Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

Call For Artists! Sun Circle Art Festival, March 5, 2016, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Beautiful setting on Sarasota Bay one block south of Ringling Museum. 4th Annual Show in artist neighborhood, Sapphire Shores Park, 5022 Sun Circle Drive. $90 (juried). Deadline is January 15, 2016 or sooner. Spaces filling up fast. Entertainment, food and great buyers! Application: or click here. Contact is Jane Nutter Johnson, 941-351-1920 or 605-376-6916. Sponsored by Indian Beach Sapphire Shores Association.
This year the Sun Circle Art Festival is partnering with the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County to help raise funds to support the ArtSpace housing/studio project for the North Trail.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for juried fine art exhibition “Of A Botanical Nature” at the Mills Pond Gallery -- A call for original artwork that reflects the beauty and uniqueness of flora (realistic or representational style). Plants and all aspects of plant development such as seed pods, leaves, fruits, and flowers are appropriate. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. Entry deadline May 12. Exhibit Dates June 18 –July 20. Juror: Wendy Hollender. Open to local and national artists. Prospectus at or email 660 Route 25A, St.James, NY 11780. (631) 862-6575. $45/3 entries. Cash Awards 1st, 2nd place.

Call to Artists -- International Sculpture Center’s 2016 Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Awards: Each year the International Sculpture Center presents an award competition to its member colleges and universities as a means of supporting, encouraging, and recognizing the work of young sculptors and their supporting schools’ faculty and art program. The Student Award winners participate in an exhibition at Grounds For Sculpture, as well as a traveling exhibition hosted by arts organizations across the country. Winners’ work is also featured in Sculpture magazine. Each winner receives a one-year membership at the ISC and all winners are eligible to apply for a full sponsored residency to study in Switzerland. To nominate students for this competition, the nominees’ university must first be an ISC University level member. University Membership costs $250 for universities in the USA, Canada and Mexico, or $270 for international universities, and includes a number of benefits. Students who are interested should talk to their professors about getting involved. To find out more about the program please visit the website or email Deadlines -- Nominations Open: January 1, 2016. University Membership Registration: March 16, 2016. Online Student Nomination Form: March 23, 2016. Online Student Submission Form: April 13, 2016.

Call for Art/Entry for Juried Show, Boston Biennial IV: Selected work will be shown on The Biennial Project website and in a blog posting reaching 40,000! It will also be shown in a digital slideshow at Atlantic Works Gallery in Boston for the month of April. In addition to the work selected for the digital display there will be 20 prize winners chosen by 20 Special Prize Jurors. The selected artists will be invited to display their winning piece in it's fleshy 3D entirety in the gallery as well. There will be two (at least) gala receptions during the course of Boston Biennial 4 - which all included artists will be invited to. It will also be featured in The East Boston Open Studios. For prospectus and full information visit: Deadline has been extended to February 15, 2016!

Open Call to Artists for You Are What You Eat. If we are what we eat, what are you? Exhibit at Fogartyville, Sarasota: 2-D paintings, photography, illustrations, mixed medium, or digital. Open Saturday, February 20 - Sunday, March 20th, 2016. Submission requested by Friday, February 12th - up to 5 .jpg images of your work sent to curator Receiving Monday, February 15th from 3 - 7 p.m.

SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY! Suncoast Music Scholarships Program: Offering up to $20,000 in music scholarship awards through a competition open to Sarasota and Manatee high school students. Four awards are available for graduating seniors: 1st place - $5,000, 2nd place - $4,000, 3rd place - $3,000, and 4th place - $2,000. These awards are to be used for advanced music education. Area 10th and 11th grade students are also eligible for awards through this competition. Two awards of $2,000 will be open for 11th grade students, and two $1,000 awards are open to 10th grade students. These awards are to be used for expenses related to the study of music. Information and applications are available at and Applications are due by February 29, and the audition will be held on April 2. An awards luncheon on April 23 will feature performances by 12th grade winners. For more information, call 941-388-1188.

621 Gallery is accepting proposals to select artists for the upcoming exhibition season: All media solo and group proposals are welcome. 621 Gallery is the largest and oldest contemporary art gallery in the region, showing cutting edge contemporary art from local, regional, and nationally recognized artists. See proposal requirements at Proposals must be postmarked by February 28, 2016.

