Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay Lightning are excited to announce the fourth annual Open Call to Artists! During the first three years of the program, we have proudly displayed 120 pieces of locally created art for our 1.5 million annual visitors to admire and purchase. It is time to select the next 41 pieces of art for the next season….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! A jury composed of representatives from renowned Tampa Bay area museums will select the 41 pieces for display on our IOA Suite Level. 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 (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. All artwork is for sale, with the proceeds going directly to the artist. Please note the submission deadline of September 9, 2015. Artists will be notified by September 18, 2015 if accepted into the exhibition. Please visit to find information about the exhibition rules, jury, size requirements, and other important information.

Call to Writers and Artists!
New Online Literary and Art Magazine “805” is Looking for Submissions
Bradenton, FL (March 11, 2015) – “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. For general information, please visit

CALL to Artists: Water, An Endangered Resource
Fogartyville Art Center Gallery now accepting work that portrays water as an endangered natural resource. Water is precious, powerful and necessary to human life. So, why do we take it for granted? What have we done, and what will we do to protect water from becoming harmful to all living things? Art exhibits at Fogartyville are for the purpose of bringing awareness and taking action to social, political and environmental issues. Most opening receptions include socially engaged conversation regarding the combined views of the artists, and multi-media presentations. Please send to three jpg photos with description of the artwork you would like to contribute to this dialog. Please include size, medium and framing specifics. There are no size or medium requirements or limitations. Artwork that can live outside is acceptable and encouraged. Deadline for submitting artwork is midnight on Friday, April 3. No fee. Receiving artwork on Monday, April 6 from 3-7pm at Fogartyville, corner of Lemon Avenue and Blvd of the Arts Opening reception is Saturday, April 11 Closing June 8

WANTED: Artists, Craftsmen and Local Authors
Where: Phillippi Farmhouse Market 5500 S. Trail, Sarasota
What: 4th Annual Children's Day at the Park
When: Wed. March 11th 9:00 - 2:00
Who: You artistic, creative types who would like to set up a booth for just $30.00 for the day. Children's Day (always right in the middle of Spring Break here in Sarasota) has been the largest attended Farmhouse Market day for the past three Seasons at Phillippi Farmhouse Market There are wonderful games of skill and artistry for the children, good locally grown foods, picnic areas, live music and plenty of free parking for all!
Contact: Jane Kirschner @ or 941 366 1323 for the rest of the scoop!

J. A. Willy Gallery
A collection of Fine Art from Established and Emerging Artists Gallery will have LEASED wallspace available to accepted artists. Walls space varies from 2 lineal feet of wall to 20 lineal feet There are limited lease spaces available. The ceiling height of interior walls will be 7’-8” up to 9’-8” around the perimeter. Artists’ LEASE/CONTRACT would be for ONE year - $40 per lineal foot a month (leased as full sections of wall space only according to floor plan) plus 20% commission on all pieces sold – three months of lease contract will be due at signing. If an artist leases 10’ of lineal wall space or more the rate will lower to $30 per lineal foot Artwork must be framed with the option of discounting to remove the frame if the consumer does not like or want the frame but will purchase the painting without it. Frame to be returned to artist. Upon approval contemporary, Gallery wrapped work will be accepted.

We are looking at FINE, quality work from the professional and emerging artists as to complement each artist’s work. All work is subject to a jury process and will be considered based on its marketability and standards of the Naples clientele. We will have one full time or two part- time employees running the gallery to be well versed in every artist’s work. Hours (tentative until finalized) Monday through Saturday 10 until 5 pm or by appointment One ‘opening’ event/social event a month will be held for promotion of the Gallery and all artists involved. Exposure to these events will be promoted through local advertising, target client marketing, social media and the Interior Design community.
Please feel free to give me a call to discuss or email me about this great opportunity!!! Mickey Dickson 239-825-1487

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 works 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 ten 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.

The Association of Professional and Aspiring Jewish Artists (APJA) sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Sarasota, is presenting a program, Jewish Artists Explore. Artists of all disciplines are invited to submit materials for consideration. Each of five planned programs will present a Jewish professional artist as he or she shares his/her artistic journey. Interviewers will assist presenters in finding Jewish connection points. The audience will be involved as well. Dates for presentations are scheduled for (2014) December 14, and (2015) January 11, February 8, March 8, and April 12. All programs, open to the public, are scheduled to be held from 4-6:30 PM at the Jewish Federation, 580 McIntosh Rd. in Sarasota. For further information and to apply to be a presenter or interviewer please contact Goldie Milgram,


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:


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Amanda Heisey, Communications Manager
(941)365-5118 ext. 304

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