Event Information

Grand Haven Art Festival 2019

Washington Avenue
Grand Haven, Michigan (Midwest)

Event Dates: 6/29/19 - 6/30/19
Application Deadline: 2/15/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $30.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Grand Haven Art Festival is a community event inviting nearly 100 artists from across the country to transform Washington Avenue into a chic, outdoor, art gallery. Ranked number 14 in the Top 200 Shows by Sunshine Artist Magazine, this well-attended event boasts free admission, food vendors, kids’ activities and live music. Residents and visitors from Grand Rapids, Chicago, Detroit and more, visit the annual Grand Haven Art Festival looking to purchase that perfect piece for their homes, cottages and offices. 

The goal of the Grand Haven Art Festival is to provide the communities and visitors of the West Michigan area with a unique opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind art, directly from the artist. The 58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival is coordinated by The Chamber of Commerce Grand Haven, Spring Lake, Ferrysburg with the assistance of a local committee. The Chamber of Commerce has been affiliated with the Festival since its beginning. Join us as we celebrate the arts in Grand Haven, Michigan!

General Information

Show Dates & Hours:
Saturday, June 29; 10am-5pm & Sunday, June 30; 10am-5pm
Dates to Remember:
November 1, 2018:        Application Opens
February 15, 2019:        Application and Jury Fee Deadline
March 15, 2019:             Notifications Emailed
April 15, 2019:                Booth Fees Due
May 15, 2019:                Cancellation for Partial-Refund Deadline
June 29 & 30, 2019:       Show Dates, 10am – 5pm both days
The first three blocks of Washington Avenue in downtown Grand Haven, Michigan. Grand Haven is a popular Lake Michigan beach town that is 35 minutes from Grand Rapids and three hours from Chicago, Traverse City and Detroit.
Items sold must be original and handcrafted by the displaying artist(s). The exhibitor must be the designer and creator of the art.

Artist Amenities:
  • Artist Awards
    • Artists to win Best in Show, Jury's Choice and Excellence Award, all selected by an onsite jury, will be invited to participate in the 2020 Grand Haven Art Festival without jury and application fee. These winners also receive cash prizes. 
    • Honorable Mention Award in each category and the People's Choice Award will be invited to participate in the 2020 Grand Haven Art Festival without jury and application fee.
  • Complimentary morning coffee and pastries Saturday and Sunday.
  • Complimentary snacks and water brought to artists.
  • Host an Artist program - free accommodations with residents for artists. 
  • Artist Social the first night of the Festival. 
  • Roaming Booth Sitters to allow for artist breaks.
  • Boxed lunches available for purchase and delivered directly to artist’s booth Saturday and Sunday.
  • Artist-only parking reserved one block from the start of the show.
  • Extensive Festival marketing and promotion.
  • Artist survey to collect feedback, comments and suggestions.
  • Paid security Friday and Saturday nights throughout the Festival.
  • Grand Haven Art Festival Brochure including name, booth number and contact information of all participating artists accepted and paid by April 15.
  • Featured Artist option in GHAF Brochure at discounted price (limited available). 
  • Booth sign with name, business, booth number, medium, city and state for easy identification.
  • Information packet provided in April including lodging options, area information, event logistics, etc.
  • A welcoming and excited community for the 58th Annual Grand Haven Art Festival, a top-rated show! 
Jury Fee:
$30 non-refundable jury fee is due with application. This can be paid with credit card, online only. Applications will not be processed until payment is received. 
Booth Fee:
Upon acceptance, the $275 booth fee will be due April 15, 2019. If the booth fee is not received by April 15, artist will be removed from the participating list and placed on a waiting list. A limited number of double booths will be available for $550.

Other Fees:
Limited electricity is offered for an additional $55.
Limited artist ads will be sold in the Grand Haven Art Festival brochure at $150 (1/2 Page) and $75 (1/4 Page).
Lunch delivered to artist’s booth for $8-10.
Program Ads and Program Featured Artist Listings (prices vary).

