Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

SOLO ART EXHIBITION OPPORTUNITIES AT THE SARASOTA ORCHESTRA’S HARMONY GALLERY: Application Deadline - June 23, 2017. -- The Sarasota Orchestra invites artists to submit applications to exhibit their work during their 2017-2018 season in the Orchestra’s Harmony Gallery, located in the atrium of the Beatrice Friedman Symphony Center. The application deadline for the 2017-2018 Harmony Gallery exhibitions is June 23. Juried decisions will be announced by July 21. 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:

Partners Announce 2017 Suncoast Music Scholarships Program - A Sarasota Music Club and Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota partnership will be holding auditions for the second annual Suncoast Music Scholarships. The 2017 program will offer up to $20,000 in music scholarship awards through a competition open to Sarasota and Manatee high school students. Four awards are available for graduating seniors: 1st place - $5,000, 2nd place - $4,000, 3rd place - $3,000, and 4th place - $2,000. These awards are to be used for advanced music education. Awards are also available for area 10th and 11th grade students through this competition. They include two awards of $2,000 for 11th grade students and two $1,000 awards for 10th grade students. The award funds are to be used for expenses related to the study of music. Information and applications are available through the websites of both sponsoring organizations: and Applications are due by February 28, and the audition will be held on April 22. An awards luncheon on May 6 will feature performances by 12th grade winners. For more information, call Lee Dougherty Ross, 941.388.1188.

CALLING ALL PLAYWRIGHTS! "THE PLAYERS NEW PLAY FESTIVAL" NEW PLAY CONTEST: The Players is proud to announce the acceptance of new plays for its 16th annual Players New Play Festival from now until April 28, 2017. A committee of judges will select five plays to be presented in a “Reader’s Theater” style format during the week of July 31-August 4, 2017 at The Players NEW Studio on Blvd of the Arts in Sarasota. One of the winning plays will be selected as "Best of Series" and will be workshopped and produced at The Players Centre in 2018. Guidelines: Entrant must be a resident of the Gulf Coast area (defined for this contest as extending from Tampa/Clearwater to Fort Myers) and over the age of 18. Full-length plays are preferred but one-acts will be considered. Maximum number of performers needed to produce the play is 8. Playwrights are asked to delineate if there are multiple roles that can be doubled. § Manuscripts must be typed in 12 point font and bound, with playwrights’ biographies included. Scripts will not be returned. § No evaluations will be rendered with any rejected entries. § Author (and collaborator, if any) may submit only one script at no cost. Each additional script is $10.00. (The enclosed check made payble to: The Players.) § Play must not have had a prior production, although those work-shopped before non-paying audiences are acceptable. § Published plays are not eligible. § Entries that have been previously submitted to The Players ARE eligible, but only if the work has been substantially re-written. § Musicals are not accepted. § Submit one hard copy to: “The Players New Play Festival”, The Players, 838 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236. A SECOND electronically transmitted copy needs to be emailed to The Players Theatre is not responsible for lost or misplaced plays. § Deadline is April 28, 2017. No submissions will be accepted past that date. Winning selections: At least 5 entries will be presented in rehearsed readings at The Players from July 31-August 4, 2017. The 5 finalists will be announced via The Players website by May 26, 2017. § Playwright must be available to help arrange rehearsals and be able to attend reading. Winning entries will have a director assigned and will organize at least two rehearsals. Playwrights are responsible for supplying updated and corrected copies of their script to their director and cast. Plays not following the guidelines listed above will be disqualified. Auditions: TBA.

27th International Sculpture Conference: Kansas City The International Sculpture Center (ISC), is seeking panel proposals for the 27th International Sculpture Conference in Kansas City, MO this October 25-28, 2017 - This conference will feature the annual ISC littleSCULPTURE show, ARTSlams and mentor sessions, engaging panel discussions, evening parties, hands-on workshops, keynote address, open studios and gallery hops, optional art and culture trips, public art tours and visits to nearby sculpture sites, and more. Panel topics include: Art, Architecture & the Urban Fabric, Catalyzing Collective Action through Art - How does public and contextual art bring people together?, Material Identity, Advancing Diversity in the Arts, Creating the Artist - The Business of Constructing an Identity in the Art World, The Politics of "Sustainability" in the Arts, Perspectives on Art Writing, Digital Fabrication and the "Artist's Touch", Citizenship through Art - What does it mean to belong?, Wildcard. The abstract submission deadline is March 13, 2017. All accepted submissions will be notified by May 2017. To submit a proposal and learn more information, please visit the conference website:

Accepting submissions from all International Artists for ARTundressed ’17 – Creative Nude Art Exhibition. Deadline to Submit Art: March 31, 2017. Show Dates: May 18, 19, 20, 2017 – Miami, Florida | USA. The ARTundressed 2017 CALL FOR ART is now underway and opened for submissions to all artists around the globe. We are curating artworks that exert a high level of creativity in the nude art genre. Besides the vast exposure and great potential for art sales at the event, ARTundressed offers numerous benefits to all participating artists including being listed in our Artists Directory, and inclusion of your exhibited and unsold artworks in our Online Store long after the exhibition is over. Our goal is to maximize all available opportunities for our participating artists in terms of both recognition and financial gains. All submissions must be made online (No Mail-in accepted). All selected artists will be contacted with the final selection by: April 15, 2017. For more info, register at:

International Call for Fixed Media Works - Prague Echofluxx 17, an annual festival of new media, visual art, and experimental music in Prague, requests submissions of experimental works for combined 1-channel video and 2-channel sound from artists of all ages: Approximately 1 hour of work will be presented throughout the festival as selected by an international panel of sound and video artists. Pieces of 10 minutes or less will be given preference. Up to three works may be submitted at $15 for the first and $10 each for additional work. Submission deadline is Sunday, March 19, 2017 with resubmission files due in early April. Works must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo for adjudication. Please include the following information in an email to: 1. Your name, phone, YouTube/Vimeo link of piece(s) plus personal website address if available. 2. Title of the piece(s), duration(s) and names/bios of all collaborators. 3. Performance history of submitted work(s). 4. Program notes for submitted work(s). 5. When making PayPal payment, include your name and YouTube/Vimeo link(s) to connect payment and submitted works.

