Event Information

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival 2019

Seville Square
Pensacola, Florida (South)

Event Dates: 11/1/19 - 11/3/19
Application Deadline: 5/31/19 Midnight CST

The application deadline has passed.


Images: 4 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Jury Fee): $40.00

You can submit up to 2 applications for this show.


Event Summary
Celebrating its 47th year, the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is a highly anticipated 3-day event tailored for art enthusiasts. Typically, 200 fine art and fine craft artists present their work to more than 150,000 locals and guests from across the nation in the scenic beauty of historic Seville Square in Pensacola, FL. The festival—which also includes performance arts, heritage arts and a children’s festival—consistently receives high marks in publications such as Sunshine Artist, Art Fair SourceBook and Southeast Tourism Society's "Top 20 Events."

General Information
Medium Categories
Mixed Media
Painting (Oil, Acrylics and Watercolor)

Cash prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded in these categories. Awards are not given based on medium categories; 2019 winners will be exempt from jurying for the 2020 show:
  • Best of Show - $3,000
  • Five - $1,400 Awards of Distinction
  • Five - $1,200 Awards of Excellence
  • Five - $800 Awards of Honor
  • Five - $600 Awards of Merit
  • Five - $400 Judges’ Awards

  • Complimentary coffee, fruit, and doughnuts will be available each morning.
  • At 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, immediately following the festival, an informal buffet and awards presentation will be held for all exhibitors.
  • Volunteers are available for booth sitting throughout the festival.
  • ATM is available at festival site. 

Wait List Policy
As part of the jurying process, approximately 50 artists will be selected as alternates by medium category and selected to participate if there are cancellations in that  category. Artists who are not on the wait list may not participate in the festival.

  • Choose one category that most closely reflects your work. Submit a separate application to apply in more than one category.
  • Submit 3 images of your recent work and 1 image of your booth. Each of the 3 images of your work should feature a single piece of artwork. Do not include a legible name or signature on images as we use a blind jurying process.
  • Exhibiting artists must be present throughout the festival to display their own work.
  • Artists must display representative artwork in the category in which they were accepted.
  • All works on display must be the artist's original design. Only prints directly pulled from the original block/plate/screen may be hung. Reproductions of an artist's one-of-a-kind original paintings, pastels, drawings, collage or mixed media may be exhibited subject to the following conditions: All reproductions must be signed and numbered. All reproductions, framed or unframed, must be clearly and individually labeled "REPRODUCTION" OR "LIMITED EDITION REPRODUCTION." Framed reproductions may be hung on one wall of the booth, not to exceed 10 linear feet. All unframed reproductions must be displayed in viewing bins. Watercolors, prints, drawings and photographs hung for display must be appropriately framed and glassed (or substitute for glass).
  • The work of only one exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned space. Exhibits may not occupy more than the assigned space. A two-person team producing a product may qualify as a single exhibitor, but this arrangement must be explained in the description space on the application.
  • Seville Square is patrolled day and night by the City of Pensacola police throughout the night of setup and during the three days and two nights of the festival. Security problems are rare; however, it is recommended that artists have sufficient insurance to cover the value of their work.
  • Each exhibitor space is 10' x 10' with a limited number of 10' x 20' spaces and three 10’ x 15’ spaces.  If there is space available to expand without impeding adjacent spaces, artists must check with the Art Show Chair during set-up October 31st to request expansion. If approved, an additional charge will range from $150-$300, depending on the expanded area.
  • If a requested double booth tent exceeds 10’ x 10’, the artist will be responsible for applying for the permit and securing required fire department documentation. Details on how to obtain permits for tents exceeding 10’ x 10’ are available upon request.  A double booth consisting of two 10’ x 10’ tents will not require a permit. Artists with 10' x 15' or 10' x 20' spaces without a tent are not required to have a permit.
  • No electricity will be provided at exhibitor spaces. Generators are not allowed; batteries are permitted.
  • Exhibiting artists may demonstrate musical instruments displayed in their booth at a sound level that does not impinge on adjacent exhibitor spaces. Demonstrations are permitted only within the boundaries of the artist's booth. Amplifiers are not allowed.
  • No stakes are allowed.
  • Each exhibitor is responsible for collecting Florida sales tax (7.5%) on all sales.
  • No pets are allowed at GGAF (City of Pensacola ordinance).

The Selection Process
GGAF is a juried art show. To ensure impartiality during the jurying process, artists' names, company names, or other personal identifiers must not be visible on any of the artists' images or image descriptions during the selection process. GGAF's goal is to present a well-rounded show, but there is no predetermined number or percentage of "spaces" established for any medium category. The Art Show Committee reserves the right to determine "what is art" as it applies to this event and to make final judgment on all rules. Artists will be notified of their acceptance the week beginning July 15, 2019.

Ineligible Art
Art not eligible in this show include: crocheting; knitting; novelty shell items; art supplies; picture frames; mailboxes; velvet paintings; decoupage; carpentry; commercial photography; coin jewelry; fork-spoon jewelry; manufactured belts, handbags and all other leather goods; mass-produced jewelry; ram-pressed pottery; decorated eggs; T-shirts; candles; art based on embellishing commercially produced items, such as painting, stitchery or appliques on commercially produced garments and decoration on commercially produced furniture; non-original; or kit work.

Scoring and Judging
GGAF has adopted a scoring system for judging.  Artwork remains in the artist’s booth for judging.
Misrepresentation, Including Buy-Sell
The committee will use the ZAPP images for verification at the festival. Committee members will circulate during the festival to review artwork within booths. If work shown at the festival is inconsistent with submitted images, the artist(s) will be asked to remove the work(s) and may be banned from future festival participation and reported to the National Association for Independent Artists.
Legal Agreement
This is an outdoor festival. Depending on your location in the park, you may need to bring a mat to cover the ground. Booth fees will not be refunded due to inclement weather or other circumstances beyond GGAF's control.
The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is not responsible for loss or damage to displays, artwork or tents. Seville Square is patrolled by the City of Pensacola police throughout the night of setup and day and night during the three days of the festival.  If inclement weather strikes Sunday and your booth is not removed, please note there will be no security provided that evening or overnight.
Jury fees are nonrefundable.  No refunds of paid booth fees will be given after September 16, 2019.
If an artist’s work is juried into the festival or is an award winner, it may be displayed at the Artist Party, placed on the GGAF website, and used in other promotional materials for the festival.

Booth Information
$300: 10’ x 10’ space
$450: 10’ x 15’ space
$600: 10’ x 20’ space

No additional cost for corner booths. You will be charged additional fees if you exceed the area allocated for your space.

2018 Award Winners will have first choice on booth location. All other booth assignments will be made in the order of the BOOTH PAYMENT DATE which is time-stamped on the ZAPP website.
Set up/Registration: October 31st, time determined by location (interior, inner perimeter, outer perimeter)
Tear down: November 3rd.