Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites all artists to be a part of this change through your submissions to its 12th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion. Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – everyone can participate. 39 artists will be selected and national and international submissions are encouraged.
The exhibit will be displayed April and May 2015 in Sarasota and Bradenton, FL USA. Since 2004, the exhibits have been viewed by almost 2,000,000 visitors. Final selections will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals and based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.”
A total of $3,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards - $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and the “People’s Choice.” Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibits. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries. Submissions must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 5, 2015.
Direct link to “Submit Art” page: Direct link to the
Online submission page: Direct Link to “Call to Artists” form (PDF) to download:
Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available at

All Faiths Food Bank
We need bowls! Your talent and generosity helps us feed our neighbors in need. Please help us by creating ceramic bowls and donating them for “Bowls of Hope” on November 9, 2014. 1,500 guests are expected to join us for a day in the park – a benefit for All Faiths Food Bank. They will select a beautiful handcrafted bowl, donated by local artists, to take home as a reminder of the empty bowls they help fill. Held on the grounds of Phillippi Estate Park, lunch of soup, bread and desserts is provided by local restaurants, and guests enjoy live entertainment, raffles, and a lovely afternoon. When your bowls are ready, (for the most recognition opportunities, by Oct 1, 2014) please contact Elaina Mand at 941-549-8131 or
All Faiths Food Bank, the hub of hunger relief and the only food bank in Sarasota County, works with 195 agencies, churches, schools, food kitchens, community centers and programs to feed our neighbors in need.

Fogartyville Community Media & Arts Center, Sarasota, now accepting submissions of any medium which answers the question, "What does Freedom look like to you?" to complete a collection of Fifty Signs of Freedom. This, to be featured at the upcoming exhibit, Only Fifty, recognizing the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
Please submit photo image and description of your sign to curator, Deadline: September 5, 2014
Open call; No Fee

5th annual Paint the Beach...Sandcastles to Shrimp Boats.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Friends of the Arts, The Town of Fort Myers Beach, Santini Marina Plaza and Fish Tale Marina are pleased to invite interested artists to apply to Paint the Beach – A Plein Air Festival in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, a non-juried painting competition and show. This festival is intended to bring the excitement and beauty of the plein air painting tradition to Ft. Myers Beach Florida. This non-juried event will run from November 3 until November 9. Artists may paint within specified areas from November 4-6. Possible scenes include beach views, historic buildings, beach businesses and marine subjects. The Quick Draw Competition will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8-11am. Everyone is invited to enter this exciting art competition – competitive painters and amateurs. All contestants will set up their supplies and paint or draw “en plein air” at Times Square. Paint the Beach will present over $2500 in cash awards to the Plein Air painters with a Best in Show prize of $1000 Second Place $750 and Third Place $500, Awards of Merit and various named Awards. Award amounts may be changed at the discretion of FMBAA. The Awards Judge for the plein air competition is Phil Fisher.
See for registration. Many businesses of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and especially those in the Santini Marina Plaza are pleased to welcome participating artists to this new festival! As a gesture of hospitality, many businesses will host various gatherings and offer gifts and discounts to the artists. Registration fee includes a gala ticket for each artist and a bag of special items. Interested sponsors should contact Michele Buelow at Paintings created during the week of the Paint the Beach plein air festival will be displayed on the grounds of Santini Marina Plaza on Estero Boulevard, FMB. The paintings will be on display, and for sale on Friday, Nov. 7 in the Propeller Lounge, and on Saturday Nov. 8 through Sunday Nov. 9 in the Festival Tent. The Awards Ceremony and Collectors Preview Gala will be on Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm. in the Propeller Lounge. There will be musicians performing for the evening event. Refreshments and delectable hors d’oeurves will be served. Paint the Beach artists will receive one complimentary ticket to the party. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $ Fish Tale Marina, Fort Myers Beach Art Association or at the door for $35. Online at

Embracing Our Differences is accepting submissions for its 12th exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion to be displayed April - May 2015 in Sarasota’s Island Park and Bradenton’s Riverwalk – both in Southwest Florida USA.
39 artists will be selected and national and international submissions are encouraged. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge panel of art professionals.
$3,000 (US) in awards will be presented.
There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries. Submissions must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 5, 2015. Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available at

The Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Lightning
Now in its third year, we are proud to have received over 800 submissions from the local arts community from which we have selected 82 pieces to display throughout the building.
As we open the submission process for the 2014-15 season, we invite all emerging and established local artists to submit pieces of original artwork. The exhibit’s goal is to display images that celebrate the greater Tampa Bay community, and that can help the Forum reflect the vibrancy of the Tampa Bay area…and images that creatively weave in a Lightning hockey theme are certainly a welcome addition! A jury composed of representatives from Tampa Bay area museums will select the 41 pieces. Please note that we have changed the prizes slightly and have added a Young Artists category. The top three overall ranked artwork pieces as scored by the judges will receive cash prizes of $1,000 each, honorable mentions ranked in the top-10 will receive $250 each and the top three pieces from the youth category (13-18 years old) will also receive $250. All artists will be invited to a reception this Fall at the unveiling of the artwork pieces. Please note the submission deadline of September 5, 2014. Artists will be notified by September 22, 2014 if accepted into the exhibition. Please visit to find information about the exhibition rules, jury, size requirements, and other important information. We are eager to celebrate and showcase locally created artwork for our more than 1.5 million visitors who visit the Times Forum annually.
Please contact if you have any questions!

WANTED: Very Alive Artisans, Craftsmen of all kinds for several upcoming, reasonably priced shows and to fill the shelves of the Historical Society's Gift Shop in Pioneer Park, in November, when it re-opens for the Season.
Gift Shop Vendors receive up to 70% of the sale price of their items, when they "work" one day per month from 10:00 - 2:00, when the shop is open Mondays through Fridays. All locally created art and crafts. We're especially looking for wooden ware, jewelry, tourist-friendly art work. Local authors too.
Email: for more information or Call the HSOSC at 941-364-9076.

The City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is issuing a "Call to Artists" for the second annual OCALA Outdoor Sculpture Competition at beautiful Tuscawilla Park.
The competition is open to all artists age 18 and older who are working in North America.
Each artist may submit up to three works suitable for public outdoor display.
Artists will compete for cash award including: Best of Show - $2,000 Second Place - $1,000 Honorable Mention - $500 People's Choice - $500 The 10 sculptors whose work is chosen each will receive a $1,000 honorarium.
Entry deadline is July 31, 2014. For more information visit: or call 352-629-8447

DACIA GALLERY ­ Two Week Summer Artist Residency in Chelsea, NYC
August 18 ­ 29, 2014
ELIGIBILITY Open to all Visual Artists Beginning & Advanced Level Artists Accepted
Dacia Gallery is pleased to announce its Artist Residency program for Summer 2014, in the art capital of the world, New York City. This two­week painting intensive program will comprise of figurative and plein air painting, guest lecturers, gallery and museum visits, and a final group exhibition at Dacia Gallery. Artists will meet daily at its Chelsea Artist Studio under teacher instruction. The Art Studio is located in the heart of the Chelsea Art District and is centrally located amongst all the major galleries in New York, providing maximum exposure to today’s contemporary art. Students will draw the model from life in the mornings and paint the figure in the afternoon. On days when landscape and cityscape classes are held, artists will explore Manhattan by painting the historical Financial District, residential streets in West Village, the gardens of The Highline Park along the Hudson River and Central Park. Art walks will be taken throughout Chelsea and Lower East Side during opening receptions to explore today’s contemporary art scene. Weekends will include visits to several of New York’s esteemed art museums, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim and the Frick Collection. Additionally, Dacia Gallery will host a group exhibition for resident artists at its gallery in the hottest area for the arts today, the Lower East Side of Manhattan
To read more about the residency and to apply, please visit: NYC Artist Residency Program Details

The schedule for the 2014-2015 season at The Players Theater just became available and I am currently booking artists for the three galleries. We generally feature three artists for the run of each of the seven shows (usually about six weeks) and each space requires 16-20 pieces. If you would like to be considered for a show at Players Gallery, please contact me,  Judy Nadler, ASAP through my website:

Artists Wanted for New Innovative Bitcoin Art ecommerce Site
Seeking artists who are interested in selling their artwork for bitcoin (and all other currencies). We are looking to represent the finest artists in the world. Please submit 5 to 10 images or provide a link to your website.
All mediums accepted. No fee.
Deadline is ongoing. Website launch is in August 2014.
Please visit for more information.

The Aesthetica Art Prize 2014
Now open for entries, offering both budding and established artists the opportunity to showcase their work to an international audience and influential figures from the arts sector. Celebrating and nurturing outstanding contemporary art from across the world, the Art Prize welcomes all forms of art in the following categories: Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

Prizes include a 12 week group show; up to £1000 in cash; publication in the Aesthetica Art Prize Anthology and editorial coverage in Aesthetica Magazine (readership of 140,000 worldwide); art supplies and art books; and Q&As on the Aesthetica Blog.

There are two main categories to enter: Main Prize and Student Prize. There is a winner for each main category. Entry is £15 and permits the submission of two works into any one category. Entries close 31 August 2014. For more information and to submit visit


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