Limited to 145 carefully juried artists from across the USA
Booth Fee: $300; $25 application fee
Electric is available for $15 limited locations (Booth Locations: 34 -144)
Art Awards present by independent judges
Drive up load-in and load-out at; free adjacent parking, overnight security
Sunday morning artist brunch
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2019 Art Awards
Our judging team will consist of two independent judges.
Awards are presented solely at the discretion of the judges and will be presented at the winning artists’ booths at about 5pm on Saturday.
(1) $2,000 – Best of Show
(2) $1,000 – Judges Choice
(5) $500 – Awards of Excellence
(5) $400 – Awards of Distinction
Uptown Art Expo Winners
Meet our 2019 Uptown Art Expo Judges
In 1992, Teri Peaden began her career in the world of art as a jewelry designer and goldsmith, and by doing outdoor art fairs. Eighteen years later, after winning numerous awards in art festivals throughout the state, she decided it was time to begin making pivotal changes in the direction of her career. Her first foray as an artist and businesswoman was to open a “very successful” (her words) retail art studio in DeLand, Florida’s, downtown historic district. Since then, she has made a highly respected name for herself as retail/studio owner and, more recently, as museum manager. True to her philosophy of giving back to the community, she served on the City of DeLand Historic Preservation Board for six years, overseeing the color and architectural guidelines of DeLand’s historic district. She is also credited with establishing that city’s monthly 4th Friday event that showcases local artists and art venues. Additionally, she has now served more than eight years on the board of the highly rated DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts, including one year as President.
In 2013, Ms. Peaden was asked to join the staff of the newly reorganized Museum of Art, DeLand, and to manage the development and continuing operations of the museum’s expansion to a second location in downtown DeLand’s historic district, where she remains. Through the years, as both studio/store owner and museum manager, her level of expertise and confidence in all disciplines of art has been exponentially expanded. Ever gracious, supportive, and enthusiastic about everything art, she continues to serve the Central Florida community and beyond. Ms. Peaden’s hobbies include adding to her extensive art collection, traveling, and gardening. She, her husband, and four cats reside in one of downtown DeLand’s historic bungalows, only blocks away from the Museum’s downtown location.
John Margerum recently retired from the active art show circuit after participating for 40 years in juried shows throughout the U.S., and having been honored with over 400 awards. From the mid-1970’s until 2001, he exhibited as a stoneware potter, known for his large high-fired vessels finished in his signature rutile glaze. Following his retirement from pottery, he returned to his 2-dimensional roots, pioneering as one of the first artists in the Digital Media category and then as a painter-drawer in Mixed Media. As a Digital Media artist, his reputation as a Photoshop expert preceded him, and, in the vein, was a well-know educator and developer of Photoshop instructionals. Other artists know him as a dedicated mentor and advocate for the artist and art fair communities.
Always eager to take on new and exciting challenges, Mr. Margerum has spent time living abroad, including a stint as the caretaker of a large mansion in the English countryside. A ninth generation Quaker, he has spent the past two years as a Friend-in-Residence at the Pendle Hill Quaker Center for Study and Contemplation near Philadelphia, PA, where part of his service was teaching pottery and painting, and where he was honored with a retrospective show in their public galleries in 2017. He has been the owner and co-owner of two central Florida galleries: one in Oviedo, the home of his pottery studio for three decades, and the other, Gallery 142, located in downtown Deland, Florida.
Mr. Margerum is well versed in a broad range of fine art and fine craft media, and he seeks artwork in others that is innovative and technically proficient — work that exhibits a strong understanding of art principles and that clearly displays a personal visual language. Mr. Margerum and his wife reside in rural west Volusia County, Florida.