry category may sell jewelry.
  • Fibers:  Materials crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, papermaking, etc.
  • Clay:  Fired pieces constructed using clay. They can be thrown, hand-built, or cast in artist made molds.  Objects are decorative or sculptural, and may or may not be utilitarian in function. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign and number each piece.
  • Glass: Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or stained glass. Works may be etched or engraved.
  • Sculpture:  Figurative or abstract 3D decorative works using traditional stone, wood, clay, metal, or mixed materials.
  • Functional 3-D:  Functional objects such as furniture, vessels, toys, etc. created from wood, metal, stone, or other materials.

We seek a panel of five jurors to participate in both digital and on-site jurying who have:
  • A broad and well-rounded knowledge of art
  • Integrity
  • The ability to assess art beyond own taste
  • A fair and open minded approach

  • Instructions are given to the jurors and artist statements are read for each artist.
  • Our jury process is open and transparent, artists and the public are invited to attend.
  • We do our best to ensure the process is objective with clean, concise jury instructions.
  • The jury panel will view the five digitally projected images as a group, on five screens simultaneously.
  • Images will be scored from 1 (low) to7 (high) omitting number 4.·The artists with the highest scores in each category will be invited to participate.

  • Jurying takes place on Saturday, the first day of the show.
  • Rules and guidelines are reviewed with judges.
  • Best of Category awards are given to the artist with the highest score in each category.
  • Best of Category award winners receive exemption from jurying for 2019. 

  • Artists who are not accepted, but received high scores in their category from the jurors, will be placed on our wait list and informed of this decision by e-mail. 
  • Upon a cancellation, all attempts are made to replace medium for medium. In the event that is not possible, vacancies are filled by the highest scores remaining in other categories in order to achieve a balanced show.
  • In the event of a cancellation on the Friday before and or Saturday morning of the KAF, vacancies are filled by artists who completed the jury process and are available and willing to be on site. If there is more than one juried artist present, a random drawing will determine the participant.


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Office hours Monday-Friday, 10 AM-4 PM Eastern Standard Time
Phone: 269.983.0271 
Email: artfair@krasl.org


We enforce our rules in order to preserve the highest level of artist participation and integrity for the
Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
  • Photo ID required at check-in. Only the accepted, primary artist or collaborator (name must be included as co-collaborator on the application) may register. STRICTLY ENFORCED
  • Collaborating artists may 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 sold. All work displayed at the Krasl Art Fair (KAF) must bear the signature or mark of both collaborators. Collaborators participate in both the creation and production of the work; they are not assistants or business partners, apprentices, employees, or a part of a production studio. Activities such as canvas stretching, framing, and similar means of assistance are not considered elements of a collaborative process.
  • Applying in more than one category is permitted; Separate applications, jury fees, and images are required for each application. Artists may exhibit and sell work only in the medium or category in which work was accepted. Further, each distinct body of work and/or discipline is limited to one application in one category. Do not submit the same or similar work in multiple applications. No "cross-merchandising" is permitted within a single booth without acceptance in multiple categories.
  • PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to sell jewelry in your booth and it is not the primary medium in which you are accepted (for example you are juried in clay functional and you would also like to sell clay pendants), you must also apply in the jewelry category and the judges will decide if your jewelry can be included.
  • All work exhibited and/or sold at the KAF 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. No buy/sell allowed. Studios producing works in volume (i.e. with components of artwork that are made by persons other than the artist or collaborator) are not eligible for entry.
  • Mass production is not allowed and is defined as repetition of style, design, and/or concept of work. This type of work is usually produced in large quantities, with or without the assistance of other persons. 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.
  • Artists must have original artwork for purchase in their booth. Sample displays for orders must not dominate booth. Work appropriated from others to be exhibited or sold, regardless of the final form or changes of any kind made to the original work are not allowed.
  • Digital images must show current/original artwork and be representative of work being sold and or displayed in your booth.
  • Displays are to remain intact until 5:00 pm on Sunday. No vehicles will be permitted on Lake Blvd. until 5:01 pm. Non-compliance will mean automatic exclusion from next year’s KAF.
  • All displays will be viewed by the Quality Control Coordinator throughout the fair to ensure exhibitors comply with Art Fair rules.
  • An artist statement with photo must be displayed during the KAF describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used.
  • A booth sign bearing name, booth number, medium, city and state will be provided. This must be prominently displayed for the judges to quickly see and be easily reachable during the on-site jurying process.
  • Except for reasonable, short breaks, artists must be present with their work for duration of the Krasl Art Fair. No agents or representatives may stand in place of the artist.
  • Sorry, NO pets are permitted on site, for either the public or artists. This is a City Ordinance prohibiting pets in the park the entire weekend of the KAF.
Reproduction Policy: 
  • A reproduction is defined as any existing work of art (such as a painting, pastel, drawing, etc.) that is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, a serigraph press, or through a computer printer. This definition includes giclees and reproductions and any additional enhancement by the artist. This does not apply to photography and or the digital categories.
  • Framed reproductions 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, not to exceed (10) ten linear feet.
  • All hanging framed reproductions must be individually labeled “REPRODUCTION” or “LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTION.” This notice must appear on the front of each item displayed. Labeling a work “giclee” is not adequate.
  • All non framed reproductions must be signed, numbered in editions not to exceed 250, and displayed in browse bins only. Browse bins must be clearly marked as “REPRODUCTION.” They may not be hung.
  • Three Dimensional reproductions must be signed and numbered. In the medium of Clay, no commercial molds are allowed, only molds made and signed by the artist may be used.
  • Cards, note cards, etc. are permitted, but must be labeled as reproductions if they are not original works. (These do not have to be individually labeled as long as the grouping/display is labeled as reproductions.)
  • In all cases, the work must be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.
  • If you have questions concerning the eligibility of the work you wish to exhibit and sell, please contact us.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Images may not be reproduced on tiles, coasters, or other non-fine art or archival mediums. The only exception to this is for our Children’s Art Purchase Program (CAPP) where artists can offer their art for sale at $10 and under.

Booth Information
BOOTH SPACE:          
  • 10'x10'-  $375  
  • 15'x10' - $425
  • 20'x10' or larger - $475
  • Please indicate space requirements, special needs, or preferred booth number if known.
  • Booth spaces are assigned by the following order:
    • First preference: Exempt Artists
    • Second preference: re-jurying artists who were accepted
    • Specific requests are honored to the best of our ability.
  • Spaces are on a grassy bluff with both sunny and shady spaces available.