Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

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.

Art Uptown Gallery's Latest Call to Artists -- Dog Days, 8th Annual Juried Art Show: "Dog Days of Summer" refers to summer's hottest days, a perfect time to celebrate art with others who live here year-round. Show dates are July 30-August 26, 2016. Open to area artists 21 and over. For full information, requirements, awards and more, visit:

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

Roots Artist Registry is a new online registry and directory of visual, performing, and literary artists that allows visitors to browse by art type/media, heritage, and geographical location. The purpose of Roots Artist Registry is to connect artists with opportunities to show their art, sell their work or service, and collaborate with other artists. In order to benefit artists, the registry will be promoted to the general public, art leaders, collectors, and other arts professionals. Registered artists will be featured in e-news, blog entries, online exhibitions, and social media. Artists may register by submitting a listing including: name, a short description, a live website link, and category choices. To register your permanent listing for $5, please visit: You may browse currently registered artists on the Roots Artist Registry website:

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.

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:

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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