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Emerging Artists

The 55th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™

March 21, 22, and 23, 2014



The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival initiated the Emerging Artist Program in 1997. Our goal is to encourage participation in the world of outdoor festivals by providing the opportunity to experience the application process and the Festival at no cost to the emerging artists.

The WPSAF Committee is seeking three participants for the 2014 Emerging Artist Program offered as part of The 55th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™. The program is designed specifically for outstanding artists who have never exhibited or sold their work at an outdoor festival. Artists who are just beginning their careers in the art world are encouraged to apply.
The WPSAF reserves the right to research applicants to determine if they are qualified for this program and do not have any experience exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor show. Artists may apply to either the Emerging Artist Program or to The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival through the regular application process, but they may not apply to both.
Comments from former WPSAF Emerging Artists can be found below.

In addition to having an opportunity to sell their work, meet other artists and participate in a nationally recognized festival, the selected artists are afforded these amenities:

  • All administrative fees and exhibitor fees are waived.
  • Hotel accommodations Thursday through Sunday and most meals.
  • Transportation for one including airfare or vehicle mileage at 50 cents per mile, not to exceed $600.00 round trip.
  • A 10' x 10' display tent and display stands for use during the festival. (Booth space is 10' x 12').

With the exception of being ineligible for ribbons and money awards, Emerging Artists are treated to the same amenities as all other festival exhibitors.

Booth Sitting, Artist Hospitality Center, Art Festival Magazines, Refreshments available all day, Thursday Set Up and Check In, Saturday Night Artists' Dinner.


  • August 1, 2013 (Thursday) - Applications available in ZAPP
  • September 20, 2013, Midnight, EDT (Friday) - Application deadline (no exceptions due to ZAPP technical requirements)
  • November 11, 2013 (Monday) - Notification emailed on or before
  • December 8, 2013 (Sunday), Midnight (EST) - Acceptance deadline to ZAPP
  • March 20, 2014 (Thursday) - Booth set up
  • March 21, 22, and 23, 2014 - Festival

WPSAF hours, Friday and Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
 Sunday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

To contact WPSAF about the Emerging Artist Program, please use:


  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™

P.O. Box 597
Winter Park, Florida 32790-0597

Please read the entire application completely.

Our judges will jury the four submitted digital images of your work on Saturday, October 19, 2013, and those receiving the judges' highest evaluations will be invited to participate in the 2014 show as Emerging Artists. NOTE:  Your fourth image may need to be marked “display” for Zapp to process.

All Emerging Artist Program entrants will be notified on or before Monday, November 11, 2013 by email. If accepted, you must respond to ZAPP before Midnight (EST), Sunday, December 8, 2013.

Selection is by the jury process only. The decisions of the judges are final.


  • Jerry Allen Gilmore resides in St. Paul, MN and is an artist, director, lecturer and curator in Colorado, Arizona and the Midwest.
  • Novie Trump, founder and director of Flux Studios, a contemporary art studio, is a resident of Mt. Rainier, MD and a sculptor and installation artist in ceramics and mixed media.
  • Evan Wilson is a resident of Hoosick, NY and has been a full-time artist (traditional realism) for more than 30 years.

I hereby submit an application to become an exhibiting Emerging Artist in The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™.

  • Submission of my ZAPP application confirms my commitment to abide by the Festival rules and regulations as established by the Festival Committee and the City of Winter Park.
  • By submitting an application, I hereby and forever discharge The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™, Winter Park Art Festival, Inc., and the City of Winter Park, Florida, of and from all manner of actions, suits, and damages, claims and demands, whatsoever in law or equity, from any loss and damage to the undersigned’s property while in the possession, supervision or auspices of The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™, Winter Part Art Festival, Inc., the City of Winter Park, their agents, representatives or employees.
  • I warrant that:
    • The artworks submitted for jurying and the artworks to be displayed in my booth are all original work that are both designed and executed by my own hands
    • There is no production studio associated with any of the work to be sold in my booth.
    • The work in my booth is not purchased from an outside source for resale at The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival.
    • There are no reproductions or enhanced/embellished reproductions in my booth.
  • If selected to exhibit at The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™, I authorize use of the images submitted with my application or duplicates thereof for Festival publicity or documentation.
  • I agree to grant a license to The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™ to reproduce electronically, in limited resolution, my original artwork for a period of up to thirty (30) months beginning December 8, 2013. I understand by submitting an application, I retain full copyright of my original artwork. My images shall not be redistributed except as anticipated on the Web site and in the Festival programs and other Festival related media, without my express written permission.
  • An application in ZAPP is a commitment to show in my selected category and to abide by the Festival rules.
  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™ reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.


  • Emerging Artists may apply in only one category.
  • At any time, create your free ACCOUNT in ZAPP (the one-step online application system now used by most large shows) at ZAPP will send you reminders to apply during the appropriate time.
  • You may upload four (4) IMAGES of your work at any time. Excellent guidelines labeled Image Preparation may be found in ZAPP. A booth image is not required by Emerging Artist applicants, although your fourth image may need to be marked “display” to be processed.
  • Apply through ZAPP at between Thursday, August 1, 2013 and Friday, September 20, 2013, Midnight (EDT).
    • Use of the COUPON CODE, WPSAFEA14, waives the application fee of $30 for Emerging Artists.
    • Please be certain to respond to the question in ZAPP that asks how you heard about our Emerging Artist Program.
  • A completed application is a commitment to exhibit in the Festival and to abide by the Festival rules.

