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Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation announces call for artist applications and poster art entries

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has announced that it is now accepting artist applications and poster art entries for its upcoming 28th Festival of the Arts. Scheduled to take place on […]

Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation

The Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation has announced that it is now accepting artist applications and poster art entries for its upcoming 28th Festival of the Arts.

  • The festival, which is one of the Southeast’s most celebrated events, will feature more than 100 artists from across the U.S. and is a celebration of art, music, food, and family fun.

Scheduled to take place on October 28th and 29th at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village in Destin, Florida, the festival will showcase a diverse range of artistic mediums, including watercolor, acrylic, clay, mosaic, metal, jewelry, sculpture, photography, oil, pastel, collage, fiber, pen & ink, glass, wood, paper, mixed media, pottery, resin, ceramics, and works on paper.

Participating artists will be competing for a total of $12,000 in cash awards, with prizes being awarded for Best in Show, People’s Choice Award, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Merit, and Judge’s Recognition Awards. 

  • Those interested in participating must submit a non-refundable jury fee of $30 and booth fees starting at $300.

Additionally, the winning artist of the festival’s official poster competition will receive a cash prize of $500 and have their design featured on festival t-shirts, posters, marketing collateral, and merchandise. The winning design will also be prominently displayed on the cover of the festival guide.

According to Deb Nissley, director of operations for the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation, “This festival attracts artists from across the country and has become a popular annual fall event with locals and visitors alike.”

The deadline for both artist exhibition and poster art applications is June 30, 2023. For more information on how to participate, including rules of participation and entry forms, interested parties can visit the Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation website at www.mkaf.org or call (850) 650-2226.

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