The guild’s Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair takes up the portion of the South University’s annual event

ANN ARBOR – Ann Arbor Art Fair is the largest judged art fair in the country, and the organizers just announced a major change for the fair in 2021 and beyond.

The event was canceled for the first time in its history in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the organizers are planning a safe event this season.

The Guild of Artists & Artisans, which runs the largest of the four fairs – the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair – has announced that it will take over production of the South University section of the event by 2026.

So far, the event has consisted of four fairs that seamlessly create what appears to be a giant fair: the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair, Ann Arbor Street Art Fair, The Original, South University Art Fair, and State Street Art Fair.

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With the South University Area Association disbanding in December 2020, it was unclear what would happen to this year’s fair. In a letter sent to members of the Guild this week, Executive Director Karen Delhey announced that her organization had entered into an agreement to take over the South U section for the next five years.

Although the South University Area Association plans to regroup sometime this year, the art fair was not on the table.

“Going forward, we will do all we can to respect the integrity and history of the Ann Arbor South University Fair while including some structures in the Guild,” Delhey wrote.

“For example, we will no longer allow vending booths at South University. The guild will recognize the agreement between the Ann Arbor South University Fair and the 2020 artists who were judged and who left a $ 100 deposit with South University. “

For more information and to see her full letter, click here.

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This year’s four-day event will take place from July 15th to 18th.

All fairs are now accepting artist applications for the 2021 event. Below you will find links to the applications for the individual trade fairs:

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