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Event Information

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts 2019 - Emerging Artists

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park
Tampa, Florida (South)

Event Dates: 3/2/19 - 3/3/19
Application Deadline: 11/28/18 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 3 (a booth shot is NOT required)

Fee (Application Fee): $10.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is proud to showcase the work of emerging artists representing a diversity of styles and media through the Festival’s Emerging Artists Program. The purpose of the Emerging Artist Program is to recognize and showcase the artwork of up-and-coming artists who wish to establish themselves in a professional visual arts career.  A limited number of emerging artists are selected to show in the Festival from the field of applicants through a collaborative selection process involving the Emerging Artist Juror and a special committee comprised of members of the Festival’s Board and Committee. Once selected, these artists are invited to participate in the Festival as “emerging artists” at no cost.  The Festival provides each emerging artist with a 10'x10' display tent to showcase their work.   In addition, each emerging artist receives a $250 stipend to cover expenses.  Although emerging artists do not compete with the other Festival artists for prize money, their artwork is reviewed by the Festival awards juror who decides which emerging artist will receive the $1,500 Emerging Artist Award.

General Information
Applicants to the Emerging Artist Program must not have an established record as a professional artist showing their work in museums, art centers, major galleries or juried outdoor art exhibitions. In addition, applicants must not have more than 25% of their total annual income derived from the sale of their artwork and must not be licensed professionally as a visual artist. Applicants who fail to meet these requirements will be excluded from consideration. 

Emerging artists must abide by the same Festival rules governing other Festival artists.  Each applicant must submit three digital images of artwork produced no earlier than three years prior to application.  The images must represent the type of work that will be displayed in the booth and only work of the quality and type illustrated in the artist’s images may be exhibited.  Applications must be submitted electronically through ZAPP by November 26th, 2018.  Notifications are typically sent to the applicants in mid-December.

Please refer to the Festival website for complete rules and regulations at: http://gasparillaarts.com/rules/.

All application fees are non-refundable.

The Festival is an outdoor festival and makes no representations or guaranties as to attendance, foot traffic, weather conditions, or the availability of the Festival site. The Festival site is a park owned by The City of Tampa, and in severe cases, the Festival site may be closed in whole or in part.  This is a risk assumed by each artist, and there will be no refunds due to weather or other events that impact attendance at the Festival or causes a 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. Only one medium category may be exhibited in the artist’s booth.

A two-person team or partnership collaborating on a single product may qualify as a single exhibitor if this is adequately explained in the 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 accessing the Festival site. By submitting your application, you confirm that you will have a valid auto insurance policy for your vehicle for the duration of the Festival, including during load-in, setup, and load-out. If you do not have valid auto insurance, you must notify the Festival and your vehicle will not be allowed to access the Festival site.

Booth Information
The Festival provides each emerging artist with a 10'x10' display tent to showcase their work. The tent will be supplied and installed by a tent company.