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The Seawall Art Show adheres to the CDC guidelines regarding Covid, masks requirements and the rules governing public gatherings. 


The Seawall Art Show, Inc. is a juried fine art and fine craft show on the downtown streets in Portsmouth, Virginia.  A 501(c)3, the show is maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers and a Show Coordinator.  Artists compete for over $6000 in cash awards during this two-day outdoor event.  


The Seawall Art Show is open to individual artists, (2) person collaborative teams (18 years or older) and student artists (6th - 12th graders including graduated seniors). 

Each artist/exhibitor is expected to adhere to the decisions of the Seawall Art Show Director, committee and it's representatives.  We do not share your personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of the Seawall Art Show Board. 


Click here for  SHOW RULEs and Regulations

Important Dates and Artist Fee Information

[ on or before April 30th]
Application - Late Registration
[ effective May 1st ]
** Email Notifications **
[ on or before May 15th]
Booth Reservation
[ will not be accepted until after July 1st ]
see Show Rules for Refund Policy
Booth - Late Reservation
[ effective on or after August 1st]
see Show Rules for Refund Policy
Art Show - Setup
[ Friday, August 23rd]
To Be Determined
Art Show - Day 1
[Saturday, August 24th]
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Art Show - Day 2
[ Sunday, August 25th]
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For your convenience, we accept credit cards via PayPal.  (A PayPal account is not required to use this service)


Artists (18 years or older and collaborative teams) should complete an online application and pay the fee indicated in the "Important Dates and Artist Fee Information” section.  In addition, artists are required to upload (3) digital images representative of their work and a tent/booth image in jpeg format.  Each digital image (jpeg) should be 800 pixels on the longest side with a total file size of no more than 3 megabytes.  Artist statements and resumes are also required in pdf or Word format.

ARTISTS WHO RECEIVED A CASH AWARD in 2023 and will be exhibiting in the same medium DO NOT NEED TO SUBMIT AN APPLICATION FEE. (Booth/exhibitor and late fees still apply.)

To apply, click here for an ARTIST APPLICATION

2023 Award winners, click here to complete a REGISTRATION FORM

  If you have questions regarding artist applications or registration form, contact

Earlene Lampman, Artist Liaison

Due to scheduling, there maybe a delay in returning calls. 

For a faster response, please email your questions and inquiries.

You may also email for assistance.

Student artists (current 6th - 12th graders and graduated seniors) are also eligible to participate in the Seawall Art Show.  To apply, students should register online by the deadline.  Art Teacher recommendations and Parental release (students under 18) must be received in order for the application to be considered complete.

To apply, click here for a STUDENT Application

If you have questions, please contact

Peggy Davis, Coordinator of the Student Art Show

(757) 650-6248

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