Call to Artists - SUMMER OF LOVE: REFLECTIONS ON PULSE. APPLICATION DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2017 @ 5PM - Summer of Love: Reflections on Pulse is a themed exhibition based on the concept of art transcending hate. Marking the one-year anniversary of the tragedy at Pulse nightclub, we are looking for works that positively highlight love, diversity, equality, and hope. What moves and uplifts you? How do you visually interpret love? Brotherhood/Sisterhood? Please help us celebrate our differences and how they make us stronger as a community, both local and global. All art mediums accepted both 2D and 3D. Media and conceptual installations as well as outdoor entries will also be considered, but please note how outdoor sculptures will be installed safely on our grass lawn. Out-of-state submissions are encouraged, with the understanding that the artist is responsible for the cost of shipping sculpture to and from the Museum. Collaborative works welcome. The exhibit will run from Tuesday, May 9 – Sunday, September 3, 2017.

The Biennial Project is overjoyed to make known an open call to artists worldwide for ArtVenice Biennale 4- an online-juried competition and large screen digital presentation being held at Venice, Italy during the Opening/Press Week of The Venice Biennale 57!! Call for Art/Entry for Juried Show, ArtVenice Biennale IV: This show will take place online and also with a digital display of selected work at our reception during the opening week of The Venice Biennale 57, in Venice Italy. The reception is being held Galleria "all'Oleandro Rosa" San Marco 1958 Venezia Italia on May 13, 2017. The deadline for entry is March 1, 2017. All jurors are international artists who have represented their countries of origin in the past Venice Biennale. Link to entry page:

ACRE Summer Artist Residency Program Call for Applications - Due March 12: The ACRE Residency Program takes place every summer in rural Southwest Wisconsin. Developed as a means to support emerging visual artists, sound artists, musicians, performers, writers and curators, the program provides artists with the opportunity to expand upon their individual practices as well as take part in optional programming within a collaborative community. ACRE’s 12-day or 14-day residencies host 25-30 residents at a time. Additionally, visiting artists are invited to conduct studio visits and present lectures, discussions, and workshops. Over the subsequent year, ACRE endeavors to provide further opportunities for exposure and community building to its alumni. Each resident is offered an exhibition opportunity at ACRE’s 1000 square foot gallery or one of a number of alternative exhibition spaces ACRE has partnered with in Chicago, and is given access to an online “flat file,” where they can develop customizable pages to present their work. These efforts complement other activities and programming designed to create the conditions for a thriving and enduring arts network. Financial aid options including work-study positions and scholarships are available. Applications for ACRE's 2017 residency are due on March 12th! Applications and more information can be found at

Superheroes On Parade - A Sarasota/Manatee art affair benefitting Southeastern Guide Dogs: After our wildly successful 2016 Superheroes on Parade campaign with its larger-than-life-sized dog statues wearing superhero capes, we at Southeastern Guide Dogs are bringing back the fun in a puppy version. Superheroes on Parade – Puppy Edition is our whimsical community art event to raise funds and awareness of Southeastern Guide Dogs in 2017. Our guide and service dogs are true superheroes, trained right here in your backyard and working across the nation. This campaign features over 100 puppy sculptures representing future guide dogs, sponsored by local businesses and then customized and painted by local and international artists. The event includes sculpture unveiling events and culminates in an entertaining awards celebration. We’re inviting you to join our Superheroes on Parade by painting one of
these limited edition creative puppy sculptures. As a selected artist in this collaborative community event, you’ll contribute your talent to the Gulfcoast Arts Scene and gain these benefits in return: The opportunity to feature your work in a community-wide event with broad exposure and media coverage Recognition as part of the team in all media, news stories, website, social media, and Awards Celebration You and your creation featured online, with a link to your personal website Inclusion in all print materials including posters, catalog, artist bios, media print ads, and Awards Celebration program booklet Delivery of sculpture to your studio, sponsor location, and events at no cost A $400 stipend as a way of saying “thanks” Partnership with the world’s best guide dog school: Southeastern Guide Dogs Check out to see dogs from the 2016 campaign in Sarasota/Manatee counties. If you’re interested in participating as an artist in our amazing Superheroes on Parade event, please send your contact information along with your website URL or three photos of your work to

Call to Artists for Art Olympia 2017: Art Olympia is an open art competition held as a biennial event with the goal of discovering talented artists around the world and supporting their activities. It aims to promote exchanges of the world’s various cultures through arts. Artworks of approximately 180 pieces (80 pieces from Japan and 100 pieces outside of Japan) will be selected and undergo a final review in Tokyo by a panel of great judges invited from around the world. Website:; Facebook: Primary round judging will be held at two locations, New York and Tokyo, to select 100 works from New York location and 80 works from Tokyo, which will proceed to the final round judging. At the final round judging 180 artworks will be evaluated in Tokyo to decide the winners. Entry Period: October 01, 2016 – March 15, 2017. Entry must be competed and registration fee must be paid by 11:59pm PDT on March 15th 2017. No submission is accepted after the closing time. Online Submission:

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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