Jury and Space Info

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 is researching mulch alternatives as well as methods of dust abatement to the required pathways. If a base material is not spread over the Park grass, any rain would turn the paths and surrounding areas into mud runs. We have great hope that a solution will be forthcoming.

About Your Display

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, except in cases of dual-category acceptance.
  • 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.

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.

Artists' Check-In Hours

Thursday, March 16, 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 17, 5:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.

If your space is IN CENTRAL PARK, you may setup on THURSDAY, March 16, 2017, 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 17, 2017, 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.

Click Here to Meet the 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.

Awards

Sixty-three awards totaling $72,500 will be presented. Awards are given regardless of category.

  • $10,000 Best of Show WPSAF Purchase Award
  • $5,000 Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation Art of Philanthropy Purchase Award
  • $2,500 Morse Museum Award for a Distinguished Work of Art
  • 10 Awards of Excellence at $2000 each
  • 20 Award of Distinction at $1000 each
  • 30 Awards of Merit at $500 each

In addition to the awards, the Patrons Program commitment is anticipated to top $70,000. That's a total of $142,500.00!

The total number of applicants for the 2017 Festival was 1110 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 2016 show.

Please note that past WPSAF award-winning work is not eligible to receive an award.

Breakdown by Category (Coming Soon)

Categories are used for jurying only, not for Festival awards which are given regardless of category.