Exhibition Standards

All work must be of original design and processed by the artists (“handcrafted”). Artists may not exhibit or sell subcontracted work. Absolutely no buy/sell. Images submitted must be the only products brought to the show. No reproductions are allowed, including but not limited to offset reproductions, resin castings, injection molded plastics and commercially printed photographs. All work must be safe and non-toxic and fit for its intended use. If any work requires special or limited use, the artist must fully disclose and explain this to the public.
The work exhibited by the artist must match the quality and balance of the images submitted to Lakeshore Art Festival for consideration. The jury reserves the right to reject items during the show, which are in poor taste, or not the quality or media category submitted for review. Exhibitors not in compliance with the rules and regulations will be asked to leave the show immediately without a refund.

Such items as imports, plants, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit items and any commercially or factory produced merchandise from artist shops of any kind are not eligible for entry. Any commercially produced parts used in a work must play a subordinate role and may not be sold separately. Any art brought to the show and not submitted within application will be subject for on-site rejection. Exhibitors may not display more than a few items that are essentially alike. Artist should avoid a mass produced appearance to their displays. Joint members must both have a part in creating the work, with one member having registered for the space. The artist(s) must exhibit his/her own work.

No weapons may be exhibited or sold.

Exhibitors who violate the exhibition rules will not be allowed to participate the next year or be eligible for prizes. The Lakeshore Art Festival staff make all decisions regarding rules compliance.

Zero Tolerance Buy/Sell Policy

There is zero tolerance for buy/sell in the Lakeshore Art Festival. Our team makes great strides through our initial jurying process and our onsite “walk through”. If there is believed to be buy/sell at the show, one our coordinators will approach the booth and address the item in question. If the item has been identified as buy/sell it will be required to be removed immediately. If the exhibitor refuses to remove the item OR removes the item and then puts the item back out in their booth, they will be asked to leave the show immediately. If an entire booth has been identified as buy/sell, we will ask the exhibitor to pack up and leave the show immediately. We request that other exhibitors report any potential buy/sell to a coordinator (not a general volunteer) during the show.

Jury Process

Projected images are reviewed by the panel in a blind jury process. The jury is comprised of artists, art professionals, exhibitor peers and experienced show coordinators. The jury will view each artist’s set of five images projected simultaneously, arranged by the category. The process, materials and dimensions for each image, as well as artist information statements will be made available to the jury. Artistic excellence and a well-balanced show are the criteria for selection of exhibitors. Decisions of the jury panel are final. Lakeshore Art Festival committee has the right to reject any exhibitor based on past experience, art submitted or other. Exhibitors will be placed within Fine Art/Fine Craft or Craft Market based on their jury scores.


Five images are to be submitted for each application entered by the artist. Booth image requirements must be representative of the booth quality you intend to provide at the event. Please avoid images with any identifiable signage or direct artist face views. The images must represent what you plan to have at the show. Choose high-quality, good resolution photos that demonstrate product quality and uniqueness.

  • Three images of individual pieces of work.
  • One image of a work in progress. Work should NOT include artist within image.
  • One image of a booth display including artist’s work that will be in show. All images should be high-resolution (300dpi) electronic photos and submitted via Zapplications.

Fine Art/ Fine Craft Artist Awards

$3,000 in prize money will be awarded to our fine art/fine craft winners. Judging for cash prizes takes place on the first day of the festival. Artist Awards are determined by a professional art juror. Artistic excellence is the criteria for selecting the awards. Prize awards are as follows:

  • $1,000 First Place/Best in Show
  • $800 Second Place
  • $600 Third Place
  • $400 Honorable Mention
  • $200 Committee’s Choice


Exhibitors in the Craft Market will be competing for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place for the People’s Choice Awards.

Sales Tax

Exhibitors are responsible to collect and remit 6% Michigan sales tax. Call the Michigan Treasury Department at 1-800-367-6263 for sales tax forms.

Set Up/Take Down/Security

Set up and take down protocol will be listed on acceptance letter. Overnight security will be provided.

Amenities Include

Extensive marketing and publicity using newspaper, magazine, social media, trade media, posters, postcards and radio advertising. Vehicle access near booth site for easy set up and teardown. Artists’ reception Thursday night at the nationally recognized Muskegon Museum of Art. Private security patrolling park and streets overnight Thursday and Friday. Exhibitor hospitality which includes morning coffee, juice, water and baked goods. Friendly Lakeshore Art Festival Committee Member booth sitters for exhibitor breaks. $3,000 in Fine Art/Fine Craft awards and Craft Market People’s Choice Awards.


Each exhibitor display space will be at least 10’x10’. Suggested tent size is 10’x10’. Spaces will be allocated at the discretion of the Lakeshore Art Festival organizers. Requests will be considered and met whenever possible. Corner spaces are not charged or allocated as prime locations. Electrical or water service is not available. Exhibitors are responsible for providing their own display, tent and booth equipment.


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