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!




Cooling Misting Station Presented by Kalahari Resorts and Conventions 
*Located on State Street at South University*
Kalahari Resorts and Conventions presents a cooling misting station highlighting amazing water features found in Africa and translated at the Kalahari Resorts and Convention Centers in Sandusky.  Stop by, cool down and view the beautiful display.
 

 



Chrysler Ride and Drive
*Located at Main and William*
Stop by and test drive any of  the FIAT vehicle lineup or the all-new 2015 Chrysler 200. Walk away with a pair of FIAT or Chrysler branded Sunglasses and get entered into a contest for a chance to win $45,000 towards the purchase of any Chrysler Group vehicle!


 

MAIN STAGE - Located on Church Street.

Presented by: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Wednesday, July 16: Cadillac Cowboys (8pm)

With 30 years of experience and musical heritage founded in the ‘70s Ann Arbor music scene, the Cadillac Cowboys play a conglomeration of Western Swing, Classic Country, and Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Thursday, July 17: Laith Al-Saadi (2:30pm)
 
The 2006 Guitar Center “King of Blues” takes the stage Thursday afternoon to show again why he’s considered one of the top four Blues guitarists in the nation.
 
Friday, July 18: Kerri Lynn Roche (7pm)
 
A top 24 qualifier this past year, Michigan’s pride and joy of Fox’s hit show, American Idol, brings her talents and passion of performance to the Ann Arbor Art Fair’s Main Stage Friday night.
 
Saturday, July 19: The Copycats (2pm)

A classic rock tribute band, the Copycats take their crowd back to the ‘60s and ‘70s playing music that ranges from Led Zeppelin to The Beatles.

 

FOUNTAIN STAGE - Located on Ingalls Mall, between E. Washington St. and N. University

Presented by: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Wednesday, July 16: Fiddlers ReStrung (4pm)

Fiddlers ReStrung is one of the top fiddle ensembles in the nation. While every member derives from Saline High School, this phenomenal group plays shows around the country with music ranging from American Bluegrass to Progressive Acoustic.

Thursday, July 17: GFK Trio (6pm)

A relatively new band, the GFK Trio brings a funky and soulful music blend to life as they let their musical synergy soar over the crowd.

Friday, July 18: Keynote Sisters (3pm)

Comprised of two young sisters with a passion for music, the Keynote Sisters take the stage Thursday afternoon to sing a mixture of Pop, Country, and Blues. Viewers can watch thier other band, We 3 & She, play two hours prior on the same stage.

Saturday, July 19: Velveteen Rabbit (3pm)

Founded in 2004, Velveteen Rabbit plays their own genre of music of which they consider to be a mix of Rock, Pop, and Opera. With anywhere from 2-7 band members playing at a time, they are sure to rock the house!

Art Programs

Carr Center-Young Artists in Training Program

Visit the Carr Center’s State Street Booth, presented by the Bank of Ann Arbor, for a look at the prized work of the student artists in their Young Artists in Training Program.  In this class, the student “lives” the life of an artist by exploring and pushing the limits of their creativity.  The core of the program is five-weeks of individualized instruction in the visual arts.  It includes strengthening art skills and critiquing the work of peers.  Students also learn about the practical business side of art – how to present works, sign and edition, and the ‘art’ of the sale.  The Carr Center promotes, preserves, and develops African and African American culture within our multi-cultural community.

Gallery U Boutique-Art Therapy and Vocational Training Program

Gallery U Boutique is a component of the Therapeutic Rehab/Universal Institute, offering the highest evolution of community-based rehabilitation and job training to individuals with acquired brain injuries. The Gallery and Boutique is a vocational training program for people with disabilities to get back into the work force.  Not only is Gallery U Boutique a thriving retail space in downtown Royal Oak, but it also features one-of-a-kind items created by our clients at our Design Center in Troy. Come see unique furniture pieces, jewelry, ceramics, and various artwork made with care and skill by our talented artists and clients, now in booth #C500! Special Thanks to Trinity Transportation! 

2014 Art Demo Zone

Watch and learn the special techniques of our artists as they demonstrate what makes their artwork unique! The Art Demo Zone is located under the big maples on North University, Wednesday through Friday from 11am to 8pm and Saturday from 11am to 5pm. For a full listing of artist demonstrations, please visit artfair.org, and click on “Artist Demonstrations” under the “Things to do” tab.

Art Activity Zone

Presented by: Kalahari Resorts & Conventions

Uchiwa Fans-Detroit Institute of the Arts

Uchiwa – a particular style of paper fan common in Japan. Participants will learn about the tradition of making Uchiwa while they create a fan of their own based on this design.

Make a Sculptural Relief-Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD)

Create a contemporary sculpture out of reclaimed, recycled and found objects. Stations will be set up that will encourage and challenge families to work together to make an extraordinary sculptural relief. 

Paint a Mini Masterpiece-Wine & Canvas Ann Arbor

Show off your painting style at the Fair!  Paint a still life on canvas while being inspired by the artist’s around you.  Sessions begin every 30 minutes and are lead by one of the talented artists of the Wine and Canvas staff.  Registration on-site.

Designer Dinosaurs-University of Michigan Museum of Natural History

Explore the anatomy of dinosaurs and other Mesozoic creatures!  Create your own skeletal dinosaur sculpture to take home using recycled corn-based packing material.

Burning Bright at the Fair-The Rudolph Steiner School of Ann Arbor, Detroit Waldorf School & Oakland Steiner School

Make a beeswax candle with the Waldorf Schools of Southeast Michigan! Beeswax candles are easy and fun to roll and decorate. Beeswax burns longer than paraffin and smells wonderful. You can make candles in a variety of sizes and create beeswax appliqués.

Funny Faces Photo Booth-SHEI Magazine, University of Michigan

Say Cheese! Step inside the SHEI Magazine photo booth with your own funny face prop. Add glitter to goofy glasses; give yourself a macho mustache; make a bow tie look beautiful. Play "dress-up" with the SHEI Magazine stylists and have your picture taken by professional photographers at the SHEI Magazine photo booth.

Discover the Joy of Ceramics-The Michigan Art Center

The Michigan Art Center - a family art center located in Garden City, Michigan - is pleased to offer you the chance to create your own hand-built or wheel-thrown ceramic masterpiece. No experience is necessary.  Clay donated by Rovin Ceramics a Motawi Company.

Additional Performances

Boogie-Woogie Piano with Mr. B

Located on North University at Ingalls Mall, blues and boogie-woogie pianist Mark Braun, aka Mr. B, has become one of the premiere purveyors of this vanishing art.   An Art Fair tradition, 2014 marks the 35th year that Mr. B has brought his unique musical style to our streets.  You’ll find Mr. B and his guest players all day, every day on N. University.

George Tait – The Living Statue

Located on North University at Thayer, George Tait, a master of illusion, returns to dazzle art fair visitors as the Living Statue.  Don’t be surprised if what you see is not what you think you see!

Bob Culbertson – Stickman Music

Located on North University and Fletcher, The Stick is a 10 or 12-string touch-board instrument.  The player taps the strings with their fingertips to make sound vibrations similar to playing a piano.  Bob is a Stick virtuoso who has spent years cultivating his unique sound.  His musical style ranges from jazz with folk and blues overtones to classical with Spanish, contemporary, and traditional influences

 

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 2014 Art Fair will take place July 16-19, 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.