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2019 Fine Art Exhibitor Information

The Florida Blueberry Festival™ “Puttin’ on the Arts” Juried Art Show - Presented By “Tampa Bay Magazine” invites you to apply to be one of 120 juried Fine Art Exhibitors at the 2019 event. Anticipated attendance for the 2019 Festival is 100,000 attendees. This 4-day event gives patrons the opportunity to meet and purchase art from exhibiting artists and craftspeople. Our goal is to provide the public and our selected exhibitors an experience of unparalleled quality. 2019 Florida Blueberry Festival™ beneficiaries are the Florida Blueberry Growers Association, The Community Hope Center, The Sunshine Foundation – Dream Village and other regional not-for-profit charitable organizations.

New Location

The Formosa Gardens’ Event Center
Home of the Official Florida Blueberry Festival™
Formosa Gardens Boulevard, Kissimmee, Florida
Office Phone: (407) 507- 0015
Event Dates: 3/28/19 - 3/31/2019
Application Deadline: 12/29/2018 Midnight EST


Images: 5 (1 booth/display image is required). If you wish to apply in more than one category, you must submit a separate application for each category. and where is the size requirement?


Over $260,000 is spent annually promoting this event with over 15 million impressions. From, Billboards, Print Media: Banner Newspaper Advertising, Destinations Magazine distributed throughout the State of Florida and throughout the South Eastern States. Broadcast Media: Television, Radio, Local Face Ads. Social Media: Email, Facebook, Instagram & Google Ads. 500,000 Event Calendars with Weekly distribution to 1250 locations. The advertising Campaign for the 2019 Florida Blueberry Festival™, Kissimmee, will start with quarterly and bimonthly magazine publications; Billboards and all other advertising will start 8 weeks leading up to the event.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Sunday, July 15th, 2018
Application Available.

Thursday, December 29th, 2018 Midnight, EST
Application deadline.

January 2019
The five (5) person jury convenes over three (3) days to select 120 juried Fine Art Exhibitors.

Friday, January 25th, 2019
Notification by email and website (Please do not call). 120 juried Fine Art Exhibitors will receive an invitation to exhibit. Juried Fine Art Exhibitors who advances to the final round of jurying but were not invited to exhibit, are considered alternates and will be notified at this time as well.

Tuesday, February 15th, 2019
Deadline to accept invitation to participate, return a signed Juried Fine Art Exhibitor contract and remit booth fee.

Thursday, March 28th, 2019
Check-in opens at 9:30am; Fine Art Exhibitors will receive an appointment time based on location.
Event 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Friday, March 29th, 2019
Check-in-Stocking 6:00am
Judging 9:00am – 4:00pm
Event 10:00am – 10:00pm

Saturday, March 30th, 2019
Check-in Stocking 8:00am
Event 10:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, March 31st, 2019
Setup Stocking 8:00am
Event 10:00am - 5:00pm

Media Categories

The Florida Blueberry Festival™ “Puttin’ on the Arts” Juried Art Show reserves the right to re-categorize an artist’s submission. Every attempt will be made to notify the artist if this is done.

Painting: Acrylic, oil, gouache, pastels, charcoal, drawing and watercolor paintings are accepted in this medium.

Photography: Includes traditional film photography, hand colored images, emulsion transfers, and digital photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be done in a traditional darkroom. Only artist’s original source material is acceptable.

Mixed Media: Two and three-dimensional work which combines materials from two or more mediums in one piece.

Sculpture: Three-dimensional work using additive or subtractive processes in a single medium.

Fine Crafts:

  1. Fiber: Includes leather, baskets, dolls, paper, wearable and non-wearable. No machine-tooled, machine-screen printing or other forms of mass production are accepted. Factory-produced wearable items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists, are not accepted.
  2. Furniture: Original, handmade furniture designed and fabricated using raw/unfinished material. Factory-produced items, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artists are not accepted.
  3. Glass: Functional and sculptural work is accepted. Kiln forming, blowing, molding or casting, as well as all cold working processes are permitted.
  4. Ceramics: Original clay and porcelain work, functional or sculptural.
  5. Wood: Original works that are hand tooled, machine-worked, turned or carved.
  6. Metal: Sculptural or decorative work made from metal. No jewelry will be accepted in this category.

Digital Art: Includes any original work in which the original image, or the manipulation of other source material, was executed by the artist using the computer. (Digital photo editing within the confines of what could be done in the darkroom is allowed in the photography category). Work must be in editions, signed and numbered, using archival papers, inks, and emulsions.

Jewelry: Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry. All jewelry, whether produced from metal, glass, clay, fiber, or other materials must apply in this category.

Rules / Regulations

  1. Only fine craftspeople and artists displaying their own original work may participate. No agents or dealers. Photo I.D. is required. This show is for original handcrafted work. Final interpretation of commercial status will be made by the Committee. The Committee has the right to expel, without refund, any Fine Art Exhibitor who breaks these rules during the Festival.

  2. All applicants MUST submit four (4) images of recent work AND one (1) image of their booth/display to

  3. Application by collaborating artists- Collaborating Fine Art Exhibitors may apply as a single entry only. No more than two (2) Fine Art Exhibitors working as a team may collaborate in the design and creation of any artwork submitted with the application or chosen to display at the Festival.

  4. Assistants, employees, office or other support staff are NOT considered to be collaborators. If an artist has a helper who assists the exhibitor with frames, setup, selling, paperwork, etc., but he/she is NOT producing the work under his/her own or team name, this person is NOT a collaborator, though he or she may certainly assist at the Festival. If accepted, only one (1) booth will be issued, and only finished work that is the result of the collaborative process may be displayed and sold. BOTH Fine Art Exhibitors are required to sign in and present photo identification prior to setting up.
    BOTH Fine Art Exhibitors must be present during Festival hours in the booth during the entire four-day Festival, except for short breaks.

