Each year, winners of the Top 14 awards at the Mainsail Art Festival – the Best of Show and ten Awards of Excellence - will not have to go through the screening process and will be accepted automatically into the next year’s show. Each of the top 11 award winners must still submit a new artist application and booth fee check prior to the application deadline.

Mainsail Art Festival was, once again, named by Sunshine Artist as one of the "100 Best Fine Art & Design Shows" in the nation.

Artist Entry Fees:

Artist Jury Fee $35 Exhibitor Space Fee $325

Artist applications are available online beginning October 1st each year. Applications must be submitted online to Zapp Application by midnight December 1st. Artists will be notified on ZAPP.

Please read the Application Information & Rules.

Awards – $60,000 in Prize Money includes:

  • Best of Mainsail Gold Award (1) $10,000
  • Mainsail Silver Award (1) $5,000
  • Mainsail Bronze Awards (2) $2,500
  • Awards of Excellence (10) $1,500
  • Awards of Distinction (15) $1,000
  • Awards of Merit (20) $500
  • Purchase Awards (10) $200 each
Again this year, Mainsail is ranked among the "200 Best Shows" in the nation -- by Sunshine Artist Magazine. Since Sunshine Artist began the ranking program in 1993, Mainsail continues to be named among the "100 Best" Fine Art and Design Shows in the U.S.

Show Judge

Courtney A. McNeil is chief curator of collections and exhibitions for Telfair Museums in Savannah, Georgia, the oldest public art museum in the South. She has served in Telfair’s curatorial department since 2006. Among the many exhibitions McNeil has curated at Telfair are Monet and American ImpressionismMickalene Thomas at Giverny; and Spanish Sojourns: Robert Henri and the Spirit of Spain.

Currently, she is developing an exhibition provisionally titled Sargent to Picasso: Portraits of Artists and Patrons, which is scheduled for fall 2018. McNeil is active as a lecturer and writer and has served as judge for numerous art exhibitions and competitions. Her recent publications include the essay “Imprinting Impressionism: The Graphic Work of Mary Cassatt, Frank Benson, and Childe Hassam,” in Monet and American Impressionism, ed. Dulce Maria Roman (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2015) and Constructs and Inventions: The Etchings of Erik Desmazières (Savannah: Telfair Museums, 2009).

Before coming to Telfair, McNeil was employed at Childs Gallery in Boston, where she specialized in American and European prints and 19th- and early 20th-century American painting. She holds a B.A. from Georgetown University and an M.A from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. McNeil is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators, Association of Historians of American Art, and Association of Print Scholars.