Local Artists Spotlight

The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is committed to the enhancement of the Tampa Bay area’s cultural arts. In keeping with our mission, we have created a new program, the Tampa Bay Local Artist Spotlight, that will help showcase local artists who are not part of the main festival show. Up to (3) spots will be awarded to local artists in the Tampa Bay area. Submissions are free and there are no booth costs. Interested artists will submit via this form and then the public will vote on their favorites. Good luck and get all your friends to vote!

* Contestants subject to residency verification; Hillsborough and Pinellas County residents only.
* Sponsored artists do NOT qualify to take part in festival juried show and do not qualify for prize monies.
* Tent supplied if needed + participation in this community engagement initiative will be noted on tent.
* Only (1) entry per person.
* Winners subject to GFA Board of Directors approval.
* All participants must comply with our festival rules. Please refer to the Festival website for complete rules and regulations at: http://gasparillaarts.com/rules/.

EMAIL THE (3) IMAGES OF YOUR WORK TO: gfalocalfavorites@gmail.com
Subject line of email must be in the following format: GFA 2020 // LOCAL ARTIST SPOTLIGHT // *YOUR NAME*

Accepting applications: 12/1/2019 – 12/31/2019
Online voting: 1/1/2020 – 1-21-2020
Winner(s) notification: 1/23/2020 – 1/25/2020

The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is recognized as one of the top-rated outdoor fine art festivals in the country. The 50th Annual Festival will be held February 29 – March 1, 2020, at our beautiful new location at Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in downtown Tampa. The Festival is presented by Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc. – a non-profit, entirely volunteer-run organization. Each year, over 235 artists are selected through a juried process to exhibit their work for art enthusiasts. The Festival is free to the public and attracts an estimated 75,000 visitors.

Questions/issues with application can be emailed to : gfalocalfavorites@gmail.com

I acknowledge and agree that my completion and submission of this application represents my commitment to participate in the 2020 Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts (the “Festival”) to be held in Tampa, Florida, February 29 – March 1, 2020.

I have received and read the Festival Rules, which are part of this application and are incorporated herein by reference. If I am accepted into the Festival, I agree to abide by the rules, including any rules which may be adopted by Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc. after the date of publication of the 2020 Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts artist’s application.

I also represent that I have never been convicted of a violent felony or any crime involving unlawful conduct toward a minor.

For good and valuable consideration, including being permitted to participate in the Festival, the undersigned participating artist, for myself and my successors, heirs, assigns, executors, administrators, legal representatives, employees, agents and affiliates and in case of a corporation, also its officers, directors and shareholders (collectively, the “Artist”), forever releases and discharges Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, Inc., and each of its officers, directors, employees, agents, assigns, volunteers and affiliates (herein referred to as “GFA”) from all claims, demands, losses, costs, expenses, suits, damages, obligations, liabilities and causes of action, whether arising in law or in equity, which the Artist ever had, may now have or may hereafter have by reason of any matter, cause or thing whatsoever arising out of or related to the Artist’s involvement in the Festival.

The Artist agrees to and does hereby assume any and all risks of personal injuries to the Artist, including death and risk of damages to Artist’s property, caused by or arising out of the Artist’s involvement in the Festival.

The Artist hereby agrees to defend, indemnify and hold GFA harmless from and against any and all claims, demands, suits, losses, causes of action, damages, liabilities, obligations, costs, expenses and judgments (including, without limitation, death and damages to property) caused by the Artist’s acts or omissions or failure to abide by the rules of GFA arising out of the Artist’s involvement in the Festival.

If accepted, GFA has my permission to reproduce my artwork, through the images I have submitted, for the purpose of promoting, advertising and marketing the Festival. GFA also has my permission to publish photographs or video taken of me, my booth and my work during the Festival for purposes related to promotions of the Festival, past or future.

Online nominee submission form can be found HERE