Call for Artists: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair


The Original! – July 16 to 19

At the Tower

On the streets of Ann Arbor, MI
175 Artists
Deadline: January 10
Applications online at:

The Street Art Fair is one of the highest ranking art fairs in the nation and for good reason.

  • It draws collectors who rarely attend art fairs
  • It attracts the finest artists
  • It works with many cultural community and educational institutions to produce exceptional community art activities
  • It works throughout the year to be a blue ribbon presence in the Ann Arbor community

This is the original event on which the other Ann Arbor fairs have patterned themselves, as well as many other fairs across the nation. It is the creme de la creme of art events.

The Street Art Fair has an excellent jury process, unlike that of any other art fair. Under the guidance of Shary Brown, the director, there are five separate panels jurying specific media or related categories.

There are 4 to 5 jurors per panel, one of whom is a member of the Jury Group. The Jury Group meets in a sixth session after all the panels are complete to review the submission with high scores and determine invitations in each category, balancing the scores, the range of work and the strength of category. Artists selected for the wait list are also determined at this session. They jury over two weekends in late January and early February with at least two sessions mid week. All images are projected, statements read with additional information available upon request.

The strength of this approach is that they have jurors (who are paid an honorarium) working 4 to 6 hours only in their own area of expertise, or related areas. Jurors see the work multiple times and are able to ask questions and to discuss the work, moving back and forth to compare it to other submissions in the category. Jurors are generally working artists and are often educators at area colleges or museums. They mix new jurors with experienced jurors.

The Jury Group member brings a familiarity with the fair and knowledge of the goals and programs from having juried the fair on site the previous year. They will bring the overall sensibility of the panel to the final session.

One of the unusual aspects of this jurying is that there is no booth slide required, but rather five images of your work.

For more info on the Street Fair visit their excellent website:

To view the application and apply today, visit:

To read more about preparing your work for jurying search in this blog for “Getting Ready for the Art Fair Jury.” While you are there, also read “Notes From A Juror at Cherry Creek.”


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