Event Information

Lakeshore Art Festival 2019

Downtown Muskegon
Muskegon, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 231-724-3176
Event Dates: 7/5/19 - 7/6/19
Application Deadline: 2/1/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Lakeshore Art Festival is a unique mix of arts, crafts, food and family fun in historic downtown Muskegon. Guests will enjoy a juried fine art and craft fair, as well as vibrant streets brimming with unique artisan food products, children’s activities, entertainment and more! With convenient affordable parking, outstanding accommodations and restaurants nearby, this is a must-attend event!

General Information

Event Dates/Times
Friday, July 5        10am-6pm
Saturday, July 6   10am-6pm
Important Dates to Remember
October 15, 2018:  Application For Submission Open
February 1, 2019:  Application Deadline (Application fee non-refundable)
February 11-22:  Jury Dates
March 1:  Notification of Acceptance
March 23:  Booth Fees Due
May 1:  Cancellation refund deadline. (Last date to refund and receive 100% of Booth fee less $50 administration fee. After May 1 no refunds.)
July 4:  Event Set Up (Times to be listed in acceptance letter)
July 5:  Event 10am-6pm
July 6:  Event 10am-6pm
July 6:  Take Down 6pm-9pm
Registration Fees (Paper applications are NOT available)
$35         Via Zapplications (non-refundable)
$250       Fine Art/Fine Craft
$180       Craft / Children’s Lane / Artisan Food Market
Application discounts are available for Muskegon Museum of Art and Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce members. Previous year fine art award winners are exempt from registration fee. If you are a member of one of these organizations or award winner email:
artfest@muskegon.org for online discount code. 
Event Categories
Fine Art / Fine Craft: Art in the Park
Art in the Park is held in historic Hackley Park, a green landscaped square block that features beautiful trees and flowers, interior and perimeter sidewalks, historic sculptures and a center circle. It is located in the heart of downtown Muskegon’s Heritage District, home to the Muskegon Museum of Art, Lakeshore Museum Center, Monet’s Garden, Hackley Library, and Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts.
Crafts: Craft Fair / Artisan Food Market / Children's Lane
The Craft Market will flow through beautiful downtown Muskegon and will include only handcrafted goods. Absolutely NO buy and sell. The Craft Market footprint will end at the Children’s Lane. Crafters will not have booths in the children’s area unless specifically desired. 
Each exhibitor display space will be at least 12’x12’. Spaces will be allocated at the discretion of the Lakeshore Art Festival organizers. Requests will be considered and met whenever possible. Corner spaces are not charged or allocated as prime locations. Electrical or water service is NOT available. Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own display, tent and booth equipment.

Exhibition Standards
All work must be of original design and processed by the artists (“handcrafted”). Artists may not exhibit or sell subcontracted work. Absolutely NO buy/sell. Images submitted must be the only products brought to the show. Any items brought to show not listed in application will asked to be removed.  Very limited reproductions are acceptable and only in certain mediums. Using rule of booth space 90% original and 10% reproductions. All work must be safe and non-toxic and fit for its intended use. If any work requires special or limited use, the artist must fully disclose and explain this to the public.

The work exhibited by the artist must match the quality and balance of the images submitted to Lakeshore Art Festival for consideration. The jury reserves the right to reject items during the show, which are in poor taste, or not the quality or media category submitted for review. Exhibitors not in compliance with the rules and regulations will be asked to leave the show immediately without a refund.

Such items as imports, plants, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit items and any commercially or factory produced merchandise from artist shops of any kind are not eligible for entry. Any commercially produced parts used in a work must play a subordinate role and may not be sold separately. Any art brought to the show and not submitted within application will be subject for on-site rejection.

Exhibitors may not display more than a few items that are essentially alike (less than 15% of booth space). Artist should avoid a mass produced appearance to their displays.  Artists partnership must both have a part in creating the work, with one member having registered for the space. The artists must exhibit his/her OWN work. 

No weapons may be exhibited or sold.

Exhibitors who violate the exhibition rules will not be allowed to participate the next year or be eligible for prizes. The Lakeshore Art Festival staff makes all decisions regarding rules compliance.

Booth Information
Each exhibitor display space will be at least 12’x12’. Spaces will be allocated at the discretion of the Lakeshore Art Festival organizers. Requests will be considered and met whenever possible. Corner spaces are not charged or allocated as prime locations. Electrical or water service is NOT available. Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own display, tent and booth equipment.

