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Emerging Artists

2015 WPSAF Emerging Artists Application

The 56th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™

March 20, 21, and 22, 2015

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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 2015 Emerging Artist Program offered as part of The 56th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™. The Emerging Artist Program is designed specifically for outstanding new artists who are just beginning their careers in the art world and who have never exhibited or sold their work in a juried outdoor festival.

The WPSAF reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artists to make sure they are a fit for this category and that they do not have extensive experience exhibiting and selling their work.

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:

  • Waiver of all administrative and exhibitor fees
  • Hotel accommodations for four nights (Thursday through Sunday)
  • Transportation for one not to exceed $600.00 round trip –either round trip airfare or vehicle mileage at fifty cents ($.50) per mile.
  • A 10’x10’ display tent, two (2) tables and two (2) chairs for use during the festival. Booth space is 10’x12’.

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

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious juried fine art shows. It consistently ranks among the top outdoor art shows in the nation and its artists compete for one of the largest cash awards ($72,500) among the top shows. The festival features original artwork that has been designed and executed by the exhibiting artists during the past two years. The show is conveniently located in Central Park, a beautifully landscaped area whose surrounding streets are closed during the Festival to allow for foot traffic only. Artists’ booths nestle under large oak trees in the park and line Winter Park’s Park Avenue, the heart of a charming downtown with brick streets, unique boutique shops, and inviting outdoor cafes and bistros. Attendance usually reaches 350,000 people for the three-day event, which celebrates its 56th year on March 20, 21, and 22, 2015. Along with the 225 nationally juried fine artists and the 3 juried Emerging Artists, the three-day event features concerts in the park, a wide variety of food and beverages, and interactive art activities for the kids.


  • AUGUST 1, 2014 (Friday)
    Application available on ZAPP
  • SEPTEMBER 26, 2014 (Friday)
    Application deadline to ZAPP, by Midnight (EDT)
    (No exceptions due to ZAPP technical requirements)
  • OCTOBER 25, 2014 (Saturday)
    ZAPP Screening at Winter Park City Hall
  • NOVEMBER 8, 2014 (Saturday)
    Notification from ZAPP emailed on or before
  • DECEMBER, 1, 2014 (Monday)
    Acceptance deadline to ZAPP by Midnight (EST)
  • MARCH 19, 2015 (Thursday)
    Spaces located within the Park may be set up AFTER 8:30 a.m.
    Check in with Space Assignment Committee before set-up
    Headquarters open 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • MARCH 20, 2015 (Friday)
    Headquarters opens at 7 a.m.
  • MARCH 20, 21, and 22, 2015
    Festival Hours of Operation
    Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


  • Thursday Set-Up and Check-In (street spaces set up Friday morning)
  • Artists’ Hospitality Center with refreshments available all day
  • Free Artists’ Parking
  • Booth Sitting
  • Saturday Night Artists’ Dinner
  • Art Festival Magazine distributed at event and archived on website
  • Artists’ Gallery on website

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

The jurist panel consists of three (3) independent judges, selected from across the country for their in-depth knowledge and experience in multiple art mediums. In October they will review the digital images of all applicants to select the Festival artists and the Wait List artists as well as the Emerging 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.


  • 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. Currently she resides in St. Paul, Minnesota and teaches full time as a 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, 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 a 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.


IMPORTANT: It is critical that accepted artists maintain an accurate and up-to-date artist profile in ZAPP through March 2015, especially contact information: telephone, e-mail, website and postal mail.


  • Applications to The 56th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™ will be available between Friday, August 1st and Friday, September 26, 2014, Midnight (EDT) thru ZAPP at
  • Use of the COUPON CODE, WPSAFEA15, waives the application fee of $35.00.
  • Please be certain to respond to the question in ZAPP that asks how you heard about our Emerging Artist Program.


  • 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
  • A completed application is a commitment to exhibit in the Festival and to abide by the Festival rules.
  • Artist must be present at all times during the three-day festival.

You may upload four (4) IMAGES of your work at any time. A booth image is not required by Emerging Artist applicants although your fourth image may need to be marked “display” to be processed by ZAPP.

Excellent guidelines labeled Image Preparation may be found in ZAPP. Only images submitted in the ZAPP format can be used in the Festival programs and publicity. Your #1 image may be used in the Festival programs, on the website and other Festival-related media.

Reminder: The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is a family-oriented event and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.

Emerging Artists should apply in the Emerging Artist category in Zapp regardless of artistic discipline.  Entries should be limited to one discipline, such as Clay, Digital Art, Drawings & Pastels, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Leather, Mixed Media 2D or 3D, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Watercolor or Wood.

CATEGORIES: All work must be original and signed by the artist. In applicable categories, archival quality materials must be used. Editions must be limited to 250.

