Westside Art Hop! October 2023
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How do I Apply to be in Westside Art Hop?
A. Find the “Apply” button on the “For Artists” webpage. Art Hop is on the second weekend of June, and in October on a weekend when there’s no Michigan Home Game (because of parking!) See “Dates & Rates for Artists” for Application and Registration deadlines.
Q. What's the difference between "Application" and "Registration?
A. You Apply to the jury and if accepted, you'll be invited to Register.
Q. I’ve been in Art Hop before - can I Register without reapplying to the Jury?
A. Very few artists, mostly Artist-hosts or Art Hop veterans will be invited to pre-Register. Others will need to re-Apply, so that Art Hop can open opportunities to new artists.
Q. What kind of work is likely to be accepted into Art hop?
A. See “What Jury Looks For” on the website, under “For Artists” to see what media are accepted. Your work may be excellent, but the number of places are limited! Also we seek to balance the range of media. Art Hop aims to keep the size of the show below 90 artists to be fully walkable over the weekend.
Q. What does it cost to participate?
A. Currently Application is $18 and Registration is $40. Registration is likely to rise slightly in 2024, but all artists are welcome even if they’re broke! Send us an email with a brief line about why you could use a discount, and we’ll be happy to send you the Discount code.
Q. Is there a prospectus, or an Agreement I'd be signing up to?
A. Yes, please view the Artists Agreement that you need to agree to when you Register. One page setting out your obligations (to hosts) and responsibility (to Art Hop).
Q. Does Art Hop only accept local artists?
A. The great majority of our artists come from within about an hour of Ann Arbor. We do consider others, but we discourage professionals who tour the Art Fair circuit.
Q. I’ve never done an Art Fair before - is this for me?
A. Yes! We always include some newcomers, and you don’t even need a tent (see below).
Q. I don’t have a tent - do I need to get one?
A. No, you don’t need a tent, although a number of our artists do use one. Most of our artists are in garages, or on porches, or - if you have your own 10' x 10' tent - in a yard or a driveway. We are also fortunate that two Gretchen's House Childcare centers in the neighborhood host Art Hop for the weekend.
Q. Does Art Hop have a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy?
A. YES! Let us know if you see lapses or can suggest improvements or good strategy.
Q. If it’s all around the neighborhood, will I get to meet the other artists?
A. Where possible we place at least two artists at the same venue. And, we have a Pizza party two or three weeks before the event. There’ll be a choice of Tuesday or Wednesday to meet up with the other artists.
Q. I’m under 18. Can I Apply?
A. Unfortunately, no. Because Art Hop artists are hosted by volunteer neighbors, we’d prefer to avoid any insurance complications. If your parent is participating with their own tent or in their own home, they may donate part of their space to you (but you would not be listed as a participant or on the map. Your own social media promotion is fine though.) If you’ll turn 18 before the date of the event, you may apply. In that case, say “Yes” to being over 18, then mention it in the comments in your application.
Q. Where in Ann Arbor, Michigan does Art Hop happen?
A. We have three focus areas on the West Side, all south of W Liberty: the Eberwhite area; the Princeton & 4th-6th St area; and the 1st-3rd St area. All include artists' own homes or studios, most of whom may host other artists. Eberwhite and Princeton-5th also include volunteer hosts (our generous neighbors) who are not artists.