Hi Tampa Bay, Alex here to share some art news with you.

The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts will be returning to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on March 3 - 4, 2012.
The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Program will provide up-and-coming artists who are interested in pursuing a professional career in visual arts with the opportunity to showcase their work to the more than 100,000 art enthusiasts who are expected to attend.

Artists who are selected for the Emerging Artist Program will exhibit free of charge, and will be provided with an individual display tent as well as a $250 expense allowance.

Emerging artists will not compete for prize money against artists in the main show. However, their artwork will be juried by a festival juror of national prominence, and each artist will be eligible to receive the $1,000 Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez Emerging Artist Award.

The winner of the 2012 Emerging Artist Program will also be exempt from the jury selection process for the 2013 festival and will receive an automatic invite to participate in the main show. 

The application deadline is January 12, 2012. For more information, the list of rules and to submit an application, please visit www.gasparilla-arts.com/emerging.htm.

Good luck to all of the artist participating.

Check back often for more information on Arts and culture in Tampa Bay!