Ann Arbor Area Convention & Visitors Bureau - The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

 

 

In addition to the spectacle of the Ann Arbor Art Fair and the high-quality art available for purchase, visitors can also expect to experience othe exciting attractions. Check out the great free entertainment you can experience during and after the Art Fair in downtown Ann Arbor!

Click below on the stages below for great outdoor music entertainment! You'll also find information about kids activities and artist demonstrations below.

The Art Fair Main Stage on South University 

The Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair Stage at Liberty St. and Ashley St.


 

Ongoing – Located on State Street at South University – Cupcake Vineyards

“Let’s treat today to Cupcake Vineyards Wines made from the best grapes around the globe and hand crafted into something worth celebrating. Because there’s no need to wait for a special occasion when today is the occasion.  Make sure you visit the Cupcake Vineyards Truck where you can try a sample (or two!)” Starts everyday at noon!

 
Ongoing – Located at State St and South University - Xfinity

Stop by the Xfinity booth to learn more about their show specials!  They will be free prizes and giveaways including a new Smart TV!

 

Dental Health Spa - Ongoing – Located on Main Street at William - Sensodyne

The Sensodyne dental health spa is touring the country to bring dental education directly to you.  Don't miss the chance to discuss your oral health with a dental professional in a comfortable and relaxing environment.  it’s a perfect opportunity to learn more about tooth sensitivity, acid erosion and the steps you can take towards good oral health. Visit us on the web at www.sensodyne.com and www.pronamel.com to learn more!


ART ACTIVITY ZONE (FOR CHILDREN)

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original -

Spend time at the Fair creating your own works of art in the Art Activity Zone. Located on the University of Michigan Diag, off of North University St, this area is open Wed-Sat., 11am – 6pm.

The following art projects are open to all ages and free to the public.

Initial That! Monogram Tiles  - Detroit Institute of the Arts

Create beautiful monogrammed tiles suitable for framing. Great for any room or door in the house or decorate your school locker.

Clay Fish Slab  - Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Learn about Great Coral Reef in a contemporary way as you create your own clay fish. Take a chance with clay and get your hands dirty.

Found Object Animal Sculptures - University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Build found object animal and dinosaur sculptures using a variety of objects to build animals you might find at their museum!

Burning Bright at the Fair - The Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor

Make a beeswax candle with the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor! Beeswax candles are easy and fun to roll and decorate. Beeswax burns longer than paraffin and smells wonderful. 


ARTIST DEMONSTRATIONS + WORKSHOPS

Glimpse into the creative process while our artists demonstrate how they develop their unique works of art. The Art Demo Zone is located under the big maples on N. University near Hill Auditorium.

Where: Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, North University

WEDNESDAY, JULY 15 11:00am Potter's Guild: Ceramics

12:00 David Dallison: Watercolor

1:00 Kristine Bolhuis: Jewelry, Make it move. Kristine will demonstrate methods for creating moveable joints used in her kinetic jewelry.

2:00 Tanya Doskova: Digital Art, See the new art of digital painting and animation on an Ipad.

3:00 Jenny Hill: Fiber, See felting in action - the most ancient textile. By rubbing wool and silk together with hands, soap and water, Jenny creates seamless, stitch free material.

4:00 Deborah Geurtze: Printmaking

5:00 Cliff Lounsbury: Wood, Lathe turning for functional objects. Cliff will take requests from the crowd!

6:00 Cali Hobgood: Photography, Cali Hobgood will be demonstrating techniques of hand-coloring black and white photographs. Participants are welcome to try hand-coloring as well

7:00 Potter's Guild: Ceramics , Watch as Guild members demonstrate techniques for throwing clay.

THURSDAY, JULY 16 11:00am Potter's Guild: Ceramics

12:00 Judith Murphy: Painting

1:00 Ronna Katz: 2D, More than paper-deep! Learn about layering options and mounting possibilities.

2:00 Steven Olszewski: Mixed Media Sculpture, Watch a sculpture come to life!

3:00 Michael Hamlin-Smith: Clay

Observe the process of Michael’s intriguing & subtle art pieces.

4:00 Paul Murray: Drawing

5:00 Tanya Doskova: Digital Art , See the new art of digital painting and animation on an Ipad.

