Event Information

Kohler Arts Center: Midsummer Festival of the Arts 2019

John Michael Kohler Arts Center, (Sheboygan, WI)
Sheboygan, Wisconsin (Midwest)

Phone: (920) 694-4711
Event Dates: 7/20/19 - 7/21/19
Application Deadline: 2/28/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Nonrefundable Jury Fee): $35.00

You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Now in our 49th year, the Midsummer Festival of the Arts remains committed to providing a service to artists and to our audiences. Held at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, WI, the Festival nurtures connections between artists and the public. To ensure the continued participation of as many interested artists as possible, exhibiting artists’ fees are kept moderate. Artists also enjoy many amenities such as opportunities to explore inspiring exhibitions, a special awards banquet, $3,000 in cash prizes, food delivered directly to the booths, and much more. The Festival’s location helps to attract patronage from throughout Wisconsin and northern Illinois; attendance often exceeds 20,000. The event has long been known for its quality as well as its caring, effective staff and volunteers. Just four blocks from Lake Michigan’s shore, this dynamic event is set amidst the gardens surrounding the Arts Center. A welcoming, light-filled, 100,000-square-foot complex, the Arts Center combines a world-class contemporary museum with a lively performing arts venue and renowned residency and commissioning programs.

General Information
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Application deadline.
Manual Application be received at the Arts Center by Thursday, February 14th.
Nonrefundable jury fee checks deposited as they are received.
Friday, March 29, 2019
Artist notification.
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Artist acceptance must be complete and all booth fees paid.
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
Booth fees are nonrefundable after this date. Please see below for cancellation policy.
Friday, May 31, 2019
Booth assignments are announced.
Friday, July 19, 2019
Artist registration is open 12:00–7:00 p.m.
Artists MUST register before setup.
Friday registration is strongly encouraged.
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Artist registration continues: 6:30–9:00 a.m.
Booths MUST be set up by 9:00 a.m.
Art Patron pre-Festival shopping opportunity: 9:00–10:00 a.m.
Festival hours: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Artist Awards Banquet: 5:30–7:00 p.m.
Awards Ceremony: 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 21, 2019
Festival hours: 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Cash awards totaling $3,000 will be given based on the artist’s entire body of work. Excellence, regardless of medium, will be the determining factor. Judging will take place on Saturday, July 20, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Awards will be announced during the Artist Awards Banquet that evening. Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 21; prizewinners who do not return to exhibit on Sunday forfeit the award.
The top five prizewinners from 2019 will receive free, nonjuried entry into the 2020 Arts Festival. All other 2019 prizewinners are automatically accepted into the 2020 event, and need not submit a jurying fee; a booth fee and application through ZAPP will still be required.
The 2019 prizewinners can call (920.458.6144) or email the Arts Center (midsummerfestival@jmkac.org) to receive a coupon code. REMINDER: Even though prizewinners are exempt from the jury, an application must be submitted.

• Two free tickets to the indoor Artist Awards Banquet; the galleries will be open during this time for viewing by banquet guests.
• Traveling Treats carts will roam the grounds with fruit and other light refreshments to enable artists to purchase snacks at their booths.
• Complimentary booth-sitting service will be provided, subject to availability.
• The Silent Auction of works donated by artists in the Festival to the Arts Center provides a marketing opportunity to those artists.
• A detail or complete view of one image from each artist’s slides will be shown on the Arts Center’s website. Artists can choose to have their contact information displayed as well. (The Arts Center does not release this information to patrons.)
• Artists have the opportunity to purchase Festival T-shirts for $10 through ZAPP prior to the Festival. During the Festival, the T-shirt will be $12 for artists and $15 for the public.
• Security guards patrol the grounds Friday and Saturday nights.
• Our advertising, television coverage, radio ads, Festival newspaper inserts, day-of-Festival program, cooperative advertising, Arts Center website, and the Art Patron Program reach local and regional buyers.
• The Midsummer Festival of the Arts features 135 artists each year, creating an intimate Festival that caters
to the artists.
• The 10–12 award winners from the previous year are invited to the Festival without going through the jury process; all others will be juried through the ZAPP system.
• The jury normally consists of six jurors elected for their experience and expertise in the arts. A diverse group is sought including artists, gallery owners, curators, educators, and others. At least half of the panelists are
new each year.
• The jury process includes two rounds. Scoring is 1 (low) to 5 (high). Scoring is based on originality and creativity, design, technique, craftsmanship, and production methodology. Scores are not released. All scores are combined and averaged.
• The first round highest numbers are invited, the lowest numbers are juried out, and the midrange numbers are juried a second time to form a waitlist. Images are viewed one at a time. Position on waitlist is not released.

