Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

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

Art Center Sarasota “Perspectives”
An Open, All Media, Juried Exhibition Jurors: Chris Jones, Assistant Curator of Exhibitions at Ringling Museum of Art and Diane Shelly, Executive Director of Florida Craftsmen Gallery Art Center Sarasota invites artists to submit works for the upcoming exhibition “Perspectives.”

This exhibition will be for artwork of any subject matter and material, open to all artists. Artists are continuously observing, dissecting and reflecting the world around them, and this exhibition is meant to highlight that unique vision and perception. Please review the rules and regulations to ensure entries are compliant with the submission condition requirements. Five awards to be presented: $500 First Place, $300 Second Place, $200 Third Place, Two Merit Awards as well as a selection of Honorable Mentions.

Online submission available April 8 – May 9, 2014 at
Receiving day for hand-carried submissions is May 13, 2014 10am-6pm.

Art Center Sarasota Rules & Regulations can be found online at Open Critique: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 6-8pm. Exhibition opens May 22, 2014 5 – 7pm and runs through June 27, 2014.

The Sarasota Orchestra - Harmony Gallery
The Sarasota Orchestra invites artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2014-2015 season in the Orchestra’s Harmony Gallery, located in the atrium of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center.

The application deadline for the 2014-2015 Harmony Gallery exhibitions is June 20. Juried decisions will be announced by July 11.

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 on either CD, 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:

27th annual Northern National Art Competition
This juried national competition is open to artists who are 18 or older and are living in the United States. Work may be in any medium, but it must be original, recently completed and designed to hang on a wall. There is no theme. We are looking for a varied exhibit of contemporary American art.

Entry deadline is May 10. Fee is $30 for 2 images. Prize money totals more than $8,500 and includes three $1,000 Awards of Excellence.

No commission taken on any sales. Exhibit opens with a reception at Nicolet College in Rhinelander, Wis. on July 22 and closes September 12, 2014. This year's judge is Linda Benedict-Jones from Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh. More info and prospectus available here:

Dacia Gallery - Artist Residency Program
Session I: May 3 - 31, 2014
Session II: June 15 - July 13, 2014

Dacia Gallery invites artists to participate in the Artist Residency Program for 2014 in Sibiu, Romania. Dacia's Artist Residency provides an academic program to inspire, refine and redefine the creative direction of artists in a painting intensive four-week program. This is a wonderful opportunity to study and paint abroad, if you are interested in participating and for more info please visit our website:


The Players is proud to announce its acceptance of new plays for its 13th annual Players New Play Festival from now until May 2, 2014. A committee of judges will select five plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater“ style during the week of July 21-26, 2014 at The Players, 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 2015.


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. Each additional script is $10.00. (The enclosed check should be made out 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.

§ Postmark deadline is May 2, 2014. No submissions will be accepted past that date. Winning selections At least 5 entries will be presented in rehearsed readings at The Players from July 21-26, 2014. The 5 finalists will be announced via The Players website on May 30th, 2014.

§ Playwright must be available to help arrange rehearsals and to attend reading. Winning entries will have a director assigned and will attend at least two rehearsals. Playwrights are responsible for supplying updated and corrected copies of their script to their director and cast. Plays not following proper guidelines or meeting the requirements will be disqualified.

Call to Artists: Florida Writers Association Poetry and Short Story Conference
May 17, 2014 8:30AM - 4:30 PM

Held at Woodmere Park, 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd. Venice, FL 34293

The program will include writing poetry and short stories and what to do with them when they are done, a session with an award winning children's author, information about FWA's Collection Contest, and highlights on how to self publish on CreateSpace. The registration fee is $69 for FWA Members, $89 for Non members. This includes continental breakfast, snacks and lunch.

For details and registration:


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