Call for Artists: Midsummer Arts Faire


Quincy, IL
June 27-29

Washington Park in the heart of the central business district
50 Artists
Deadline: April 14

Where is Quincy, IL? Visit this link.

Here is an email I received recently:

Connie, I am interested in putting out a call for artists to apply to our 5th annual Midsummer Arts Faire in Quincy, IL. Can you help?

Quincy is a lovely town located on the bluffs of the Mississippi. We have a rich arts history and are home to the first Arts Council in America. Our architecture also represents the best in the Midwest.

We are in our 5th year of putting on a quality juried fine art festival and accept approximately only 50 artists in order for each of our artists to have the opportunity for good sales as we continue to grow our faire. We give out approximately $5,000 in awards, with best of show receiving $1,000. We have many repeat artists but always like to recruit new artists to apply. You can ask any of our past participating artists and they will tell you we treat artists like gold! Our community is happy to host them for the weekend!

Now, isn’t that intriguing? It sounds like this committee knows what is required to put on a quality event. When I replied that while they were preparing for their faire that they should visit the Belleville, IL, art fair to learn how a small community can make an art fair that excels, she replied that, yes, she had already been there and is hoping to build Quincy’s to become such an event.

I am repeating all this info here because these are the kind of details that should put an artist on notice that this an event worth investigating.

Here’s the rest:

  • Our artists represent diverse styles and techniques including oils and acrylics, vibrant watercolor, unique sculpture, dazzling jewelry, decorative ceramics, vivid photography and so much more.
  • The city of Quincy is dedicated to making the faire a positive experience for both artists and guests
  • Past participating artists have heralded the faire as having the potential to be “one of the best shows of the summer in the Midwest”, “Quincy knows how to treat artists.” “A show of this quality so close to home is a dream come true.”
  • The faire encourages artists to demonstrate and discuss their work
  • Great entertainment, wonderful local food and a variety of children’s activities

Download an application online at
For more info:
Application Fee: $10; Booth Fee: $100


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