59th Bay Annual Competition is open to artists in 16 Florida counties

PANAMA CITY — Bay Arts Alliance artists is calling all local and regional to enter the 59th Bay Annual Competition and Exhibition at Panama City’s Center for the Arts.

The competition is open to artists of all ages residing in one of 16 Northwest Florida counties — Bay, Calhoun, Escambia, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Leon, Liberty, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington. Artists are invited to submit their artwork on April 22 from 10 am to 6 pm and on April 23 from 10 am to 4 pm

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In the 1960s, the Panama City Artist Association started the juried competition and exhibition and it continues to bring in top artwork from across the region. Artists from all fine arts categories are welcome to submit works on any topic. However, photography is excluded.

“It’s one of my favorite shows we host each year because of the wide range of artist styles and there’s just so many different things to see at this exhibit,” said Jayson Kretzer, executive director of Bay Arts Alliance. “We see anything from ceramics, oil and acrylic paintings, mixed media, and woodworks, it’s a great variety.”

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All submitted works must be original, without reproductions, and produced within the past two years without having been exhibited at the Center for the Arts.

This year’s judge is Tallahassee artist Brinda Pamulapati. She is the owner and director of Venvi Art Gallery, which opened in Tallahassee in November 2015.

Palmulapati opened Venvi to exhibit exclusive originals of emerging and established artists while bringing museum-quality exhibitions to the community. She has served as a judge for many local arts organizations in the Tallahassee area, including the Artist League Museum of Fine Arts (MOFA), Artopia panel discussion in Gadsden Museum of Art, and the Council on Culture & Arts (COCA) Cultural Grant Program Panel.

The 59th Bay Annual Competition and Exhibition will be displayed in the main gallery at the Center for the Arts in Panama City from May 6 through May 28. This photo shows artwork from the 2019 competition.

A $500 Best of Show award and five $100 Merit awards will be presented to the winning artists. For more details, visit www.pccenterforthearts.com/artist-opportunities.

A non-refundable entry fee of $25 for current members and $50 for non-members is required. The entry fee allows the artist to enter up to two works. For information on how to become a Center for the Arts member, visit: www.pccenterforthearts.com/membership.

Pickup for non-selected works will take place during the center’s open hours on April 29 and 30.

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