Event Information

Images: A Festival of the Arts 2017

Riverside Drive and Canal Street
New Smyrna Beach, Florida (South)

Show Dates: 1/27/17 - 1/29/17
Application Deadline: 10/26/16 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury fee is non-refundable): $40.00

You can submit up to 20 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The 41st annual IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts is January 27, 28 and 29, 2017, in New Smyrna Beach, attracting 45,000 patrons and arts enthusiasts. In 2016, $28,000 was given in prize money and over $200,000 was spent by our Patons!!!  

General Information
The 41st annual IMAGES:  A Festival of the Arts, presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts is January 27, 28 and 29, 2017 in New Smyrna Beach FL attracting 45,000+ patrons and arts enthsiasts. 

Friday - January 27
     Setup 6:00 am until 12:30 pm
     Show 1:00 until 5:00
Saturday – January 28
     Show - 9:00 until 5:00
Sunday- January 29
     Show - 10:00 until 4:00  [new time implemented in 2016]

The Festival takes place on historic Canal Street and picturesque Riverside Drive adjacent to Riverside Park on the beautiful Intracoastal Waterway.  New Smyrna Beach is located on Florida's Central East Coast.  All artists booths are located on the street.  A food court, entertainment tent showcasing outstanding musical acts, student art exhibits and children's art programs and face painters are featured in the park itself.  We also have sponsors of the festival located in the park and on the street.

All applications must be submitted by October 26, 2016.  Blind jurying will be completed no later than November 7, 2016.  Notification of acceptance will be done by email no later than November 16, 2016.  If you are accepted into the show, YOU MUST ACCEPT OUR INVITATION AND PAY YOUR BOOTH FEE NO LATER THAN DECEMBER 2, 2016. 

Show size:
IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts is limited to 230 artists, including the Best of Show winners from previous years.

Space size:
Artists will be assigned and must stay within their allotted 11X12 exhibition space.  Displays must be set up as assigned to their designated booth space.

Festival Judging:
Judging for cash awards will begin on Friday afternoon and continue Saturday. Awards will be announced at the Artist's dinner on Saturday night at 7:00.  We will continue with the In-Booth Judging process. You will be judged on excellence, originality, presentation and overall.  There are 2 judges, and they have an allotted time to spend in each booth.  One judge will begin at booth 1 and work forward, and the other will begin at the last booth and work backwards. 

Best of Show [1]                                             $6,000
George and June Musson Award [1]             $3,500
Award of Excellence [1]                                 $2,500
Jim McNamara Award for Photography [1]   $1,500
Award of Distinction  [4]                                   $800
Award of Comendation [6]                               $600
Judges' Choice  [5]                                          $400  
Award of Merit  [12]                                         $350
Award of Honor  [6]                                         $300

Patron's Program:
Patron's Choice Awards are given to individuals or businesses who commit to spending a minimum of $200 on artwork at the festival.  This commitment demonstrates community support for the artists.  The Patrons select work for purchase, then give the artist[s] a prestigious "Patron's Choice Award" ribbon to be placed in his/her booth.  The amount spent by the Patrons in 2016 exceeded $200,000!!!!

Selection Process by Jury:
Artists invited to participate in Images are chosen by two independent jurors from the visual arts community.  The judges review all qualified entries.  No artists' names are used during the selection process to guarantee complete impartiality.  Each entry receives a numerical score from each juror, and the highest scores are selected. Notices of acceptance or non-acceptance will be sent out to the artists by the end of November, 2016.  You will also be notified if you have been placed on wait-list.  You can choose to have your name removed from the wait-list if you wish.

Artists may enter in more than one category; however, a separate application must be submitted for each category as well as a separate jurying fee. By accepting our invitation to be in our festival, you agree to be committed to the show.  No refunds will be made for cancellation or inclement weather.
Artists must submit 3 digital images of their work [minimum 300 dpi] and 1 digital image of their booth space [4 images].  Artists may apply in more than one category, however, they need to pay a  jury fee of $40 for each category as well as submit 3 images of their work and one of their booth space for each category. .

Artist Hospitality:
New Smyrna Beach is very welcoming to its visiting artists!  Festival Artist Hospitality if available.  Times and places of operation will be listed in your Artist Packet picked up at Registration.  The very popular Artist's Dinner will be held on Saturday night from 5:15 until 7:15 and includes music, dinner, beer/wine/soda and water and award announcements.  We will also pass out award winner's ribbons. Award checks will be delivered to the artists on Sunday. We encourage all artists to attend the dinner.

• All exhibits must be original works executed since 2014. Commercial items, kit objects, calendars, candles and books are not acceptable. The quality of exhibited work is expected to be equal to the images submitted for judging. Compliance will visit every booth on Saturday morning to check your work against the images submitted. If your work is not equal to your submitted images, the Festival has the right to ask you to leave the show and you forfeit your booth space fee.
• Two artists collaborating to produce single pieces of art may qualify as a single exhibitor, but all works displayed should be products of collaboration rather than individual works by each collaborator.
• No ribbons or awards from other shows may be displayed.
• Paintings, graphics and photographs must be suitably framed or matted.
• Each artist is to display the provided Festival identification card showing name, space number and city of residence. They are also to wear their nametags provided by the Festival.
• Artists are responsible for supplying their own tents and for making their tents sturdy against the wind, rain, etc. Anchor weights are required.
• Artists will receive a booth space of approximately 11’ X 12.’ Artists will not take up any additional booth space. An artist can request 2 booth spaces. The cost is $250 for each space.
• All vehicles must be removed from the show area no later than ½ hour before the show begins on each day. Setup and breakdown times are strictly enforced. Any person closing his/her booth before the scheduled closing time on Sunday shall be disqualified from future shows.
• Each exhibitor is solely responsible for collecting the applicable 6.5% Florida sales tax and filing the report with the local department of revenue.

Booth Information
• Registration will be open on Friday, January 27, 2017 from 6 AM until 12:30 PM.
• All booths must be set up and completed no later than 12:30 PM on Friday to be eligible for the show.
All artists MUST CHECK IN AT REGISTRATION located on Douglas Avenue near Riverside Drive. You will be given an artist packet which will include your Booth Assignment and your name badge[s] and pertinent information regarding the show. We encourage you to read everything in your packet before the show opens for business.
• Without exception, artists’ vehicles will not be allowed on site after the setup times specified above.