Event Information

GumTree Festival 46th Annual - 2017

Historic Courthouse Square
Tupelo, Mississippi (South)

Phone: 662-844-2787
Event Dates: 5/13/17 - 5/14/17
Application Deadline: 3/7/17 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 5 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $35.00


Event Summary
Our Juried Fine Arts Festival is celebrating its 46th Anniversary this May.  Join us around the historic court square in downtown Tupelo for a weekend celebration of visual and performing arts!  The GumTree Festival is a Tupelo tradition for Northeast Mississippi falling on Mother's Day weekend, May 13-14, 2017.

General Information


The GumTree Festival is celebrating its 46th year in 2017. The GumTree Festival is a two-day outdoor sale and celebration of the visual and performing arts around the Old Courthouse in Downtown Tupelo. It is put on by The GumTree Museum of Art also in downtown Tupelo.  

GumBash @ GMA Saturday May 13, 2017 (6:30pm until)

Artists are encouraged to arrive on Friday May 12th to register.  There will be no festivities on Friday evening so rest up for the BIG day on Saturday!  The Gumtree Museum of Art will host the award ceremony, dinner and music for the artist and patrons upon festival closing on Saturday evening (6pm).   Each artist is allowed 1 complimentary ticket to this event, and 2 complimentary beverage coupons where we will feed the artists and their guest.  Entertainment will follow dinner and is optional for artist attendance (more info to be included in the artists' information package).  If you are interested in entering the Songwriters' competion email belle.gumtreemuseum@gmail.com.


Jury fee: $35.00 non-refundable. Due at the time of application. 
Booth Fee: $200 for single booth, $400 for double booth (limited availability) .
Booth space is 10’ x 10’.

Artists must provide their own display booths, tents, weights to anchor tents, racks, tables, and chairs. They are responsible for the assembly and disassembly of all items. Prepare for the possibility of inclement weather conditions such as wind and rain.


Complete the art vendor application and pay non-refundable application fee by Apr. 7th, 2017

Submit five (5) images of your current work. A Booth shot is not required. 

Artist will be notified March 12, 2017 "Accepted," "Denied," or "Waitlisted"

If "Invited" go through ZAPP to confirm your participation in the festival and purchase your booth space.  
Please Note: artist may arrive, register and begin setting up their booths on Friday, May 12th.  Free parking is available.  

If notified "Waitlisted" we will inform you through ZAPP if/ when a space is open.  You would then need to go through ZAPP to accept participation in the festival and purchase your booth.


DEC 20 - MAR 5, 2017: Applications available

MAR 7, 2017: All applications and jury fees due

MAR 11, 2017: Panel of Jurors review and select applicants

MAR 12, 2017: Applicants notified, "Accepted", "Denied" or "Waitlisted"

April 7th, 2017: Accept invitation to GT Festival**** EXTENDED***

APRIL 7th-MIDNIGHT 2017: Deadline to accept invitation and purchase booth space


The selection panel will be made up of prominent representatives in the artist community.  The panel selects exhibitors who best reflect creativity, quality, and originality in their overall body of work. Selection is based solely on the submitted jpeg images. An artist accepted to show may only display work reflected in the images submitted for jurying. 


Prize money will be available for artistic excellence. All judging will take place on site on Saturday, May 13/14, 2017. Artistic awards are determined by the consensus of the juror.

An independent juror is invited each year to evaluate the work of the artists in the festival and selects the merit awards and best in show. On-site awards are given for outstanding work in each category on Sunday. 


Best in Show-  Overall
Merit Awards-  11 Categories




 80% of the entry fee will be refunded through Apr. 7th, 2017 with a written request on or before this April 7th deadline.

Only artists accompanying their original work may participate in the festival.  ABSOLUTELY no mass produced item and/or item crafted, constructed or created by someone other than the artist juried into the festival will be accepted.

Artists must exhibit the full two days of the festival. Artists are required to man their exhibits during festival hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Artists bear the responsibility for all setup and security needs for their exhibit. The festival will not be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Booth space is a maximum of 10’ x 10’.

Artists must provide their own display booths, tents, weights to anchor tents, racks, tables, and chairs. They are responsible for the assembly and disassembly of all items. Prepare for the possibility of inclement weather conditions such as wind and rain.

Booth space cannot be shared, but one artist may purchase more than one booth.

Artists retain 100% of their sales and are responsible for reporting their own taxes. Sales Taxes must be paid to the State of Miss. and the City of Tupelo (total of 7.25%). Tax forms will be included in the registration packet.

75% of the work displayed in each booth must be for sale at the festival.

** The GumTree Museum of Art reserves the right to prevent an artist from displaying work that is not representative of the images originally accepted by the jury. GTF, Inc. reserves the right to make final interpretations of all rules.