Application Process:
Application must be fully completed and jury fee payment must be received before the application will be processed. Deadline is February 15, 2019. Four (4) digital images of work plus one (1) digital image of the outdoor booth display are required. These images are extremely important, as they are one of the only things the jury sees. Do not submit an image containing the artist, artist name, other people or with any identifiable signage. Submitting photos with any of these things may result in an automatic denial. More information regarding picture formatting may be found here: https://www.zapplication.org/help-center.php?page=image-preparation.
Artists will apply in one of the following categories. If more than one category fits, a separate application and jury fee is required for each category. Only one application per category is allowed. Artists may only apply a maximum of two times (in two different categories). Please read all category descriptions completely. 
  • Clay
    Functional or sculptural, original clay or porcelain work.
  • Digital Art
    Original work in which the original image, or manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered. Artists using a digital camera to produce work, but who are not altering the image, should apply under Photography.
  • Drawing
    Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
  • Fiber
    Wearable or decorative work including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, papermaking. No forms of mass production are accepted.
  • Glass
    Works are functional or decorative and are kiln-formed, crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting.
  • Jewelry
    All jewelry, no matter the medium, must apply in this category. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.
  • Metal
    Sculptural or functional work using metal as its primary medium.
  • Mixed Media
    2D and 3D work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.
  • Painting
    Acrylic, oil and watercolors apply to this category.
  • Photography
    Film and digital files used to create photographs from the artist’s original image. Work must be printed by the artist or under the artist’s direct supervision.
  • Printmaking
    Only hand pulled original prints; must be in limited editions, signed and numbered.
  • Sculpture
    3D work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.
  • Wood
    Primary material is wood, either functional or decorative.
Collaborators participate in both the creation and the production of the work; they are not assistants, business partners, employees, apprentices or part of the production studio. All work displayed must bear the names of both collaborators. No more than two collaborators will be accepted and both collaborators must be named on the application. The artist and collaborator(s) must check-in and be present for the entire two-day show.
A reproduction is defined as any existing work of art (painting, pastel, drawing, etc.) that is copied by digital or photographic means and does not apply in the digital art category. At this time, reproduction pieces will be permitted under these guidelines. If at any time, members of the Art Festival staff feel that artists are taking advantage of these rules, the artist will be required to remove all said work and will not receive a refund. All reproductions must be clearly labeled “reproduction.” They must be signed and numbered editions by the artist of no more than 250 and make up an ancillary part of the artist’s display. We ask that you be truthful and honest about your work and label it as a reproduction if it is not in fact an original so that our customers know what they are buying and will continue to shop our Art Festival.
Jury Process:
The jury panel is comprised of a five- to six-person panel with a diverse background and skill set, including working artists, gallery directors and members of the arts community at large. The directing organization does not have a representative on the panel of jurors. The 2019 Art Festival will be comprised of approximately 100 artist spaces. The make-up of artists will be 17 invited artists from 2018 due to their high scores, and 80-83 artists invited through the jury process in February. An additional group of artists will be placed on the wait list.

Acceptance Process:
Those artists selected to participate by the jury will be notified through Zapplication.org by March 15, 2019. Artists must respond and submit the booth payment no later than April 15, 2019. If an artist does not submit payment by this date, another artist will be invited in their place. 
Cancellation Policy:
Cancellations received on or before May 15, 2019 will receive a 70% refund. Cancellations received after May 15 will not receive a refund. Cancellations must be made in writing to msherman@grandhavenchamber.org and are not confirmed until the Grand Haven Art Festival Director sends confirmation of receipt.

Artist Attendance:
The artist(s) must be present for the entirety of the show. Photo ID will be required upon check-in along with vehicle license plate number(s).

***Set Up & Registration:
Artists must register before they will be permitted to set up. Due to the location of the Art Festival on the main downtown street, the City does not permit closing of this street until 11pm Friday evening, and does not allow artists to set up until 12am once all vehicles have been removed. We understand that this is not preferable for artists and provide a Saturday morning set up as well.
Friday evening, Registration/Artist Check-in will open no later than 9pm. Set up will begin at 12am (midnight) June 29. Artists must register no later than 11:30pm to be included in the initial staging of set up. Artists will be staged in the parking lot according to their booth number and directed to their section of Washington Avenue once approval from the Police Department has been given. Artists who register after 11:30pm will have to dolly from a nearby parking lot.

Registration will reopen at 6am Saturday morning, however drive-up access to booths cannot be guaranteed. Artists may register Friday evening and set up Saturday morning. All vehicles must be removed by 9am Saturday morning and all booths must be set up and ready for view by 9:45am.

