Sarasota County Arts Council

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CALL TO ARTISTS from the Greater Denton Arts Council - Name: 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Contact: Jennifer Bates, Email:, Website:, Deadline September 29, 2017 at 11:59 pm, Exhibition: January – May 2018. DESCRIPTION: The Greater Denton Arts Council proudly presents the 31st Annual Materials: Hard + Soft National Contemporary Craft Competition and Exhibition. Recognized as one of the premier craft exhibitions in the country, Materials: Hard + Soft began in 1987 and was originally initiated by area artist Georgia Leach Gough. The exhibition celebrates the evolving field of contemporary craft and the remarkable creativity and innovation of artists who push the boundaries of their chosen media. Approximately 70 works will be selected by an esteemed juror for exhibition at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center in Denton, Texas. Entries may be submitted via our online application form through September 29, 2017 (11:59 PM). A downloadable 2018 Prospectus is also available for entries submitted via physical mail or in person to the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. AWARDS The Greater Denton Arts Council will provide Juror Awards in the amounts of $1,000, $750, $500 and $250. Winners will be determined by the juror and will be announced at the opening reception of the exhibition on February 2, 2018. ELIGIBLE MEDIA Works produced in any of the craft media: clay, fiber, glass, metal, paper, wood, or any combination of craft media, are acceptable. Entries must be the complete work of the submitting artist. Kits or commercially designed works will not be accepted. All work must have been completed within the past two years (2015-2017) and not previously exhibited at the Patterson-Appleton Arts Center. NUMBER OF ENTRIES + ENTRY FEE Each artist is limited to three (3) entries. There is a $40 (USD) non-refundable fee, for up to three (3) entries. Payments must be submitted online at the time of application. SIZE LIMITATIONS All work must be ready for installation. Submissions are restricted to a weight limit of no more than 75 pounds. GDAC reserves the right to exclude any entry that presents complex installation or assembly problems.

Center Place Square’s Off- Call for Entries: National Juried Fine Art Exhibition. Open to all artists in the 48 states. Center Place Fine Arts will provide Juror Awards in the amounts of $500, $250, $100 and $50. Winners will be determined by the juror and will be announced at the opening reception on Friday, February 23, 2018. All entrees must be SQUARE. All medias welcome. For an application please go to our website. Deadline for entry is October 27, 2017. For more information, please contact: Center Place Fine Arts & Civic Association, Inc. 619 Vonderburg Drive, Suite B Brandon, Florida 33511 , Phone: 813-685-8888,

Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition – Call to Artists: The City of Ocala in partnership with the Appleton Museum of Art, Fine Arts For Ocala, and Marion Cultural Alliance is accepting submissions from artists working in North America to participate in the Fourth Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition. Ten works will be selected for a 20-month exhibition at Tuscawilla Park in Ocala, FL. Best of Show, Second Place, Honorable Mention, and People's Choice awards will be selected. Total Awards: $24,000. Artists must be 18 or older to enter. For entry Guidelines and more information, visit ENTRY DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30th, 2017. Entries may be submitted via email to or mailed to: Ocala Outdoor Sculpture Competition, 828 NE 8th Ave. Ocala, FL. 34470.

Art LAB, a juried 2D live art show will be held on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at Centennial Park in Ybor City. Artists over the age of 18 will compete on site in Centennial Park for the opportunity of a solo gallery show at the Carrollwood Cultural Center. 2D artworks of virtually any medium are permitted, with the exception of spray paint. Limited to 25 artists. Winner: Solo Gallery show & reception at Carrollwood Cultural Center. 2nd Place: Tampa Museum of Art membership & gift card for art supplies. 3rd Place: Tampa Museum of Art membership. For more information on prize package, official rules, entry form, and fees, visit

