Event Information

Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff 2019

Lake Bluff Park in St. Joseph, Michigan
St. Joseph, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 269.983.0271
Event Dates: 7/13/19 - 7/14/19
Application Deadline: 2/4/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee ( Early Application Discount Use Code #KAFdiscount ): $45.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Welcome to the 58th annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff presented by Krasl Art Center.

Overlooking Lake Michigan the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is touted as having outstanding volunteers and for providing a great artist experience.  Each year a new jury of professionals in the arts is recruited to review applications.  Welcoming an estimated 50,000 attendees, the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff is one of the most prestigious and well-attended events in southwest Michigan.   The KAF is ranked in the top 20 art fairs in Sunshine Artist Magazine.

St. Joseph is located next to Benton Harbor, Michigan, which is home to appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corporation and is 1 1/2 hour drive from Chicago and Grand Rapids. This established art fair attracts fine art and fine craft artists and an educated and inquisitive buying audience from all over the US and Canada.

General Information
58th Annual Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff
A Fine Art, Fine Craft Art Fair

EARLYBIRD APPLICATION DEADLINE:  December 31, 2018  Fee of $35.00 - use the coupon code #KAFdiscount, register before December 31, 2018 and save $10.00!
Fee After December 31: $45

Art Fair Dates:       
Saturday, July 13, 2019 10am-6pm
                              Sunday, July 14, 2019  10am-5pm
Location:               Lake Bluff Park, St. Joseph Michigan
Mailing Address:   Krasl Art Center
                              707 Lake Blvd.
                              St. Joseph, MI  49085
Phone: 269.983.0271
Email:   artfair@krasl.org
Website: www.krasl.org
Facebook:  www.facebook/KraslArtFair
Instagram:  www.instagram.com/kraslartfair

Application Open
Thursday, Novmber, 1, 2018
Application Deadline:  Thursday, February 1, 2019
Jury Date:  Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Jury Location:  Lake Michigan College Mendel Center Mainstage
                           2755 E. Napier Avenue, Benton Harbor, MI  49022
Notification Date:  Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Booth Payment Deadline:  Friday, March 22, 2019
Withdrawal for Refund minus $50:  Saturday, April 13, 2019

  • Booths are located in beautiful Lake Bluff Park with trees, lake breezes and a gorgeous view of Lake Michigan.
  • Krasl Art Fair Best of Categories: $100 cash award for each category (by highest score), and automatic invitation to return in 2020. All awards presented at the Sunday Morning Round Table Discussion.
  • Krasl Board of Directors' Choice Award: winner receives an automatic invitation to return in 2020 and a $100 cash award.
  • Free Artist-only: off-street parking close to the fair during show plus reserved overnight parking for RVs and vans.
  • Curb-side unloading and loading.
  • Roomy booths with ample storage space.
  • Police officers patrol the park Friday and Saturday nights of the KAF. During the KAF police officers are present and ready to respond as needed.
  • Electricity available in half the booths.
  • Private Artist Lounge in Krasl Art Center
  • Booth sitters are available to provide breaks for artists.
  • Booth signs identify the artist the category and their city and state..
  • Invitation to the Friday Night Block party from 5:00– 9:00 pm. 
  • Free continental breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings, featuring pastries from award-winning Bit of Swiss Pastry Shoppe.
  • Marketing materials will be designed using artwork from select, accepted artists.
  • E-marketing ad for facebook provided
  • Promoted in Chicago, Indiana and Michigan media markets.
  • Spectacular KAF Artist Guidebook listing artists’ names, color images, categories, etc.
  • 10% discount for KAF artists in Krasl Art Center Gift Shop.
  • A committee and staff that is dedicated to making our show the artists’ favorite.


All artists must apply online through ZAPPlication® by 11:59pm (eastern standard time) on Friday, February 1, 2019.  A separate application, images and fee of $45 must be submitted for each category an individual artist enters.  Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented.  Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category.  A Collaborative team (up to 2 people) producing a single product may qualify as a single exhibitor.  Artists must use a separate and distinct profile to apply in multiple categories. 

