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Brynn Kanikula

Thank you for this honor! We are so excited to be a part of your selections!

Thank you for all you do for the arts,
Brynn K

Brynn Kanikula
Special Events | Marketing
Peoria Art Guild

Elida Kauffman

As a lover of craft shows, the important qualities are quality of crafts, variety of crafts and the size of the show.I have been to a number of shows on the East Coast and the Baltimore craft show exceeds all by far.

Jacki Bils

Hello Debbie Marie and thank you for pointing out many of the things that add up to make an art show a great Art Show.

Many people don't understand all the work that went into choosing the Top Art Shows in our Best Art Shows list. Artists made up the bulk of the people who placed votes because they are the ones who are directly affected by everything that goes into putting on a good art show. However, show directors and promoters were also able to place their votes.

We had a tremendous response. This survey took required a large amount of time to go through all of the votes and to compile the list. We wanted this to be as accurate as possible. None of the Art Shows listed in our Best Shows List were put there because they were the Art Fair Calendar's first choice. People submitted their votes and the votes were compiled. If a favorite show did not make this list it was because the show did not have enough votes to put it on the list.

Thanks for submitting your criteria. Your ideas should be helpful in the future when we conduct our next survey.

Debbie Marie Arambula

What makes an art show a “Top ART Show”? I believe the only true way one can evaluate the TOP ART SHOWS in the USA is based on statistical analysis. For example: How many people attended, what were the average sales for the artists, what type of show is it? Only fine art originals, is it arts and crafts, is it a mix of “buy and sell” products. . .
The Key to a “Successful Art Show” is twofold:
#1) A Ethical, Good promoter who does an excellent job of promoting to the right public! Think about it. When you apply for a show, you are in fact hiring a promoter to do a good portion of your outside marketing for your art business. Right?
#2) Of course that does not excuse you of also promoting on fb, twitter, your email list of customers, phone calls, postcards . . .
Promoting the art show to the right demographic to pull in the right public for what is being sold at the show is a vital function of this activity, and both you and the promoter are responsible for this activity!
Here is the bottom line: If you do your homework and study the show location, demographics and real statistics of the show (What type of show is it? How many attended last year? What were the average sales and type of art sold (ex: jewelry, photography, paintings)? How does it relate to your art products? How much did the promoter spend on promotion? What type of promotion are they doing, radio, TV, magazines, newspapers? How many people and what type of people are they reaching? Colorful signs & posters all around the town? Reach out to local businesses, event listings, visitor centers (to let them know there’s a show in town)? Do they have videos on YouTube to get a visual on the show itself? Do they have a facebook page? How many followers do they have, and is it artists following them or customers? What do other artists say about the show?
If the promoter is honest and truthful, does a good job and you do your job of promoting well to your existing client base, having a professional booth filled with art that people can and will buy, given the demographics of the show and lastly caring for and SELLING THE ART to the person in front of you, then the show can’t help but be successful.
What makes a show a good show? Look at the numbers. Then, evaluate the numbers. Is it because the roasted nut vendor sold $5.00 bags of nuts to every attendee at a show with 250,000 people? Or are the people at the show there to buy gifts that only cost $99.00 or less?
Just know when you are looking for the “BEST Art Show”, is the vote based on opinions or statistics? Many factors go into my decisions to do a show. Over the past 18 years, I have participated in over 800 art shows of all types, from Farmers Markets to the New York Art Expo, and everything in between. I have been featured at several shows and have received awards. Deciding what show is right for you is important and vital to your success. Know your public, learn how to sell your art, always do shows with ethical promoters who do their job, and by all means, promote like crazy to your people and beyond.
GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!

Jacki Bils

Hello Margo. You need to contact the shows or galleries that you would like to sell your work at. You must contact them individually. Each gallery or art show makes their own selections as to who they want to allow into the gallery or show. Good luck.

Margo

Hello,

Is any one know how can I find call for artists for a juried show in galeries and museums? Thanks.

Jacki Bils

Broy, thanks for your vote of confidence for the Art Basal Miami Art Show. I am sure it is a great show.

I would like to tell you how the shows made it on our Best American Art Shows list. Late this past summer there was a call out to artists, art patrons, and anyone interested in Art shows to vote for their favorite art shows. Lots and lots of shows were nominated to be on our list. Once all the nominations came in a list was compiled and people voted for the shows. Those votes helped us put together the list of shows that made up America's Best Juried Art Shows. We had a tremendous response. Many people participated in this. The votes were completely used in making up this list of America's Best Art Shows.

I hope this helps to explain how the shows made it to this list and why these shows were chosen. I can assure you, Broy, there was nothing political about putting this list together.

Broy Kenneth

Why isn't Art Basel Miami Listed? If this list went by actual attendance, number of artists, number of Galleries, number of pop up galleries (warehouse space, tents, retail locations), number of international artists & international gallery exhibits, and amount of paintings, sculptures, pieces, etc, (number and dollar value$$), Art Basel Miami would easily be at the top of the list. And that's just factual statistics. Winterpark Fl, Coconut Grove, Fl, Etc, etc, Really? Seriously? Have the voters ever been to any REAL Art fairs? I'm not dogging your complete list. I've been to Ann Harbor, & San Fran, and they are nice. But to not mention Art Basel Miami seems...for lack of better words, purposely political...

Jacki Bils

Hello Marilyn. We do have lots of wonderful shows in Chicago every year. Maybe it is time for a planned vacation so that you can visit your old stomping grounds and take in an art show. You can't beat Chicago for a great vacation.

Marilyn Ruben

Would love to forward this page to my husband, as he was raised in Chicago and I miss it! Would love to go for a visit! - It's been 25 years since we lived there! So many creative people, and so many opportunities! Much better than Southwestern Arizona!! We are only here for the kids and the weather! Old Town Center is my "old stomping ground!" I graduated from DePaul University and loved every moment there!

Jacki Bils

Thank you Gayle for letting us know about that show. I am in Rogers Park often. When is that show?
You might also like to write a review up for the Glenwood Arts Fest at www.Artshowreviews.com.

Gayle Weiss

As a Chicagoland artist, I am so happy that Chicago has been awarded the #1 spot for best cities! The most wonderful thing about it for me, is that I don't have to travel much to show my work. Year after year, I'm more selective about which venues I work and I have been lucky enough to grow my client base with a lot of repeat customers. One of the shows that I attend didn't get into the top spots however, keep your eye out for the Glenwood Arts Fest in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago on the north side. It's a smaller show than the 57th Street Art Fair on the south side of the city, but the diversity of art and the fun, funky and most excellent attendance rivals other city fairs.

Connie Mettler

57th Street is awarded twice -- as one of the great Chicago area shows and #16 in the overall list of the best in the country. That is what the voters told us. Congrats to 57th! We know it is one of the best.

m

In Chicago----The 57th St Hyde Park Art Fair should be up there! Oldest juried art fair in the midwest and more than equal to Old Town's

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