Come OUT St Pete Art Exhibit & Contest

Come Out St Pete

Event Details

9/30/2017 from 6-9PM

This Fall in St. Petersburg, FL the Grand Central District and neighboring districts will come alive in celebration of National Coming Out Day. The inaugural Come OUT St Pete will be comprised of a series of events Oct.7-15, 2017 and will focus on, celebrate and raise awareness about self-truth, pride, community and acceptance. An important preceding event is Come OUT St. Pete Art Exhibit & Contest, at which prizes will be awarded and an image will be chosen to represent this year’s festival in merchandise and promotions.

Come OUT St. Pete and curator John L Gascot invite Tampa Bay artists to submit entries for the upcoming pop up exhibit, Come OUT St. Pete. Artists may submit up to 5 quality images (at least 500 x 500 and no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels) of available works. Each entry should measure no less than 8×8″ and no more than 30×40″. First Place winner agrees to grant Come OUT St. Pete copyright of winning image for use in merchandise and promotion of the festival. Artists must be able to provide high quality 300dpi image of their submission to be considered for prizes as 1st place will be printed on merchandise and promo materials. Note: While submissions should translate well to print and keep in mind the theme of Come OUT St. Pete and what it promotes, this is not a logo contest.

The Come OUT St. Pete Art Exhibit & Contest will take place on Friday, September 30, 6-9pm (originally September 15th) at Empath Partners in Care ASAP Campus, St. Pete.

(18 yrs and over):
1st Place– $500 in cash and prizes and inclusion in Come OUT St. Pete 2017 Merchandise.
2nd Place– $150 in cash and prizes.
3rd Place– $75 in cash and prizes.

Young Artist Award (under 18 yrs)- $150 in cash and prizes.

John Gascot, Artist, curator and gallery coordinator at Studios at 5663
Jim Woodfield, Artist and owner of Woodfield Fine Art
Remaining jurors soon to be announced.

Please submit images along with Title/Medium/Size information for each to

Submission deadline: Sunday, August 27, 2017
Acceptance emails will be sent by Thursday August 31, 2017.
Delivery of accepted artworks: Tuesday Sept 5 & Wednesday Sept 6, 10-6pm (details in acceptance email)

Visit the Come OUT St Pete website for a list of all of the events:

Come Out St Pete is a Grand Central District Association event in collaboration with neighboring districts and other non-profit organizations. This event coincides with National Coming Out Day and is a celebration of St. Petersburg’s rich LGBTQ history.

About Grand Central District Association: GCDA is a 501c3 non-profit organization that works to support and promote the Grand Central District’s economic revitalization in an effort to make it a retail, dining and entertainment destination for St. Petersburg visitors and residents.
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Written by Rachel Covello

Rachel Covello is an award-winning speaker, writer, diversity consultant, and LGBT advocate. She is the Founder of LGBT Equality Alliance, a Chester County, PA nonprofit organization, and CEO of OUTCOAST, an online marketing and concierge platform marketing the Gulf Coast as an LGBTQ-inclusive place to VISIT, CELEBRATE, and LIVE.

Rachel is also an avid event photographer and has captured photos for LGBT organizations around the world, including the IGLTA, NGLCC, NLGJA, and Out & Equal.

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