Digital Images:
Please submit a total of five (5) digital images, professional quality.  Four (4) digital images must be of individual pieces of current work and one (1) digital image, (number 5) must be of our current booth display.  The display slide should reveal no names, have no people standing in the booth and have only your work displayed in the booth.  If possible, booth display should represent an outdoor booth setup.  The booth display image is used on site for quality control purposes.
ATTENTION EXEMPT ARTISTS (2018 Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff Award Winners)
If you are and award winner from the 2018 fair, it is not necessary for you to submit the $45 application fee.  Simply complete an application on ZAPP with five digital images and enter the coupon code that will be emailed to you in early January.  This code will function as a waiver of your application fee.  Upon receipt of your application, your application status will be changed to "Invited."  Please then log in to your ZAPP account to accept the invitation and purchase your booth.  Booth fees still apply for Exempt artists.


Application fee: $45 - non-refundable

Booth Fees:  
  • 10'x10'-  $375                 Corner $475
  • 15'x10' - $425                 Corner $575
  • 20'x10' or larger - $475    Corner $675

If it becomes necessary to withdraw from the show, please email artfair@krasl.org. Deadline for cancellation for a refund- less a $50 administrative fee- is Friday, April 13, 2019. After that date no refunds will be given.

  • 2D (Drawing, Mixed Media): Artistic creations using chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayon, etc. or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.   May use more than one basic material or object, or a combination of multiple mediums.
  • Painting: Artistic creations using paint – acrylic, oils, or watercolors (including egg tempera) – on an appropriately prepared 2D surface. 
  • Photography:  Photographs made from the artist’s original image, from film and/or original digital files. 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, are included in this category. If a photographer copies hand-painted photographs, the photographs 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. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes. Work must be signed, using only archival quality materials.
  • Digital:  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 and use 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. Digital Art prints must be made from the artist’s original digital file under the artist’s supervision.
  • Printmaking:  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
  • Jewelry:  Jewelry hand crafted from precious jewels and metals, semi-precious stones, clay, polymer clay, metals, glass, fiber, paper, pebbles, glass, wood, lab created gems and found objects, etc. No production studio work is allowed. Only those artists who jury and are accepted in the jewelry category may sell jewelry.
  • Fibers:  Materials crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, papermaking, etc.
  • Clay:  Fired pieces constructed using clay. They can be thrown, hand-built, or cast in artist made molds.  Objects are decorative or sculptural, and may or may not be utilitarian in function. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign and number each piece.
  • Glass: Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln-formed or crafted by glass blowing, molding, casting or stained glass. Works may be etched or engraved.
  • Sculpture:  Figurative or abstract 3D decorative works using traditional stone, wood, clay, metal, or mixed materials. (Objects created primarily with fibers or glass should apply in that category.)
  • Functional 3-D:  Functional objects such as furniture, vessels, toys, etc. created from wood, metal, stone, or other materials.(Objects created primarily with fibers or glass should apply in that category.)

Approximately 200 artists will exhibit at the 2019 art fair.  A total of twelve (12) 2018 award winners have been invited to return.  The remaining exhibition slots will be determined through a competitive jury process.
The jury is comprised of working artists and art professionals, who have: 
  • A broad and well-rounded knowledge of art
  • Integrity
  • The ability to assess art beyond own taste
  • A fair and open minded approach
  • A high standard of aesthetic excellence

  • Instructions are given to the five (5) jurors an artist methouds and meterials statement is read for each artist.
  • Our jury process is open and transparent, artists and the public are invited to attend.
  • We do our best to ensure the process is objective with clear, concise jury instructions.
  • The jury will view each artists's set of five images projected simultaneously in a horizontal grouping, arranged in random order. 
  • The process, materials and dimensions for each image as well as artist information statements will be read alound to the jury and public audience. 
  • Images will be scored from 1 (low) to7 (high) omitting number 4.·The artists with the highest scores in each category will be invited to participate.
  • A well-balanced show of artistic excellence, quality, creativity and overall impression of work are the criteria for selection of exhibitors.  The KAF does not have quotas.
  • The top 200 scorers receive invitations.
  • A waiting list is comprised of the next artist's with the next highest scores.  They will be contacted as space becomes available. 
  • Decisions of the jury are final.

