The prestigious Gasparilla Festival of the Arts returns in 2022

We always love the Burg, but sometimes there’s reason enough to cross the bridge. In March, the Gasparilla Arts Festival offers us a Great reason (and free) to go to Tampa.

The Gasparilla Arts Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural events in the country. The event returns to Julian B Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa on March 5-6. For half a century, artists and art lovers from all parts of the country have migrated each year to the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, where the country’s most accomplished artists and rising stars compete for the prize. Raymond James Best of Show of $15,000 and an additional $72,000. in cash prizes.

The March 2022 Festival will feature artists and their work including ceramics, digital, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, watercolor and wood. This event will also feature the works of young local artists and a weekend full of live entertainment.

Photo courtesy of Gasparilla Arts Festival

While the event includes talent from around the world, this event also makes sure to shine a line on emerging artists in the Tampa Bay area. This local is a pure showcase of Tampa Bay artists who are not eligible for jury awards. So what are these artists arguing about?

While the event includes talent from around the world, this event also makes sure to shine a line on emerging artists in the Tampa Bay area. This local is a pure showcase of Tampa Bay artists who are not eligible for jury awards. So what are these artists arguing about?

Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is a huge opportunity for emerging artists

Price:

Raymond James Financial Best of Show Award ($15,000)
Board of Directors Award ($9,000)
Mayor’s Award ($5,000)
Roddy Brownlee Reed Artistic Achievement Award ($4,000)
President’s Award ($3,000)
The Lightening Foundation Prize ($2,000)

Emerging Artist Eileen Hirsch Memorial Award ($1,500)
30 Excellence Awards ($1,300)
3 Vinik Family Foundation Scholastic Showcase Scholarships (student $1,000)
3 Vinik Family Foundation Scholastic Showcase High School Representative Award (student’s school $2,000)

Scholarship:

GFA College Scholarship ($2,500 each, 3 total)

An aerial view of the festival
Photo courtesy of Gasparilla Arts Festival

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park is the perfect green space to showcase art. Its location places it within walking distance of Armature Works in Tampa Heights and offers sensational views of the Hillsborough River.

This event will also include live entertainment. Those in the area who live by “rule number 7” will be delighted to know that none other than Denis Phillips, chief meteorologist for ABC Action News, will be the emcee of the Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

Food, music and art in a vast green space

A full range of performers is always TBA. But you can follow the GFAs website for updates.

Come hungry for local art and food. Food and drink vendors represent a wide range of the best the area has to offer. Beer and wine are available at three locations on the Festival site. A portion of the proceeds from on-site food and beverage vendors benefits the Tampa Museum of Art through an agreement with FRIENDS of the Museum.

You can learn more about the history of the event, including its humble beginnings as “Little Art Show That Could” on its event page. If you are looking to volunteer, you can apply online. The same goes for all the artists and vendors hoping to take part in this year’s festivities.

Julian B Lane Riverfront Park is located at 1001 N Boulevard.

This article was produced in partnership with Gasparilla Festival of the Arts.

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