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A Fair of the Arts is a juried arts and fine crafts fair held at City Hall, 401 N. Morton St. in Bloomington, on the second Saturdays of the month in conjunction with the Bloomington Community Farmers' Market, May through October.

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department invites local and regional artists to apply to participate in the 2020 A Fair of the Arts, an art and fine craft fair held the second Saturdays of the summer season, May through October.

A Fair of the Arts is held at Showers Plaza adjacent to the Bloomington Community Farmers’ Market on May 9, June 13, July 11, Aug. 8, Sept. 12, and Oct. 10.

Artists may apply to display and sell their original artwork at A Fair of the Arts by submitting an application either online or by mail. Applications must be submitted by Feb. 28 to receive full consideration. There is a non-refundable $15 jury fee per application. The cost for selected artists to participate in A Fair of the Arts is $60 per Fair; commissions are not collected on sales.

Criteria for selecting artists for A Fair of the Arts include style of work (divided into 10 categories: clay, drawing/painting/photography, fiber arts, glass, jewelry, metalwork/woodwork, natural materials, recycled arts, surface decoration, and personal care); quality of work, price of work, and variety of artists.

All work for sale at A Fair of the Arts must be original and made by the applicant. In addition, work must be safe, have a decent life expectancy, and exhibit quality of craftsmanship. Participating artists are selected by a jury of Parks and Recreation staff and artists. For more information about A Fair of the Arts, or to request an application, call Crystal Ritter at 812.349.3725. 

Artists who wish to apply to participate in A Fair of the Arts in 2020 may be added to the contact list by emailing Crystal Ritter, Community Events Coordinator at ritterc@bloomington.in.gov.