Event Information

Grand Marais Arts Festival 2019

Downtown on Wisconsin Street
Grand Marais, Minnesota (Midwest)

Phone: 218-387-2737
Event Dates: 7/13/19 - 7/14/19
Application Deadline: 3/7/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee - non refundable): $35.00


Event Summary

The North Shore of Lake Superior is a well known vacation and arts destination. The Grand Marais Arts Festival is a juried art fair that is hosted in downtown Grand Marais right on the shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. Draws over 14,000 visitors from the region seeking high-quality, original artwork. Community supported. Applications will be accepted until March 7, 2019 to participate in the 29th annual Grand Marais Arts Festival.


Quick Facts

  • An average attendance of 14,000+ is expected.

  • Reported average sales per artist is $2,300.

  • There are 75 booths available.

  • The Grand Marais Art Colony is a nonprofit arts center dedicated to providing services to artists, promoting art education and nurturing art in the community since 1947. The Art Colony hosts over 200 classes year-round, offers studio access, and organizes several events and exhibits.

    • A seven person staff runs this event with the help of over 60 wonderful volunteers offering services from booth sitting, overnight security, hospitality room with snacks and beverages, traffic directing, and more.

General Information
The North Shore of Lake Superior is a well known vacation and arts destination. This year will be the 29th Annual Arts Festival, organized by the Grand Marais Art Colony, a historic nonprofit arts organization. This festival is known for its high-quality exhibitors and scenic lakeside location in the well-established, art-loving community of Grand Marais, Minnesota. Weekend events include many activities such as artist demonstrations, interactive activities and more. Artists of all mediums are encouraged to apply.

Entries & Dates


Applications for the 2019 Arts Festival must be received by March 7, 2019. Participation in the festival is contingent upon acceptance by the jury committee. Notification of acceptance will be sent by April 1st. Accepted artists must pay booth fee by April 15th or forfeit their place in the festival. Artists who are on a waitlist will be notified as space becomes available. Once notified, waitlist artists will have 24 hours to accept and purchase a booth before the Art Colony contacts the next person on the waitlist.


Submissions are required to be placed via Zapplications.


Please submit 5 images of your artwork. Although a booth shot is not required, we highly encourage artists to submit one if available. 

Shared Booth (optional)


Two artists can share one booth space. BOTH artists MUST submit an application to the jury process and BOTH artists must be accepted in order to qualify for a shared booth space.

  • Fees: Shared Booths must pay TWO jury fees ($35 each) and ONE booth fee ($200 total) - if accepted.

  • When submitting an application, applicant must name their booth partner.

  • If one artist is accepted but the other is not, the accepted artist may be allowed to fill the booth as an individual (if space is still available). However, substitutions without the advanced authorization of the Arts Festival Jury Committee will not be allowed.

  • One artist must be named as the main contact. The Art Colony will only give one packet of information per booth. It is the responsibility of the artists sharing a booth to communicate and share information. Downloadable copies of all exhibitor information will be made available online, but it is the responsibility of the artist to download it.

  • All other rules and requirements are the same.




The Jury is comprised of Art Colony board members, professional artists and members of the Arts Festival Committee. Artists must represent their own work. Only original, high-quality works of art will be considered. A variety of mediums are accepted including, but not limited to: ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, metal, printmaking, leather, sculpture and wood. Submissions will be viewed intermixed as a group by category. The jury is anonymous and no personal information will be shared among the jury. Images will be scored on a value of 1 to 5, with 5 being the highest and most favorable value. Invitations to exhibit will be issued to artists with the highest scores.



  • Best of Show At the festival, one artist (booth) is awarded the title "Best of Show." The winner is automatically accepted into the next year’s show and the jury fee is waived.

  • Best Booth One booth is awarded the title "Best Booth." The winner is automatically accepted into the next year’s show and the jury fee is waived.

  • Judging occurs on Saturday morning of the festival.

  • Winners are announced on-air during the Live Radio Broadcast at the Festival.

  • Judges are comprised of local business owners, artists and/or Art Colony board members. Judges will be determined closer to the event.


Amenities & Unique Features

  • Artist Hospitality Room | With coffee, donuts, snacks (festival artists only) and restroom facilities.

  • Security, Staff & Volunteers | Overnight Security is provided. BOOTH SITTING - We have many volunteers throughout the weekend to offer booth sitting for 15 minutes at a time. There are staff and numerous volunteers around all weekend to answer your questions.

  • Festival Directory | A complete directory of exhibitors with websites/contact info is handed out to Festival Attendees and local businesses.

  • Visitor Engagement | Artist demonstrations establish a connection with attendees. Demonstrations are highly recommended as it is a significant draw for visitors based on crowd evaluations and supports the Art Colony’s mission of art education.

  • Live Radio Broadcast | Interviews & live broadcast during the festival with local radio station 90.7 WTIP.

  • Community Support | Local businesses assist in promotion of the Arts Festival by including information in their e-newsletters and promo materials; expanding our local reach to well over 500,000 people.

  • Advertising | The Art Colony's Arts Festival advertising campaign reaches over 2,000,000 people through a variety of print, digital, and on-site impressions.


Artist Support


The Art Colony is offering photo sessions to help prepare your application images. Click the dates below to learn more about our "Develop Your Portfolio" sessions and submit new images with your Arts Fest application:


Exhibitor Requirements

  • This is an outdoor event and you must provide your own 10x10 tent. Located only feet away from Lake Superior, the weather can be inclement, please plan accordingly. Weighted buckets are useful in securing tents.

  • Check-in and set-up is from 3 to 8pm on Friday, July 12 and 6:30 to 8am on Saturday, July 13.

  • Festival Hours are 9am - 5pm Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday.

  • Booths are required to remain in place until 4pm on Sunday. If an artist abandons their booth before the end of the festival, they may not be allowed to return to the festival in future years.



  • The Grand Marais Arts Festival is open to artists of all media types.

  • Work submitted must represent the artist who is exhibiting.

  • Only original works/concepts will be accepted. No work made from commercial kits, molds, patterns, stencils, etc will be allowed. Reproductions of original artwork and/or prints may be sold but must not comprise of the entire booth.

  • All sales shall be conducted between the artist and the buyer.

  • Galleries may not host booths to represent artists.

  • All exhibitors booths will be viewed by Art Colony representatives at various points during the festival. If an artist is found to be violating any of the rules or is found to be behaving in an unacceptable manner, that artist may be asked to leave.

  • For full listing of rules, please see the 2019 Festival Artist Guide.

Booth Information
  • Jury Fee: $35
  • Booth Fee: $200
  • Double Booth requests will ONLY be available on a limited basis and if space allows. We strive to give as many artists opportunities to exhibit their work in individual booths before we assign double booths.  Double booth artists must pay TWO booth fees.

Set up
  • Check-in and set-up is from 3:00 to 8:00pm, Friday and 6:30 to 8:00am Saturday.
  • Festival Hours are 9am - 5pm Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday.
  • Booths are required to remain in place until 4pm on Sunday. If an artist abandons their booth before the end of the festival, they may not be allowed to return to the festival in future years.