Vendors Needed for 53rd Annual ArtFest

July 05, 2017

ALLIANCE, Ohio – Vendor registration is now open for the 53nd annual ArtFest sponsored by the University of Mount Union and the Alliance Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, September 23 at the event’s historic location by the Campus Lakes.

Last year’s event, which hosted many vendors and 3,000 visitors, proved to be one of the most successful of the past 50 years. Scheduled in conjunction with the Mount Union versus Baldwin Wallace football game and the M Club Hall of Fame Induction, AftFest 2017 is primed to reach record attendance once again.

The ArtFest committee is looking for fine art in the traditional and modern media (i.e. watercolor/acrylic (under glass), oil/acrylic (without glass), collage, graphics, drawing, pastels, sculpture, painting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, etc.) and functional craft that has a specific utility yet it is creative either in its purpose or aesthetic appearance (i.e. jewelry, fiber, woodworking, glass, enameling, mirrors, purses/bags, soaps, candles, lights, tables, mirrors, etc.). The event will feature artwork that is both on display and for sale.

Booth fees for ArtFest will start at an early bird rate of $30 from July 5 through July 31 with a regular adult rate of $40 from August 1 through September 16. Booth fees will be waived for junior vendors (12-18) or collegiate (enrolled in college) vendors. Event registration the day of the event is $50 per space.

Cash awards and ribbons will be presented to the top artists in each category (fine art and functional craft), as well as a Best of Show. In addition, there will be awards presented in the junior and collegiate categories along with a People’s Choice award. Awards are given for original works only and at the discretion of the judges.

This year’s judge is Dr. Louis Zona, executive director of the Butler Institute of American Art and professor emeritus of art history at Youngstown State University (YSU). Zona earned his B.S. in education, M.S. in art education, and Doctor of Arts degree. He has been in his role at The Butler, the first museum in the world dedicated to American art, since 1982, and he is credited with expanding its reach and assisting in opening satellite facilities in Salem and Howland, Ohio. 

As part of ArtFest, various events will be held throughout the day including live demonstrations of artists at work, a children’s art activity and live sidewalk art. Along with these events, A Taste of Alliance will feature Alliance area restaurants and caterers selling food and beverages for visitors and community members to enjoy as they browse. The event will provide local musical entertainment from Alliance and Mount Union. 

For more information about ArtFest, contact or (330) 823-6063. Register online at

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