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50th Annual Gasparilla Festival of the Arts

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Event History

Each year in conjunction with the city’s social and cultural season known as Gasparilla, an art festival is produced by an all-volunteer staff of many dedicated individuals. Highly accredited artists from all over the country are invited to participate in this prestigious juried show. The festival began in 1970, when a group of downtown professionals conceived the notion of a sidewalk art festival. Word about GFA’s high quality spread through art circles insured by the involvement of jurors such as Robert Hughes, author/director of The Shock of the New book and TV program, Janet Kardon of the American Craft Museum in NYC, and William J Coward, curator of 20th Century Art at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. The Festival’s success has seen it evolve over its 5 decades: notably, the prize money has grown from its original $3,900 to a total of $76,500; categories of submissions have expanded to include fine craft. The festival has moved a few times from its beginnings on Whiting Street to Doyle Carlton Drive behind the Tampa Museum of Art and the Curtis Hixon Convention Center. In 1994, Curtis Hixon was razed and the show moved to Ashley Street, then in 1995 it expanded

Images are submitted by the artists through ZAPP and are used to evaluate applications and into the festival. Copyrights will still belong to each respective artist.  


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