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Visit South Walton is now accepting applications for the 2021 South Walton Artist of the Year Award. Currently in its 19th year, this award will recognize a local artist who lives and works in Walton County and whose signature style embodies the creativity and beauty for which the area is known.

Artists who meet the qualifications can download an application and instructions here: https://www.visitsouthwalton.com/community-programs/artist-of-the-year.

The Artist of the Year award is a community program that showcases local artists, promoting the selected artist’s work throughout the year through a variety of publicity opportunities and events. The winner will also receive an award of $4,000 in exchange for a commissioned piece of artwork that will be on display in Walton County.

“Art is an important part of the South Walton experience – it enhances the quality of life for locals and visitors to our area, and each year our Artist of the Year program gives us an opportunity to put a spotlight on one of the artists who helps our community thrive,” says Visit South Walton Executive Director Jay Tusa. “Past, current and future South Walton Artists of the Year are terrific ambassadors for South Walton and our vibrant arts scene.”

Submitted artwork will be evaluated based on criteria such as originality, authenticity, and overall appeal. Finalists will be interviewed in-person and must present three examples of artwork during their panel discussion.

Past Artist of the Year winners include Doug Foltz, Jenna Varney, Kathleen Broaderick, Marisol Gullo, Melody Bogle and Juan Adaro. For a complete list of past winners, visit www.visitsouthwalton.com/community-programs/artist-of-the-year

The deadline for submissions for the South Walton Artist of the Year program is Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4 p.m. CDT. The winner will be announced at the Perfect in South Walton Awards presentation in January 2021.

To learn more about the Artist of the Year program, download the informational flyer, or contact Lisa Foster at (850) 333-2728 or Lisa@visitsouthwalton.com


About South Walton: Located along a 26-mile stretch of sugar white sand and turquoise water in Northwest Florida, South Walton encompasses 16 unique beach neighborhoods, each with its own visual style, amenities and charm. South Walton is home to four state parks, one state forest, and more than 200 miles of hiking and biking trails. Renowned for natural scenic beauty, turquoise waters and sugar sand beaches, South Walton was named one of the “Secret Florida Beaches” by Travel + Leisure, but is easily accessible as a drive to destination or by flying to nearby airports Northwest Florida Beaches International Airport (ECP) or the Destin – Fort Walton Beach Airport (VPS). An upscale, yet casual place to unwind, South Walton is the place to recharge and build lasting memories. Learn more at VisitSouthWalton.com or follow Visit South Walton on FacebookTwitterYouTube or Instagram.