The Players is proud to announce the acceptance of new plays for its 15th annual Players New Play Festival from January 14 until April 29, 2016: A committee of judges will select five plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater” style format during the week of June 27-July 1, 2016 at The Players Theatre, 838 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. One of the winning plays will be selected as "Best of Series" and will be produced at The Players Theatre in 2017.
Guidelines: Entrant must be a resident of the Gulf Coast area (defined for this contest as extending from Tampa/Clearwater to Fort Myers) and over the age of 18. Full-length plays are preferred but one-acts will be considered. Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled. Manuscripts must be typed in 12 point font and bound, with playwrights’ biographies included. Scripts will not be returned. No evaluations will be rendered with any rejected entries. Author (and collaborator, if any) may submit only one script at no cost. Each additional script is $10.00. (The enclosed check made payable to: The Players.) Play must not have had a prior production, although those work-shopped before non-paying audiences are acceptable. Published plays are not eligible. Entries that have been previously submitted to The Players ARE eligible, but only if the work has been substantially re-written. Musicals are not accepted. Submit one hard copy to: “The Players New Play Festival,” The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. A SECOND electronically transmitted copy needs to be emailed to The Players Theatre is not responsible for lost or misplaced plays. Deadline is April 29, 2016. No submissions will be accepted past that date.
Winning selections: At least 5 entries will be presented in rehearsed readings at The Players from June 27-July 1, 2016. The 5 finalists will be announced via The Players website by May 27, 2016. Playwright must be available to help arrange rehearsals and be able to attend reading. Winning entries will have a director assigned and will organize at least two rehearsals. Playwrights are responsible for supplying updated and corrected copies of their script to their director and cast. Plays not following the guidelines listed above will be disqualified. Auditions: Auditions for roles in the reading series are on Monday June 6th starting at 5:30. Audition time slots should be reserved by calling the theatre at 941-365-2494. A short one minute monologue should be prepared. Information about the plays and roles will be listed on the Players website:

ArtCenter Manatee CALL FOR ARTISTS: 12x12. On display: Feb 23 - March 25, 2016. Online Entry: Jan 14 - Feb 11. In-person: Feb 20. 12X12 is an open, all media, juried exhibit featuring work that is 12X12: inches, centimeters, millimeters, picas or points. Two dimensions must be 12 inches each: centimeters, millimeters picas or points. The third dimension is flexible (for example a painting might be 12" x 12" x 3", a sculpture might be 12" x 12" x 8", a piece of jewelry might be 12 mm x 12mm x 6mm, etc.). All artists are welcome to enter and may submit up to 3 pieces. No feet or yards, please! Prized awarded. 941-746-2862. TO ENTER ONLINE:

ArtCenter Manatee: CALL FOR ARTISTS: FINE CRAFT & PHOTOGRAPHY: On Display: Feb 23 - March 25, 2016. Online Entry: Jan 14 - Feb 11. In-person: Feb 20. Fine Craft & Photography is an open, juried exhibit featuring fine craft & photography. All artists are welcome to enter and may submit up to 3 pieces. Prizes awarded. 941-746-2862. TO ENTER ONLINE:

