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Artist Guidelines

The Application period for the 20th annual Art in the Pass is now closed.



Artists may apply in more than one category, but must submit a separate application form, jury fee, and images for each medium; only the booth image may be repeated. PLEASE NOTE: If you are accepted in only one medium, you may exhibit only in that category.


    – Original clay and porcelain work other than jewelry. No machine made or mass- produced work is accepted. If multiple pieces of the same design are displayed, each must be signed.


    – Pencil, charcoal, chalk, pastels, pen & ink, etc.


    – Work crafted from fibers including basketry, embroidery, weaving, leatherwork, tapestry and papermaking. No machine tooling, machine-screened patterns or other forms of mass production accepted. No factory-produced wearable items may be exhibited, regardless of additional modification or enhancement by the artist.


    – No molds or other forms of mass production allowed.


    – No commercial casts, molds, or production studio work. All jewelry, regardless of medium, must be entered in this category.


    – Non-sculptural, non-jewelry works crafted from metal.


    – Incorporates more than one type of material, with a relief depth of less than 1/8 inch.


    – Non-sculptural work incorporating more than one type of material. This category is for objects that are “decorative” rather than “useful.”


    – Oil, acrylic, etc.


    – Prints made from artist’s original image must be processed by the artist or under artist’s supervision. Photographers are required to disclose both their creative and printing processes.


    – Artist created prints, serigraphs, digital art, etc., properly signed and numbered, in limited editions, on archival quality materials. Images of Giclées may not be submitted to the Jury (but may be sold if less than 50% of your exhibit and signed/numbered). Digital Art is original work that is executed by the artist using a computer.


    – 3-dimensional original work done in any medium, as determined by the artist.


    – Layered and pigmented water-based media including gouache, tempera and transparent watercolors applied to archival acid-free stock or handmade papers.


    – Original hand-tooled, machine worked, turned or carved work.

Festival Details


Art in the Pass is awarding cash prizes this year to categories with 10 or more artists exhibiting and Best in Show. The categories awarded typically include Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Pottery, Sculpture, Other and Best in Show.
The awards are as follows:
$500 Best in Show,
$200 Best in each Category;
$100 Runner-up in each Category.

Only Established artists will be allowed to participate in judging.


Established and Emerging artists are required to donate a work of art valued at $40 or more for the silent auction. Proceeds from the silent auction benefit the Dot Hector and Gretchen Harris Memorial Art Scholarships and other art related programs the Festival Committee deems appropriate. Silent Auction items will be collected during registration. If artist is unable to donate a piece of their art work a cash donation of $40.00 will be required.
The Silent Auction features original artwork from artists participating in the Festival. The proceeds from the Silent Auction funds the Dot Hector and Gretchen Harris Memorial Art Scholarships.

Two $2000 art scholarships will be given to high school seniors who plan to study art in college. Details for judging and dates will be provided at a later date. Scholarship Applications will be mailed to area art teachers in October.


The annual Art in the Pass Student Art Show will be held on Sunday, April 2nd. High School Students from the area will show their works and compete for ribbons. Instructions will be mailed to area art teachers in January.


Peter Briant designed the Art in the Pass T-Shirt in 2004. Mr. Briant is a well-known New Orleans artist and part-time Gulf Coast resident. T-shirts will be sold in the Silent Auction tent. T-shirts are $15 for S,M,L sizes and $20 for XL and XXL.
Each artist will receive one (1) free T-shirt. Extra T-shirt’s may be purchased at the festival.


The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources will host ‘Celebrate the Gulf’ in the park on the Saturday April 1st of Art in the Pass.


Artists may visit the Silent Auction Tent on Friday from 1 – 5 pm for water and the Coca-Cola Trailer on Saturday and Sunday from 7–9 am for water and coffee.

Rules & Regulations


  • An accepted application is a commitment to the show. No refunds will be made for cancellation, inclement weather, illness, or any other reason. NO EXCEPTIONS.– Only one artist may show per booth
  • All artists must show for the full two days of the festival. Artists are required to staff their exhibits during festival hours.
  • Our primary concern is the creative vision of the applicant and the quality of the work. Although Art in the Pass discourages reproductions artists may sell them as long as those reproductions are matted, signed and numbered works of limited editions of 250 or less. Unframed, matted works may only be shown in a flip bin and the bin must be clearly marked “Reproductions”.
  • Original paintings must represent at least 50% percent of the total dollar ($) value of items for sale in the artist’s booth.
  • Reproductions may occupy no more than 50% percent of the total dollar value of items for sale in the artist’s booth.
  • Digital Artists and Photographers may only sell signed and numbered works of limited editions of 250 or less
  • Only original, framed artwork may be hung on the walls of the artist’s booth. Excludes artwork such as galley wrapped canvases or artwork not requiring a frame.
  • All original two dimensional work (e.g., photography, painting, watercolors, graphics, pastels, prints and drawings) must be appropriately framed or glazed.
  • Absolutely no buy-sell merchandise will be allowed to include coffee cups, T-shirts, or other items mass produced from an original piece of artwork, including an artist’s original design that has been transferred to such merchandise.
  • All items must be hand-crafted by the applicant. No mass reproduction in combination with original hand-crafted work is permitted. All items must be made by the artist. Commercially manufactured items, commercial molds, patterns, kits are not acceptable.
  • The Art in the Pass Committee reserves the right to review and approve all works exhibited.
  • Images submitted for jurying by the accepted artists will remain the property of Art in the Pass and may be used for publicity and affirmation purposes during and after the festival.

Booth Information


Established artists will be provided a 10×10 exhibit space along with a 4 ft. perimeter at the rear of the space. All work must be limited to this space. Artist is responsible for providing tent, preferably white, and any other items required for displaying their work.
If you need to request a paper application, please send an email to or call (228) 452-3315.


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