Event Information


Coconut Grove Arts Festival® 2020

South Bayshore Drive and McFarlane Road, Coconut Grove
Coconut Grove, Florida (South)

Phone: 305.447.0401
Event Dates: 2/15/20 - 2/17/20
Application Deadline: 9/17/19 Midnight EST
26 day(s) and 0 hour(s) remaining


Images: 5 (a booth shot is required)

Fee (Application Fee): $55.00

You can submit up to 10 applications for this show.


Event Summary
The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is held annually on the streets of Coconut Grove, Florida, a charming village within the City of Miami. We invite you to apply to our Festival, one of the most prestigious outdoor festivals in the United States.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is presented by the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association, Inc., a non-profit organization with a full-time professional staff, Board of Directors and more than 600 community volunteers. With over 100,000 visitors, proceeds from the event provide funding for educational and community programs, including a Building Fund for a permanent Arts Center in Coconut Grove. The Coconut Grove Arts Festival is supported but not funded by the City of Miami.

General Information
  • General Application Fee: $55
  • New & Emerging Artist Application Fee: $15 (Please read description & qualifications below. Contact Katrina for a "Coupon Code" at Katrina@cgaf.com)
  • Award Winners from the 2019 Coconut Grove Arts Festival: $0 (Contact Katrina for a "Coupon Code" at Katrina@cgaf.com)
  • Coconut Grove Residents: $45 (Contact Katrina for a "Coupon Code" at Katrina@cgaf.com)


Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Application deadline.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 - Thursday, October 17, 2019
Blind Jurying at the CGAF Office. 

Friday, November 8, 2019
Artists notified via e-mail of jurying results.

Monday, December 2, 2019
Deadline to pay booth fee and accept invitation to participate

Friday, January 3, 2020
Last day to cancel and receive a 90% refund of the booth fee. After this date no refunds will be processed.

Friday, February 14, 2020
Artist check-in and set-up begins AFTER 2:00 pm

Friday, February 14, 2020
Kick-off Concert at Peacock Park 6pm - 11pm

Saturday, February 15, Sunday the 16, and Monday the 17, 2020
57th Coconut Grove Arts Festival from 10am - 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. 10am - 5pm on Monday. 

Each exhibiting artist must complete an online application with only one artist per entry, unless you are entering as collaborating artists. A separate online application must be completed for each medium you would like to apply for. Each application must include a jury fee and its own set of images.

Five (5) images are to be submitted for each individual media category entered by the artist:

 - Four (4) images must be of individual pieces of work.

 - The (5th) image must be of a display of the artist’s work, showing the overall continuity and presentation of your current body of work. The fifth image is mandatory. If a booth image is not available, submit an image taken of a grouping of works representative of the works to be exhibited at the show. The purpose of the booth image is to ensure the artist has a complete body of work which is represented both in the first 4 images and also within image #5. It also helps identify the scale of the artist’s work. NOTE: This is a blind jury process; please avoid submitting booth images with any identifiable sign, or photo of the artist themselves.


Collaborating Artists
Collaborating artists is defined as a group of two (2) artists that work together on any one piece of art. If two artists collaborate, it is regarded as one joint entry. If accepted, they may exhibit only that work which is a collaboration.

Multiple Categories
If an artist wishes to apply in more that one category a separate application form, jury fee, and set of images must be submitted for each category. Artists may not apply twice in the same category.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival selects 350 artists to participate through a blind jurying process. A jury panel of five of the finest museum curators, gallery owners, professional artists, and art educators will gather on two separate days; 2 dimensional artwork on the first day and 3 dimensional artwork on the second. The images submitted must clearly represent all the work that is intended to be displayed or sold at the 2020 Festival. Each category is set with the Award winning artists from the previous Festival first and then the artists that are applying to participate. The images are quickly previewed and then viewed again to be juried slowly. The jurors will score the artwork displayed on a large white screen, not knowing who the artist is, where they are from, whether or not they have ever participated in our show before, etc., Decisions of the jury are based on the quality of the artwork. Information on the images is given to the juror if requested. All jury scores are final. Recent history shows that approximately 1/3 of our artists each year are exhibiting for the first time.

There are a total of 42 award winning artists that have been invited to participate in the 2020 Festival. Award winning artists from the 2019 Coconut Grove Arts Festival who wish to participate in the 2020 event MUST submit their application with the information requested and images, however, no jury fee is required. Please contact Katrina at Katrina@cgaf.com for your coupon code to be entered at checkout and to waive the application fee.

A wait list will be developed based on jury scores. Up to 8 artists will be selected to be on the wait list in each of the 13 categories. Artists on the wait list are notified via Zapplication and email of their acceptance.