Artists providing written cancellations on or before Wednesday, May 1, 2019, will receive a booth fee refund minus a $50 cancellation processing fee. You may submit your cancellation either by fax (920.458.4473), email (midsummerfestival@jmkac.org), or through regular mail (608 New York Ave., Sheboygan, WI 53081). Artists canceling after May 1, 2019, will not receive a refund. No exceptions will be made.

•    The Festival is open to all artists eighteen (18) years of age and older.
•    All works on display must be for sale. No commission will be taken by the Arts Center. All sales are between the artist and the purchaser. A Wisconsin seller's permit must be submitted each year, and the number must be recorded by the Arts Center before the artist can exhibit or sell work. Artists must collect and pay 5.5% sales tax on all sales made at the Festival.
•    Artists may exhibit works in up to two categories if they are accepted in those two categories. Artists may only show work in categories and body of works selected by the jury. Please see details under “Booths and Fees” in the application description for information on how to apply in two categories.
•    All works must have been created by the accepted artist or artist collective and must be "hand" originals. No work may be exhibited that has been made from commercial molds, kits, patterns, stencils, plans, or forms.
•   Because we seek to provide an experience for our guests that is unique, artists who create work that is available in national retail outlets (online or brick and mortar) may not be accepted for inclusion in the Festival.

•    Offset lithographs and giclées of original works on display are acceptable only if each one is labeled REPRODUCTION. Reproductions may not be framed or hung on the walls of the booth. They may be displayed in one bin in a non-prominent area of the booth. Reproductions in the form of postcards and note cards of work may be displayed on one small table or pedestal. No other types of reproductions are allowed. All reproductions may consume no more than twenty percent of the
entire booth space.
•    Digital art is defined as an original work for which the artist used a computer to execute the original image. Such works must be in limited editions, signed and numbered, and on archival quality materials.
•    Exhibitors' booths will be screened by the Rules Committee during the Festival to make certain that they comply with the rules and that the works do not differ from the slides submitted. If an artist does not comply, he/she will be asked to leave; no refund or recourse will be possible.
•    Artists must register on Friday or Saturday (see Timeline). Artists must remain in their booths each evening until the Festival officially closes.
•    Artists must display the booth number sign provided during registration in their booth where it can be
easily viewed.
•    One digital image from each accepted artist will be retained by the Arts Center to aid patrons in contacting artists about purchases after the Festival.

Booth Information

Application Fees
$35 ZAPP Jury Fee (nonrefundable per application). A separate application and fee is required for each category. Artists must create a separate and distinct ZAPP profile in order to apply to the show in multiple categories.

Non-digital Processing Fees
$30 additional nonZAPP Processing Fee (nonrefundable). The Arts Center will provide digital scanning services of five images and artist profile setup on Zapplication for a charge of $30. Please call the Arts Center at 920.458.6144 if you are in need of this service.

Booth Fees
$175 for members (nonrefundable after May 1, 2019; see below for cancellation policy)
$195 for nonmembers (nonrefundable after May 1, 2019; see below for cancellation policy)

Booth space dimensions: 10’ x 10'
Acceptable canopy dimensions: 10’ x 10’ x 10'
All booths are on blacktop / cement.

-Artists must supply all of their own display materials as well as chairs, canopies, carts, etc.
-Electricity is NOT available.
-Booths are assigned on the basis of one artist per space except in the case of artistic collaboration.
-Artists are limited to the 10’ x 10' area; any artist extending their sales space beyond the 10’ x 10' area will be charged an additional booth fee.
-The Arts Center makes a substantial effort to give accepted artists their preferred booth spaces, but this cannot be guaranteed.
-Security personnel are on duty during the night. Artists may leave display materials on-site at their own risk, but leaving art is not recommended.