Black Swamp Arts Fest bumped up in rankings PDF Print E-mail
Written by DAVID DUPONT Sentinel Arts & Entertainment Editor   
Thursday, 22 August 2013 09:06
The Black Swamp Arts Festival's juried art show shines a little brighter in the rankings just released by Sunshine Artist, the premier source for information for artists and artisans who travel the fair circuit.
In the preview of the forthcoming issue, the Black Swamp juried show is ranked 59th in the top 100 Fine Art and Design Shows. That's up from 60th in 2012, and 61 in 2011.
The Black Swamp Arts Festival is the second highest ranked in the state behind the Summerfair in Cincinnati which is ranked 16th.
The rankings have the festival slowly ticking up to where it was ranked, as high as 53rd in 2009, before the economy struck hard.
Sunshine Artist editors called 2012 a "volatile" year. "The shows that made the cut were united in that they earned votes from you, our readers, for being your most predictable festivals during that tumultuous year."
The rankings are based on individual artist's sales, which are about $2,400 at the Black Swamp event. According to the magazine: "We focus exclusively on revenue because it provides an objective indication of an event's past success."
Brenda Baker, who chairs the festival's visual arts committee, said of the ranking: "Our festival is special in that we include music, performing, and visual arts and in such a way that we really reach out to the full spectrum of the community. There is something here for every age and every kind of person. The large, diverse, and steadily growing crowd this attracts is a huge key to the festival's success, and the success of the artists that come to our community."
The juried art show features 108 artists in 112 booths. The ranking covers only the juried show, not the Wood County Invitational nor the area featuring work by students from Bowling Green State University.
This year's show will be presented Sept. 7 and 8 on Main Street in downtown Bowling Green. The festival begins with music on the afternoon of Sept. 6.
Baker said the show's success can also be attributed to "a huge body of professionals volunteering their time and talents to keep the festival moving into the future ... We will continue to work very hard to preserve and build on the last 20 years."
The rise in rankings is in part reflected by a larger number of artists applying to participate. "Good crowds mean good business for the artists and that drives more artists to our festival and the cycle feeds itself from there," Baker said.
The Crosby Festival of the Arts, held in June in the Toledo Botanical Garden, also made the list at 91st, down from 77th where it ranked the past two years.
The Levis Commons Fine Arts Fair, which cracked the list at 99th in 2012 was not included this year.
Sunshine Artists includes a separate listing ranking the top 100 Classic and Contemporary Craft shows.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 22 August 2013 12:00

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