Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

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.

2017 Winter Park Paint Out will be held April 23 - 29, 2017. Application deadline for entry is Tuesday, November 1, 2016, Midnight ET: The Winter Park Paint Out is a JURIED event. We encourage all plein air artists over the age of 18 to apply, and welcome both local and out-of-state participants. The Selection Committee will review all applications and choose 25 artists to participate in the 2017 event. Top revenue-generating artists from 2016 are invited back to join the 2017 event. Notification results will be sent to each applicant via email no later than November 16, 2016. An Artist Agreement form and housing information for out-of-town artists will be sent to those who have been accepted. Artists will be selected based on their: • Artistic merit and skill exhibited in 3 submitted plein air images • Application materials • Ability to represent the Polasek and City of Winter Park, Orlando, and the state of Florida through their plein air art • Commitment to support the Paint Out with their time and involvement during the entire week of the event. To apply, visit and follow the application instructions. Email for questions. Artists will be required to submit three (3) recent plein air images, an artist statement, a short bio and an active link to their website. Please Note: Applications must be received no later than Tuesday, November 1st, 2016, Midnight ET. No late entries or other formats will be considered. Letters or materials sent via US Mail or hand delivered will not be accepted.

Mythical Genius Press Call for Artists: Artists/Illustrators needed! Artists needed for children's book projects. Excellent royalties. No experience necessary, just looking for talent and the ability to meet deadlines. Being able to keep to a schedule and finish reasonably high volume projects is a must. Contact name is Jennifer. Respond via email. If you have portfolio samples please attach them to your email. Or send links to your site if you have one. If not please prepare to bring some drawing/painting/art samples in whatever medium you prefer to your interview. Please reply to or

Call for Banner Artwork in Las Vegas – Aerial Gallery: Red CALL FOR ARTWORK: The city of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs is seeking an artist/artist team to provide banner art for the Aerial Gallery exhibit, Red, along First Street, part of the First Street Art Trail. BUDGET: A $1000 honorarium will be offered to each selected artist/artist team per-block (8 blocks in total). DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTALS: August 14, 2016, 11:59pm PST. ELIGIBILITY: Open to all artists/artist teams, excluding city of Las Vegas employees . LOCATION: 31 Light poles along the First Street Art Trail, First Street from Bridger Avenue to Boulder Plaza, Las Vegas, NV, 89101. THEME: The unifying theme of the exhibition will be the color red. PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The city of Las Vegas is seeking an artist or multiple artists to provide high-res digital, 2-d copies of their original artwork for printing onto vinyl banners to be temporarily displayed outdoors for approximately one year, as part of an ongoing Juried Exhibition project on the First Street Art Trail. This project call is open to any art form that can be translated into a 2-d format (for example, quilters would be encouraged to submit images of quilts, or details from a quilt, as long as the images meet the technical specifications). APPLICATION PROCESS: Visit the ArtsRegistryLas.Vegas site to view the full call, download application materials and apply. All submissions and supporting materials are due electronically and will only be accepted through the ArtsRegistryLas.Vegas website. For questions about this program, please contact: Rebecca Holden, Visual Arts Specialist II – Public Art, City of Las Vegas Office of Cultural Affairs, 702-229-5431 or

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).


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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