Event Information

Cadillac Festival of the Arts 2019 - 51st Annual | Phyllis Olson Art Fair

Cadillac Commons - City Park, Pavilion and Market
Cadillac, Michigan (Midwest)

Phone: 734-536-0746
Event Dates: 7/19/19 - 7/20/19
Application Deadline: 3/31/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 6 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 5 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Cadillac Festival of the Arts Phyllis Olson Art fair is in its 51st year of showcasing fine artists, artisans, food vendors and local music in the beautiful lakeside Cadillac Commons. 

Up North Arts Inc. invites you to apply for the 51st Annual Cadillac Festival of the Arts - Phyllis Olson Art Fair, held at Cadillac Commons City Park, Pavilion and new Market in Cadillac, Michigan, along beautiful Lake Cadillac. The Festival includes more than 100 artists’ booths, live music, local food booths, and the “Sherilyn Lindberg Kid’s Art.” Local, regional, and national promotion draws visitors from a wide region to attend this two-day event. We welcome all artists who exhibit art of original concept, design and execution. Artists are juried to ensure the highest standards for both the artists and for the viewing public.

General Information

Important Dates

January 1, 2019 – Application Opens

March 31, 2019 – Application Deadline

April 15-22, 2019 – Jury Process

April 23, 2019 – Jury Notification Results sent to artists

May 9, 2019 – Booth Payment Deadline

June 1, 2019 – Cancellation Deadline (1/2 Booth Fee Refund)

July 19, 2019 – Art Festival, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. (Please note this time may change)

July 20, 2019 – Art Festival, 10 a.m - 5 p.m.

Jury Fee & Application Instructions

• All artists must apply on-line through ZAPP at ZAPPlication.org.

• Fee (Jury Fee): $25 for first medium category; $10 for each additional category; limit 3.

• Images: 5 (4 of your work, 1 of your fully-stocked booth).

• Artists must submit a separate application, jury fee, and complete set of artwork images for each medium category for which they wish to be juried.

• Artists must also submit a process statement about how they make their art (creative process, materials, techniques, tools, production, etc.)

• Jury fees are non-refundable.

• Please do NOT send booth fee with jury fee. (Booth fee will be required AFTER acceptance to the show.)

• Please pay on line through your Zapplication account, via credit card, or PayPal. (If you must pay by check, it must be received within one week of application. If you pay by check, please make payable to: Up North Arts Inc. and mail to: 601 Chestnut St. Suite B, Cadillac, MI 49601-0841.)

• Need help entering your work? Visit the ZAPP Help Center.



Medium Categories

• If you have more than one medium, you must apply for each separately (limit 3 media per booth).

• ALL work must be original. 

  - NO buy/sell, imported or bazaar items.

  - NO items made from kits or assembled from commercially pre-made or mass-produced components.

  - NO items made by embellishing purchased, commercially manufactured items.

  - Exhibitors violating these requirements may be asked to leave, and will not be invited to return.

• No commercially manufactured art tiles, note cards, mugs or similar items.

• Artists must include an artist process statement with each medium application.

• It is possible that an artist’s work will be accepted in one medium and not another.


Clay – Functional items such as plates, mugs, bowls; decorative items such as vases, tiles, wall hangings, etc.


Digital Art – Any original work in which the artist's own original image or multiple imagery was created, manipulated and executed by the artist using the computer. (Note: Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be achieved in a traditional darkroom is allowed in the photography category.)


Drawing/Painting – Original, two-dimensional work created with pen, pencil, pastel, chalk, graphite, charcoal, wax crayon, colored pencil; acrylic, oil, egg tempura, gouache, watercolor, etc.


Fiber – Wearable or non-wearable items crafted from fabric, weaving, paper, quilts, batik, etc. Sewn items cannot be mass-produced. Please indicate production methods in your artists process statement (e.g., do you cut and sew your own patterns, and is the material you use in your work handmade, recycled or purchased?). Factory-produced items are not accepted, regardless of additional modification or enhancement.


Glass – Original functional or non-functional work created in glass by the artist by glass blowing, molding, casting, fusing, cutting, etc. No commercial forms or mass produced items are permitted.


Jewelry – Due to the high number of entries in this category, the jury will seek items that are mostly handmade and unique in design. No commercial casts, molds or mass-produced items. Artists must provide additional information in their artist’s process statement (e.g., are elements such as beads and findings created by the artist or were they purchased from another source). Jewelry may only be displayed if it is juried into the fair even if it makes up only a small portion of the display. For example, if your main category is glass and you intend to also sell glass jewelry, you must apply in both glass and jewelry categories.


Leather – Items that are fine crafted, hand tooled and hand sewn, created from original patterns designed by the artist. This includes bags, belts, hats, purses, apparel, etc. Please indicate production methods in your artist’s process statement.


Metals – Functional use and/or decorative items such as bowls, candlesticks, sculptures, etc.


Mixed Media/Collage – Original two- or three-dimensional artwork that incorporates one or more type of medium to create the entire piece.

NOTEthis category does not mean you can have a variety of media in your booth.  It means your individual art pieces are comprised of more than one medium.  If you have multiple kinds of artwork, you need to apply for each medium separately (maximum of 3). See second bullet under Jury Fee & Application Instructions.


Other – Includes original high quality artwork that does not fit in any of the listed categories. No food products are permitted.


Photography – Photographic prints or other photographic work created from the artist's own original negative or digital camera file. Exhibitors must disclose both their creative and printing process, and digital manipulations, in the process statement to the jury. If the artwork is primarily done digitally it should be entered under the digital art category.


Printmaking – Items created manually using plates, stones, screens, etc. Items must be hand pulled original prints.


Sculpture – Three-dimensional works of art created in any medium through carving, modeling, welding, or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works.


Wood – Original functional and decorative works that are hand tooled, built, turned or carved such as bowls, boxes, furniture, etc.


• Artists must be present to represent their own work for the duration of the Fair.

• All work must be original and produced by the exhibiting artist, or you will be asked to leave the show.

• Only work consistent with juried images, and with the medium for which the artist was accepted, is allowed to be exhibited.

• Each booth must be assembled and ready to accept customers by 1 p.m. on Friday.

• No booth may be dismantled before 5 p.m. on Saturday.

• Booth space is non-transferable.

• Jury fees are non-refundable.

• One-half of booth fee will be refunded if you cancel on or before June 1, 2019.

• After June 1, 2019, fees are non-refundable.

• All exhibiting artists are required to check in at Information Booth PRIOR to set up.

• Artists will be asked to verify vehicle and trailer licenses at check-in.

• Artists must park at designated off-site lots during the art fair. Artists parking in customer parking will not be invited to return.

• Items labeled “sale” or signs stating “on sale” or “make me an offer” etc. are prohibited.

• Artists are responsible for their own Michigan Sales Tax license and payments.

NO SMOKING – This is a smoke free event and park.

Booth Information

• Booth Space: $110 for 10x10 ft. display space on grass.

• Do NOT send booth fee with application. You will be given instructions upon notice of acceptance, April 23, 2019.

• Booth Payment Due Date: May 10, 2019.

• Limit 2 artists per booth. Each artist must apply and will be juried separately.

• Artists must furnish their own display elements: tent, easels, tables, skirts, chairs, etc., and must have ample weights on their tents. City Park is on the shoreline of Lake Cadillac and may be windy at times. Due to our underground sprinkler and water system lines, we do not allow ground stakes. 

• Limited electricity or water connections are available.

• Handicapped accessibility is available.

  • UNA will do its best to accommodate booth preferences, but cannot guarantee your location.
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