  • 3-5 jurors - all who participated in the digital jury.
  • Jurying takes place on Saturday, the first day of the show.
  • Rules and guidelines are reviewed with judges.
  • Best of Category awards are given to the artist with the highest score in each category.
  • The awards are finalized Saturday evening and presented at Sunday morning's Artist Breakfast.
  • Best of Category award winners receive exemption from jurying for 2020 and a cash award.

  • Artists who are not accepted, but received high scores in their category from the jurors, will be placed on our wait list and informed of this decision by e-mail. 
  • Any vacancies are filled by the Artist Committee using scores and category consideration to ensure a balanced show.
  • In the event of a cancellation on the Friday before and or Saturday morning of the KAF, vacancies are filled by artists who completed the jury process and are available and willing to be on site. If there is more than one juried artist present, a random drawing will determine the participant.

The Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff (KAF) maintains high standards of quality in fine art/fine crafts. All work must be the creation of the exhibiting artist: the original concept, design, and execution must be attributable solely to the displaying artist(s). All work on display must be consistent with the images submitted. Artists must be 18 years of age or older.  We enforce our rules in order to preserve the highest level of artist participation and integrity for the Krasl Art Fair on the Bluff. 

KAC strictly enforces the following rules.  Applications found to not comply may be disqualified by the Artist Committee prior to jury. An Artist at the Art Fair whose booth is out of compliance may be asked to leave. Application or booth fees will not be refunded.  
  • The Artist Committee will review applications prior to jury to ensure they comply with all rules.  Krasl Art Center reserves the right to reject any application if the committee determines that it does not comply with rules.   Artists will be informed by email if this action is deemed necessary. Application fees will not be refunded.
  • Artists must have original artwork for purchase in their booth. Sample displays for orders must not dominate booth. Work appropriated from others to be exhibited or sold, regardless of the final form or changes of any kind made to the original work are not allowed.
  • Artwork exhibited at the event must be consistent with the artwork featured in juried slides.  New work or variations in concept must be limited to 10% or less of the booth space. Artwork must be of the same discipline as the work juried and must maintain the same high standard of quality. Digital images must show current/original artwork and be representative of work being sold and or displayed in your booth.
  • Photo ID required at check-in. Only the accepted, primary artist or collaborator (name must be included as co-collaborator on the application) may register. STRICTLY ENFORCED
  • Collaborating artists (no more than 2) 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 sold. All work displayed at the Krasl Art Fair (KAF) must bear the signature or mark of both collaborators. Collaborators participate in both the creation and production of the work; they are not assistants or business partners, apprentices, employees, or a part of a production studio. Activities such as canvas stretching, framing, and similar means of assistance are not considered elements of a collaborative process.
  • Applying in more than one category is permitted; 

    Artists wishing to exhibit work produced in more than one media category must submit a separate application for each media. Only one application may be submitted per body of work represented. Multiple applications must represent either work in different media categories or distinctly separate bodies of work within one category. It is not acceptable to submit multiple applications for the same body of work in multiple categories. A duplicate of this nature will be removed with no refund of application fee. Artists may exhibit and sell artwork only in the medium or category accepted by the jury.