6:00 Wilber Quispe & Melanie Ebertz: Fiber, Watching Wilber’s hands dance across the loom as he creates his intricate tapestry is fascinating. The complex designs are rooted in this master weaver’s Pre-Inca ancestry.

7:00 Potter's Guild: Ceramics, Watch as Guild members demonstrate techniques for throwing clay.

TIMES FRIDAY, JULY 17 
11:00am Potter's Guild: Ceramics

12:00 Amy Lansburg: 3D Mixed Media

1:00 Cali Hobgood: Photography, Cali Hobgood will be demonstrating techniques of hand-coloring black and white photographs. Participants are welcome to try hand-coloring as well

2:00 Thomas Wargin: Metal, Patinas & mold making! Learn various processes for creating a metal sculpture.

3:00 Kristine Bolhuis: Jewelry, Make it move. Kristine will demonstrate methods for creating moveable joints used in her kinetic jewelry.

4:00 Nancy Gardner: Ceramics, Witness the beauty of hand-built ceramics.

 5:00 Sarah Bean: Book Collage, Catch Sarah transform a piece of literature into a three dimensional work of art, with an e-xacto knife and a pencil. 

6:00 Jeremy Shires: Painting

7:00 Potter's Guild: Ceramics

Watch as Guild members demonstrate techniques for throwing clay.

TIMES SATURDAY, JULY 18 11:00am Potter's Guild: Ceramics

Watch as Guild members demonstrate techniques for throwing clay.

1:00 Jenny Hill: Fiber, See felting in action - the most ancient textile. By rubbing wool and silk together with hands, soap and water, Jenny creates seamless, stitch free material.

3:00 Cliff Lounsbury: Wood, Lathe turning for functional objects. Cliff will take requests from the crowd!

 

About The Ann Arbor Art Fairs

The Ann Arbor Art Fair is a collective of four award-winning art fairs that take place every July in downtown Ann Arbor, Michigan. The event attracts over 500,000 visitors annually. The 2015 Art Fair will take place July 15-18, 2014.

In addition to art exhibits, the fair also features music performances and Art Activity Zones, which are family-oriented stops offering special projects designed to engage and challenge even the youngest of fairgoers. Ann Arbor's downtown restaurants and retailers add to the festivities by tempting sidewalk sales and outdoor dining.

Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original is the oldest of the four Ann Arbor Art Fairs and was established in 1960 by a collaboration between the Ann Arbor Art Association, the University of Michigan, and two business groups. This fair is held around the Burton Carillon Tower, a clock tower on the central campus of the University of Michigan, and features almost 200 artists, along with a number of other hands-on activities and performances. In 2004, the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair was named number one on the AmericanStyle magazine's list of "Top 25 Fairs & Festivals," and has been ranked on the list almost every year since.

Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair transforms Ann Arbor's Main Street Area into an impressive outdoor art festival showcasing the best in fine art and fine crafts. This award-winning, juried fair features ceramics, painting, jewelry, sculpture, photography, glass, wood, fiber and much more! Fairgoers can also enjoy lively street corner entertainment, artists’ demonstrations, children’s activities and the distinctive shops and restaurants of Ann Arbor.


State Street Area Art Fair is a nationally recognized and award winning art fair that combines the talents of 325 artists with a host of merchant displays along the vibrant streets of Ann Arbor's campus area.

 

Ann Arbor's South University Art Fair came from an idea first proposed by Bruce Henry, owner of Artisan’s Gallery on South University, and now has a life of its own. Ann Arbor’s South University Art Fair features almost 150 artists and is where the past meets the future. Cutting edge creations blend with traditional styles, and local and international artists combine to produce the unmistakable flavor that epitomizes the youngest of the Ann Arbor Art Fairs. Great ethnic restaurants, hip and quirky stores, and plenty of easy access parking at the Forest Parking Deck make South U. the best possible starting place for your Art Fair adventure.

 

 

Date and Time Specifics
The Fair begins on the third Wednesday of July and run through that Saturday. Hours are Wednesday thru Friday from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

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Artist Application Information
Artists interested in exhibiting at the Ann Arbor Art Fair should call the individual fairs for applications. Online applications are also available.