North Street Artists:

Friday Night Artist Check-in is only for those with booths on North Street or the Roundabout ONLY.  Check-in is on Broadway by the post office.  Artists will need to drive east on College Ave., and turn right onto Broadway Blvd. after passing the large red brick building that houses Mary Ann's Diner on the first floor.  

All artists must have checked in and received their packets prior to set-up.

Artists with booth numbers N21 - N60 can easily exit back onto Fell Ave.

Artists with booth numbers N20 - N1 can pull through the Roundabout (CLOCKWISE ONLY) to exit on Beaufort.  Please note that a portion of the Roundabout is closed due to adjoining hotel construction.  As Beaufort St. artists will not be arriving until the following morning, so exiting the Roundabout after set-up may be made from either Beaufort street direction. The Constitution Blvd access will be blocked by food trucks.

Artists in the six Super-Premium booths are should be thoughtful to allowing passage for artists arriving to set-up.


Roundabout Artists:

Friday Night Artist Check-in is only for those with booths on North Street or the Roundabout ONLY.  Check-in is on Broadway by the post office.  Artists will need to drive east on College Ave., and turn right onto Broadway Blvd. after passing the large red brick building that houses Mary Ann's Diner on the first floor.  

Please note that a portion of the Roundabout is closed due to adjoining hotel construction. 

All artists must have checked in and received their packets prior to set-up.

As Beaufort St. artists will not be arriving until the following morning, so exiting the Roundabout after set-up may be made from either Beaufort street direction. The Constitution Blvd access will be blocked by food trucks.



Beaufort Street Artists:

Check-in begins on Saturday morning at 5:30 am.   Artists will need to drive south on Linden St., and turn right onto East Beaufort St. There is a median on Linden which prevents access to Beaufort from the northbound lane.

As Beaufort is a narrow street and we have a shorter window for set-up, we ask for all artists to PULL TO THE CURB adjacent to their booth, UNLOAD COMPLETELY and move your vehicle PRIOR TO SETTING UP.

After unloading (and prior to setting up) Artists should exit the festival space.

All artists must have checked in and received their packets prior to set-up.




Notes to Artists:

  • Thank you for being with us!
  • The Sales Tax Rate in Normal is 8.75%
  • Friday Night Check-in is from 5pm to 8pm for North Street and Roundabout Only.
  • Saturday Morning Check-In begins at 5:30am for all artists.
  • All Artists Must Check-In Prior to unloading. As we have the occasional car needing tow at the venue, we depend on have the street clear of all traffic at 5:30am.
  • Artist are must unload completely to the sidewalk and curb before beginning set-up.  
  • Vehicles left unattended in the roadway will be towed. 
  • Artist who behave in an inconsiderate manner will be ineligible for reapplication.
  • There will be an artist's party and award's ceremony at 5:30pm on July 8th at the Hyatt.
  • Artist Parking is indicated on the maps. The Alamo Bookstore lot has space available in the metered section only at no charge (see map above). However, those parking in their customer spaces, adjacent to the building will be towed.   
  • Do not park in spaces labeled reserved. You will be towed.
  • The Town of Normal provides Police Officers for overnight security, however the festival and its partners assume no responsibility for your booth and its contents.
  • In the advent of heavy storms, Artists must make their own decisions regarding set-up and teardown. Festival organizers wish you to be safe at all times.
  • Artist's are responsible for weighing down their tent in the result of storms. We recommend at a minimum four 50lb  weights (sandbags, concrete anchors)
  • Refillable water containers are provided to all artists.Teams will be stopping by booths to refill supplied containers on a regular basis.
  • The Judges, independent of the MCAC staff and Board, make decisions on all prizes. 
Special Notice For Artists on Beaufort Street:
  • Because BEAUFORT is a narrow street we have the following requirements for unloading. 

    - All traffic is westbound only. Entrance is from Southbound Linden Street Only.

    - No set-up prior to checking in.

    - Vehicles must pull to the curb and unload onto the sidewalk. Do not park in the middle of the street.

    - Artists must stay with vehicle the entire time of unloading. Unsupervised vehicles will be towed at owner's expense.

    - Booth Setup only AFTER your vehicle has been moved off the street.


Artist's Parking (to be updated):


 

Our Uptown business owners wish
to remind everyone that they require full
access to sidewalks during the festival.

Those artists with brick paved areas behind 
their booth may use that space for storage
or seating, but nothing should be placed
on the sidewalks.

