Emerging Artists Grants

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, in partnership with Artel Gallery, is excited to announce a new grant opportunity for emerging artists. The purpose is to provide support and exposure for two new artists.

Application rules:

  • Available to Escambia/Santa Rosa County full-time residents.
  • You may apply in any medium. If you are applying in more than one medium, you must submit an application for each one.
  • If you have previously worked in another medium, you may apply in your new medium if you meet all other criteria, including no more than two festivals.

  • Application and photos must be submitted together in an email.

  • The application must include no more than 200 words about your artwork, including the process.
  • Application and photos must be submitted together in an email.
  • The grant waives all GGAF entry fees ($40 jurying fee, $300 booth fee).
  • Because this is not a juried entry, you will not be able to compete for award money.
  • A 10x10 tent will be provided, along with signage, for the show. The two artists will share this space. You will be required to provide a short bio and photo for display.
  • You must have enough artwork for the three-day show, Nov. 6-8, 2020.
  • GGAF will retain no portion of your sales, but you will be responsible for collecting and reporting state and local sales tax (7.5%).
  • Upon selection, you will be assigned a mentor to help you prepare for the show and must meet with the mentor and committee members in June or July.
  • Selection does not guarantee acceptance into the 2021 GGAF show: You would need to apply; however, the $40 jurying fee will be waived if you participate in the 2020 show.
  • As part of the grant, you will be required to visit at least one school in either Escambia or Santa Rosa County to discuss your work prior to the festival.
  • If selected, you would not be able to apply for the grant next year.
  • You may not have participated in more than two festivals.
  • If you are selected and cannot participate, you must notify Randy New, hatchingartists@gmail.com, by Oct. 20 or you will be required to pay GGAF $100. You will also be required to pay the 2021 jurying fee, should you apply to next year’s show.