Event Information

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original 2019

N. University, E. Washington and Ingalls Mall
Ann Arbor, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 734-994-5260
Event Dates: 7/18/19 - 7/21/19
Application Deadline: 4/11/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original Application Fee): $0.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
From March 16th – April 9th, 2019, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair application is open for our “New Art, New Artists College Student Program” ONLY.  ONLY ONE APPLICATION PER STUDENT IS ALLOWED.

The New Art, New Artists (NANA) College Student Program offers college students the experience of selling their artwork as an Art Fair Artist and the guidance to do it successfully.  Each student will be mentored by career art fair artists and will exhibit their own artwork in a major national art fair without incurring any of the costs.  Students gain a great deal of artistic exposure and experience firsthand what it’s like to be an arts entrepreneur. 

Eight college artists will be selected through a jury process to show in the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original.  To apply for the "New Art, New Artists College Student Program" you must currently be enrolled as a student at a Michigan college or university.

If you are looking for the general Ann Arbor Street Art Fair application, our application has CLOSED.  The application for 2020 opens at the end of October and closes in early January (dates TBA).

General Information
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair (AASAF) is the original of a collective of four concurrent and contiguous fairs that transform central Ann Arbor into a massive outdoor art gallery each July.  Established in 1960 as part of Ann Arbor’s Sidewalk Sales, the Street Art Fair quickly became a 501(c)3 non-profit  arts organization with a mission of increasing public knowledge and appreciation for contemporary fine arts and fine crafts.  Over the ensuing 59 years, and additional art fairs, the Original Fair has continued to focus on the art, the artists and the art buyers.  Known for its consistently high quality, all original work, the Street Art Fair resides on the streets surrounding the historic Burton Carillon Tower and the tree-lined central campus of the University of Michigan and does not host sidewalk sales or vendor booths.  The Street Art Fair was voted one of the “Top Ten Best Art Festivals” in the country in an USA TODAY Reader’s Poll and is continually in the Art Fair Calendar “Top Ten Best Art Fairs” & Art Fair Source Books “Elite 25”.  In addition, we ranked 8th in the nation in the latest Sunshine Artist’s “Top 100 Fine Art Shows” poll.

July 18 – Sunday, July 21, 2019: CELEBRATING 60 YEARS OF ORIGINALITY

Invited artists will receive the following benefits:
  • Guidance on how to add street sales to your portfolio of artistic sales opportunities
  • Professional art fair artists to serve as mentors and resources
  • Waived booth fee ($650 booth and $100 electricity)
  • Use of a shared 50 x 10 display tent provided by Street Art Fair
  • Professional listing in Street Art Fair’s publications, website and PR materials
  • Access to invitations, amenities, information and premiums
  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Michigan college or university to be eligible
  • The application process is open March 16th – April 9th, 2019
  • Visit Zapplication.org to create an artist profile and submit your application
  • Applicants are required to submit four digital images of their work and an artist biographical statement.
The Street Art Fair, as well as the three other concurrent art fairs in Ann Arbor, market collectively and individually, resulting in hundreds of feature articles and listings, an enormous social media presence, as well as Detroit area TV and radio coverage.
Major marketing pieces include:
  • A sponsorship with the Detroit area CBS affiliate provides broadcast advertising for two weeks in advance of the Fair. 
  • The Ann Arbor Art Fairs Official Event Guide: lists each artist by media, booth, and alphabetically. Ad space available for purchase.
  • The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, features different artists on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter feeds, which have 14,300 followers and continues to grow.  In addition, the combined Ann Arbor Art Fair pulls our feed and posts, reaching several thousand additional followers.
  • Consistent e-newsletters keep fair-goers up to date on Street Art Fair news.
  • www.artfair.org; The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original’s mobile responsive website (over 10 million hits a year) includes images of artists’ work, brief artist statements and links to artists’ website.
  • www.theannarborartfair.com site listing; a mobile responsive site for the combined Ann Arbor Art fair.
  • Vehicle access to the Fair site, as well as easy dolly access during set up/teardown.
  • Private security, patrolling city and university police after Fair hours.
  • Artist Hospitality: morning coffee and bagels and snacks throughout the day, access to indoor restrooms, free cold water and volunteer booth sitters.
  • Flatbed dollies are available for artist’s use.
  • Friday Award Announcement Breakfast/Lunch.
  • Saturday on-site lunch for artists.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done. 

2D Mixed Media: Two-dimensional work in which the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more mediums in one piece.

3D Mixed Media: Three-dimensional work in which the primary intention of the work is the union of two or more mediums in one piece.

Ceramics:  Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.

Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, using archival papers, inks, and emulsions.   

Drawing: Work created in which the main body is made by using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of ink.  Reproduction prints are not allowed.

Fiber: Includes leather, baskets, dolls, paper, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. Factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.

Furniture: Original, handmade furniture designed and fabricated using raw/unfinished material. Factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.

Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted. 

Jewelry: All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category.

Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.

Painting: Acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolor paintings are accepted in this medium.  Reproduction prints are not allowed.

Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered on archival material and all work displayed in the booth must be for sale. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces, and/or framing options is prohibited.

Printmaking: Only hand pulled original prints are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed and numbered.

Sculpture:  Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes where the form is made, mainly, in  a single medium.

Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

NANA participants will be juried by the Art Fair Jury Advisory Board between April 12-15, 2019.  Artists will be notified of results by April 17th, 2019.


Before applying, please make sure your work meets the following criteria. By applying you agree to abide by the rules, policies and decisions of the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is a highly selective fine art fair. Participating artists' booths will be visited periodically throughout the fair by the Jury Advisory Board or staff to ensure compliance with the rules. Artists will be required to remove all work that is not in compliance. Persistent and/or major violation of the rules may result in expulsion from the Fair and ineligibility for future fairs.
  1. All work must be original, handcrafted work which complies with the media definitions listed in this prospectus.
  2. Work must be designed and created by the artist solely.
  3. No reproductions of original work are allowed.
  4. No commercial products are allowed.
  5. Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury.
  6. All work exhibited must be of the quality and type of that shown in the juried images. The AASAF reserves the right to ask an artist to remove work that does not meet this requirement.
  7. Artists must prominently display an Artist Statement, with the artist’s picture, describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used to make the work.
  8. Artists must be present with their work for the entire four days of the Fair.  All artists must check in at Registration upon arrival. Photo ID is required.
  9. If you produce work in editions, you must disclose edition numbers to the Fair audience and include in your work descriptions.
  10. Card racks are not allowed.
  11. Artists may not show in other fairs, exhibitions or events in Ann Arbor taking place at the same time as the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

Booth Information

NANA participants will share a 50' x 10' tent provided by the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.  Artist set-up is Wednesday, July 17th, 2019.

6% MI Sales Tax.  Artists are responsible for the collection, reporting and payment of all taxes.

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