We will award a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each category. All awards include jury free entry into the next Coconut Grove Arts Festival. Judging will take place Saturday, February 15th. Judges will visit each booth and score the body of work as well as the presentation of the booth. $45,000 will be awarded at the 2020 Festival. Ribbons and cash prize will be hand delivered before the end of the day Sunday.

Claywork - Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, the artist must sign each piece. No machine-made or mass produced work is permitted.

Digital Art - Images made with the assistance of a computer. Computer graphics are often made with software called drawing, painting, illustrating and photographic programs or applications. All digital images printed must be signed and limited to a numbered edition of no more than 250. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes in their booth during the Festival.

Fiber - All work crafted from fibers, including basketry, embroidery, weaving, tapestry and papermaking. No machine-tooled, machine-screened patterns or miscellaneous forms of mass production are permitted. All factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted in this category.

Glass - Glass works that are functional or decorative by design and are kiln formed or have been crafted by glass blowing, molding or casting. Works may be etched or engraved. No forms of mass production are permitted.

Jewelry and Metalwork - Creating artwork through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay fiber, paper, plastic or other materials should apply in this category. No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work is allowed.

Two-Dimensional Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Two-Dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: paint, pencil, watercolor, photography, printmaking or drawing.

Three-Dimensional Mixed Media - Works that incorporate more than one type of physical material in their production. Three-Dimensional Mixed Media should include more than one of the following: Claywork, fiber, glass, metal, wood, or any other 3-d objects.

Painting - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface, such as canvas, with oil and/or acrylic paint or sticks.

Photography - Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All images printed must be signed and limited to a 250 numbered edition. Exhibitor must disclose and display both their creative and printing processes during the Festival.

Printmaking and Drawing - Works created using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencil, wax, crayons, etc. or from a fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Printed works for which the artists hand-manipulated the plates, stones or screens and which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition may be entered in this category. Printmakers are required to disclose both their creative and printmaking processes.

Sculpture - Three dimensional work done in any medium.

Watercolor - Creation of a still life, portrait, landscape, abstract or other image on a flat surface with watercolors.

Wood - Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved. Embellished or painted, store bought furniture is not accepted.

New & Emerging Artist - Our goal is to encourage new artists to participate in the world of outdoor festivals by providing the opportunity to experience the application process and participation in CGAF at a very minimal cost to them. This category is for artists who are between the age of 18 to 29 years old and who have never exhibited or sold their work at an outdoor arts festival. The CGAF reserves the right to research applicants to determine if they are qualified for this program and a phone interview will be conducted with the top artists after the work has been scored by our jurors to select the final participating artists. Artists may apply to either the Emerging Artist Program or to The Coconut Grove Arts Festival through the regular www.zapplication.org process, but they may not apply to both. Emerging artists are provided a 10' x 10' display tent and display stands for use during the festival. (Booth space is 10' x 10'). With the exception of being ineligible for ribbons and money awards, Emerging Artists are treated to the same amenities as all other festival exhibitors, including promotional listing in program, booth sitting, morning refreshments, lunch and 24 hour security. In addition to the discounted participation rate, the Coconut Grove Arts Festival will also match each young artist to a mentor (Experienced Festival Artist) for guidance and set up one hour sessions of additional educational opportunities prior to the Festival to ensure a successful experience during the Festival weekend. Emerging artists must contact Katrina at Katrina@cgaf.com for a coupon code for their application to receive the discounted rate.

Fees for Emerging Artists are as follows:
  • Application Fee: $15 vs. the $55 Artist Application Fee
  • Space Fee: $175 (Includes white canopy and propanels) vs. the $850 Artist Space Fee.
  • Free assistance in setting up your Zapplication account and uploading your images.
General Application Fee: $55
New & Emerging Artists Application Fee: $15
2019 Coconut Grove Arts Festival Award Winner Application Fee: $0
Standard Booth (10'X11'): $850
Double Booth (10'x22'): $1,700
Standard Corner Booth (10'x11'): $1,100
Double Corner Booth (10'x22'): $1,950

Jury fee sent by check or money order can be made payable to: Coconut Grove Arts Festival and mailed to:
Coconut Grove Arts Festival
c/o Katrina Delgado
3390 Mary Street
Suite #128
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Check must be accompanied by a copy of your application confirmation. Applications will not be processed until jury fee is received. Jury Fee will be deposited upon receipt and is non-refundable.

DO NOT send booth fees until you are notified of your selection. A $850 booth fee will be required if you are accepted and should be sent with your agreement to exhibit or paid via www.zapplication.org. Canopy/Tent is not included in the Booth Fee. 

Cancellations received prior to January 3, 2020 will receive a 90% refund of booth fees. After January 3, 2020 no refunds will be made.

