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Mission and programs

The Park Point Art Fair (Art Fair) annually showcases professionally juried artists in a stunning outdoor environment on the shores of Lake Superior. For 44 years as PPCC’s signature event and as an original festival of its kind for northeastern Minnesota, the Art Fair has embodied the club’s mission by serving the local and regional community—culturally, economically and socially.

The Art Fair began in 1970 with visual artists setting their work on blankets at a playground during the early spring smelt run—but the audience of fishermen weren’t biting. Event organizers adapted, moving the date to the last weekend in June and moving to the expansive Recreation Area at the end of Park Point, situated between the bay and lake. The event soon began drawing participating artists from across the state for what would become a welcome annual rite of Duluth summer—not just for the grass roots volunteer organization that founded the event, but for the greater community. Now, over four decades later, this festival with free admission and free parking has grown to attract an estimated 11,0000 visitors for a weekend celebration centered on the exceptional work of professional artists from throughout the Midwest. The event grew to feature an ideal number for the geographic space: 110 juried artists, which ensures a diversity of high quality art while not saturating the respective artists in eight visual categories.

The Park Point Art Fair (PPAF) has traditionally connected high caliber artists directly with the community, and seeks to continue doing so while providing a varied, engaging and meaningful art experience to attendees. The PPAF is an annual showcase of visual artwork by 120 juried artists working in clay, photography, painting, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood and glass. The art fair hires a jury that consists of a panel of art professionals (i.e. working artists, art educators, professors or curators) who judge applicants’ work based on craftsmanship, originality, consistency and design.