Amdur Productions, a nationally acclaimed art festival production company, proudly launches its 29th year with its national “call for entries.” For nearly three decades, Amdur Productions has organized many of the Chicago areas’ most prestigious and successful juried art festivals. Many of Amdur's festivals are rated in Sunshine Artist magazine's top 100 with several appearing in the top 50. This year, the company offers new opportunities for artists with the addition of three new festivals across the Midwest: New Buffalo Artigras! in New Buffalo, Michigan; The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Craft in Highland Park, Illinois; and the Third Ward Art Festival in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
“We know artists rely on successful festivals for their livelihood so we are excited to offer three more opportunities for them to sell their work,” says Amy Amdur, president and founder of her namesake firm. “We look forward to seeing the artists who have made our festivals thrive apply again this year and welcome those who are applying for the first time.”
Once again, Amdur Productions is offering artists the opportunity to apply online. Artists can visit www.amdurproductions.com and click “APPLY NOW,” then follow the prompts to submit their work electronically through Juried Art Services (JAS). Artists should submit four images of their work and one photo of their booth. Applicants who wish to submit traditional slides and use a paper application may still do so for a small conversion fee. All applications must be received before midnight on January 10, 2012 for consideration in this season’s extraordinary line-up. An acclaimed group of national jurors will review the artists work the week of January 30th and artists will be notified of their status on February 13th.
Artists may apply to participate in any or all of Amdur’s art festivals, including:
Barrington Art Festival – Barrington, IL: May 26 – 27 Amdur Productions proudly kicks off the season with the third annual Barrington Art Festival. Known for its grand mansions and horse farms, the affluent suburb of Barrington boasts a wealthy population with a deep appreciation for the arts.
Eastside Millennium Art Festival – Chicago, IL: June 1 – June 3 Located blocks from Chicago’s bustling Millennium Park, the Eastside Millennium Art Festival returns to downtown Chicago for its fourth year. More than 175,000 people visit the area daily whether for work or play at the nearby Art Institute, Chicago Cultural Center or Millennium Park.
NEW FESTIVAL - New Buffalo Artigras! – New Buffalo, Michigan: June 16 – 17 Amdur Productions proudly adds this new festival to its stellar line-up. Located one hour from Chicago in New Buffalo, Michigan, Artigras! is expected to draw tens of thousands of art lovers who own summer homes in Harbor Country or visit the charming town for weekends away from the city.
NEW FESTIVAL – The Art Center’s Festival of Fine Craft – Highland Park, IL: June 23 – 24 Hosted by The Art Center - Highland Park, the show emphasizes fine craft including glass, wood, ceramics, fiber, jewelry and more. Amdur Productions is excited to work with The Art Center (TAC) on this celebrated event located in downtown Highland Park.
Promenade of Art Arlington Heights - Arlington Heights, IL – June 23 - 24 Now celebrating its tenth year, the Promenade of Art Arlington Heights is a longstanding tradition for residents of this prosperous suburb and nearby communities. The festival takes place in the lively downtown area amid upscale high-rise apartments, boutiques, cafes and popular restaurants.
Lincolnshire Art Festival – Lincolnshire, IL: June 30 – July 1 Located in one of Chicago’s most prosperous suburbs, the Lincolnshire Art Festival draws more than 20,000 art lovers annually. 2012 marks the Lincolnshire Art Festival’s 15th year as a summer institution.
Chicago Botanic Garden Art Festival – Glencoe, IL: July 6 – July 8 Last year’s inaugural event drew tens of thousands of art enthusiasts, making it a record breaking weekend for the Chicago Botanic Garden. Originally produced by Amdur Productions years ago, the festival returns for second year with a select group of exceptional artists showcasing work of a botanic theme, use or material.
Gold Coast Art Fair – Chicago, IL: July 14 – July 15 Back by popular demand, the Gold Coast Art Fair returns to Grant Park, Chicago’s premier festival destination! Now celebrating its 55th year, the Gold Coast Art Fair is the third oldest and by far one of the most well attended art festivals in Chicago. In the new venue, the festival is able to accommodate one hundred more artists and hundreds of thousands of art enthusiasts.
Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival – Buffalo Grove, IL: July 21 – 22 For 14 years, the Buffalo Grove Invitational Fine Art Festival has been a family and community tradition. This stellar art festival takes place in one of the fastest growing communities in the greater Chicagoland area, which is home to some of the most reputable business organizations in the Midwest.
North Shore Festival of Art Old Orchard – Skokie, IL: July 27 – July 29 A highly visible location, revamped layout and an extra day make this Amdur festival a pleasure for artists. Located in the incredibly popular Westfield Old Orchard Shopping Center, this festival boasts a great following of discerning art lovers.
Glencoe Festival of Art –Glencoe, IL: August 4 – 5 The Glencoe Festival of Art takes place in the prestigious Village of Glencoe, an upscale community on Chicago’s North Shore, which attracts a highly educated crowd of art lovers annually.
Art at the Glen Town Center – Glenview, IL: August 11 – August 12 Sales rank among the highest at this high quality, nationally well regarded show. Showgoers flock to this festival which is situated in a master planned community, boasting some of the finest stores in the Midwest.
Port Clinton Art Festival - Highland Park, IL: August 25 – August 26 Located in the affluent community of Highland Park, the Port Clinton Art Festival is one of the most acclaimed art festivals in the country. More than 250,000 art savvy, loyal attendees visit this high caliber festival annually.
NEW FESTIVAL – Third Ward Art Festival – Milwaukee, Wisconsin: September 1 – 2 The Third Ward Art Festival launches this year just three blocks south of downtown Milwaukee, in the Historic Third Ward known as “Milwaukee’s Arts and Fashion District.” This upscale area boasts the city’s most dynamic array of restaurants, spas, theaters, galleries and unique shopping – attracting visitors from near and far.
Downtown Downers Grove Art Festival – Downers Grove, IL: September 8 – September 9 A cherished community tradition for the past 35 years, the festival will be directed by Amdur Productions for the third year. Historically a one day show, the festival now spans throughout the weekend.
Highwood Last Call Art Fair – Highwood, IL: September 15 – September 16 Nestled between three of the wealthiest communities on the North Shore, this unique art fair offers artists the opportunity to sell off their inventory at the end of the season; great art at great prices!
Winter Art Festival – Highland Park, IL: December 7 – 9 Amdur Productions will once again extend art festival season to the winter months. A select group of artists are invited to showcase their artwork at this holiday event, taking place indoors at a high-end country club in Highland Park.
For more information or to apply to the festivals, please visit http://www.amdurproductions.com