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FAFO — with the generous support of the David and Lisa Midgett Foundation — is proud to have an Emerging Artist program as part of its festival. To qualify, an artist must be just starting his/her/they professional career. Find out all about this program and how to apply below.
Clay: three-dimensional clay and porcelain work created by the artist that is not machine-made. Jewelry is not included in this category.
Digital Art: two-dimensional work created by the artist using computer technologies. This may include scanned images from the artist or other sources that have been non-trivially modified through the use of computer programs. Work must be printed with archival quality materials and properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250.
Drawings & Graphics: two-dimensional works created by the artist using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils, wax crayon, or from the fluid medium of inks and washes applied by pen or brush. Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.
Fiber: three-dimensional work, wearable and non-wearable, created from fibrous materials. This category includes but is not limited to baskets, books, embroidery, paper, quilts, weavings, felting, etc. All work must be designed and created by the artist. No commercial or mass-produced works are permitted regardless of additional modifications or enhancement by the artist.
Glass: three-dimensional work created by the artist in glass. No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted
Jewelry: jewelry is created by the artist without the use of commercial casts, molds, kits or a production studio, regardless of medium.
Metal: three-dimensional artwork created by the artist through the forging, twisting, and fabricating of various metals.
Mixed Media – 2D: two-dimensional, one-of-a-kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.
Mixed Media – 3D: three-dimensional, one-of-a-kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.
Painting: two-dimensional work created by the artist with pigment including oils and acrylics, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, encaustic (excluding watercolor). Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.
Photography: two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes digital and film photography. hand-colored photography and emulsion transfers are accepted in this category. Photographic prints made from the artist’s original negative or file that have been processed either by the artist or under his/her direct supervision. All images printed must be signed. Exhibitors must disclose their creative and printing processes during the festival if asked. All prints must be displayed in a professional manner, with a backboard, or matted in a plastic sleeve.
Printmaking: two-dimensional printmaking is a transfer process of producing original art, usually in multiples. Printed original works are hand-manipulated by the artist using etching, engraving, silk-screening, stone, and plate lithography, linoleum block or woodcut, which have been properly signed using archival quality materials.
Sculpture: three-dimensional work is created by the artist primarily in a single medium such as shaping figures or a design in the round or in relief, by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal, or other materials. Nno forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.
Watercolor: two-dimensional work created by the artist with watercolors using archival quality materials and properly signed.
Wood: three-dimensional work created by the artist that is hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned, or carved in wood.
Three artists from the previous year's festival are exempt from the jury process. The Best of Show, and The two (2) Award of Excellence winners. The current year's Featured Artist is also exempt. These artist will receive an email with a coupon code to use at checkout at Zapplication.
This show is for artists and craftsmen and not for commercialism or dealers. Therefore, the following rules concern fine art reproductions:
This Emerging Artist program is designed specifically for outstanding artists over 18 years old who are just beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums, or juried outdoor festivals.
FAFO reserves the right to pre-screen and research emerging artist applicants to make sure they are an appropriate fit for this category. Artists may apply to either the Emerging Artist category or to one of the Ocala Arts Festival regular categories, but not both.
To qualify as an emerging artist, applicants should be beginning their careers in the professional art world with no established history of displaying their artwork in galleries, museums, or juried outdoor festivals. You may have displayed art pieces in group shows or contests. You must be 18 years or older.
In addition to all the amenities granted to other festival exhibitors, selected emerging artists also receive the following:
The rules, policies and prohibited items that apply to regular festival artists also apply to emerging artists. Please review the full set of rules at Zapplication and in the sections above.
The Artist Packet contains info for all FAFO artists.
The Artist Packet contains all the information needed for FAFO's Ocala Arts Festival.
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The Artist Map includes parking areas.
In this Map, we show booth locations and artists' arrival times. We also included the parking areas. Artists, please check in at the information booth.