East Lansing Art Festival Ranked 64th in the Nation
If art is in the eye of the beholder, then BEHOLD the East Lansing Art Festival!
Just as organizers put out a call for submissions to the 57th annual art festival in 2020, the East Lansing Art Festival received recognition in a national publication. The 2018 event was ranked 64th in the nation among the fine art and design category in the September 2019 edition of Sunshine Artist, an art and craft show magazine.
Each September, Sunshine Artist brings national exposure to the best art festivals and fairs in the United States with its annual feature “Sunshine Artist 200 Best,” which ranks the top 200 art fairs and festivals across the United States. The best art events in the country are designated each year through an artist voting system, in which artists send in ballots listing their 10 top-selling events of the year. That allows Sunshine Artist to base its ranking primarily on festival sales.
“It’s wonderful to see the East Lansing Art Festival being honored for its success,” said East Lansing Art Festival and Arts Initiatives Coordinator Heather Majano. “Our juried festival draws exceptionally talented artists and a large base of knowledgeable and loyal art patrons to downtown East Lansing each year. This national recognition is something that everyone can be proud of.”
Artist applications are currently being accepted for the 57th annual East Lansing Art Festival. The 2020 festival will take place on May 16-17 in downtown East Lansing. The East Lansing Art Festival will be accepting applications through Jan. 31. Artists can apply at zapplication.org/event-info.php?ID=7899. Artists must submit their online applications, four images of their work and one image of their booth for consideration. Emerging artists must submit their online application and five images of their work for consideration. There is a $25 online application fee for those artists that apply prior to Nov. 30, and there is a $35 online application fee for those artists that apply after Nov. 30.
The East Lansing Art Festival attracts tens of thousands of visitors to downtown East Lansing each year with its showcase of artists from across the United States. In addition to art, the festival features live music on an outdoor music stage, children’s activities, a food court and much more.
*Photo provided by the City of East Lansing and shows 2019 People’s Choice (City of East Lansing Purchase) Award winner Darren Jones for 2D Mixed Media