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Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 2017

Location:
Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Tampa, Florida (South)

Phone: (813) 876-1747
Event Dates: 3/4/17 - 3/5/17
Application Deadline: 10/1/16 Midnight EST

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REQUIREMENTS:


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Administrative Fee (September 1 - October 1) ): $55.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.

JURY DETAILS


Event Summary
Recognized as one of the top-rated outdoor fine art festivals in the country, the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts celebrates its 47th annual festival on March 4th-5th, 2017, in beautiful downtown Tampa. Since 1979, the Festival has been presented by Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc. - a non-profit, entirely volunteer-run organization. Each year over 230 artists exhibit their work for art enthusiasts and vie for the $15,000 Raymond James Best of Show Award as well as an additional $59,500 in award money.

General Information
SCHEDULE:

Applications must be submitted by the October 1, 2016 deadline indicated.(see below for administrative fee schedule)

In mid-October applications will be submitted to a panel of four jurors of national prominence for the juried selection process and acceptance into the Festival.

Notifications will be sent in late-October or early-November 2016.

Information packets will be e-mailed to participating artists in January 2017.

The online booth request process will open up in January or early February 2017 with booth assignments, on a first-come first-served basis, completed in February 2017.

Artist setup begins on Thursday, March 2, 2017 only after check-in at our off-site check-in location. Setup ends on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 6:00pm.

The Festival takes place March 4-5, 2017.

APPLYING TO THE FESTIVAL:

Each artist must complete an individual online application and submit four images (three media and one booth photo). The artwork shown on three images must have been produced since 2014. These three images must also accurately represent the type of work that will be displayed in the booth and must be a single category of work. The fourth image must show the artist’s display space (booth) with a representative sample of the work visible. This image is to provide the jurors assurance that the artist has an adequate body of work and should also illustrate the scale of work. Applications without a display image will not be reviewed.

An artist may apply in multiple medium categories for different bodies of work. However, a separate application must be submitted and a separate administrative fee must be paid for each category (and the artist should use the exact same last name on each application), including its own set of images. An artist may not apply multiple times in the same category. The Festival will be reviewing any artist that has applied in multiple categories prior to Jury Selection.

Participation in the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is limited to adults 18 years of age and older.

A non-refundable administrative must accompany each application.  All 2016 festival award winners who are exempt from the juried selection process are still required to pay the administrative fee.
The fee schedule follows:
  • Open - August 31:    $45 Administrative Fee
  • September 1 - close:   $55 Administrative Fee 

Upon acceptance to the Festival, a $395 exhibition (booth) fee will be due (artist’s amenities and sales tax included)(a limited number of premium, corner booth spaces will also be available for $515 each). 2016 festival award winners who are exempt from the juried selection process are still required to pay a booth fee.

A juror of national prominence will jury accepted work Saturday, March 4th, beginning at 9 a.m. Awards and checks will be presented to the winning artists in person at the awards ceremony late Saturday afternoon. An artist must be present to accept his or her award before 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 5th, or he or she will forfeit the award.

If you received an award from the juror (excludeds purchase awards) in the 2016 Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, you are automatically accepted into the 2017 Festival. You must, however, submit an application and pay the administrative fee by the October 1, 2016 deadline. Artists who won awards in 2016 may also wish to submit images for marketing purposes and/or for poster and t-shirt design. The 2016 Emerging Artist award winner will be automatically accepted into the Festival pending acceptance of the application and administrative fee by the same late-September deadline.
 

Rules/Regulations
Please refer to our festival website for complete festival rules and regulations.

Our festival is an outdoor festival and we make no guarantees as to attendance or foot traffic.  In severe cases the park may be forced to close in whole or in part.  This is a risk taken by each artist and there are no refunds as a result of a weather event or other situation resulting in park closure.

Only work of the quality and type illustrated in the artist’s submitted images may be exhibited.

The Festival Rules Committee may eject an artist from the Festival for exhibiting work not represented in his or her application.

Each artist is limited to one 10' x 10' space (or terrace space as applicable) at the Festival and only one medium category may be exhibited in a booth.

A two-person team or partnership collaborating on a single product may qualify as a single exhibitor if this is adequately explained at the time of application. Each artist's name must appear on the completed application and both artists must be present for the entire festival.

The City of Tampa requires proof of auto insurance for all vehicles associated with the Festival. By submitting your application, you are confirming that you have a valid auto insurance policy for your vehicle. If you do not have auto insurance your vehicle will not be allowed on the Fesitval site.

Any on-site work must have written approval from the Festival Board prior to the start of the Festival.
 

Booth Information

A non-refundable administrative fee must accompany each application. 2016 festival award winners who are exempt from the juried selection process are still required to pay the administrative fee.
The fee schedule follows:
  • Open - August 31:    $45 Administrative Fee
  • September 1 - close:  $55 Administrative Fee

Upon acceptance to the Festival, a $395 exhibition (booth) fee will be due (artist’s amenities)(a limited number of premium, corner booth spaces will also be available for $515 each). 2016 festival award winners who are exempt from the juried selection process are still required to pay a booth fee.
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