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Connie Mettler

The shows in the survey were chosen by a nomination survey, that we send out every other year, asking art fair patrons to nominate the shows that they think should be on the survey. This year you can write it in, and ask your fans to write it in also. Next year it will be on the survey. Thanks for letting us know about it.

Connie Mettler

Hi Ed and Judie, never, never would we leave the Milwaukee Lakefront show off of this survey. Please look again and I'm guessing how you will vote. Thanks for being such a fan of these events.

Sandra Lassen

I just got the survey for the Top Art Shows and find that our show is not listed. A perennial favorite of visitors to central Oregon, the Sunriver Art Fair is a juried fair that has become a fixture in the event schedule in Central Oregon. How do we get it covered in your survey?

Jacki Bils

Hello Ed & Judie, It is funny that you happen to ask this question right now. We are just beginning to announce our 4th Best Art Fair survey. The survey emails are just going out to everyone on our email list. Every show that makes it to our Best Art Show list was voted for. The list is completely made up of shows that were nominated by art patrons and art show enthusiasts. We have nothing to do with the results except for publishing them. Do you know of a show that should be on our list? Take our survey and nominate your favorite shows.

Ed Seidman


What happened to the Milwaukee Show? It is one of the tops in the Midwest.


Jacki Bils

Thank you Claudia for your vote of confidence in the Tennessee Craft Fairs. By any chance did you send in your vote? That is one way to get your favorite shows on the list. Voting takes place in the fall. Send up for our emails so you will get a chance to vote.

Claudia Lee

The Tennessee Craft Fair, held in the spring and the fall, in Nashville, TN is a long-running and beautiful show. I wouldn't hesitate to reccomend it. The spring show is just for Tennessee artists but the fall show is international.
The shows are put on by Tennessee Craft, our state craft organization.

Jacki Bils

Hello Shaun, you are right about the Best Art Shows in America list. The list of shows is not our list of favorite shows. Plus, we actively encouraged art patrons, artists, etc to vote for their favorite shows. Every show on our list was voted for by the people who have shopped or sold their art at these shows. I hope if anybody is not happy with our list of shows that they take the time to cast their vote next year.

Shaun Willaims

Everyone complaining about the results---GET A FRIGGIN' LIFE! Seriously. They are accurate lists. These are the money-making shows with the highest average artist sales and the largest population of high-end buying patrons. That is the bottom line.

If you don't like what you are reading, simply move on and read something else.

Jacki Bils

Hello Nancy, thanks for the review of the Bay Harbor Arts Festival. You have some unfortunate yet important information that other artists would really like to know. If you wouldn't mind, could you leave a review of this show at www.ArtShowReviews.com. I am sure this information would be very helpful to artists that want to apply to this show.

Nancy jones

we tried the bay harbor show in Michigan that was listed on this site.it is in a wealthy area where on one came down to buy from us.we had a few customers from outside the area.there were maybe if we were lucky 200 people.
the woman who ran this show allowed a jeweler to put up half price signs all around her booth and never stopped her.5 of us jewelers realized it late in the show. None of us felt sure if this women made her inexpensive jewlery.the point being this was supposed to be a fine art show.it had a lot of good art but there weren't any buyers because it was not supported by the community of bay harbor.we were cheap entertainment,I didn't realize until we got to the show that it was from 10-2 on Sunday,what show ends that early on Sunday.
it was extremely humid when we set up and we weren't even offered any water.not only then but throughout the show.the promoter had one outhouse that was filthy and without water on Sunday,we had to use the bathroom in the restaurant.we were also made to walk up and down a steep hill and about 3 blocks to get to the site.there were golf carts that could have been used to help us but the promoter didn't care.we saw her on set up day and when we took down on Sunday.one artist told us she was in the restaurant on Saturday.she was very cold and insensitive to the artists.she treated us like we were beneath her.we heard from an artist who was there the previous year that a whole row of people packed up and left on Saturday.
please someone talk to this women because she is ruining a show that could have been good.

Jacki Bils

Hello J, we realize that not everyone's favorites shows land near the top of our America's Best Art Shows list. However, every show on our list was voted for by thousands of artists, art patrons, show directors and whom ever else wanted to fill out our survey. All the shows were totaled up and that is how the best shows were chosen. If you are not happy with our survey results make sure you fill out our survey next year. We would love to have you join the thousands of people who do take the time to help us put this list together.

Jacki Bils

Hello dpb, I beg to differ. This is what you may not know about our "America's Best Art Shows Survey":
Our survey is the result of thousands of artists, art patrons, show directors, and who ever wants to take part. We get the word out on our websites that we are looking for the top shows in the country. Anyone can fill out our survey. Anyone!!! And the surveys start rolling in. It was a lot of work. Everyone's votes count. We don't feed the names of the shows that we happen to like to anyone. The surveys do not have show names already on the form for people to pick from. The person filling out the survey must come up with their own show names. Hey, we invite you to take our survey next year and you can vote for your favorite shows. Once you fill out our survey you will realize how fair we are trying to be. If you know of a fairer way to choose the Best Shows in the country please pass your ideas on to us. We want our list to be as fair and accurate as possible.


I love the Old Town Art Fair and yay for Ann Arbor's special award! But have to comment on this: Cherry Creek was extremely poorly run last year. They tried to expand, to a street with nothing but an under-construction concrete and re-bar parking structure, surrounded by chain link fence. All the unlucky artists who were put in front of it (we were all newbies--I guess they thought just being accepted was an "honor" for us) discussed it afterward and decided we would never go back.


f. cassaday:
The La Quinta Arts Festival has been ranked the number one art fair in the country by Art Fair Sourcebook for the past two or three years. THAT is how they can make that claim. It's a different rating system with a different metric.

Yeah, it's debatable...like the ludicrous idea that Ann Arbor could possibly be deemed number one in THIS listing or that something like Peoria could even come in within the top ten or that Main Street Fort Worth would be way down at number nine.

It's all very subjective...and often wrong.

Jacki Bils

Hello F. Cassady, We can not speak for La Quinta on their marketing practices. I think you would need to ask them about that. All I can say is La Quinta was chosen as one of the top five shows in the west in a poll that we did here not too long ago. We solicited for any art patron or artist to take our survey to decide which shows were the best in the country. We had an overwhelming response. The results have been published in our America's Best Juried Fine Art Fairs list. Thanks for your comment F. Cassady.









Sue Panster

Elida couldn't said it better, the ACC show in Baltimore, MD is hands down the best quality show I've been to. The past few years it has attracted less artists, which is a shame. It shows you how bad our economy has become.

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.



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.

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