  • CLAY
    Three-dimensional clay and porcelain work created by the artist, which is not jewelry. May not be machine-made or mass-produced.
    Two-dimensional work created by the artist using computer technologies. May include scanned images, from the artist or other source, that have been non-trivially modified through the use of computer programs. Work must be printed with archival quality materials and properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250.
    Two-dimensional works created by the artist using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils, wax crayon, or from the fluid medium of inks and washes, applied by pen or brush. Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.
    This category is restricted. Please refer to the guidelines and instructions under “Emerging Artist Program” elsewhere in this document.
    Three-dimensional work created from fibrous materials, such as baskets, books, embroidery, paper, quilts, weavings, felting, etc. All work must be designed and created by the artist. No commercial or mass production works are permitted.
    Three-dimensional work created by the artist in glass. No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted.
    Jewelry created by the artist without the use of commercial casts, molds, kits or a production studio, regardless of medium.
    Three-dimensional handmade work created with leather by the artist.
    Three-dimensional artwork created by the artist through the forging, twisting and fabricating of various metals.
    Two-dimensional, one of a kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.
    Three-dimensional, one of a kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.
    Two-dimensional work created by the artist with pigment including oils and acrylics, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, encaustic (excluding watercolor). Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.
    Two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes digital and film photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be produced in a traditional dark room.  Hand colored photography and emulsion transfers are accepted in this category. Only the artist’s original source material is acceptable. Work must be printed by the artist or under the artist’s supervision in limited editions no greater than 250, properly signed and numbered on archival material. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces and/or framing options is prohibited.
    Two-dimensional printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. Printed original works are hand manipulated by the artist using etching, engraving, silk-screening, stone and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, etc., which have been properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250 using archival quality materials.
    Three-dimensional work created by the artist primarily in a single medium such as shaping figures or a design in the round or in relief, by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal or other materials. No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.
    Two-dimensional work created by the artist with watercolors using archival quality materials and properly signed.
  • WOOD
    Three-dimensional work created by the artist that is hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned or carved in wood. No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.

All administrative and exhibitor fees are waived.

Our judges will jury the four (4) submitted digital images of your work on Saturday, October 25, 2014, and those receiving the judges’ highest evaluations will be invited to participate in the 2015 Festival as Emerging Artists. Selection is by the jury process only. The decisions of the judges are final.

All Emerging Artist Program entrants will be notified on or before November 8, 2014, by email. If accepted, you must respond to ZAPP before Midnight (EST), Monday, December 1, 2014.

Emerging Artists will be screened in the Emerging Artist category. Four images of your work must be submitted. NOTE: Your fourth image may need to be marked “display” for ZAPP to process.

Please read the entire application completely, including this important section.

All exhibitors must prominently display a copy of their Artist Statements in their booths.
These Artist Statements must describe the technique, materials and processes used in the creation of the entire body of work.

A completed ZAPP application  and acceptance to an invitation to exhibit is a commitment to show in your selected category (categories) and to abide by the Festival rules. Artist must be present at all times during the three-day festival.


  • Each space measures 10’ by 12’. The artist’s display, including booth and viewing bins, must be contained within this space.
  • An artist may have only one (1) space.
  • Tents provided are 10’x10’.
  • The work of only one (1) exhibitor may be displayed in each assigned space.
  • A minimum of six (6) 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 and number of bins, and overall placement within the allotted space.
  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is a family-oriented event, and exhibits must be in keeping with this atmosphere.


  • 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 entirely of the Festival.
  • Proxy representation will not be allowed.
  • Work by Emerging Artists may have been created at any time.


  • Booth locations for Emerging Artists are assigned by the Committee.

Each artist is responsible for collecting and reporting Florida Sales Tax on all sales made during the Festival. The current tax rate is six and one-half percent (6.5%). Reporting forms will be provided by Florida Department of Revenue at Check-in.


  • Reproductions of original artwork
  • Copies of original artwork and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints
  • Work purchased from an outside source for resale
  • Production artwork in any category
  • 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
  • Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc.
  • Framing in the Park
  • Artwork not in category
  • Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials
  • Creation or demonstration of artwork in the Park
  • Animals, alcohol, or sound systems
  • Generators in the Park

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

I hereby submit an application to become an exhibitor in The 2015 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, and my co-artist, if applicable, 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 1, 2014.
  • 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 website and in the Festival programs and other Festival related media, without my express written permission.
  • A confirmed application in ZAPP is a commitment to show in my selected category (categories) and to abide by the Festival rules.
  • The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival™ reserves the right to make final interpretation of all rules.

Comments from Former Emerging Artists
"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

“As an Emerging Artist in a competitive category, my first experience participating in an art show as a healthy mixture of sales, insights and professional hospitality.”
…Emerging Artist 2014

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