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The 54th Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival ** This is a three day event

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious juried outdoor art festivals, consistently rated among the top shows by Sunshine Artist and American Style magazines. Each year more than 350,000 visitors enjoy the show.


This year about 1,100 artists from around the world applied for entry and an independent panel of judges selected 225 national and international artists to attend the show. The National Endowment for the Arts, The White House, Congress and many others have lauded the Festival for promoting art and art education in Central Florida. An all volunteer board of directors runs the annual Festival, now celebrating its 53rd year.

The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival was started by a handful of enthusiasts as a community project to benefit local artists and art lovers. The first festival was held on Park Avenue in March 1960. The festival featured original works of art and, after being advertised for just three weeks before the opening, drew 90 exhibiting artists. Over the next decade, the festival grew to over 600 artists and was spread out over Park Avenue from Fairbanks Avenue to Canton Avenue and on all cross streets. For the past 30 years or so, the festival has been contained solely in the park area and currently features 225 artists and 3 emerging artists. A loving art community has created and nurtured a successful festival that looks forward to another 50 years in Central Park.

ART CATEGORIES

There is a wide variety of outstanding artwork. Categories include: Clay, Digital Art, Drawing and Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Leather, Metal, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Sculpture and Wood.

AWARDS

The artists compete for 63 awards totalling $72,500. Best of Show is $10,000. The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Committee purchases the Best of Show art and donates it to the City of Winter Park. (All previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library.) There are also 10 Awards of Excellence; each is $2,000. There are 20 Awards of Distinction; each is $1,000 and there are 30 Awards of Merit; each is $500. In addition, a $2,500 Award for a Distinguished Work of Art is presented through the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. A $5,000 "Art of Philanthropy" purchase award donated by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation has been added for 2013.

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  • Angel

    Had a great time at the Winter Park Art Festival ,Thanks much Garvin!

    March 18, 2013

  • natali

    Very nice art, got crowded very early.

    March 17, 2013

  • Stephen (The P.

    I got there late and never caught up with the group.

    March 17, 2013

  • Garvin

    Great, one of the better shows in the last few years.

    1 · March 17, 2013

  • Dan

    Did you manage to find other group members after we last saw each other? I found many friends, but not Meetup members.

    March 16, 2013

    • Garvin

      Did not run into anyone else other than you

      March 16, 2013

  • Dan

    I'm here. I walked by & endedup at Starbucks. I'm coming back.

    March 16, 2013

    • Garvin

      We are at the Paneras other end of Park Avenue walking out of here probably around 10 o'clock and heading south

      March 16, 2013

  • natali

    We will be there at 10 am

    March 16, 2013

    • Garvin

      Call my cell phone when you get here will be leaving paneras right around 10 o'clock

      March 16, 2013

  • Deidre

    Running a little late this morning, won't be there til 10

    March 16, 2013

    • Garvin

      Here's my cell phone number[masked] catch up with us when you get there

      March 16, 2013

  • Christine D.

    Sorry! My husband convinced me to go with him to Megacon. Still have lots of fun at Winter Park Art Festival!

    March 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Might be a little late, as I have an 8:00 am commitment, but will be there.

    March 10, 2013

  • Monika

    Will have to go on Sunday this year..sorry to miss you all!

    March 8, 2013

  • Chris

    New member here and would love to join you all for the festival.

    March 6, 2013

  • Victoria

    Might not be there at 9:30. but will get there.

    March 6, 2013

  • Garvin

    Let's meet at Panera's on N. Park Ave & W. Canton Ave at 9:30 AM
    Parking garage is behind Paneras or park a block away on New York.

    1 · March 5, 2013

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