Award of Distinction

A number of awards were handed out at the Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival this past weekend in Pensacola, Florida.  The Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival is a juried art show. Each year, they receive more than 600 applications for the festival. Each applicant is required to submit three images of their work and one image of their display area along with their application. Qualified jurors are shown each artist's images simultaneously and anonymously, and collectively choose more than 200 artists who will be invited to exhibit their work. Best of Show, Awards of Distinction, Awards of Excellence, Awards of Honor, and Awards of Merit winners from the previous year’s festival are exempt from the jurying process.

The artists compete for a total of $25,000 in prize money in categories including ceramics, drawing, fiber/leather, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil/acrylic, photography, printmaking/graphics, sculpture, watercolor and wood.

This family oriented festival is ranked in the top 50 Fine Art Shows in the nation by Sunshine Artist Magazine and is listed in the Top 20 Events in the Southeast (November, 2014) by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Tom was one of the award winners as he was presented an Award of Distinction. "Thank you Great Gulf Coast Arts Festival for recognizing my work.  It is an honor that my work was chosen among the fine quality art from different medium artists" said Furniture Maker Tom Dumke, "I am honored." 


Best of Show

  • Michael Bond, Printmaking/Graphics

Award of Distinction

  • Santiago Gutierrez, Ceramics
  • Thomas Dumke, Wood
  • Chuck Solberg, Ceramics
  • Joyce McAdams, Mixed Media
  • Jeannie Maddox, Oil/Acrylic

Award of Excellence

  • Richard Ryan, Glass
  • Matthew Hatala, Wood
  • Deborah Armstrong, Jewelry
  • Glen and Gayle Wans, Photography
  • Steve Edgar, Fiber/Leather

Award of Honor

  • Shadow May, Ceramics
  • Michael Dandrea, Jewelry
  • Lynn Langhoff, Fiber/Leather
  • Fred Rettig, Mixed Media
  • David Skinner, Oil/Acrylic

Award of Merit

  • Lori Lupe-Pelish, Fiber/Leather
  • Horace Thomas, Fiber/Leather
  • Charles Gatewood, Oil/Acrylic
  • Richard Auger, Photography
  • Steven Olszewski, Ceramics

Judges’ Award

  • Tiffany Ownbey, Mixed Media
  • Tim Peters, Ceramics
  • Will Armstrong, Drawing
  • Christina Smith, Drawing
  • Will Grant, Sculpture





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