IMAGES will host the 46th Juried Arts Festival in New Smyrna Beach

An artist exhibits his creations on a stand at a previous IMAGES Art Festival.

This weekend’s 46th annual IMAGES: An Arts Festival in New Smyrna Beach is expected to bring some of the nation’s finest artists to Volusia County.

According to festival coordinator Nance Koch, IMAGES is a juried art festival.

“Artists must send in three images of their work plus one of their booth space” starting in October, she said recently. Two judges determine which artists will be accepted into the exhibition.

“We usually get about 600 (applications) for 200 spots,” Koch said. Art featured may include paintings, ceramics, digital art, jewelry, mixed media, photography and sculpture.

Artists’ work is evaluated by a second panel of judges at the festival, she said, and $27,500 is awarded in cash prizes to artists, with a top prize of $6,000.

The festival skipped a year in 2021 because of the pandemic, and the last show was in January 2020, Koch said. “In 2020, we were voted number 16 in the country,” she added.

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Visitors discover the artists & # 39;  stands at a previous IMAGES Art Festival.

Visitors discover the stands of artists at a previous IMAGES Art Festival.

Around 50,000 to 55,000 people are expected this weekend, if past attendance is any measure. Koch said the festival will include food trucks, a beer and wine garden, live performances, a tent featuring art from local school students and an art tent for children.

In the past, the children’s art tent featured projects children could do at the festival, but due to health concerns, Koch said, this year children will receive a free art project to take home. .

Another aspect of the festival is the IMAGES patrons program, in which some 400 patrons donate $400 each, with $200 going to support the art festival and $200 returned to the patron to spend during of the show, Koch said. Each time a patron purchases a work of art, the artist receives a “Patron’s Choice Award” to hang in their booth.

For more information and a full schedule and map of booth locations, visit

IMAGES is sponsored by the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

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Site: Riverside Park, at Riverside Drive and Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach


  • 1-5 p.m. Friday, January 28

  • 9am-5pm Saturday January 29

  • 10am-4pm Sunday January 30

This article originally appeared on The Daytona Beach News-Journal: IMAGES Art Festival to Host 46th Juried Event in New Smyrna Beach

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