Courtesy of DiverseWorks, State Fair of Texas Comes to Houston (Kind of)

It's sort of going to be Fair weather in Houston come fall.

In early September, DiverseWorks Art Space will be taking the state and art fair concepts and expanding them into a group exhibition that will include a performance-art component.

Broadening the open-air market idea, participants in the "State Fair" exhibit will be encouraged to "hawk your wares!" and "peddle your services and skills!" and "trade and barter to your heart's content!" and "carry your self-made business on your back!"

The show will act as a "temporary public exhibition that takes as its inspiration the construct of a contemporary art fair and merges it with the age-old tradition of street peddling," according to the indie organization. "Artists are invited to propose projects that explore the notion of street commerce, underground exchange and alternate economies that defy the strictures of the commercial art economy reinforced by the global art fair phenomenon."

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One of those artists could be you, because DiverseWorks is currently accepting proposals. Artists given the thumbs-up will be divvied out an eight-by-fourteen-foot piece of "land" in the gallery space. Additionally, they'll be asked to assume the performance-art role of a peddler on September 17 and 18 (the same weekend as the Houston Fine Art Fair) and October 22 and 23 (to coincide with the Texas Contemporary shindig).

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. August 10.

And in case you were wondering, the State Fair of Texas is staying put in Dallas. The 2011 edition will go off from September 30 through October 23

"State Fair" is scheduled to take place from September 9 through October 29, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway.

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