Jury Process
Projected images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process. The jury is comprised of artists, art professionals, exhibitor peers and experienced show coordinators. The jury will view each artist’s set of five images projected simultaneously, arranged by the category. The process, materials and dimensions for each image, as well as artist information statements, will be made available to the jury. Artistic excellence and a well-balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors. Decisions of the jury panel are final. Lakeshore Art Festival committee has the right to reject any exhibitor based on past experience, art submitted or other. Exhibitors will be placed within Fine Art/Fine Craft or Craft Market based on their jury scores. 
- Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist. Booth image requirements must be representative of the booth quality you intend to provide at the event. Please avoid images with any identifiable signage or direct artist face views.  The images must represent what you plan to have at the show. Choose high-quality, good resolution photos that demonstrate product quality and uniqueness. 
- Four images of individual pieces of work. 
- One image of a display including artist’s work that will be in show.
High-resolution (300dpi) electronic photos prefered emailed to: artfest@muskegon.org. 
Fine Art/ Fine Craft Artist Awards
$3,000 in prize money will be awarded to our fine art / fine craft winners. Judging for cash prizes takes place on Friday, July 5. Artist Awards are determined by a professional art juror. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards. Awards will be presented the afternoon of July 5 with prize money presented at close of show. Prize awards are as follows:
$1,000 First Place/Best in Show
$800 Second Place
$600 Third Place
$400 Honorable Mention
$200 Committee’s Choice
Sales Tax
Exhibitors are responsible to collect and remit 6% Michigan sales tax. Call the Michigan Treasury Department at 1-800-367-6263 for sales tax forms.
Set Up/Take Down/Security 
Set up will take place on July 4 and July 5 (exact times will be listed on acceptance letter). Overnight security will be provided on July 4 and July 5. Take down must be completed by 9pm of July 6.
Amenities Include
Extensive marketing and publicity using newspaper, magazine, social media, industry trade publications, posters, postcards, radio advertising, television and billboards. Vehicle access near booth site for easy set up and teardown. Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Thursday and Friday. Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water and baked goods. Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks. $3,000 in Fine Art/Fine Craft awards and Craft Market People’s Choice Awards.  

Media Categories
Acrylics : Artistic creations using a paint comprised of pigment, acrylic polymer as the synthetic binder of the pigments and water on an appropriately prepared 2D surface.

Artisan Food Market: Pre-packaged food products made, created and designed for consumption. All food and beverage products must follow regulations set forth by the Muskegon Health Department.

Authors:  May include authors, poets, writers, illustrators producing and promoting original work. 

Clay-Functional : Fired pieces constructed using clay. They can be thrown, hand-built, or cast in artist-made molds. Objects need to be utilitarian in function: serving pieces, or dinnerware, storage pieces or wildlife usage. Functional pieces are utilitarian and decorative. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign and number each piece.

Clay-Non-Functional : Fired pieces constructed using clay. They can be thrown, hand-built, or cast in artist-made molds. Objects are decorative or sculptural and have no utilitarian purpose.

Digital (Computer) Art: This category includes 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, using 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. This includes photo collage and painting on photographs which need to be in the Photography category. Digital Art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision. In all cases, works need to be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.

Drawing/Pastels: An artistic expression created through the use of chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.

Fibers Wearable/Decorative: Materials crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, doll making, papermaking, etc.

Glass: Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved.

Jewelry : Non/Precious: Jewelry hand crafted from semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, paper, pebbles, glass, wood, lab created gems, found objects, etc. No production studio work is allowed. 

Jewelry : Precious: Jewelry hand crafted from precious jewels and metals. No production studio work is allowed.

Metals : Any non-wearable, functional product that uses metal as its primary medium.

Mixed Media: The use of more than one basic material or object in a given work or the combination of one or more mediums to create an artistic expression on a 2D or 3D surface.

Oils : Artistic creation using a painting comprised of pigment on an appropriately prepared 2D surface.

Photography: Photographs made from the artist’s original image, both from film and original digital files, are included in this category. 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 need to be in this category. If a photographer copies hand painted photographs, that would be a “reproduction” and 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. Please call should you have any doubt as to which category to apply. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work must be signed, using only archival quality materials. In all cases, the work must be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.

Printing/Graphics : 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.

Sculpture : Traditional stone, wood, clay, metal, etc. (not utilitarian or furniture) in figurative or abstract in three dimensional works.

Watercolor : A painting technique using pigments diluted with water to create transparent washes (including egg tempura).

Wood : 1) Woodworking primary material wood; process including power and hand-tool use, carving, etc. Wood pieces can be either functional or decorative. 2) Woodturning primary material wood, primary process lathe turning. Wood pieces can be either functional or decorative.