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About the Festival

History of the Show-old


The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show. This year about 1,200 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 54th year.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.


There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.


The artists compete for 63 awards totaling $72,500. Best of Show is $10,000. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee purchases the Best of Show art and donates it to the City of Winter Park. (All previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library.) There are also 10 Awards of Excellence; each is $2,000.  There are 20 Awards of Distinction; each is $1,000 and there are 30 Awards of Merit; each is $500. In addition, a $2,500 Award for a Distinguished Work of Art is presented through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. A $5,000 "Art of Philanthropy" purchase award donated by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has been added for 2013.


2014 Award Winners

Best of Show

"Open Sea"
Matthew Cornell
Orlando, FL
Booth 1

Read more: 2014 Award Winners


Children's Workshop Village


Children’s Workshop Village

Hey, Kids! Come Create! Have Fun! It’s Free!

Boys and girls, here is your chance to show everyone your artistic abilities by creating unique artwork. Best of all, it’s all free and kids can keep what they make!

The fun happens between 10 AM and 4 PM at the Children’s Workshop Village on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Children’s Workshop Village is appropriate for children of all ages.  

One of the most popular activities at the Village is easel painting on Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM. In addition, each of our museum partners has prepared interesting hands-on arts and crafts activities on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM.

Read more: Children's Workshop Village


2015 Judges and the Judging Process

The jurist panel consists of three (3) independent judges, selected from across the country for their in-depth knowledge and experience in multiple art media. In October they will review the digital images of all applicants to select the Festival artists and the Wait List artists. In March the same jurist panel will review the work of the exhibitors to determine those artists’ works they consider eligible for awards. The judges will select one piece, representative of the artist’s body of work, from each of these outstanding artists for final judging on Saturday morning. The Best of Show, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award and the Morse Museum Award are presented for individual works. Awards are presented solely at the discretion of the judges.

The 2015 Judges

Kate Maury received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas City Art Institute and a Master of Fine Art from The New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She currently resides in St. Paul, Minnesota and is a full time professor in the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Most recently, she completed a residency at the International Ceramics School in Kecskemét, Hungary.

Phyllis Stapler earned a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of Georgia. She became known for her performance art pieces in Athens and Atlanta, and in New York City at The Mudd Club and CBGB. Her paintings are nationally recognized for their deductive compositions and flattened forms of animals and plants. She served as an artist in residence for the state of Georgia until she relocated to Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1996. She remains in the Southwest where she is inspired daily by the abundance of wildlife she sees from her studio windows.

Blair Ward Doubet received an MFA degree in ceramics from the University of Oregon after completing undergraduate majors in art and philosophy. After teaching at Carl Sandburg College, he studied modern art history and contemporary art theory, and taught the history of art and history of ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Doubet then taught ceramics, design and art history at North Dakota State University, where he was coordinator for art and served as interim chairperson for the Department of Music and Art. He came to Tennessee Tech University's Appalachian Center for Craft in 1990, where he served as director until July 2002. He began as Professor of Art for Foundations on TTU's main campus in fall 2002, where he teaches drawing and basic design.

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