Thank you!
 

Information for Sugar Creek Festival Artists

EVENT HOURS

Saturday, July 8, 10 am - 5 pm 

(The public starts showing up around 9am) 

Sunday, July 9, 11 am - 4 pm.

The exhibiting artist must be present both days.


ARTIST SET UP: 

FRIDAY NIGHT:

Only one check-in station is available Friday evening. 

It is located at the corner of  North St. and Broadway.  For those artists with booth spaces on North Street and the Roundabout, set-up is available Friday evening. Staff will be present from 5:00pm to 8:00pm.  

SATURDAY MORNING:

Only one check-in station is available Saturday morning. 

Artists on Beaufort St. may check-in beginning Saturday Morning at 5:00am. This check-in station is located at the far east end of Beauford St., at the intersection with Linden Ave. 

Vehicles must enter this street southbound only.  Saturday check-in time ends at 9:00 am. All booth areas are marked and numbered. Vehicles must be unloaded and out of the area by 9 am. No box or panel trucks are permitted on the festival streets. 

ARTISTS MUST CHECK IN BEFORE SETTING UP. 


Booth Fees (Contingent on Festival Section)

Beauford St. (Standard): $175

Beauford St. (Premium): $225

North Ave.   (Standard):  $225

North Ave    (Premium):  $275

North Ave    (Super Premium):  $300

Roundabout (Standard): $275


HOSPITALITY: 

Coffee and doughnuts are available to artists on Saturday morning. An artists' party is planned for Saturday night, complete with food and beverages. Booth-sitters will be available and cold water will be delivered to booths throughout the day. We will be providing reusable water bottles at check in. 

PARTICIPATION POLICIES:

*All fine art and fine craft will be accepted for jurying. The artwork presented must be original and created by the exhibiting artist. However, we do allow giclee prints, provided that at least 50% of the artwork displayed is original. All work must be for sale. Castings from commercial molds, kit items, buy/sell items, offset reproductions, unlimited series and/or mass editions are prohibited. 

*Digital images submitted for MUST REPRESENT THE WORK  THAT WILL BE EXHIBITED. MCAC reserves the right to exclude any work it deems unsuitable for display, or which was misrepresented by the application materials.



ASSESSMENT

A committee of practicing artists and/or MCAC staff will view each booth and visit with artists to ensure cooperation with stated policies and satisfaction of all participants. The committee reserves the right to reject or remove from the Sugar Creek Arts Festival any work it considers unsuitable, or any artist found to be in violation of the policies and rules herein described. Any exhibitor violating the rules of Sugar Creek Arts Festival will become ineligible for re-admission to future festivals. Artists misrepresenting work as their own or exhibiting buy/sell items will be dismissed from the festival immediately without refund.


SECURITY

Artists are responsible for their own equipment and artwork. MCAC, Sugar Creek Arts Festival, and its sponsors assume NO responsibility for lost, damaged, or stolen items.


AWARDS

Monetary awards are decided by a team of paid art professionals. Best in Show: $500; Fine Art: First Place $300, Second Place $200; Fine Craft: First Place $300, Second Place $200.  Judges are Tim Kowalczyk (BFA Southern Illinois University, MFA Illinois State University- Ceramics, and Adjunct Professor of Art, Illinois Central Collage)and Nancy Fewkes (BA University of Illinois, MFA Arizona University- Photography, Instructional Professor of Photography and Assistant to the Director- Illinois State University) An additional prize in honor of the late artist D. Bill is awarded for artwork that makes best use of recycled material and the winner is selected by members of D. Bill's family. 


Awards are presented at the Artist's Party on Saturday evening from 5:30 to 7:30PM.  It will be located on the second floor in the Meeting Room at the Hyatt Hotel in Uptown Normal.  The McLean County Arts Center will be providing pizza and refreshments.  There will be a cash bar available at the event.  


WEATHER FORECAST:









Accomodation Information 2017

   

We have a block of rooms reserved at The Holiday Inn for Friday through Sunday (checkout date).  Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is by 12:00 PM.  Each guest is responsible for their reservation, room charges, and taxes. Reservations must be made by June 26. Rates are $109 for Single Rooms or $119 Suites.


Please ask for the “Sugar Creek Arts Block” when calling in to make reservations, or click the image above to make reservations online.

Holiday Inn, 3202 E Empire St, Bloomington, IL 61704, Ph: (309) 662-4700













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