  5. The following are prohibited:

    • Buy/Sell (see below)
    • Copies of original artwork not done by the exhibitor and works reproduced or copied from works of masters, advertisements, commercial or widely circulated photographs or offset prints.
    • Work purchased from an outside source for resale.
    • Production artwork in any category.
    • Work created by kits, velvet paintings, manufactured or kit jewelry, art supplies, commercial signage or displays, decoupage and ceramics cast from commercial molds.
    • Traditional crafts such as soaps, candles, scented oils and homemade food items.
    • Mass-produced note cards, commercial books, etc. not reproduced from the exhibitors’ original work.
    • Artwork not in the category in which the artist applied and was accepted.
    • Unsigned artwork or work not using archival materials.
    • Alcohol or sound systems.
    • Generators.

  6. The selection of an artist/craftsperson is an indication of his/her commitment to exhibit. NO refunds will be made for cancellations. NO Refunds shall be made for inclement weather or other Acts of God over which the Festival has no control and the risk end/or loss from such event shall be borne by the Fine Art Exhibitor.

  7. Fine Art Exhibitors’ work displayed and sold during the show must correspond to the work submitted for jurying. The exhibition or sale of anything else by the Fine Art Exhibitor is prohibited. No sharing of space, subletting or selling is permitted except when two people work together.

  8. If your craft is the building of musical instruments, they must be sold (not DVD, cd or other media forms of the music). As a courtesy to other Fine Art Exhibitors, any music played in your booth may not be audible outside your booth or you will be asked to lower the volume. Failure to do so will result in your being asked to leave.
    Each Fine Art Exhibitor must comply with all pertinent State of Florida sales tax regulations.

  9. Official Fine Art Exhibitor I.D. badges will be issued and must be worn at all times by the Fine Art Exhibitor. Each Fine Art Exhibitor will be provided with and must display an 8 1/2” x 11” white card with Fine Art Exhibitor’s name, category and home city.

    Check-in opens 9:30am. Fine Art Exhibitors will receive an appointment time for Thursday, March 28th, 2019. Check-in is REQUIRED prior to beginning setup. Failure to check in by 9:30am will result in loss of your space and your fee forfeited.

  10. Displays must be set up by 10:00am daily. No booth may be dismantled prior to the 5:00pm closing. Displays must be manned always by the Fine Art Exhibitor. Fine Art Exhibitors are to provide their own display racks, chairs and/or tables to display their work in an outdoor environment. Fine Art Exhibitors must provide a white tent with appropriate weighting; displays must be strong enough to withstand winds and crowds. Fine Art Exhibitors may not use stakes. Fine Art Exhibitors are responsible for damages caused by these displays.

    All Fine Art Exhibitors must park their vehicles in designated areas. Vehicles must be leaving the venue by 8:00pm on Sunday evening.

  11. Judges will base all awards on the overall quality of all work shown.

NOTE: Buy-Sell/Production: Buy-Sellers have become a scourge on Art Festivals. These people have become increasingly clever in their applications and often show documentation that they are the artist or craftsperson. This makes it very difficult to prove. We wish to do everything we can to deter buy-sell at The Florida Blueberry Festival™ “Puttin’ on the Arts” Juried Art Show. We will have a special committee devoted to researching each application upon receipt. If you are determined to be a Buy-Sell/Production exhibitor by the committee, you will be immediately expelled from the Festival without refund.

Booth Information

Booth Information: Upon invitation into the show, Fine Art Exhibitors must provide a white tent with appropriate weighting; displays must be strong enough to withstand winds and crowds. A limited number of double booths are available, and these will be sold on a first-come, first served basis. Each Fine Art Exhibitor will be provided a space measuring 10' deep by 10' wide. Fine Art Exhibitors are to provide their own display racks, chairs and/or tables to display their work in an outdoor environment.

Booth Fee: 10’x10’ spaces start at $250.00. There are a limited number of 20’x20’ spaces available starting $500.00 and end-cap 20’x20’ spaces starting at $650.00. All spaces include electricity. No generators are accepted or needed.

Exhibitor's Amenities


Thursday set-up and check-in

Reasons Not to Apply

please do not apply if you:

  1. Buy work and try to sell it as your own.
  2. Have a factory or a team that makes the work under your direction.
  3. You plan on having a representative staff your booth.
  4. Make work from kits or assemble other people work into something else.

If you are a Buy-Sell/Production exhibitor, save your $30 dollars and do not apply.

Fast Facts

Exhibitor’s Agreement with the Florida Blueberry Festival Board

Legal Agreement:
Completion of the application represents my commitment to participate in The Florida Blueberry Festival™ “Puttin’ on the Arts” Juried Art Show to be held in Kissimmee, Florida on March 28th through March 31st, 2019.

I have received and read the Rules and Regulations of the Show. If I am accepted as a Fine Art Exhibitor, I agree to abide by the Rules and Regulations.

I understand and agree that the Sponsors of the Show, 2019 7th Annual The Florida Blueberry Festival™ “Puttin’ on the Arts” Juried Art Show and its members, will not be responsible for any injury which I might suffer, nor for any loss or damage to my property which may occur as a result of my participation in the Show.

If invited and confirmed, I understand and agree that my entry fee shall be NON-REFUNDABLE including but not limited to cancellation due to inclement weather or other Acts of God, whether I attend or not.

I further agree that the application is for one (1) space for the show which is four (4) days.

I understand the juried fee will be retained by the Festival. All checks will be deposited upon receipt.

I agree that if accepted into the event, 2019 7th Annual The Florida Blueberry Festival™ “Puttin’ on the Arts” Juried Art Show may use images of my art for publicity purposes.

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