Gloucester Arts Festival 2018 Promotion Artist Painting on Main Street

More than $5,000 in prize money available in a show to be judged by Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator Emeritus for the esteemed Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.

Calling all artists throughout the mid-Atlantic region.

The Gloucester Arts Festival is pleased to announce it is accepting submissions for its 2018 Juried Show, a unique opportunity for artists across the mid-Atlantic to curate their own show and earn a share of more than $5,000 in prize money as judged by Jeff Harrison, Chief Curator Emeritus for the esteemed Chrysler Museum in Norfolk, VA.

“Our unique format will give the accepted artists the opportunity to curate their own eight-by-eight-foot exhibit for judging and sale,” said Betsy Henderson, Chair of the Gloucester Arts Festival Committee and Director of Arts On Main.

The show is open to artists 18 and older who live within the mid-Atlantic states of Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and Washington DC.

For submission guidelines and to apply, visit

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 6, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. and artists will be notified of their acceptance by April 24. Entry fee is $40.

The exhibition will take place June 1-30, 2018 at Gloucester Arts on Main, with an opening reception on June 1 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Prizes, sponsored by the Cook Foundation, include the following:

  • One Best Body of Work: $2,000 and a solo show at Gloucester Arts on Main
  • Three Awards of Excellence: $1,000 each
  • One People’s Choice: $250.

The 2018 Gloucester Arts Festival will also include two plein air events open to all artists. A Symphony Nocturne Paint Out will take place at Gloucester’s annual Virginia Symphony outdoor concert on June 2 and a Small Painting Sunday will be held on June 3.

Works from these events will be displayed at the Stewart Gallery on Main Street in Gloucester.

Artists will be juried into the show with digital images of two-dimensional work – acrylics, oils, pastels, tempera, watercolors, graphite, charcoal, original print or pen and ink drawings – completed in the last two years.

Learn more about the Stewart Gallery at, Arts on Main at and the Cook Foundation at

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