Event Information

Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts 2019

E.G. Simmons Park, 2401 19th Ave. NW.
Ruskin, Florida (South)

Event Dates: 3/9/19 - 3/10/19
Application Deadline: 2/28/19 Midnight EST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $25.00

You can submit up to 3 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is an innovative showcase of fine arts and fine crafts which draws talent from all across the country.  Our exhibitors’ area offers visitors an opportunity to meet and interact with artists – to view their works and purchase art from the individual who created it.   Additionally, we encourage our exhibitors to demonstrate their work.  There is also a Children’s Creativity Center and live musical performances. This is an excellent venue to display and sell art in a relaxed and comfortable setting.  Our dedication to excellence in selecting quality artists each year has resulted in the development of a well-respected juried show. Our show offers outstanding art for display and sale to the public. We believe our continued commitment to quality will uphold the Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts as one of the finest art shows in the Tampa Bay area.
This year the artist selection process will be juried by the SouthShore Arts Council. 

Best of Show (1) $2,000.00
Award of Excellence (1) 1,200.00
Award of Distinction (1) 700.00
Awards of Merit (1) 500.00
Awards of Honor (1) 300.00
Dean Tea Memorial Award  200.00
Manatee Art Award  100.00
Total Award Money: 5,000.00
Patrons Purchase Awards (approx) 5,000.00

General Information

The Festival provides artists with designated parking convenient to the exhibitor area, booth signs, exhibitor identification badges and booth-sitters and other special amenities. The Festival committee also offers a continental breakfast both Saturday and Sunday. 

 The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts has security 24 hours a day starting on Friday evening and commencing until after closing time of the Festival on Sunday.  Security is provided by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Department within the Festival’s gated area.


Artists will not be limited to a maximum number of works. Exhibit spaces will be 12’ x 12’ and work must be contained within the assigned space. Spaces may not be shared. No jointly created works are permitted unless proof of legitimate collaboration can be provided at the time of application.

All exhibits must be the original works of art attributed solely to the displaying artist and executed since 2014(No proxy exhibitors will be allowed.)

Only the work of the accepted artist may be sold or displayed within the booth location. All entries must be for sale with prices clearly marked. All work should be kept within the booth area.  No chairs or tables outside of area.

This competition is for original, handcrafted work. Paintings reproduced from works of Masters, widely circulated photographs or advertisements are not considered original and will not be accepted.

Displaying artists’ Limited Edition reproductions will be accepted. All paintings should be appropriately framed or mounted. Watercolors, drawings, and graphics not framed must be displayed in a portfolio.

Each artist must provide an appropriate and substantial display. Plastic coverings and sandbags are strongly recommended to secure your display.

Final interpretation of eligibility will be made by the Rules Committee and Jurors for 2019.

Artists may enter more than one category for judging, Digital image requirements and jury fees must be fulfilled for EACH category entered, in order to be considered.

Each artist is responsible for collecting Florida State sales tax (7%) on all sales made during the Festival and mailing the proceeds directly to the Florida Department of Revenue.

The SouthShore Arts Council Board of Directors and an educated selection committee will jury all artwork submitted and select the exhibitors.

Entry deadline is February 22, 2019. Entries received after February 22nd will be placed on a waiting list. Artists will be notified of their selection as space openings occur. Incomplete applications will be returned.

All applicants must submit digital images, or photos as we plan to use certain artwork for promotion of the Festival.

Works of art that have previously won awards in the Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts may not be exhibited. Ribbons and awards from other shows may not be displayed.

Your application is a commitment to exhibit. NO REFUNDS will be made for cancellation by the exhibitor, without a letter for consideration by show officials for justified cause.

Accepted work will be judged by an experienced, qualified judge on Saturday morning, March 9th at 10 AM. Awards will be presented Saturday afternoon on or before closing. Winning artists will receive prize money and patron awards beginning on Sunday, March 10th one half hour after closing.

You may provide the Jury an artist resume or brief summary of exhibit history, awards and facts of interest concerning your background and work, to the South Shore Chamber of Commerce address.

Registration and set up times: Friday, March 8, 10AM-4PM and Saturday, March 9, 7AM. Artists must register BEFORE setting up exhibit. EACH exhibiting and registered artist must show photo I.D. upon registration. Each artist must exhibit and be present during the complete show from 10 AM – 5 PM on Saturday, March 9, and Sunday  March 10, 10AM - 5 PMArtists failing to comply with this rule will be ineligible for prizes and admission to future shows.

We prefer that you do not bring your pets.  Should this be necessary, they must be leashed or caged at all times, even during non– Festival hours.


The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts Rules Committee shall review all displays to assure compliance with the rules of acceptance. Artists shall exhibit only work typified by digital images submitted.  Failure to comply with the Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts rules and standards will result in the removal of the exhibit from the Festival without refund of application fee.  Rude or improper behavior is also cause for removal.

Media Categories:
Ceramics: All original work in clay and porcelain work, other than jewelry. No machine-made or mass produced work. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each piece must be signed.
Digital Art (Graphics): Digitally created original work using computer software and/or scanning and manipulating images to make entirely new works of art. All works must be signed and limited in edition. Traditional photographs taken through a digital camera should apply in the photography category. Drawings: Original works using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils, wax crayon, etc or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Reproductions are allowed; however, they must be signed and limited in edition.
Fibers: Original work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry, and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass productions are permitted. No factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modifications or enhancements by the artist.
Glass: Original design functional or decorative work created in glass. Pressed glass and other forms of mass production are not permitted.
Jewelry: Original design jewelry from metal, glass, clay, fiber, paper, plastic, or other materials. No commercial casts, molds, mass production or production studio work allowed. All jewelry must be entered in this category. Edit: 2/1/2019 Jewelry currently full, accepted applicants wll be placed on a waitlist. Thank you
Metalwork: All non-sculptural, non-jewelry, original design works crafted from metal. No commercial casts, molds, mass production or production studio work.
Mixed Media: Works, both 2D and 3D, which incorporates more than one type of physical material in the production of the original artwork. Includes non-sculptural work, as determined by the artist, and does not include jewelry or photography.
Painting: Original works created in oils, acrylics, watercolors, etc. Reproductions are allowed; however, they must be signed and limited in edition.
Photography: Photographic prints made from the artist’s original image (e.g.: film or digital), which have been processed by the artist or under their direct supervision. Artist is required to disclose the use of computer software and describe printing process.  Each image must be signed and limited in edition.
Printmaking: Print works for which the artist hand manipulated the plates, stones or screens. Prints must be signed and numbered as limited edition. All photocopy and/or offset reproductions will be rejected.
Sculpture: Three-dimensional original work created in any media.
Wood: Original works that are hand-tooled, or machine-worked, turned or carved by the artist. No mass production or production studio work.

Booth Information
12'x12'- $220 (tax included)
12'x12' end space-$250
Student fee- $110

Space fee will be returned on or before February 22, 2019 if you are not selected by the jury. Each category you would like the jury to consider you for, must be accompanied by a completed separate application and an additional application fee.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. 
Artists shall submit a total of four (4) digital images or print photos (digital preferred). Three images showing the type of work to be exhibited. The fourth image showing the display space with work visible. Only work of the quality and type illustrated in the images may be exhibited. All images must be current and application will not be reviewed without the images.  A description of all media catagories is included at the end of the application.