Visiting artists bring magic into Miami-Dade and Broward County Schools by demonstrating their medium to students and by involving them in hands-on art projects. The world of art is viewed in classrooms where artists share in children’s enthusiasm and eagerness, and where children discover their talents and inspirations. If you can volunteer a day before or after the Festival as a Visiting Artist, please mark “yes” on the application under the Visiting Artist Program. Participants’ names will be drawn for awards, including jury-free entry into next year’s Festival.

The Gallery @ CGAF is a contemporary art gallery and neighborhood institution in Coconut Grove. Produced by the Coconut Grove Arts & Historical Association, the gallery presents regular exhibitions by emerging and established artists representing varied mediums, yet all with a connection to South Florida. The Gallery @ CGAF takes pride in creating, leading and participating in many inspiring arts education and community-based events.

The Coconut Grove Arts Festival wants to ensure that your participation is a positive experience. During the Festival, the following amenities are offered to all artists:
  • Daily morning coffee and pastries at the Hospitality Area (provided by Nespresso, Coral Bagels and Deliver Lean)
  • Lunch delivered to your booth daily by our volunteers (provided by Deliver Lean)
  • Artist images and contact information on the Festival website until the end of 2020
  • Festival t-shirt
  • Individualized Discount Code to send to your collectors for the opportunity to purchase Festival tickets ahead of time and for a discounted rate
  • 24 hour security
  • Booth Sitters available daily to allow artists to take a little break from their booth

1. Artists MUST be present all three days of the Festival. No commercial dealers or agents are permitted to represent the artist. The Festival reserves the right to close down or remove any booth in which the artist is not present.
2. Accepted artists may not exhibit in other Festivals during the dates of the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
3. All artists are required to check in at the Artist Check-In any time after 3pm Friday the 14th and no later than 8am Saturday morning. Photo ID is required.
4. Artists may NOT set-up their booth before 3:00 pm on Friday, February 14, 2020.
5. All work must be the artist’s original work, no representations, and all artwork must be available for sale.
6. Artists may exhibit artwork only in the category in which he/she was accepted.
7. No artwork from molds, kits, or other commercial methods is allowed. Ready-made objects (i.e., clothing furniture) which have been embellished, painted, decorated, dyed, or batiked will not be accepted.
8. No offset reproductions of paintings, drawing, prints, photographs or any other media may be exhibited or sold (including hand-colored offset reproductions).
9. All two-dimensional work must be framed, matted or stretched.
10. All developing and printing of photographs must be done by the artist or under the direct supervision of the artist.
11. No posters, postcards, t-shirts or personal merchandise can be sold at the Festival.
12. Artists who break down displays or depart before closing time on any day of the Festival will not be allowed to return the following day or to future shows unless proof of an emergency is presented.
13. Artists who sell their entire body of work must remain with their booths for the duration of the show.
14. All Artists are responsible for collecting and paying State of Florida seven percent sales tax. No commission on sales will be paid to the Coconut Grove Arts Festival.
15. Photographers and Digital artists may only sell signed and numbered works of limited editions of 250 or less.
16. All fees, application and booth fees, must be paid in full two (2) weeks prior to the registration date. Any artists invited off the wait list must be able to pay the booth fee in full immediately to be assigned a booth space.

Any breach of the rules forfeits all rights of the artist, and will result in immediate removal from the show without a refund.

Only original artwork is allowed at the Festival. No reproductions will be permitted. If a work of art already exists (as a painting, watercolor, drawing, photograph, etc.) and is copied by digital or photographic means and printed on an offset press, serigraph press or through a computer by means of an ink jet or electrostatic printer, this would be a reproduction. This includes Giclees. All prints in the Digital and Photography category must be signed and numbered in a limited edition of 250 or less. No t-shirts, posters, calendars, cards/postcards, or any other personal merchandise that is mass reproduction of an original piece of artwork will be permitted in artist’s booths.

Booth Information

All booth spaces are on asphalt and measure approximately 10’x 11’. Booth and display must be constructed to withstand crowds and wind. Exhibitors should be prepared for inclement weather with rain covers, tie-downs and weights. Exhibitors will be held liable for any damage made by their tents. Each exhibitor is responsible for his/her own display in case of damage or loss. If an exhibitor does not have a tent, a tent rental company can be provided to assist you in renting a tent. Most of the booth spaces will back up to a median with plants that may prevent you from using this back area as storage. Exhibitors will be held responsible for any damage to plants or fixtures in their immediate median area if this extra area is utilized.

Standard Booth (10'x11'): $850
Double Booth (10'x22'): $1,700
Standard Corner Booth (10'x10'): $1,100 (limited availability)
Double Corner Booth (10'x22'): $1,950 (limited availability)
New & Emerging Artists Booth (10'x10' includes tent): $175
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