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Published: Thu, March 14, 2019 @ 11:20 p.m.

Staff report


Submissions of artwork are being sought for the 21st annual Summer Festival of the Arts, which will take place at and around Youngstown State University on July 13 and 14.

The SFA is a celebration of both the fine and performing arts, and enjoys wide community participation from local and regional arts groups, cultural institutions, ethnic and civic groups and the community.

Artist applications for the juried fine art show and sale are available, and artists are encouraged to apply by the April 1 early deadline, although applications will be accepted until the event is full. Each application must be accompanied by the $20 jury fee. If accepted, the booth fee is $100.

Applications can be downloaded at ysu.edu/sfa or by emailing festival director Lori A. Factor at lafactor@ysu.edu.

The SFA does not rent tables; all artists must submit an application and materials and be accepted by a panel of professional jurors.

More than 85 artists participated in the two-day event last year, which also includes an ethnic festival, jazz concert and multiple family activities.

“The Summer Festival of the Arts has become an anchor event for a weekend- long series of activities in our community,” said festival director Lori A. Factor. “We are grateful to the community for supporting the arts over the years as well as to the artists who have exhibited and sold their artwork.”

The festival began as the popular Walk on Wick, an event sponsored by the Youngstown Area Arts Council. In a unique partnership between the then-Arts Council and YSU, it became a department of the university in 1999 and has grown into a two-day event.

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