Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

Now accepting art made with hair as a medium or subject, (abstracted, or in literal context) for Fogartyville’s Art of the Coif, Diversity’s First Impression. The “Coif" dates back to the 13th century, and was used as a cap under elaborate head dressing, later as armor, and now refers generally to hairstyles. Accepting any 2D or 3D medium Deadline for submitting Gallery Art is October 31
Send up to three jpg photographs of your work for consideration to Curator, Pamela Callender at
Live models at the opening reception by invitation only. Submit a letter of interest. Opening reception November 7, 2014 at Fogartyville, 525 Kumquat Court, Sarasota

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.

CALL TO ARTISTS: Super Hero art exhibit at SpringHill Suites by Marriott on University Pkwy, Sarasota, Fl., opening October 2, 2014, running until the 16th. Prints or original comic book character artwork, framed, of any size is accepted for this exhibit. Please submit photographs of up to five pieces to consider.
Also: For the opening night only, the meeting room will be set up convention-style to offer inventory, retail sales of comic books, games, t-shirts, etc. to the visitors and guests of the hotel. Our promotion partners this year are Ringling Museum and Ed Smith Stadium.
Please forward all inquiries to: or text/call 941 932 2993

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

All Faiths Food Bank
We need bowls! Your talent and generosity helps us feed our neighbors in need. Please help us by creating ceramic bowls and donating them for “Bowls of Hope” on November 9, 2014. 1,500 guests are expected to join us for a day in the park – a benefit for All Faiths Food Bank. They will select a beautiful handcrafted bowl, donated by local artists, to take home as a reminder of the empty bowls they help fill. Held on the grounds of Phillippi Estate Park, lunch of soup, bread and desserts is provided by local restaurants, and guests enjoy live entertainment, raffles, and a lovely afternoon. When your bowls are ready, (for the most recognition opportunities, by Oct 1, 2014) please contact Elaina Mand at 941-549-8131 or
All Faiths Food Bank, the hub of hunger relief and the only food bank in Sarasota County, works with 195 agencies, churches, schools, food kitchens, community centers and programs to feed our neighbors in need.

5th annual Paint the Beach...Sandcastles to Shrimp Boats.
Fort Myers Beach Art Association, Greater Fort Myers Beach Area Friends of the Arts, The Town of Fort Myers Beach, Santini Marina Plaza and Fish Tale Marina are pleased to invite interested artists to apply to Paint the Beach – A Plein Air Festival in Fort Myers Beach, Florida, a non-juried painting competition and show. This festival is intended to bring the excitement and beauty of the plein air painting tradition to Ft. Myers Beach Florida. This non-juried event will run from November 3 until November 9. Artists may paint within specified areas from November 4-6. Possible scenes include beach views, historic buildings, beach businesses and marine subjects. The Quick Draw Competition will take place on Saturday, Nov. 8 from 8-11am. Everyone is invited to enter this exciting art competition – competitive painters and amateurs. All contestants will set up their supplies and paint or draw “en plein air” at Times Square. Paint the Beach will present over $2500 in cash awards to the Plein Air painters with a Best in Show prize of $1000 Second Place $750 and Third Place $500, Awards of Merit and various named Awards. Award amounts may be changed at the discretion of FMBAA. The Awards Judge for the plein air competition is Phil Fisher.
See for registration. Many businesses of the Town of Fort Myers Beach and especially those in the Santini Marina Plaza are pleased to welcome participating artists to this new festival! As a gesture of hospitality, many businesses will host various gatherings and offer gifts and discounts to the artists. Registration fee includes a gala ticket for each artist and a bag of special items. Interested sponsors should contact Michele Buelow at Paintings created during the week of the Paint the Beach plein air festival will be displayed on the grounds of Santini Marina Plaza on Estero Boulevard, FMB. The paintings will be on display, and for sale on Friday, Nov. 7 in the Propeller Lounge, and on Saturday Nov. 8 through Sunday Nov. 9 in the Festival Tent. The Awards Ceremony and Collectors Preview Gala will be on Friday, November 7 from 6-9pm. in the Propeller Lounge. There will be musicians performing for the evening event. Refreshments and delectable hors d’oeurves will be served. Paint the Beach artists will receive one complimentary ticket to the party. Additional tickets may be purchased in advance for $ Fish Tale Marina, Fort Myers Beach Art Association or at the door for $35. Online 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:

Artists Wanted for New Innovative Bitcoin Art ecommerce Site
Seeking artists who are interested in selling their artwork for bitcoin (and all other currencies). We are looking to represent the finest artists in the world. Please submit 5 to 10 images or provide a link to your website.
All mediums accepted. No fee.
Deadline is ongoing. Website launch is in August 2014.
Please visit for more information.


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