Policies Regarding Space Assignments
Space assignments are based on many variables including the total number of accepted artists per category, the number of returning artists per category, the distribution of categories throughout the show, special setup requirements and the date of your confirmed acceptance.
Because many artists make similar space location requests, we cannot guarantee your first choice. The Festival takes place in Central Park, a living, changing space. For a number of reasons, spaces at the time of the Festival may not be in the exact location as they appear on the map, and the layout is subject to change without notice.
The City of Winter Park Department of Parks and Recreation now uses compacted playground chips on required pathways, resulting in significant dust abatement. If a base material is not spread over the Park grass, any rain would turn the paths and surrounding areas into mud runs.
About Your Display
Each space measures 10’ by 12’. The artist’s display, including booth and viewing bins, must be contained within this space.
Booth Set-Up Information
Before you set up your booth, artists (and collaborators, if any) must sign in with photo IDs at Headquarters and check with the Space Assignment Committee. If your booth is set up incorrectly or in the wrong location and we cannot contact you, we will make necessary changes to correct the situation.
If your space is IN CENTRAL PARK, you may setup on THURSDAY, March 14, 2019, after signing in at Headquarters. An unloading sign-up schedule will be made available to artists located in the Park by mid-February.
If your space is ON PARK AVENUE, you may setup on FRIDAY, March 15, 2019, after signing in at Headquarters. Vehicles must be removed from Park Avenue by 8:30 a.m.
About the Jurors and Jurying
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 Jurying Process
Categories are arranged by alternating between 2D and 3D classifications. Judges are shown a brief look at all entries in each category to give them an overview of that category. The category is restarted and slides are shown at a pace which is slow enough to allow scoring of each set of images by the judges. The show is established first by total score (maximum of 30; up to 10 points per judge), then balanced so that no one medium becomes dominant. Our general goal is to achieve as close to a 50/50 split between 2D and 3D exhibits as possible. Applicants for our three Emerging Artist positions are also screened by our judges during the jurying process.
Sixty-three awards totaling $74,500 will be presented. Awards are given regardless of category.
In addition to the awards, the Patrons Program commitment is anticipated to top $80,000. That's a total of $154,500.00!
The total number of applicants for the 2019 Festival was 1230 and they came from 43 states and 7 foreign countries. Three outstanding emerging artists will be selected by our judges and will join 32 returning top award winners from our 2018 show.
Please note that past WPSAF award-winning work is not eligible to receive an award.
Breakdown by Category
Categories are used for jurying only, not for Festival awards which are given regardless of category.