DeSoto Arts Council will host its Fourth Annual Art of the River show at the DeSoto Campus of South Florida State College, located in Arcadia:
There will be a reception for artists, patrons and guests on Friday evening, Feb 5. The show will be open to the public on Saturday, Feb 6. We are now accepting applications. Each artist may enter a total of five pieces. Categories are 2-Dimensional Art, 3-Dimensional Art, and Photography. All entries must depict Florida environment, lifestyle, or flora/fauna. (I. e.—no mountains!). Your application must be received by January 11 to reserve your space in this limited show! Please see our website for show prospectus,, and application (Email completed form, or snail mail—you may send payment, or pay when delivering your work.) RECEIVING dates for the show are: Jan 29—noon to 4 p.m. and Feb 1—10 a.m. to 4 p.m. REMOVAL is close of show—Feb 6—3 p.m. or Feb 8 9 3 p.m. We do not require artists be present at the reception or public display—although many do! Accommodation information for out-of-town artists and pilots is an the end of this note. All entry fees are returned to artists. Last year awards totaled $ 1,650, and $2,280 worth of art was purchased! All art is displayed within the one building campus. Vendor space is available for artists, authors and fine craftspeople—inside classrooms (tables provided), or outdoors (you supply set-up). Overnight accommodations are available right downtown at the Oak Park Inn. Go to for reservations. Or we recommend the Holiday Inn Express on State Road 70E adjacent to Walmart. You’ll find other motels on U S 17 S and one on U S 17 N. Several campgrounds offer RV accommodations, Peace River Campground just west of the river on S R 70 W is the closest to the downtown area. Private pilots: Arcadia Municipal Airport is located just east of downtown. Airport Identifier is X06 Arcadia Municipal CTAF 123.0. The Friends of Arcadia Airport Pilot Shelter and camping area is available for private pilots use. This camping area is for aviation related use only, so if you would like to reserve use of the site please go to the FOAA website and click on airport camping and register by filling out the online application. Reservations are required to use the site. So plan your visit now. Ground transportation is available from Hernandez Taxi; a trip into town for up to 4 people is only $6. Call 863-244-8003.

Florida Studio Theatre is seeking compelling short plays and sketches for inclusion in the annual New Play Festival during the spring. These scripts will be reviewed and used to develop long-term relationships with new writers for future programming. New Play Development is the lifeblood of FST. It is a year-round activity that is fully integrated with each of the theatre’s other programs. FST’s approach to new play development focuses on the continued life of the work. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES - Review thoroughly before submitting. Submissions not following the guidelines will not be considered.

• Any genre or style (including musical, TYA, multi-lingual)

• Ten minutes max length. Technically, this means 10 pages from top of show, not including title page.

• Short plays and sketches will be accepted from 9am on November 16 until 6pm on December 16.

• Electronic submissions should only be sent to as a PDF. Submissions sent to any other address will not be accepted.

• Include a page with title, contact info, synopsis, bio, and production history.

• Plays and sketches longer than 10 minutes will not be accepted.

• The volume of scripts we receive prevents us from providing feedback or contacting any playwrights other than those selected for production.

• Each playwright may submit one play for the Festival. Send us your best!

• Selected playwrights will be contacted in Feb/March, and the winning plays will be produced in May.

For questions please contact Associate Artist/Literary Manager Catherine Randazzo at Submissions sent directly to Catherine will not be considered, submit only to 

New Online Literary and Art Magazine “805” is Looking for Submissions!
“805” is a new, online literary and arts journal published by the Manatee County Public Library. The editors of this bi-monthly publication are seeking short stories, flash fiction, essays, poems, and art. Writers and artists are asked to submit via the website at and include full contact information, genre and word count, if applicable.

The VSA Florida (VSAFL) My Art My Way Artist in Residence Program employs visiting artists for a pre-literacy and arts-based curriculum for students with disabilities in K-12 ESE or inclusive classes and at-risk youth in Juvenile Justice facilities. It is required that VSAFL teaching artists have the knowledge and experience to work with students with disabilities and participate in VSAFL’s free professional development program on disability awareness and inclusion once accepted as a teaching artist. Residency programs are offered in drama, movement, music or visual arts in all 67 counties in the state of Florida. In Sarasota and surrounding counties, we are specifically in need of music teachers, though all artists are welcome to apply. Teaching artists are hired for locations in or near their own county, and work directly with the participants providing hands-on activities—in the art form of their expertise—that are age and developmentally appropriate for a total of eight or 10 one-hour sessions. The artist schedules their visits with the site directly and consults with the site contact in order to understand the make-up of the group. The artist also provides numerous adaptive materials and alternative solutions which enables all participants to benefit from the arts experiences. At the end of the sessions, it is encouraged that a final exhibition or performance is held to share the art. Compensation: VSAFL pays $50.00 for each one-hour session plus mileage if the commute to the school site exceeds 30 miles each way. The teaching artist is required to complete paperwork including a narrative evaluation on the sessions, lesson plans relating all activities to Florida Standards and final evaluations. Teaching artist must complete all contractual paperwork in order to receive payment for residency.
To learn more and to complete an application, go to and click on Artists, then Teaching Artists.


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