The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is a juried art show. Each year, we receive more than 600 applications for the festival. Applications are available online in March. Each applicant is required to submit three images of their work and one image of their display area along with their application. Qualified jurors are shown each artist’s work simultaneously and anonymously, and collectively choose more than 200 artists who will be invited to exhibit their work.
The Festival is ranked #29 in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine and the American Bus Association has named it one of the Top 100 Events in North America.
Best of Show, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Honor, Awards of Merit, and Judges Award winners from the previous year’s festival are exempt from the jurying process for the following year.
A total of $25,000 in prize money is awarded.