MARCH 21 - 23, 2025


Judges and the Judging Process

The jurist panel consists of three (3) independent judges who are selected annually 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 Waitlist artists. In March the same jurist panel will review the work of the exhibitors to determine those artists they consider eligible for awards. Judging of the awards is based upon the overall quality of the artwork exhibited. After a booth is selected by a judge, the artist is responsible for selecting one piece for Saturday's awards processing that best represents his or her entire body of work. The Best of Show, Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Award, and the Morse Museum Award are each presented for an individual piece of art. Awards are presented solely at the discretion of the judges.

The 65th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival 2024 Judges
2024 Judges

José Faus
Kansas City, MO

José Faus, a native of Bogota, Colombia, is a visual artist, performer, writer, and independent teacher/mentor with an interest in the role of artists as creative catalysts for community building. He received degrees from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in painting and creative writing. He is a founder of the Latino Writers Collective and sits on the boards of The Latino Writers Collective, The Full Frame Initiative, Board of Governors Alumni Association of UMKC and is Board Chair of Charlotte Street Foundation. His chapbook This Town Like That was released by Spartan Press. His book of poetry The Life and Times of Jose Calderon was published by West 39 Press. Jose is a muralist with a long history of community engagement.  He has painted murals in the Kansas City Metropolitan area and has co-led mural projects in Michoacan, Mexico and was a US cultural ambassador for a mural project in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

2024 Judge: Fred Hagstrom

Fred Hagstrom  
Albuquerque, NM 

Fred Hagstrum has an undergraduate degree from Hamline University 77, and a graduate degree from the University of Nebraska 82.  He has worked at Atelier 17 in Paris, and taught at the Cleveland Institute of Art. His art is displayed in a number of public collections, including the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Minnesota Museum of Art and the Weismann Museum at the University of Minnesota and his artist’s books are in over 50 public collections. Fred taught at Carleton College from 1984 to 2022, where he held the title of Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art Emeritus.   From 1996 to 2019 he taught every second year on a 10-week off campus program to New Zealand and Australia. In 2014, Fred received the Minnesota book award for a book artist and also received the teaching excellence in printmaking award from SGCI. In 2021, Hagstrom’s art book, January 6, was published and a copy has been placed in the Smithsonian’s American Art and Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, D.C. In 2022, he received the Distinguished Teaching of Art Award from the College Art Association.

2024 Judge: Eva Kwong

Eva Kwong
Kent, Ohio

Eva Kwong has been an artist and educator for over 4 decades and is based in Kent, Ohio. Her work is inspired by her lifelong interests in organic form, from microbes to flora, fauna, the human body and landscape. Eva is interested in the interconnections between the parts within our bodies and our complex relationship to our world. She makes ceramic vessels and sculptures, installations, prints and photography. Eva earned a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and MFA from Tyler School of Art. She has an active exhibition, lecture and workshop schedule, and has presented over 200 workshops and lectures in China, Japan, Korea, Italy, Australia and throughout the US. Her installation Bacteria, Diatoms and Cells has been displayed numerous times in many different venues and grows and evolves each time. Her close study of diverse biological entities has impressed the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and they have collected several hundred of her pieces. Eva has juried many shows, fairs and grants.