Artists’ Page

About the Festival

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 consistently ranked high by Sunshine Artist Magazine and has been named an ELITE 100 Fine Art Fair 2016 by Art Fair Source  Book.

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.

  • Best of Show: $3,000
  • 5 Awards of Distinction: $1,400 each
  • 5 Awards of Excellence: $1,200 each
  • 5 Awards of Honor: $800 each
  • 5 Awards of Merit: $600 each
  • 5 Judges Awards: $400 each

Applications are online now. Apply through


Deadline is May 31, 2019. There is a $40 entry fee.


  • Ceramics
  • Drawing
  • Fiber/Leather
  • Glass
  • Jewelry
  • Mixed Media
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking/Graphics
  • Sculpture
  • Wood