Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

Call to Artists: The Institute for Psychogeographic Adventure (The IPA), a NYC-based artist collective, has been commissioned by The Ringing to create a once-in-a-lifetime performance adventure in March 2017: We are currently seeking local residents, performers, and artists of all backgrounds and experience levels to help us create this project. The IPA will work with participants to create a site-specific experience for one audience member at a time. All are welcome -- actors, historians, security guards, acrobats, storytellers, singers, dancers, designers, sketch artists, raconteurs, ghost hunters, fire-eaters, tarot readers, musicians, puppeteers, brass bands and everyone in between. Groups are welcome too. If you are interested, RSVP at for an introductory workshop on November 11th or 12th. Or, email The IPA directly at:

Call for Young Pianists! Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota’s 2017 National Piano Competition Pianists ages 18-25 are invited to apply for this prestigious national competition offering $20,000 in awards and prizes: Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota seeks young pianists, ages 18-25, to apply for its 2017 National Piano Competition. Formerly a statewide contest rotating between piano, strings and voice, the competition became a national event in 2016, attracting applicants from throughout the United States. The 2017 competition finals, which take place in Sarasota on April 29, will award $20,000 in awards and prizes to four finalists. The application deadline is February 15, 2017. For more information about the 2017 National Piano Competition and to download application forms, visit

The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL is pleased to invite emerging artists currently residing in Florida to submit entries for possible exhibition in the first annual Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in the Sunshine State. The exhibition will be held at the Morean Arts Center from March 11 – April 30, 2017. The Morean Galleries will be divided into six spaces for the purposes of this show, giving each selected artist what will essentially be a solo exhibition. Works in any medium will be accepted. Each artist will have the opportunity to give a gallery talk during the run of the exhibition, to enable them to interact with potential collectors and raise their visibility in our community. Morean staff will work closely with the selected artists to teach them how to photograph, price and market their work. For more information, including application instructions, please visit: or contact Amanda at Deadline to enter is November 14, 2016 at midnight.

Call to Artists for Embracing Our Differences' 2017 Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity: Embracing Our Differences believes that everyone has the right to feel safe, to be empowered and to make a difference in our world. The Embracing Our Differences 2017 Annual Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity, promotes diversity education throughout the community and works to teach everyone the importance of being an "up-stander," not a "by-stander." Together, we can create a vibrant community that is safe and inclusive for all where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Call to Artists – Cash Awards – Juried Exhibit. 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 14th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion. Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – everyone can participate. 42 artists will be selected and national and international submissions are encouraged. The exhibit will be displayed April and May 2017 in Sarasota, FL USA. Since 2004, the exhibits have been viewed by more than 2,200,000 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.” $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 10, 2017. Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available at Direct link to “Submit Art” page: Direct link to the online submission page:  Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available at

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Second Punta Gorda Quickdraw: Monday, Jan 16, 2017. Painting starts at 8:30 a.m. Collectors' Preview starts at 1:30 p.m. Reception: Thurs., Jan 19, 2017 5-7 pm Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 presented by The Peace River Painters and The Visual Arts Center. This is a fun and friendly competition where artists have three and a half hours to depict picturesque historical Punta Gorda in the medium of their choice. Registration is limited to 50 artists. Peace River Painters along with the Visual Arts Center are having their annual Punta Gorda Quickdraw. This is a fun and friendly competition where artists have three and a half hours to depict picturesque historical Punta Gorda in the medium of their choice. Open to all 2D artists. Registration is limited to 50 artists on a first come, first served basis. Artists Sales Artwork will be displayed for sale in the GOFF GALLERY at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 from January 16 until February 3, 2017. Any artwork sales must go through the Visual Arts Center. Thirty (30%) percent of sales will benefit the Visual Arts center. Proceeds support current and future Visual Art Center events and help the VAC with its mission of supporting artists at all levels of their careers through exhibition and education. The Visual Arts Center and Peace River Painters will not be liable for any artwork displayed. Entry Fee Registration $20; there is a $5 discount for early registration up to January 1, 2017. One painting may be submitted per artist. You may register online at the below website or in person at the Visual Arts Center the day of the event with cash or check if there are spots left. Awards Prizes are in the form of ribbons and merchandise. Awards are provided by our sponsors for First, Second and Third overall prizes plus Merit for Best Non Oil Medium, Merit for Best Architectural Subject, and Merit for Best Use of Light. There will also be a Best of Show award for the combined Annual Show and Quickdraw paintings. Our Judge: Joseph Palmerio. For more information and to register online, visit:

CALL FOR ARTISTS: GreenLion Studios in Grand Rapids, MI seeking submissions for next exhibition: Do you love the Dark Wave musical genre? Bands like The Cure? Joy Division? You should apply for this show then! 2D and 3D work inspired by the dark wave genre will be considered. Submitting work is free and easy! Deadline for submissions is December 14th, 2016. Submit up to 4 works of any medium fitting the theme for free. Find more details and read the full call for entry here,

CITY OF SARASOTA ISSUES TWO CALLS TO ARTISTS: Two Calls to Artists -- one regional and one national -- are underway for the creation of original artworks to be placed at two locations in downtown Sarasota as part of the City’s permanent public art collection. One location will be the recently opened State Street Garage. The other location will be a future roundabout to be constructed at N. Palm Avenue and Cocoanut Avenue. The Call to Artists for the State Street Garage is limited to artists who reside or have an office/artist studio within a 150-mile radius of the City of Sarasota. The project budget for the State Street Garage cannot exceed $100,000. The deadline for submissions for this regional Call to Artists is Sunday, October 23, 2016. For more details visit The Call to Artists for the N. Palm Avenue/Cocoanut Avenue roundabout is a national Call to Artists. The project budget cannot exceed $150,000. The deadline for submissions is Monday, October 31, 2016. For more information visit Specific details about both projects, including budget, the application process, and selection process are posted at Artists who have successfully completed projects of similar scale and budget are encouraged to apply. Artists are required to submit qualifications, a brief statement, and accompanying images describing an initial concept idea. It is hoped that a full range of art mediums and styles will be represented. Images of completed works within the City’s public art collection can be reviewed at: For both Calls to Artists, finalists will be invited to present their proposals to the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee will make recommendations to the City Commission, which will have final approval of the selected works of art. Staff members with the Neighborhood and Development Services Department, which oversees the public art program, are coordinating these projects. It is anticipated that the works of art will be installed in 2017. For more information visit the Call for Entry website: or contact Clifford Smith, Senior Planner: 941-365-2200 ext. 4361.

Juror William Low Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for juried fine art exhibition, The Fine Art of Illustration at the Mills Pond Gallery: Entry deadline is December 9, 2016. Exhibit Dates January 21 – February 19, 2017. Juror: William Low. Open to USA artists 18 and older. Prospectus at or email Mills Pond Gallery, 660 Route 25A, St.James, NY 11780. (631) 862-6575. $45/3 entries. Cash Awards 1st, 2nd place.

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

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:


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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