Artist Applications for 2017 are currently closed at this time.
About the Uptown Art Fair
The Uptown Art Fair takes place in Uptown Minneapolis on the first weekend of August. The event footprint is located at the intersection of Lake and Hennepin, the center of a lively, upbeat business district and is the busiest intersection in the State of Minnesota. Over $2.1 million of art is sold during the festival with some artists sharing that the Uptown Art Fair is the most successful show of the season, and in some cases, of their career. Approximately 350 artists will be invited to exhibit this year.
Uptown Minneapolis is an eclectic mix of commercial, retail, and residential properties in South Minneapolis. The intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue is the center of a lively, upbeat business district and is one of the busiest intersections in the state of Minnesota.
The primary focus of the Uptown Art Fair is the juried exhibition of gallery quality fine art. Additionally, the event offers family activities including a youth art fair, day and evening performances, high quality outdoor food vending, beer gardens, and a Culinary Arts Competition.
The Uptown Art Fair is the winner of over 140 International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacles recognize the highest quality in promotional programs and materials produced by IFEA’s more than 3,000 member festivals and events around the world. They are the most prestigious awards in the special events industry. Ten awards were won for the 2015 edition. In addition to its IFEA recognition, Art Fair Sourcebook ranked the Uptown Art Fair the 8th best fine art event in the nation, The Harris Guide ranked it the #1 Art Fair in Minnesota, and in 2013 ArtFairCalendar.com awarded the Uptown Art Fair with Best Art Fair in the Midwest.
Attendance: An average of 385,000 people attend annually, making the Uptown Art Fair No. 2 in statewide attendance, second only to the Minnesota State Fair.
The vision of the Uptown Art Fair is to bring art to the people, draw visitors to Uptown, and provide a showcase and sales outlet for both professional and amateur artists from around the country. As the Uptown Association’s primary fundraising event, the Uptown Art Fair is an economic engine for the community, generating revenue that pays for Uptown projects including community clean ups, marketing and education seminars, donations to local causes and neighborhood organizations, and other community building activities.
Application Fee: $40
Booth Fee: $550 (single booth); $1,100 (double booth)
Award-winning invited artists must apply by February 3, 2017 and send in booth fees by May 1, 2017. Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of booth space and the right to sell.
2017 UPTOWN ART FAIR IMPORTANT DATES
February 3 – Application deadline at midnight (CST); Invited artist applications due. APPLICATIONS IN PROGRESS, BUT NOT SUBMITTED BY MIDNIGHT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
March 3 – Jury Preview (open to public)
March 4 and 5 – Exhibitor Slide Jury (Round 1 on March 4 open to public)
April 1 – Jury results e-mailed with contracts
May 1 – Booth Fee AND Contract due; ST-19 with Sales Tax ID number must accompany fee and contract. Booth assignments are determined on a first-come, first-served basis, based on when fees AND contract paperwork are received.
May 15 – Deadline for cancellation with FULL REFUND. Cancellation must be in writing, e-mails sufficient.
June 1 – Exhibit space assigned (NOTE: date subject to change); Deadline for cancellation with 50% REFUND. Cancellation must be in writing, e-mails sufficient.
July 1 – Deadline for cancellation with 25% REFUND. Cancellation must be in writing, e-mails sufficient. NOTE: REFUNDS WILL NOT BE GIVEN AFTER JULY 1.
August 3 – Mall booth spaces set up
August 4 – Hennepin Avenue booth spaces set up
August 4 – 6, 2017 – Uptown Art Fair; Friday: Noon – 8 pm; Saturday: 10 am – 8 pm; Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm
While a balanced show that showcases fine art and diversity of media is a principal objective, the Uptown Art Fair does not establish a quota in each media category. IF COMPUTER MANIPULATION IS USED IN THE CREATION OF WORK, IT MUST BE DIVULGED IN THE “DESCRIPTION OF MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE” SECTION OF YOUR APPLICATION – FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
2-D MIXED MEDIA
Two-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production.
3-D MIXED MEDIA
Three-dimensional works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production.
All original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine made or mass produced work is permitted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax crayons, etc. or from fluid media of inks and washes applied by pen or brush.
All works crafted from fibers including leather, paper, basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. Machine tooling, machine screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are NOT permitted. No factory produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, will be accepted.
Glass works that may be functional or purely decorative in design. Works that have been crafted via glass blowing, molding, or casting, as well as works that have been kiln-formed. Works may be etched or engraved. No form of mass production is permitted.
All jewelry, whether the work is produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic or other materials. No commercial casts, molds, mass production, or production studio work allowed.
Works created in oils, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
Photographic prints made from artist’s original negative that have been processed by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. Photographers are required to disclose their creative process and printing process. USE OF COMPUTER MANIPULATION MUST BE DIVULGED IN APPLICATION. FAILURE TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION.
Printed works for which the artist hand-manipulated the plates, stones, or screens. Prints must be signed and numbered as a limited edition. Printmakers are required to disclose their creative process and printing process.
Three-dimensional original work created in any media.
Original works in wood that are hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved.
ALL IMAGES MUST BE ANONYMOUS AND CANNOT INCLUDE IDENTIFYING MARKINGS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SIGNATURES, NAME STAMPS, COMPANY NAMES, OR PHOTOS OF THE ARTIST. APPLICANTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS REQUIREMENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR APPLICATIONS. REFUSAL TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE JURY PROCESS.
Approximately 350 artists will exhibit in the 2017 show. The 2016 award winners in each media are invited first, with the remaining slots filled through a competitive jury process. Selection for the 2017 Uptown Art Fair will take place on Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5, 2017 at the Sheraton Minneapolis Midtown Hotel. A preview reception will take place on Friday, March 3. and is open to the public. The first round on Saturday is also open to the public.
Each artist is required to submit a total of five (5) images (four images of work and one booth image) along with a $40 NON-REFUNDABLE jury fee per media. All work to be exhibited must be represented in the images. Each of the four images should feature individual pieces that accurately represent the body of work to be exhibited; work shown in the images must be representative of current work, and no more than five years old.
During the jury, images are projected simultaneously onto 6’ screens, 5 across from left to right starting with #1. The description of materials and technique submitted in each artist’s application is read aloud for the jurors and is an important tool for sharing unique aspects of the pieces represented and creative process.
Projected images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process with multiple rounds. To make the process as fair as possible, the identities of artists are not disclosed to jurors. ALL IMAGES MUST BE ANONYMOUS AND CANNOT INCLUDE IDENTIFYING MARKINGS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SIGNATURES, NAME STAMPS, COMPANY NAMES, OR PHOTOS OF THE ARTIST. APPLICANTS NOT IN COMPLIANCE WITH THIS REQUIREMENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO MAKE ADJUSTMENTS TO THEIR APPLICATIONS. REFUSAL TO DO SO WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION FROM THE JURY PROCESS.
Artists may apply ONCE per media. Collaborating artists (defined as “Artist Partner” on ZAPP™) may apply to participate at the event, but only joint work may be shown and sold and both artists must be present for the duration of the event. Both names must appear on all application materials and both artists must contribute to the creation of the art pieces.
Individual booth assignments are made to create an appealing mix of media. Assignments are at the sole discretion of the Uptown Art Fair and are not interchangeable or transferable. Each artist is assigned a 10’ x 10’ space. Priority for booth assignments is given to 2016 Best of Show winners. Booths not assigned to re-invited artists are assigned first-come, first-served, based on when fees AND contract paperwork are received. Artists will not be assigned a space until completed contract materials are received via mail or fax.