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Event Summary

Our Juried Fine Arts Festival is celebrating its 47th Anniversary this May.  Join us around the historic court square in downtown Tupelo for a weekend celebration of visual and performing arts!  The GumTree Festival is a Tupelo tradition for Northeast Mississippi falling on Mother’s Day weekend, May 12-13, 2018.



The GumTree Festival is celebrating its 47th year in 2018. The Gumtree Festival is a two-day outdoor sale and celebration of the visual and performing arts around the Old Courthouse in Downtown Tupelo. It is put on by The GumTree Museum of Art also in downtown Tupelo.

Artist Welcome Dinner @ GMA Friday May 11, 2018 (5:00-7:00pm)-come and go.

Artists are encouraged to arrive on Friday May 11th to register.   The Gumtree Museum of Art and Gumtree Festival volunteer committees serve buffet style dinner and welcome artists at the museum following tent setup Friday afternoon (5pm-7pm).  GTF award ceremony will be Sunday morning an hour before the festival begins (10am).   Each artist and their guest (+1) will be provided a buffet style dinner on Friday and light breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings, one hour prior to festival opening to the public.

The singer songwriter competition will be throughout the day Saturday, concluding @ 6pm with performances.  Sunday the finalists will perform after lunch.
*If you are interested in entering the Songwriters’ competion email


Jury fee: $35.00 non-refundable. Due at the time of application.

Booth Fee: $225 for single booth, $450 for double booth (limited availability) .

Booth space is 10’ x 10’.

Artists must provide their own display booths, tents, weights to anchor tents, racks, tables, and chairs. They are responsible for the assembly and disassembly of all items. Prepare for the possibility of inclement weather conditions such as wind and rain.


Complete the art vendor application and pay non-refundable application fee by Apr. 7th, 2018

Submit five (5) images of your current work. A Booth shot is not required.

Artist will be notified March 22, 2018 “Accepted,” “Denied,” or “Waitlisted”

If “Invited” go through ZAPP to confirm your participation in the festival and purchase your booth space.

Please Note: artist may arrive, register and begin setting up their booths on Friday, May 11th at noon.  Free parking is available.

If notified “Waitlisted” we will inform you through ZAPP if/ when a space is open.  You would then need to go through ZAPP to accept participation in the festival and purchase your booth.


JAN 1 – MAR 10, 2018: Applications available

MAR 20, 2018: All applications and jury fees due

MAR 20, 2018: Panel of Jurors review and select applicants

MAR 22, 2018: Applicants notified, “Accepted”, “Denied” or “Waitlisted”

***April 7th, 2018: DEADLINE:  Accept/Purchase invitation to GT Festival*** Deadline to accept invitation and purchase booth space.


The selection panel will be made up of prominent representatives in the artist community.  The panel selects exhibitors who best reflect creativity, quality, and originality in their overall body of work. Selection is based solely on the submitted jpeg images. An artist accepted to show may only display work reflected in the images submitted for jurying.


Prize money will be available for artistic excellence. All judging will take place on site on Saturday, May 12, 2018. Artistic awards are determined by the consensus of the juror.

Independent jurors are invited each year to evaluate the work of the artists in the festival and select the merit awards and best in show. On-site awards are given for outstanding work in each category on Sunday morning at awards ceremony.


Best in Show-  Overall
Merit Awards-  11 Categories



80% of the entry fee will be refunded through Apr. 7th, 2018 with a written request on or before this April 7th deadline.

***Only artists accompanying their original work may participate in the festival.  ABSOLUTELY no mass produced item and/or item crafted, constructed or created by someone other than the artist juried into the festival will be accepted- artists who are found to have fraudulent artwork exhibited will be asked to leave/removed promptly from the premisis.***

Artists must exhibit the full two days of the festival. Artists are required to man their exhibits during festival hours: Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. & Sunday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Artists bear the responsibility for all setup and security needs for their exhibit. The festival will not be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Booth space is a maximum of 10’ x 10’.

Artists must provide their own display booths, tents, weights to anchor tents, racks, tables, and chairs. They are responsible for the assembly and disassembly of all items. Prepare for the possibility of inclement weather conditions such as wind and rain.

Booth space cannot be shared, but one artist may purchase more than one booth.

Artists retain 100% of their sales and are responsible for reporting their own taxes. Sales Taxes must be paid to the State of Miss. and the City of Tupelo (total of 7.25%). Tax forms will be included in the registration packet.

75% of the work displayed in each booth must be for sale at the festival.


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About the Festival

The Gumtree Festival is Mississippi’s premier arts festival. Each spring, artists from all over the Southeast descend on Downtown Tupelo for a weekend of music, performance, food, crafts, and visual arts. Whether you’re an aspiring artist seeking inspiration, a family looking for weekend fun or a collector searching for the next great piece, Gumtree Festival has something to offer you.