Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

CALLING ALL ARTISTS! EXHIBIT OPPORTUNITY AT THE ARTS AND CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF SARASOTA COUNTY: The Arts and Cultural Alliance offers a no-fee, one-month (or longer) juried art exhibit opportunity in the Center for Arts and Humanity located at 1226 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Many arts organizations use the building for their offices and meetings, so there is constant foot traffic of art-savvy patrons who like to view exhibits. Participation is limited to qualified artists who are members of the Alliance and have not exhibited at the Center for the past two years. While there is no charge to exhibit, the Alliance does request a donation of 10% of sales made during the exhibition. The Alliance promotes the exhibit to its membership and co-hosts a reception with the artist to introduce the exhibition to the public and friends. To complete an exhibit application form, please click here. Deadline for applications is May 15, 2016. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Betty Morris, Alliance Events and Volunteer Coordinator, at 941-809-9304 or

Arts and Culture Guide COVER Contest from the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County! -- Local artists, including college and high school students, are invited to submit artwork representative of our vibrant arts and culture scene. The winning selection will be used as the cover of the Arts and Culture Guide. Over 40,000 copies of the guide will be distributed throughout the community in early October. There is lots of recognition for the winning artist from SCENE Magazine as well as the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County. Deadline for submissions is July 1, 2016. Digital entries only will be accepted via email to no later than July 1st. For guidelines and specs, contact Rachel Denton at 941-365-5118 ext. 304 or

CITY ISSUES CALL TO ARTISTS FOR PUBLIC ART AT FUTURE ROUNDABOUT: A Call to Artists is underway for the creation of an original landmark sculpture to be placed at a future roundabout at Orange Avenue and Ringling Boulevard and will become part of the City’s permanent public art collection. Specific details about the project, including budget, the application process, and selection process are posted at Artists with a proven track record of creating significant outdoor public art commissions, which can withstand the Florida elements, are encouraged to apply. The deadline for submissions is June 5, 2016. While there is no central theme or stylistic preference for the sculpture, design criteria will help guide the selection of the piece by the Public Art Committee with final approval by the City Commission. Included in the overall design criteria: The piece should be high quality and free standing. Complement the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout location. Require minimal maintenance (no water features). Must be an original design. Can be appreciated from a distance (does not draw people toward it). Must not exceed 20 feet in height. Must not display messages or contain signs, flashing lights etc. The project budget cannot exceed $150,000. Artists are required to submit qualifications, digital images and a brief description outlining their initial concept for the project. Images of completed works within the City’s public art collection can be reviewed at: Three finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee will make a recommendation to the City Commission, which will have final approval. The current timeline for the roundabout sculpture, which is subject to change, is as follows: Submission Deadline: June 5, 2016. Submissions Review by Public Art Committee: July 2016. Finalists’ Presentations to Public Art Committee: September 2016. Recommendation Presented to City Commission: November 2016. Artist Under Contract: December 2016. Installation: November 2017. Staff members with the Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which oversees the public art program, are coordinating this public art project far in advance of the construction of the Orange Avenue/Ringling Boulevard roundabout, to ensure the sculpture is ready for installation when the roundabout opens. Construction on the roundabout is expected to begin in Summer 2017. For more information visit the Call for Entry website: or contact David Smith, Neighborhood & Development Services General Manager: 941-365-2200 ext. 4175.

The Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay Lightning are excited to announce the fifth annual Open Call to Artists! Their message: During the first four years of the program, we were honored to have proudly displayed 160 pieces of locally created art throughout the building for our 1.5 million annual visitors to admire. All the artwork has been for sale, with proceeds going directly to the artist. We are looking for artwork to display in the 2016-2017 season and so we again invite all emerging and established local artists to submit pieces of original artwork. The exhibit’s goal is to display images that embrace and celebrate the greater Tampa Bay community, and that can help the Arena reflect the vibrancy of the area…images that creatively weave in Lightning hockey are certainly a welcomed addition! Please note the submission deadline of September 1, 2016. A jury composed of representatives from the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali museum and the Ringling Museum will select the pieces for display on our IOA Suite Level. Artists will be notified by September 16, 2016 if accepted into the exhibition. In addition to being displayed in the building, there is the opportunity to win a cash prize. 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 (under 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 visit to find information about the exhibition rules, jury, size requirements, and other important information.

