What began in 1963 as a small neighborhood event has grown to become one of the top 10 fine arts festivals in the country. A highly competitive juried art show, the Uptown Art Fair receives an average of over 1,000 applications from which an esteemed panel of judges selects around 360 of the country’s best artists (translation: only excellent work to be seen here).
This year’s theme, “A Fusion of Art, Flavor and Flair,” demonstrates how the Art Fair brings together art from around the world and fuses it with the Uptown area’s distinctive flavor and flair. Our show is truly a labor of love made possible by the generosity of sponsors, local businesses, volunteers, and those who support the arts. Our hope is to add some artistic flair to your life while showing you the many wonderful flavors of Uptown.
Spend a sunny afternoon strolling the booth-lined streets in search of creative original works of art (in a wide range of price points), meet the artists behind those creations, and know that you’ll be spicing up your wardrobe, yard or house with a piece of art that you can’t buy just anywhere. In addition to seeing all of that impressive artwork, you can take the kids to a FREE family-friendly performance, enjoy delicious festival food and beverages, and know that you’re doing something good for the arts community. Thank you for being a part of the 2009 Uptown Art Fair!
The Uptown Art Fair Steering Committee
For more information, visit www.uptownminneapolis.com/art-fair.
1406 W. Lake Street, Lower Level C, Minneapolis, MN 55408 - 612-823-4581
Friday, August 7 Saturday, August 8 Sunday, August 9
Noon – 8:30 p.m. 10 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
The intersection of Lake Street and Hennepin Avenue and “The Mall” in Southwest Minneapolis.
Choose from a variety of creative and original works of art including sculptures, paintings, photographs, woodcarvings, glasswork, jewelry, multimedia compositions and more. Over $2.5 million of art is sold during the festival, ranging from limited editions to one-of-a-kind treasures. Purchase art from youth representing the future of the Uptown Art Fair at the Tomorrow’s Stars Seen Today youth art fair. Enjoy food and drinks from over 20 vendors, as well as non-stop entertainment on the CBS Outdoor Performance Stage. Relax in the Wine Garden, or create your own art at the Family Imagination Station activity area.
The Uptown Art Fair is the winner of over 70 International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Pinnacle Awards. The Pinnacles recognize the highest quality in promotional programs and materials produced by IFEA’s more than 3,000 member festivals and events around the world. They are the most prestigious awards in the special events industry. Art Fair Sourcebook listed the 2007 Uptown Art Fair as 8th in the nation. The Harris Guide ranked it the #1 Art Fair in Minnesota.
An average of 375,000 people attend annually, making the Art Fair #2 in statewide event attendance, second only to the Minnesota State Fair.
Skip the hassle of parking and take a Metro Transit bus to the Art Fair at no charge. Vita.mn Art Hop buses run continuous loops on Saturday and Sunday with stops at the Uptown Art Fair, Powderhorn Art Fair, and Loring Park Art Festival. Buses leave each fair and pre-determined rail stations every 20 minutes. Maps to free park and ride lots near light rail stations are available online at www.metrotransit.org/arthop. Route and schedule information is also available by calling 612-373-3333.