Every exhibitor must prominently display a copy of their Artist Statement in their booth, describing the technique, materials and processes used in the creation of the entire body of work.


  • CLAY
    Non-jewelry clay and porcelain work. May not be machine-made or mass-produced.
    Art work that is generated and produced using digital technology. May include scanned images (from the artist or other sources) that have been non-trivially modified by computing processes. Work must be printed with archival quality materials and MUST be properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250. Photography of any kind is not permitted in this category.
    Two-dimensional work including but not limited to pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels, wax crayon, inks and washes, or other marking materials.
    Work such as baskets, books, embroidery, paper, quilts, and others created by the artist from fibers. No forms of commercial, mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.
    Work created in glass by the artist. No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted.
    Prints manually created by the artist using plates, stones or screens which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250 using archival quality materials.
    Jewelry created by the artist without the use of commercial casts, molds, kits or a production studio, regardless of medium.
    Handmade work created with leather.
    Non-jewelry metal work created by the artist without the use of a production studio.
    Work in which the primary intent is the union of two or more media or physical materials.
    Two-dimensional work created with pigment including oils and acrylics, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, etc., or any combination of these pigments excluding watercolor.
    Limited edition no greater than 250, signed and numbered prints using archival materials that are created by the artist from his/her own original negatives or digital files processed by that artist or under that artist’s direct supervision. Photographs taken by digital means and works consisting of photographs that have been manipulated using a computer should be submitted in the photography category. Scanned images of the artist’s original work that have been significantly manipulated or enhanced into the final piece should be submitted in the Digital Art category.
    Three-dimensional work created in any medium. No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.
    Two-dimensional work created with watercolors.
  • WOOD
    Hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned or carved work in wood. No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.

Each space measures 10' x 12'. Artists display, including booth and viewing bins, must be contained within this space. A minimum of six pieces must be displayed. The Festival retains the right to regulate various aspects of the booth display including, but not limited to, number of pieces of artwork, size/number of bins, and overall placement within the allotted space. (Tents provided are 10' x 10'). Ours is a family-oriented event, and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

All administrative and booth fees are waived.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival, one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. It is ranked in the “Top 10 Fine Arts and Design Shows in the Country” by Sunshine Artist Magazine. The festival is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. Along with the 225 nationally juried fine artists, the three-day event features concerts in the park, a wide variety of food and beverages, and interactive art activities for the kids.

Only original work may be displayed and offered for sale.
The work must be attributable solely to the Emerging Artist.
Artists must be with their exhibits during the entirety of the Festival. Proxy representation will not be allowed.
Work by Emerging Artists may have been created at any time.
Ours is a family-oriented event, and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

Excellent guidelines labeled Image Preparation may be found in ZAPP. If an image is not submitted in this format it will not be used in the Festival program. No exceptions allowed. Four (4) images are required.

IMPORTANT: During the Festival, all displays will be visited by Viewing Committee members to ensure that they are in compliance with Festival rules. It is our exclusive right and responsibility to remove work that is not in compliance. Non-compliance will result in expulsion and ineligibility for judging, awards and future Festival participation. The final decision will be made by an Officer of the Festival.

  • NO copies of original artwork and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
  • NO work purchased from an outside source for resale
  • NO production artwork in any category
  • NO work created by kits, picture frames, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, candles, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds
  • NO mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc.
  • NO framing in the Park
  • NO artwork created before January, 2012
  • NO artwork not in category
  • NO unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
  • NO creation or demonstration of artwork in the Park
  • NO animals, alcohol, or sound systems
  • NO generators in the Park


Booth locations for Emerging Artists are assigned by the Committee.

Each Emerging Artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida Sales Tax on all sales made during the Festival. The current tax rate is 6.5%. Reporting forms will be provided by the FL Department of Revenue.

"This is the first time I have spent so many hours with my body of work. Usually I'm concentrating on one piece and the others are in different locations. Seeing together everything that I've brought has been a total revelation to me. I'm seeing my own pieces so differently than ever before. What a gift! What a wonderful experience!"
…Emerging Artist, 1999

"This has been the experience of a lifetime! I have had the opportunity to speak to so many talented artists who have been kind and willing to share. They've answered my questions about marketing and pricing. They've talked to me about my conflict with being true to my inner needs and calling versus creating art for others. My head is spinning with knowledge and my heart is filled with gratitude for providing an opportunity that far surpassed my wildest expectations."
…Emerging Artist, 2006

"Thank you so much for such a memorable experience at the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival! It was positively eye opening. I will apply to shows with confidence and experience now, and am excited to do so. Everyone I met was warm and generous with information, from the WPSAF staff and judges, to other artist vendors, and the public who attended."
… Emerging Artist 2010

"Leading up to the Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival I must admit that I feared that I wouldn't sell anything, but quite the opposite occurred. My show was a total sellout, and I was scrambling to print and mount new photos for the show on Saturday and Sunday. I even had custom orders, gallery owners approach me, and people grabbed hundreds of business cards. When it was really pouring rain on Sunday, I even had customers come back with cash while I was dismounting my booth. This show was definitely the confidence boost and learning experience I needed to 'enter the art festival world'….Also, talking to the other artists was amazing on Saturday. I was surprised to learn that people do this full time for their primary income."
… Emerging Artist 2010

"As an Emerging Artist, I can only say thank you all for the great opportunity you gave me…. communication and organization were perfect. I love Winter Park!”
… Emerging Artist 2013

Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival
P.O. Box 597
Winter Park, FL 32790-0597