Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

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!

CALL TO ARTISTS: Deadline for submissions is January 12, 2015
Fogartyville presents, Downside, Upside-Down Art Exhibit on Saturday, January24, 2015, closing March 28.
This Call to Artists seeks work in any medium or size that addresses the before and after, haves and the have-nots, polar opposites, extremes, or social and economic inequality. Please send three jpg photos of your work to be considered for this show to Curator, The Fogartyville Community Media and Arts Center is a project of the Peace Education and Action Center and a gathering place where art, culture, music and politics intentionally collide to inspire social change.

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,

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

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

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 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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