Artwork by Mark Traughber   



The deadline has passed and we have selected the participants for the 2016 Fair.  If you are interested in applying next year, the 2017 application will open in Spring of 2017. Check back here for more details.

The New Art, New Artists Mentoring Program offers college students the experience of selling their artwork as an Art Fair Artist and the guidance to do it successfully. Each student will be mentored by career art fair artists and will exhibit their own artwork in a major national art fair without incurring any of the costs. Students gain a great deal of artistic exposure and experience firsthand what it’s like to be an arts entrepreneur.

Seven to Eight college artists will be selected through a jury process to show in the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original. 

How to Apply

  • Applicants must currently be enrolled in a Michigan college or university to be eligible
  • Application dates are March 2nd - April 6th, 2016
  • Visit to create an artist profile and submit your application
  • Applicants are required to submit four digital images of their work and an artist biographical statement

 New Art, New Artists Mentoring Program Overview

Invited artists will receive the following benefits:

  • Guidance on how to add street sales to your portfolio of artistic sales opportunities
  • Professional art fair artists to serve as mentors and resources
  • Waived booth fee ($650 booth and $100 electricity)
  • Use of a shared 50 x 10 display tent provided by Street Art Fair
  • Professional listing in Street Art Fair’s publications, website and PR materials
  • Access to invitations, amenities, information and premiums are the same as every juried artist
  • Free 1-yr membership to the National Association of Independent Artists

Participation Rules & Policies

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, the Original, is a highly selective fine art fair. Participating artists’ booths will be visited periodically throughout the fair by the Jury Advisory Board or staff to ensure compliance with the rules. Artists will be required to remove all work that is not in compliance. Persistent and/or major violation of the rules may result in expulsion from the Fair and ineligibility for future fairs.

 1)      All work must be original, handcrafted work which complies with the media definitions listed in this prospectus.

2)      Work must be designed and created by the artist solely, in partnership with a collaborator, or with assistants working under the DIRECT supervision of the artist in the artist’s own studio.

3)      No reproductions of original work are allowed.

4)      No commercial products are allowed.

5)      Artists may only show work in categories approved by the Jury.

6)      All work exhibited must be of the quality and type of that shown in the juried images. The AASAF reserves the right to ask an artist to remove work that does not meet this requirement.

7)      Artists must prominently display an Artist Statement, with the artist’s picture, describing how and by whom the work is made and the materials used to make the work.

8)      Artists must be present with their work for the entire four days of the Fair. If the work is collaborative, each collaborator must be present. All artists must check in at Registration upon arrival. Photo ID is required.

9)      If you produce work in editions, you must disclose edition numbers to the Fair audience and include in your work descriptions.

10)   Card racks are not allowed.

11)   Artists may not show in other fairs, exhibitions or events in Ann Arbor taking place at the same time as the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair.

Media Categories

The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

2D Mixed Media: Two-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.

3D Mixed Media: Three-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.

Clay: Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.

Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category.) Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, on archival papers, inks, and emulsions.  

Drawing: Work created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen/brush.

Fiber: Includes leather, baskets, dolls, paper, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. Factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.

Furniture: Original, handmade furniture designed and fabricated using raw/unfinished material. Factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.

Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted. 

Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category.

Metalsmithing: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.

Painting: Acrylic, oil, gouache, and watercolor paintings are accepted in this medium.

Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable. Work must be in editions, signed and numbered on archival material and all work displayed in the booth must be for sale. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces, and/or framing options is prohibited.

Printmaking: Only hand pulled original prints are allowed. Prints must be in limited editions, signed and numbered.

Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.

  Visit to create an artist profile and submit your application.

Please email or call 734-994-5260.