2020 Student Artist Program

Please note that due to the ongoing Covid 19 issue, the winning student artist announcement will be postponed until May 1st.


at the Laguna Beach Art-A-Fair Festival

Applications must be received prior to 5:00 PM, Sunday, March 29th

2019 Student Artists Margaret and Alec

Each year the Art-A-Fair Foundation chooses two high school juniors or seniors or college freshmen to participate in the Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival.
The Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival is a juried art show with over 100 of Southern California’s top artists, as an exhibiting student artist!

All products created from the student art which will be available for sale are paid for 100% by the Art-A-Fair Foundation! From the booth fixtures to scanning, reproductions of artwork and supplies, everything needed to have a successful show.

With the mentoring of the Foundation board, it is a great opportunity for student artists to not only earn money toward their future art goals but learn how to make art that sells, speak to customers, and gain confidence in their work.

Students wishing to participate must submit their applications and images of their work to the Foundation board.  Students are selected from the submissions based on the quality of work and suitability of work to be shown in the Festival.  After selection students are interviewed by the Foundation board and two are chosen to participate in the show.  Leading up to the show opening the board works with the students to choose works that will represent their style and also be sought after by the buyers at the Festival.

Applicants must review the Past Artists page and the Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival Exhibitors pages
to get a sense of the type of artwork appropriate for this show.  

The Art-A-Fair Foundation pays for everything the student needs for a successful show experience:

• The full cost of the booth at the Art-A-Fair Festival.
• For two-dimensional artists ALL framing, printing, and products to sell at the show.
• For three-dimensional artists ALL  cost of materials for creating their artwork to sell at the show and studio time (kiln time, etc.)
• Students receive the full value of their artwork sold during the show in the form of grant from the Art-A-Fair Foundation.
• Coaching on selling artwork, working with customers and additional mentoring by many of Southern California’s finest artists.

This is a great opportunity for any student who is passionate about art. We have had even the shyest of artists come out of their shells during the summer and carry that newfound confidence to college and beyond.


Students whose artwork best reflects the Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival will be invited to bring their artwork to be reviewed in person by the Art-A-Fair Foundation board members. After review by the board members, the students who have been chosen to receive the scholarship will be contacted and given instructions on how to prepare for the show opening.

2020 Scholarship winners will be announced no later than May 1st.

This opportunity is all about selling your work to a large group of people.  The demographics of this show are people 30+ years old.  Please present artwork that reflects a large demographic.  Shock art, horror, political themes, generally do not sell at this show.

Applicants are encouraged to review the Past Student Artists page and the Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival Exhibitors pages to get a sense of the type of artwork appropriate for this show.  


The 2020 Laguna Art-A-Fair Festival runs from preview night Wednesday, June 24 through Sunday, August 30, 2020.

The show is open from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and until 10:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.


• Students must be juniors or seniors in the high school, or college freshmen in the year 2020.

• Students must be residents of and students of southern California.

• Students must be actively planning further art education or a career in the arts.

• 2D artists have at least 12 pieces of art, approved by the Foundation Board, completed by May 1, 2020, to be scanned and printed and be prepared to created additional work during the summer season.

• 3D artists have at least 20 finished pieces of art, approved by the Foundation Board,  completed by May 1, 2020, and ability and time to create more during the summer season to replenish stock.

• Must be available to work at their booth a least one day each weekend during the show to sell art and interact with customers.

• Must have reliable transportation to and from the show’s Laguna Beach location.




Once complete, send five (5) jpgs of your art that best represent your work to ron@artafairfoundation.org.

Label the artwork with your first and last name. (E.g. BillSmith_1, BillSmith_2)

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