***This set up process is subject to change. 

Sales Tax:
Artists are responsible for collecting, reporting and submitting the sales tax of 6% to the State of Michigan.
Onsite Jury:
A panel of five to six jury members will visit each artist’s booth starting Saturday at 10am. Only booths displaying their artist sign, provided by Grand Haven Art Festival, will be juried. After reviewing each booth based on the listed criteria, awards will be presented for the Best in Show, Jury’s Choice and Excellence Award, along with an Honorable Mention for each category, and a People's Choice winner. All award winners will receive an invitation to participate in 2020 without jury and will be featured following the show on our Facebook page. Winners will be announced during the show. 
      -  Excellent style, quality, design and execution
      -  Attractiveness of the display                                                     
      -  Artist’s customer service provided to guests    
      -  Comparison of artwork displayed to that which was juried     
      -  Community interest/purchasing of art work
      -  Best in Show ($500, Certificate, & Artwork used in 2020 Promotional Materials)
      -  Jury’s Choice ($300 & Certificate)
      -  Excellence Award ($200 & Certificate)
      -  Honorable Mention for each Category (Certificate)
      -  People's Choice (Certificate)

Grand Haven Art Festival will take place rain or shine, so artists must be prepared for inclement weather. In the event that severe weather is in the forecast, the Grand Haven Art Festival committee has the right to close the show early. Should this happen, no refund will be given.
Overnight security will be present Friday and Saturday night as well as throughout the show. It is not recommended that artists leave valuable property in their booth overnight. Artists are responsible for the loss or damage to any property left in the venue.

  • All artwork must be the original, handcrafted work of the displaying artist.
  • Buy/Sell vendors are strictly prohibited. Artwork will not be permitted if it is created from non-artist made molds, kits or other commercial methods. Artwork produced in studios involved in volume production will not be permitted, nor will work that is mass-produced or ready-made items (clothing, furniture, etc.) with artistic embellishments. 
  • Photo ID is required for check-in; only the primary artist may register. A representative of the artist with the artist's ID is not acceptable. If a collaborator is listed on the application, they too will be required for check-in and must present a Photo ID.
  • The displaying artist must be present for the entirety of the show, with the exception of short, reasonable breaks. No agent or representative may stand in for the artist.
  • The work of only one exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned booth space, with the exception of artist collaborators. Please see “Collaborator” section for more information. Both collaborators must be present for the entirety of the show.
  • Artists may display artwork only in the category in which they were accepted. All artwork displayed in the booth must be comparable to artwork shown in images. Ineligible work will be removed from the festival. 
  • Booth areas are to look professional at all times. If items sell out, artists can maintain the booth with one or more of the following: displaying portfolio pictures and/or showroom samples or retaining sold artwork for delivery after the event.
  • No ribbons from other events may be displayed.
  • Artists must comply with all safety requirements, including weighted tents, fire lane provisions and vehicles must be parked only in designated areas.
  • Artists closing their booth prior to the end of the show will not be permitted to return.
  • Each artist is responsible to collect, report and pay the State of Michigan sales taxes at 6%.
  • A booth sign with artist name, business, booth number, medium, city and state will be provided at registration. This sign must be prominently displayed on the front of your booth during the entirety of the show. If the sign is not in place, the booth will not be juried onsite.
  • Four (4) images of the artwork plus one (1) of the booth must be submitted with the application. The show organizers reserve the right to use one or more of these images for marketing purposes, including social media, and for the Grand Haven Art Festival brochure.
  • Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artists and will result in removal from the show without a refund. A submitted application indicates your agreement that noncompliance may result in removal from the show, jurying process, and future shows.

Booth Information
Booth spaces are approximately 10.5’ wide x 12’ deep on pavement in the middle of Washington Avenue. The majority of booths will be set up in quads; two sides will be shared with neighboring artists and two sides will be open to the walkway (essentially a corner booth). A small amount of storage room will be available within each quad that will be shared by the artists. The minority of booths are set up in straight lines along the middle of Washington Avenue. These booths do not provide storage but allow attendees to view from either side of the street. A fire lane will be identified - artists are not allowed to have awnings or displays encroach this lane.

Artists are required to provide their own WHITE tent for set up as well as the necessary racks, tables and fixtures for their display. Tents are REQUIRED to be properly weighted on all corners. Weights will not be provided by the Art Festival. Artists are not allowed to stake their tents. Any property damage caused by the artist's actions, display, tent or vehicle will be the sole financial responsibility of the artist.

All trash and debris must be removed from the artist's area before exiting the Festival grounds. We ask that the artists leave the area in the same, if not better, condition than when the artists arrived.
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