2018 Artist Awards

Posted November 12, 2018

Aaron Hequembourg, Mixed Media, Renoir 2

Gloria McRoberts, Fiber/Leather, Rodin 10
Brooks Barrow, Sculpture, Turner 12
Christina Smith, Drawing, Miro 5
Don McWhorter, Ceramics, Picasso 29
Michael Paul Cole, Photography, Dali 2

Michael Bond, Printmaking/Graphics, Warhol 6
Casey Ginn, Ceramics, Warhol 24
Annette Hammer, Painting, Miro 14
Tim Peters, Ceramics, Picasso 31
Matthew Hatala, Wood, Picasso 22

John Kellum, Ceramics, Picasso 9
Lynn Fisher, Ceramics, Turner 10
Kreg Yingst, Printmaking/Graphics, Picasso 38
Jack Pine, Glass, Darby 2
Jean Yao, Fiber/Leather, Renoir 3

Kate Morgan, Mixed Media, Warhol 25
John Flemming, Fiber/Leather, Darby 13
Karen Libecap, Painting, O’Keeffe 2
Paige Whitcomb, Photography, Warhol 13
H.C. Porter, Mixed Media, Miro 8

Mark & Carol Reynolds, Sculpture, Picasso 18
Marek Majewski, Jewelry, Turner 11
Randal Spangler, Drawing, O’Keeffe 4
Linda Jones, Jewelry, Picasso 41
Julie Jerman-Melka, Jewelry, Rodin 18


2020 Art Show Applications Now Open »

Art show artist applications are open now. The deadline is May 31. Cash prizes totaling $25,000 will be awarded. The three-day, juried art show draws thousands of visitors and more than 200 of the nation's best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen and other artists.

Applications are online now. Apply through

2019 Artist Awards »

Best of Show goes to Don McWhorter, Ceramics. Find his booth at Picasso 29. See the complete list of award winners…

GGAF International Artist Esmeraldo Abalde on WUWF »

Sandra Averhart talks to the 2019 Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival Invited International Artist Esmeraldo Abalde from the Philippines.

2019 Poster Design Selected »

The 2019 Festival poster is based on a painting by Emily Woodson, an illustrator, graphic designer, and painter living in Pace, Florida. She has a BFA in Illustration Kansas City Art Institute. Emily is part of the marketing team at Levin Rinke Realty.

2019 Invited International Artist: Esmeraldo Abalde »

The 2019 Invited International Artist is Esmeraldo Abalde, an artist from Cagayan de Oro City, Philippines. His style is influenced by his experiences, culture and the world around him. He paints a variety of subjects from representational to abstract, to express his deeper appreciation of the beauty around him.

Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival ranked #9 by Sunshine Magazine »

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival ranked #9 in the Sunshine Artist magazine Best Art Shows list. Each year this Wisconsin-based magazine announces their 200 best art shows based on the categories of Fine Art & Design and Classic & Contemporary Crafts. This year, for the first time, Great Gulfcoast Arts Fest broke into the top ten in the Fine Art & Design category.

2019 Emerging Artists Announced  »

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, in partnership with Artel Gallery, announce the artists selected for the Emerging Artists grant program. Crystal King of Pensacola describes herself as a jewelry designer and beadwork artist primarily working in bead embroidery and bead weaving using glass seed beads, gemstones, and crystals.  Robert Uniacke, also of Pensacola, is a painter, whose work is inspired by local area animals such as sea turtles, crabs, fish, pelicans, and herons.  

2019 Emerging Artists Applications Open »

Applications are open for the GGAF Emerging Artists program. This program seeks artists who have limited experience participating in arts festivals to give them guidance in what is involved in being in an arts festival. Two artists will be chosen to participate in this year’s festival. GGAF will waive fees for the two chosen artists and will provide a mentor to help guide them through the process. Details…


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