Gloucester Arts Festival

Juried Art Show Gloucester VAGloucester’s Inaugural Arts Festival in May of 2017 included the annual Symphony under the Stars concert and many Plein Air painting events. The over 100 paintings by 21 contemporary Plein Air artists, known as The Heart of the River Collection, captured the beauty of our life along the rivers and featured the landscapes of Gloucester County. These paintings and the winners of the 2017 Plein Air competition can be seen in the first Heart of the River catalog. (“Heart of the River” Catalog 2017)

The 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival will host a juried art show, two small Plein Air events, and the Symphony under the Stars free family concert. The juried show will open at Arts on Main in Gloucester with a reception on Friday, June 1st, 2018 and run for the month of June. This show will draw entries from artists from the Mid-Atlantic states who will have the opportunity to curate their own works of art with over $5,000 being awarded in prizes. The Symphony Nocturne Paint Out on Saturday, June 2nd and the Small Painting Sunday Paint Out on Sunday, June 3rd Plein Air events are sponsored by Stewart Gallery. The annual Symphony under the Stars concert will be on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018 at 8PM.

For future planning, please mark your calendars for the kick-off event of the 2019 Gloucester Arts Festival with the Symphony under the Stars on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 with the return of the much anticipated Plein Air event, beginning with a Nocturne Paint Out Event at the symphony with Plein Air painting continuing throughout the first week of June, culminating with a gala reception at Arts on Main on Friday, June 7th, 2019.

2017 Winners

Call for Entry

The Gloucester Arts Festival committee is pleased to announce an open call for an exhibition, juried and judged by Jeff Harrison, which will be the focal point of our 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival. Mr. Harrison is the Chief curator emeritus for Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA. Artists will be juried into the show with digital images of 2D work completed in the last two years. Our unique format will give the accepted artists the opportunity to curate their own eight by eight foot exhibit for judging and sale.

Open to artists 18 years of age and older, living within the mid-Atlantic region of VA, NC, WV, PA, MD, NJ, DE and Washington DC. Only original two-dimensional work created in the last two years is acceptable for jury or sale. Accepted media include acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, encaustic, fiber art, graphite, mixed media, oil, original pen and ink, original print, pastel, tempera, and watercolor.

Exhibition: June 1 – 30th, 2018 at Gloucester Arts on Main, Gloucester VA
Opening Reception: Friday, June 1st, 6 to 8 pm
Deadline: Friday, April 6th, 11:59 pm
Entry Fee: $40 for 8 x 8 foot display space
Awards: Over $5,000 total prizes given
• $2,000 and solo show at Gloucester Arts on Main for Best Body of Work
• Three $1,000 Awards of Excellence $250 People’s Choice

Basic Guidelines: Please see the below prospectus and entry form. Please complete entry form, pay entry fee and submit digital images. Please review complete rules and requirements in prospectus.

  • Digital images of work submitted for jury process are to be uploaded in jpg or jpeg format
  • The file size of each image is not to exceed 3MB
  • For best presentation, resolution should be at least 100 DPI
  • Show only the image if possible, no frame or mat
  • Label each image with: first initial, last name, and title Example: JSmith_Untitled.jpg

Artwork will be displayed at Arts On Main and featured on the Gloucester Arts Festival website. Artists will be notified by Friday, April 24th of their acceptance status. All entries to be judged must be properly framed, ready to hang and shipped or delivered to Arts on Main by between May 18 and May 25th.

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Gloucester Arts Festival
Cook Foundation
P.O. Box 1383
Gloucester, VA 23061

Phone: 804.824.9401


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