Sarasota County Arts Council

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iTNSunCoast's CALL TO ARTISTS - POSTER DESIGN CONTEST: The purpose of the Poster Design Contest is to select the design for the First Annual iTNSunCoast Fundraising Luncheon poster, which will be used for marketing and promotional purposes. Event Theme: “Come Ride with Us!” Event Details: Luncheon will be held on November 1, 2016 at the Court Cabaret, Florida Studio Theatre in Sarasota. The featured speaker will be Chris Farrell, National Public Radio. The emcee for the event will be Amy Godman. Our Mission: iTNSunCoast is a Sarasota based, non-profit organization that provides rides to individuals who are at least 60 years old and adults of any age with vision impairments. Our mission is to help individuals maintain their independence and live joyful and meaningful lives through a convenient, comfortable and affordable transportation option when driving a car themselves is not sensible or safe. Rides are available for any reason, any day of the week including weekends, at any time of the day or night, anywhere within Sarasota and Manatee Counties and are provided mostly by volunteer drivers who use their own cars. Most of our riders are in their 80s and 90s. We will provide 10,000 or more rides in 2016 alone. Award: $200 will be awarded to the designer who submits the selected poster. In addition, a press release will be issued about the selected artist and their design, and a write-up will be included in iTNSunCoast’s newsletter. Poster Design Contest Guidelines: 1. Design submissions must arrive at the iTNSunCoast office by 4:00 pm on Friday, September 16, 2016. 2. Poster size is approximately 11" x 17". 3. Photographs will not be accepted. 4. Each artist is limited to two submissions. 5. An entry form must accompany submissions. 6. Submissions must be of professional quality and must be original. Work copied from magazines, artwork by another artist, or photos not taken by the artist, will not be considered original. 7. The winning artist may work with the typesetter to create the final art design and layout. 8. The winning artist agrees to be present at the luncheon for poster signing. 9. iTNSunCoast obtains perpetual and exclusive licensing for the use of the selected design in all forms and formats. iTNSunCoast may reproduce in any fashion, including multimedia and electronic imaging, all or any portion of the design. 10. Artists have two options for getting back their submission(s). Artists may: 1.) Send the appropriate packaging material and pre-paid postage to the iTN Office, and the iTN staff will return the work by mail; or 2.) Come to the office and pick up submissions. iTNSunCoast reserves the right to not select any of the submissions. Submissions must be received at the iTNSunCoast office no later than Friday, September 16, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. iTNSunCoast, 1226 N. Tamiami Trail Suite 300, Sarasota, FL 34236. For questions, please contact Arthur Lerman, Executive Director of iTNSuncoast -; 941-364-7530.

Art Center Sarasota invites ALL ARTISTS to submit works for the BLURRED LINES Juried Exhibition: This exhibition will be shown in Gallery 4 from August 25 to September 30, 2016. Blurred Lines is not a themed exhibition. Artwork of any subject matter (at the discretion of Art Center Sarasota) is eligible for submission. Artists are invited to submit up to three (3) two-and three-dimensional works in any variety of media. Receiving day for hand-carried submissions at Art Center Sarasota, Tuesday, August 16, 2016 10am to 6pm. Online submissions, July 29 to August 12, 2016 at 5pm. For more information about submission guidelines, entry fees, important dates and awards; please visit:

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

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.

Type, Paper, Scissors: A Broadside Exhibit: Application Deadline: 8/25/16. Pinyon Jay Press and Idaho State University invite artists to submit broadsides using hand set type for a national juried exhibition in the Transition Gallery in the Pond Student Union in Pocatello, Idaho. This exhibition will be juried by Jessica Spring. JUROR: Jessica Spring – Jessica Spring learned to set real metal type in 1989 and has been a letterpress printer ever since, most recently inventing Daredevil Furniture to help other printers set type in circles, curves and angles. Her work at Springtide Press—artist books, broadsides and ephemera—is included in collections around the country and abroad. She also collaborates on the Dead Feminists broadside series with illustrator Chandler O’Leary. Spring has an MFA from Columbia College and teaches letterpress printing and book arts. For more information, please visit Idaho State University's Art Department page at:

ArtCenter Manatee's Call to Artists for "Something to Talk About": An open, all media, juried exhibition. Aug 30 – Sep 30. Kellogg & Reid Hodges Galleries. Online Entry Aug 1-Aug 18, 5 pm EDST. In-person Receiving Aug 27, 9am – 1pm. Pick up Oct 1, 9am – 1pm. Prizes Awarded. Entry Fees: Entry fees support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year. 1 piece – members $20, non-members $30. 2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50. 3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65. Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10. Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30. To enter online, go to

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.

Call to Artists from the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood - 8th All-Media Juried Biennial: Submissions accepted August 1 – September 30, 2016. All artists residing in the state of Florida are invited to submit entries for the 8th All-Media Juried Biennial. Original paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture, photography, video, computer-generated images, performance, and site-specific installations will be considered. Awards Cash awards totaling $6,500 will be distributed as follows: $3,000 Best in Show $2,000 First Place $1,000 Second Place $500 Third Place. Katherine Pill, Juror - Katherine Pill is Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. She previously held the position of Assistant Curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City, Missouri. Pill earned a BA in Art History from McGill University in Montreal and a dual MA in Art History and Arts Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Opening Reception - The opening reception and awards presentation will be held 6 – 9 pm on Friday, Jan. 20, 2017. The reception is free for members and $10 for non-members. Each exhibiting artist may bring one non-member guest free of charge. Dates/Timeline - • Aug. 1 – Sept. 30, 2016: Submissions accepted • Nov. 7: Announcements for winning entries mailed • Jan. 9 – 13, 2017: Accepted artworks to be delivered to Center • Fri., Jan. 20, 6 – 9 pm: Opening reception and awards presentation • Jan. 21 – March 5: Exhibition dates • March 6 – 10, 2017: Artwork pickup. Submissions - There is a non-refundable entry fee of $50 per person to submit up to three artworks. Only original works of art completed after Jan. 2015 are eligible. No artwork measuring more than eight feet in any one direction or weighing more than 100 pounds can be accepted. Artwork should be ready to install and properly identified with the provided label securely attached. Canvases with wet paint and frames in fragile condition will not be accepted. The juror’s decisions are final. No substitutions will be accepted. Shipping of Original Works - 1. Accepted artists are responsible for all shipping arrangements and expenses. Round-trip shipping expenses must be pre-paid. Those sent C.O.D. will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for shipment. 2. All packing material must be sufficient for safe return. 3. Do not use glass on artwork to be shipped. Delivery and Pick-up - Original artwork accepted for exhibition must be delivered no later than Jan. 13, 2017, and picked up no later than March 10, 2017, following the conclusion of the exhibition. No work that has been accepted as part of the exhibition will be permitted to be withdrawn before the close of the exhibition. Artwork will not be released to any person other than the artist without written authorization from the artist to the Art and Culture Center/Hollywood. Storage Charges - Unless prior written permission is granted, artwork not picked up by 5 pm on March 10, 2017, will be subject to an initial charge of $20 plus $5 for each additional day. Any artwork not retrieved by May 1, 2017 will be considered a donation to be sold to benefit the Center. Artists will be liable for all additional expenses, including packing, transportation, insurance, and off-site storage. Online entry form - Submissions will be accepted starting August 1. For more information, call 954. 921. 3274, or email

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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