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By ADRIENNE LYONS
Not just anyone can exhibit their
works in the confusing conglomeration
of booths and artists on the streets of
Ann Arbor during the four-day art fair
each summer.
Although more than 1,000 craf-
tspeople will display their works in the
twentieth summer art fair, most of the
artists had to undergo demanding
jurying, or judging, by area artists and
sponsors before being-invited to set up a
booth.
Two of the three art fairs have
similar jurying procedures. Artists ap-
plying for the first time to the Ann Ar-
bor Street Art Fair and the State Street
Art Fair are required to submit several
slides of their work to the selection
committee.
THE COMMITTEES rank the slides
on a scale of one to five. The highest
ranking artists are asked to participate
in the fair.
The University Artists and Craf-
tsmen Guild does not jury its 700 artists.
Guild membership is the only
requirement for an artist to exhibit in
the Summer Arts Festival sponsored by
the Guild, said associate director Helen
Welford.
Student members are accepted at
any time into the Guild at a reduced fee,
but "professional" artists must sign up
on a waiting list to join the Guild. Most
of the 700 Guild artists exhibiting this
year are not students, Welford added.
WHILE THE University Guild
guarantees a space for returning
exhibitors, artists in the other two fairs
must earna booth for the next year.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair has 300
exhibiting artists and 175 show in the
State Street Art Fair. About 75 per cent
Trotter House exhibit
Afro-American artists from south-
eastern Michigan will exhibit their
work in Trotter House, a campus
minority community center located at
1443 Washtenaw, during the art fair.
Exhibits are planned to include
drawings, paintings, ceramics,
photography and sculpture.
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July
26 and 27 and from noon to 4 p.m. on
July 28.

of the artists in each fair have been in-
vited to return this year. The remaining
openings are reserved for fair
newcomers.
The Acceptance Committee of the
Ann Arbor Street Art Fair receives
about 600 applications annually for the
40 to 60openings for new exhibitors.
REPRESENTATIVES of each of the
art fairs said they accept a variety of
art and handicrafts, as long as the work
is original. Coordinator of the State
Street Art Fair John Schreer said, for in-
stance, mass-produced items such as
lithographs and reproduced art are
frowned upon. Apparel is not accepted
at the State Street fair.
In selecting the various media,
Schreer stressed that the acceptance
committee attempts to "maintain a
certain balance." He said the selectors
look for equal numbers of exhibitors in
each media.
The Ann Arbor Street Art Fair's Ac-
ceptance Committee is made up of four
persons who vote and select juries of
local artists who select exhibitors in
each media according to their
specialty.
THE SELECTION process does not
always work well, according to Olivia
Bottum, coordinator of the Ann Arbor
Street Art Fair. Sometimes artists
don't know what types of slides to sub-
mit, she explained. The slides are often
too dark or too light, or the committee
can't evaluate the work's actual size.,
Artists are judged by committee
members and also by fellow artists in
the fair before they are asked to return,
Bottum said.
The process of inviting artists back to
the State Street Art Fair is similar ex-
cept the exhibiting artists do not par-
ticipate. "We have a selection commit-
tee which goes around during the fair
and determines who we'll invite back,
Schreer said.
Schreer said last year the State Street
Art Fair asked artists to jury their
colleagues at the fair, but he received
so many complaints from the artists
that the new policy was discontinued.
Selectors of new artists for the State
Street fair also presents problems. "It's
been our experience that their (artists)
slides aren't (the same as) what they
bring," Schreer said. He cited an exam-
ple of a macrame artist who submitted
a slide of a wall-hanging, but displayed
blankets at the fair.

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