Eco Florida Friendly Fest's CALL TO ARTISTS: Art Show Topic - Planning today for an eco-sustainable tomorrow. Show us your vision of how you can go green, eat local, live sustainably and save the Earth one person at a time. We want to see your best artwork or mixed media project on how you can plan today for an eco-sustainable, eco-friendly tomorrow. Contest will be judged by all people attending the event, each person will be allowed to vote for one piece of artwork in each age group. Winners will be announced on Sunday at 1pm. Age Groups: 6-9 years. 10-13 years. 14-17 years. 18+ years. Materials: You may use any type of flat or 3D materials for your artwork. No hazardous or dangerous materials allowed (ex. Motor oil, gas, explosives, fireworks, sharp edges or knives). Each piece of artwork needs to be labeled with your name, phone number and adults email address. Small pieces of flat artwork can be dropped off at 2153 Siesta Dr., Sarasota, FL 34239 between July 5th to July 10th noon-6pm. Larger pieces of art, 3D art and any art not dropped off early can be brought to the Hyatt Regency on Wednesday, July 13th noon-6pm. It is the artists responsibility to pick up their artwork between 1pm and 3pm on Sunday. All pieces of art left after 3pm become property of Eco Friendly Florida Fest Inc. For more info call 941-981-0182 or email

Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for its 35th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition at the Mills Pond Gallery: CALL FOR ENTRIES- Entry deadline August 3, 2016. Exhibit Dates September 24 – October 23, 2016. Juror: Lisa Elmaleh. Open to local and national photographers age 18 and older. Prospectus at, 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY 11780. (631) 862-6575. $45/3 entries. Exhibit theme is “Home.” Home can be a place you are from, or a place you have moved to. Home can be found in the face of a loved one, or an object you find comfort in. This call for entry is open to all photography mediums, with consideration that the medium of photography is part of the message. Which medium best conveys your sense of home - is it digital, analog, mixed media? Cash Awards 1st ($400), 2nd ($200).

VSA Florida, the State Organization on Arts and Disability, and the Hillsborough County Alliance for Citizens with Disabilities, present a Call For Artists, "ADA: Designing a Better Tomorrow." Deadline is June 10, 2016: VSA Florida invites artists of all abilities to submit a two or three dimensional piece of artwork that exemplifies what the theme of the 26th ADA Anniversary, "ADA: Designing a Better Tomorrow" looks and feels like to them. Go to for more information, requirements, and application form.

Call to Artists -- Art Uptown Gallery's Open Juried Landscape Show: Cash Awards and Sarasota Main Street Exposure! Saturday, April 30 - Friday, May 27, 2016, Art Uptown Gallery. IMPORTANT DATES -  Show Dates: Saturday, April 30 - Friday May 27. Receiving: Saturday, April 30, 11 am - 2 pm. Rejected work pick-up: Tues, May 3, 11 am - 5 pm. Opening Reception: Friday, May 6, 6 - 9 pm. Final pick-up: Friday, May 27, 11 am - 6 pm. AWARDS: $300 for 1st place; $200 for 2nd place; $100 for 3rd place. Winners displayed in Art Uptown's Main Street window April 30 - May 13. Juried by Art Uptown's exhibition committee. REQUIREMENTS: Open to artists 21 and over. Entry fee: $25 for 1st submission, $10 for 2nd submission (no refunds, cash or check only). Limit of 2 entries per artist. Professional framing - Plexiglass only - no glass - Wired for hanging - Gallery wrapped canvas if unframed - Maximum size: 30" x 40" 25% commission on all sales. All work must be for sale and priced All 2D media are eligible.

Smithtown Township Arts Council invites submissions for its upcoming juried fine art exhibition: "Animals in Art - Our Partners on the Planet" at the Mills Pond Gallery: Juror/Judge Tim Newton. Artists are encouraged to share their artistic vision of animals, both domestic and wild. Artwork may include any animals that live on land, in the sea or in the air and can range from realism to surrealism to abstraction. Open to USA artists age 18 or older. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. Entry fee $45 for up to 3 images. Awards: $1,000 Best of Show, $500 Second Place, $250 Third Place. Prospectus at or email Entry Deadline: June 3, 2016.​ Exhibit Dates: July 30 - August 24. 660 Route 25A, St. James, NY 11780. 631-862-6575.

The Sarasota Orchestra invites artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2016-2017 season in the Orchestra’s Harmony Gallery, located in the atrium of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center: The application deadline for the 2016-2017 Harmony Gallery exhibitions is June 24, 2016. Juried decisions will be announced by July 22, 2016. The application process is open to all Sarasota, Manatee, or Charlotte county artists and 2D works in any media, excluding installation, video, performance or audio. Exhibited in public forum with large numbers of children – subject matter deemed inappropriate for youth may be rejected at the sole discretion of the Sarasota Orchestra Art Committee. The Committee has final approval of work presented for hanging. Interested artists should submit a completed application, along with 10 – 15 samples of their most recent work either digitally, printed samples, or a link to an online portfolio site. Applications are available at or in person at the Sarasota Orchestra front desk. Submit applications to Sherrie McKinley at or by mail to Harmony Gallery at the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center, 709 North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34236. Please, no phone calls. The Orchestra will host artist receptions for each exhibition in the atrium of the Symphony Center, and 25% of the proceeds from the sale of Harmony Gallery artwork will be donated to the Orchestra. The gallery is free and open to the public during normal business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and during concerts that take place at Holley Hall in the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. For more information, visit:

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.

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:

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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