  • PLEASE NOTE: If you would like to sell jewelry in your booth and it is not the primary medium in which you are accepted (for example you are juried in clay functional and you would also like to sell clay pendants), you must also apply in the jewelry category and the jury will decide if your jewelry can be included.
  • All work exhibited and/or sold at the KAF 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. No buy/sell allowed. Studios producing works in volume (i.e. with components of artwork that are made by persons other than the artist or collaborator) are not eligible for entry.
  • Mass production is not allowed and is defined as repetition of style, design, and/or concept of work. This type of work is usually produced in large quantities, with or without the assistance of other persons. Additionally, ready-made or factory produced objects (e.g., clothing, furniture, etc.) which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed or batiked are not allowed regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist and regardless of any differences between the original form or appearance of the work and the final form or appearance.
  • Displays are to remain intact until 5:01pm Sunday. No vehicles will be permitted on Lake Blvd. until 5:01pm Sunday, July 14, 2019. Non-compliance will mean automatic exclusion from next year’s KAF.
  • All displays will be viewed by the Quality Control Coordinator throughout the fair to ensure exhibitors comply with Art Fair rules.
  • An artist statement with photo must be displayed during the KAF describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used.
  • A booth sign bearing name, booth number, medium, city and state will be provided. This must be prominently displayed for the judges to quickly see and be easily reachable during the on-site jurying process.
  • Except for reasonable, short breaks, artists must be present with their work for duration of the Krasl Art Fair. No agents or representatives may stand in place of the artist.
  • Insurance.  Artists are responsible for proper insurance and protection of work and setup.  The KAF will not be responsible for damage to work or setup for any reason.  All artists are required to maintain and provide proof of insurance before they are allowed to setup and exhibit.
  • Sorry, NO pets are permitted on site, for either the public or artists. This is a City Ordinance prohibiting pets in the park the entire weekend of the KAF.
  • Past infractions may disqualify your application from being juried.  Fees NOT refunded.

Evolving Artwork: The KAF allows for a small portion (no more than 15%) of ‘new work’ as a gesture to allow artists to keep evolving into other bodies of work. In order to respect the decisions of the jury - the rules for an artist that would like to participate are as follows:

  • ​ New work may only make up 15% of the exhibit space
  • Work must be within the same discipline as the work juried into the show
  • "New Work’ must be original, handcrafted work
The goal of this new program is to allow artists to continue to grow and change while maintaining the high artistic standards of the show jury process. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us at artfair@krasl.org

Reproduction Policy: 
  • A reproduction is defined as any existing work of art (such as a painting, pastel, drawing, etc.) that is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, a serigraph press, or through a computer printer. This definition includes giclees and reproductions and any additional enhancement by the artist. This does not apply to photography and or the digital categories.
  • Framed reproductions must be signed, numbered in an edition not to exceed 250, and may be displayed in browse bins and/or hung on one (1) wall of the booth, not to exceed (10) ten linear feet.
  • All hanging framed reproductions must be individually labeled “REPRODUCTION” or “LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTION.” This notice must appear on the front of each item displayed. Labeling a work “giclee” is not adequate.
  • All non framed reproductions must be signed, numbered in editions not to exceed 250, and displayed in browse bins only. Browse bins must be clearly marked as “REPRODUCTION.” They may not be hung.
  • Three Dimensional reproductions must be signed and numbered. In the medium of Clay, no commercial molds are allowed, only molds made and signed by the artist may be used.
  • Cards, note cards, etc. are permitted, but must be labeled as reproductions if they are not original works. (These do not have to be individually labeled as long as the grouping/display is labeled as reproductions.)
  • In all cases, the work must be produced by the exhibiting artist, and by no one else.
  • If you have questions concerning the eligibility of the work you wish to exhibit and sell, please contact us.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Images may not be reproduced on tiles, coasters, or other non-fine art or archival mediums. The only exception to this is for our Children’s Art Purchase Program (CAPP) where artists can offer their art for sale at $10 and under.

Booth Information

Booth Space
  • Booths (10’, 15’ or 20’) have an extra foot on each side. 
  • Please indicate space requirements, special needs, or preferred booth number if known.
  • Booth spaces are assigned by the following order:
    • First preference: Exempt Artists
    • Second preference: re-jurying artists who were accepted
    • Specific requests are honored to the best of our ability.
  • Be aware booth spaces are on a grassy bluff.
  • Electricity may be available on even numbered (bluff side) booths. No electricity is available on odd-numbered booths (street side).
Office Hours Monday-Friday, 10 AM-4 PM Eastern Standard Time
Phone: 269.983.0271 
Email: artfair@krasl.org