Invited International Artist Call for Entries

Call for Entries

As the chairman of the International Invited Artist Committee with the Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival, I have been asked to find a visual artist for each of our annual festivals. The committee would like to receive biographies and pictures of artists’ work via email for the selection process. Our seeing your work on a website is very helpful. We would also need a price range for your work. Traditionally the artist uses a piece of checked luggage to bring the art with them to the festival.

The Great Gulfcoast Arts Festival is one of the most highly regarded and popular arts festivals in the United States. Thousands of visitors enjoy this three-day, juried art show, which comes to Pensacola’s historic Seville Square the first full weekend in November – Friday must fall in November, not October. In addition to the one Invited International Artist, it draws more than 200 of the nation’s best painters, potters, sculptors, jewelers, graphic artists, craftsmen, mixed-media artists and others who have been gifted with the ability to turn inspiration into art. Live musicians will hit the right notes from the Main Stage with sounds ranging from bluegrass, Cajun and blues to instrumental guitar and classical. The Parrish Performing Arts Stage will showcase dance schools, performing companies, community groups and area folk groups. Other aspects of the festival include authentic Heritage Arts, a student art show and a children’s area that features numerous hands-on artistic opportunities to indulge kids’ inner artists at no cost.

We would like for the Invited International Artist to arrive in Pensacola on the Sunday before the festival and depart on the Tuesday after the festival. This allows time for the artist to visit area schools and to give a workshop in the community and to attend any parties. We have a budget that covers some meals, lodging, and up to $1,000 toward the airline flight. Our festival is held outdoors. A 10 x 10 foot tent will be provided for the artist to sell his/her work. The artist must attend the entire festival and demonstrate the techniques of his/her work. We do not take a commission of sales.

This is a wonderful opportunity for an artist to visit Pensacola with its beautiful beaches on the Gulf of Mexico and highlight his/her country and customs while selling art work and being exposed to thousands of people from throughout the United States.

Please email all questions, resumes and pictures of art work to me, Julie Tippins Parker, at The deadline is January 1st in the year of the festival.

I hope to hear from you soon!


Julie Tippins Parker