What’s so COOL about PAVA?
PAVA, the Professional Association of Visual Artists, is an organization founded BY artists FOR artists in the Tampa Bay area and outlying regions of Florida, USA. Some of the many benefits of joining are:
- PAVA Grant Program;
- Members Meetings – designed to assist working artists and those desiring a career in the visual arts. Featuring practical business topics, educational materials, study programs, information on government arts programs, guest speakers, and sage advice on practical information from career artists;
- News of opportunities in the arts;
- Resources for career promotion and publicity;
- Opportunities to learn how to organize and run art exhibitions;
- PAVA website and member gallery pages;
- Networking opportunities with other professional artists;
- Volunteer opportunities for arts related activities in the community;
- Offering support for arts projects throughout Tampa Bay.
All members have the opportunity to apply to our two annual juried art shows:
- The Annual Cool Art Show – a juried, mid-summer indoor art show from the membership of PAVA. This fine art and fine craft show has earned a strong reputation in the Tampa Bay Area for its high quality, and is a much-anticipated annual event.This show is held inside the St. Petersburg Coliseum in July where it is comfortable and cool. Application deadline is May 1, of each year.
- 2Cool Art Show in Gulfport – held inside the Gulfport Casino in February, it is a more intimate version of the summer Cool Art Show. Application deadline is December 1 each year.
Additionally, members may participate in a variety of other exhibits throughout the year, including:
- Annual PAVA Members’ Show – held each year in various spaces around Tampa Bay. Open to all members, it is judged for monetary awards and ribbons;
- PAVA Gallery at the Westfield Countryside Mall;
- Osceola Gallery at the Clearwater Main Library Clearwater;
- Aging Well Center Gallery at the Long Center in Clearwater;
- Clearwater Municipal Services Building Gallery.
It’s easy to JOIN:
- Download the application here;
- Fill it out and mail it with your check to:
Professional Association of Visual Artists, Inc.
PO Box 2665
Dunedin, FL 34697-2665