J.K. Designs' Principal and Executive Director of the National Sculptors' Guild's John Kinkade will be in Winter Park, Florida for the long anticipated judging of the 62nd Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival. The festival was cancelled last year due to the Corona Virus, so the artists who were juried in were invited back to exhibit this year. These artist's are eager to show and sell their creations: while John and the two other judges are excited to select and present the 63 artist awards that total $74,500.
John is honored to have been invited to judge this exceptional art festival and we hope those in the area will get a chance to view the exhibit, plus experience the many other activities offered, like Music and Food, the Children’s Workshop and the Leon Theodore Schools Exhibit.... click here to learn more.
Where: In Central Park and along Park Avenue in Winter Park, FL
When: May 14, 15, 16, 2021
Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday
The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival is one of the nation’s oldest, largest and most prestigious outdoor art festivals. The Festival debuted in March 1960 as a community project to bring local artists and art lovers together. It is produced by an all-volunteer board and draws more than 350,000 visitors each year. Over 1,100 artists from around the world apply for the Festival each year. An independent panel of three judges select the 225 artists who will exhibit their works. The Festival consistently ranks as one of the top juried fine art festivals in the country with high rankings in Art Fair Calendar’s “2019 Best Art Fairs”, Art Fair Source Book’s rankings and Sunshine Artist Magazine’s “Top 100” lists. The 2021 Artists Application is by invitation only this year and is being extended to the final 2020 accepted artists.
The Festival features a wide variety of fine arts and crafts in the following categories: clay, digital art, drawings & pastels, fiber-glass, graphics & printmaking, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D, mixed media 3D, painting, photography, sculpture, watercolor and wood, along with a special category for Emerging Artists.
The Best of Show winner is purchased for $12,000 by The Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Board and donated to the City of Winter Park. Previous Best of Show winners are on permanent display at the Winter Park Public Library. A $5,000 “Art of Philanthropy” Purchase Award is sponsored by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation. A $2,500 “Distinguished Work of Art” Award is presented through The Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. There are 10 Awards of Excellence of $2,000 each, 20 Awards of Distinction of $1,000 each and 30 Awards of Merit of $500 each. In addition to these awards, the Patrons Program generates another $80,000 in Art Bucks that are dedicated to the purchase of artwork.
John is headed to Saint Louis to Jury the 2019 Saint Louis Art Fair. Luckily DIA was clear for travel after yesterday's Spring Blizzard. We're honored by the invite; everyone involved has been terrific to work with.
Stay tuned for his take on the artists that will show this year, and save the date to go see for yourself....
September 6-9, 2019 in the heart of Clayton, MO. It looks like a terrific place to enjoy the Arts this Fall and hopefully find a piece to take home with you.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.