Trish Thompson Thompson Emerging Artist Program

Application deadline: October 18, 2023 – FREE to apply for DSC students!

Honoring of artist and educator Trish Thompson’s legacy, this program is designed to encourage participation in the world of outdoor festivals by providing the opportunity to experience the application process and the festival at no cost to the Emerging Artists. IMAGES 2024 marks the third annual Emerging Artist Program for IMAGES: A Festival of the Arts in partnership with Daytona State College.

Learn more below or to receive your application code, please email


  • Friday, January 26: Set-up begins at 6 AM; Festival opens at 1 PM
  • Saturday, January 27: Festival open 9 AM to 5 PM; Artist Dinner from 5-7 PM
  • Sunday, January 28: Festival open 10 AM to 4 PM; breakdown until 7 PM


About the Festival

IMAGES, presented by Atlantic Center for the Arts on Riverside Drive and Canal Street in historic downtown New Smyrna Beach, ranked #18 in the NATION in 2023 for Fine Art Festivals by Sunshine Artist magazine.

About the Emerging Artist Program

Students go through the same juried application process as Festival Artists and three will be selected by the judges. Each selected artist will receive a fully outfitted tent to sell their work at IMAGES, attend a workshop with a Festival Artist to learn industry tips and real-world applications of the outdoor festival world, showcase their talent to the 50,000+ attendees of the Festival and vie for the $1,500 Emerging Artist Award!

The Emerging Artist program recognizes and features the artwork of up-and-coming artists who wish to establish themselves in a professional visual arts career; this program provides affordable access and exposure.

  • Students in both 2-D and 3-D programs at Daytona State College are encouraged to apply for free via Zapplication by entering a special coupon code.
  • It is required to apply with four images of your work that are consistent with what you will be presenting at the Festival. (NOTE: A booth image is not required for Emerging Artists, four images of artwork is acceptable)
  • Three Emerging Artists will be selected through a formal jury process administered by IMAGES
  • Selected artists are required to attend a hands-on Arts Symposium, learning industry tips and real-world applications of the outdoor festival world including: pricing of work; number of pieces to bring; display, tips on taking payment, talking about their work, etc.
  • IMAGES will provide each emerging artists the use of an individual booth (10 x 10) and a $250 expense allowance given after completion of the Symposium for the design and/or purchase of display cases or materials, or other necessary items.
  • Emerging Artists are expected to be present at their booth for the entire duration of the Festival; although they do not compete with the other artists in the Festival for prize money, their artwork will be reviewed by the Festival Award Jurors, and one of them will receive a $1,500 Emerging Artist Award

Accepted Mediums

Three-dimensional clay and porcelain work created by the artist. Work may not be machine-made or mass-produced.  

Two-dimensional work created by the artist using computer technologies. May include scanned images, from the artist or other sources that have been non-trivially modified through the use of computer programs. Work must be printed with archival quality materials and properly signed and numbered as a limited edition no greater than 250 including all sizes. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces and/or framing options is prohibited.  

Two-dimensional works created by the artist using dry media including chalk, charcoal, pastels, pencils, wax crayon, or from the fluid medium of inks and washes, applied by pen or brush. Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed.  

Three-dimensional work, wearable and non-wearable, created from fibrous materials. This category includes but is not limited to baskets, books, embroidery, paper, quilts, weavings, felting, etc. All work must be designed and created by the artist. No commercial or mass production works are permitted, regardless of additional modifications or enhancement by the artist.  

Three-dimensional work created by the artist in glass. No molds or other forms of mass production are permitted.  

Jewelry created by the artist without the use of commercial casts, molds, kits or a production studio, regardless of medium. Only those artists accepted in the jewelry category may display or sell jewelry.  

Three-dimensional handmade work designed by and created by the artist with leather.  

One-of-a-kind works created by the artist in which the primary intent is the union of two (2) or more physical materials.  

Two-dimensional work created by the artist with pigment including oils and acrylics, as well as egg tempera, casein, alkyd, encaustic (excluding watercolor). Work must be created with archival quality materials and properly signed. 

Two-dimensional work created by the artist that includes digital and film photography that has not been manipulated to achieve results beyond what could be produced in a traditional dark room. Hand-colored photography and emulsion transfers are accepted in this category. Only the artist’s original source material is acceptable. Work must be printed by the artist or under the artist’s supervision in limited editions no greater than 250 including all sizes, properly signed and numbered on archival material. Signage of an overtly commercial nature listing the availability of numerous sizes, print surfaces and/or framing options is prohibited.   

Three-dimensional work created by the artist primarily in a single medium such as shaping figures or a design in the round or in relief, by chiseling marble, modeling clay, casting metal or other materials. No forms of commercial or mass-produced or enhanced items not made by the artist are permitted.  

Three-dimensional work created by the artist that is hand-tooled, machine-worked, built-up, turned or carved in wood.  

Artist Amenities

With the exception of being eligible for a monetary award only in the Emerging Artist category, these artists are treated to the same amenities as all other Festival exhibitors. In addition to having an opportunity to sell their works, meet other artists and participate in a nationally-recognized Festival, the selected artists are offered these amenities:

  • Waiver of all administrative and exhibitor fees
  • Accommodations at ACA main campus for two nights (Friday and Saturday)
  • A 10×10 display tent, two tables and two chairs for use during the Festival.
  • Artist Hospitality Center with breakfast and refreshments available Friday through Sunday
  • Attendance for two at the Saturday night Artists Dinner & Awards Presentation at the Brannon Center
  • Booth sitting staffed by volunteers on call
  • Security patrol after hours
  • Extensive media promotions throughout Central Florida leading up to and during the Festival
  • Artists retain all sales proceeds