Event Information

South Haven Art Fair 2018 - 60th Annual

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

Phone: 269-637-1041
Event Dates: 6/30/18 - 7/1/18
Application Deadline: 3/3/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
We are proud to be hosting our 60th Annual South Haven Art Fair on Saturday, June 30th and Sunday, July 1st from 10am to 5pm. 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. 
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, June 30 and Sunday July 1, 2018, 10am-5pm
Application begins: Monday, January 22, 2018
Application & fees deadline: Saturday, March 3, 2018, midnight EST.
Jurying: Friday, March 9, 2018
Booth fees due: Saturday, March 31, 2018
Cancellation refund deadline: Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Set up dates & time: Friday, June 29, 1 pm- 6:00 pm, and Saturday, June 30, 6-9 am
LOCATION & Check-in:
Stanley Johnston Park, 202 Dyckman Ave., South Haven, MI. The check-in booth is located on the corner of Woodman St. and Park Ave., 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 $225.00 for each reserved booth space is required after notice of acceptance and is due by Friday, March 31st, 2018. 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. 
AWARDS To celebrate our 60th Anniversary, we are changing awards to All-Around Best in Show. Onsite judging takes place the first day of the show, and will be done by arts professionals. The following prizes will be awarded based on artistic excellence across all catergories.

Best of Show / First Place: $500
Second Place: $200
Third Place: $100

  • 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 Saturday, March 3, 2018 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 $225 is required after notice of acceptance and is due by Friday, March 31st, 2018.
  • 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 Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 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.
  • Jurors will review the five (5) digital images as a group for each applicant. Images will be scored from 1 (low) to 5 (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 artist parking onsite .
  • 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 are 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 produced items are not allowed at the South Haven Art Fair. Mass production is defined as works produced in large quantities that are essentially indentical or have minimum differentiation, modification or enhancement by the artist. Mass produced clothing of any kind is not allowed.
  • 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, overall lay out as it will appear in the 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 Quality Coordinator(s) throughout the fair to ensure exhibitors comply with art fair rules.
  • Reproduction Policy and Guidelines:  A reproduction is defined as an existing work of art by the artist that the artist has reproduced digitally or printed.  A participating artist may only sell his or her own reproductions and must meet the following requirements. Any reproduced artwork sold at Art Fair must be clearly marked as reproduction. Reproductions must be prominently signed, numbered, and labeled in editions that do not exceed 250.  Reproduced art cards may be sold only if they are clearly labeled as reproductions.  ​
  • 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.
If you need assistance please contact us at SHCA, Tuesday through Friday, 10am to 4pm, Phone 269.637.1041, or email southhavenartfair@gmail.com.

Booth Information
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 setup begins at 1:00pm on Friday, June 29, 2018, in Stanley Johnston Park. Check-in closes promptly at 6:00 pm. 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 and 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.
Clay/Ceramics: (Functional & Non-Functional)
Digital Art: Digital Art is original work created on a computer. 
Fiber (Decorative & Wearable)
Jewelry (Precious & Non-Precious)
Painting (Watercolor, Oils, & Acrylic)
Photography: Photographs must be made from the artist’s original image, film or digital.
Printmaking: Printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples.
Mixed Media (2D)
Sculpture:  Figurative or abstract 3D decorative works using traditional stone, clay, metal, or mixed materials.
Wood:  (Functional & Non-Functional)