The St. Louis Artists' Guild is accepting entries for What’s Your GPS? Your GPS system can pinpoint your latitude, longitude, and altitude, but not your attitude. It will instantly map your starting location to your destination. When does a geographic location become a place? The WorldAtlas description reads: “Place refers to the physical and human aspects of a location. This theme of geography is associated with toponym (the name of a place), site (the description of the features of the place), and situation (the environmental conditions of the place). Each place in the world has its unique characteristics.” This national juried exhibit explores how location transforms into place and how a place may transform you. Is there a setting you love or hate? Is there a “place” that has made you who you are? All media and artistic disciplines are welcome to apply.Cash prizes totaling $1000 will be awarded by the juror. EXHIBITION TIME-LINE -- Exhibit Dates: September 15 to October 11, 2017. July 21, 2017 (11:59pm): Submission Deadline. August 4, 2017: Juror’s Decision. August 5, 2017: Artists Notification. August 31, 2017: Artwork must be delivered by this date. September 15, 2017: Exhibit Opens. September 27, 2017 (7:00pm): Gallery Talk. October 11, 2017: Exhibit closes. October 12, 2017: Begin artwork pickup. About the Juror: Professor Laura Strand, head of Textile Arts has a comprehensive back-ground and formal training in weaving, surface design, papermaking, bookbinding and basketry through a BFA from Georgia State University and an MFA from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. She has exhibited widely and lectured throughout the country. As a working artist her interests include the interface between feminism and visual culture, exploring the connection between the textile field and our Western cultural understanding of “women’s work.” As an artist and a person she engages in an effort to link the rich heritage of the textile arts with contemporary theoretical discourse. Enter and More Information:

The Amalie Arena and the Tampa Bay Lightning are excited to announce the sixth annual Open Call to Artists! - During the first five years of the program, we were honored to have proudly displayed 200 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 2017-2018 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 7, 2017. 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 23, 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.

Community Art Therapy Services Inc., a 501c3 non-profit organization, is pleased to issue a call for art on “using art to give form to a vision of unity.” This is a call for artists working in all medias to submit work exemplifying how art can provide a common vision of hope and expectation. Abstract and figurative interpretations welcome. After a tempestuous 2016 presidential election, many Americans, here within the United States and abroad, are struggling to put their feelings into words. Art has the ability to provide an explanation beyond words, unite people, and create concord among communities. “UNITING THE STATES” is a call for art depicting images of people pulling together as a country through friendship, freedom, equality, and peace. The focus of this call is on how diverse groups of people can find connections and use diversity as an asset. The purpose of this collaborative effort is to use the visual arts to unite and celebrate diversity. Your voice deserves to be heard and your vision of “greatness” and/or “goodness” deserves to be seen! We invite all artists to submit original artwork on the theme of unity. A dynamic, multicultural panel of jurors will select the art for the show. Artists who participate and whose work is selected will be part of a live international online symposium. Individuals from anywhere in the world will be able to attend and participate in the online symposium. Artists will discuss their work and answer questions. Apply: Deadline for Submissions: August 4th, 2017. For additional information or if you have questions, please contact Community Art Therapy Services Inc. at

CALL TO ARTISTS FOR SEDONA ART PRIZE INTERNATIONAL ONLINE PAINTING CONTEST: Sedona Arts Center / Gateway To Sedona. The Sedona Art Prize is an international online juried painting contest open to painters world wide over 18 years of age. It is a collaboration and partnership between The Sedona Arts Center and Gateway To Sedona ( for the purpose of promoting artists and their work while helping the Sedona Arts Center to support ongoing projects. In addition to monthly and year-end cash prizes, the Grand Prize winner will also be offered the opportunity for a 2 week residency in Sedona, Arizona through the Sedona Arts Center (to be completed in 2018). Paintings must be created using traditional, physical media such as oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, and mixed media. All painting styles accepted: representation and non-representational. The competition lasts for 12 months. Each month, Best in Show (who receives $200 cash during the month of winning) plus 12 finalist paintings are selected and announced/ posted online by the 20th of the following month. There is also an Artists Choice award of $100, determined by the member artist reviews of paintings. At the conclusion of the 12 months, the Grand Prize and additional Cash Prize Winners are announced from the pool of 144 finalists selected in previous months. GRAND PRIZE: $5,000.00 USD CASH Plus, opportunity for an exhibit of your work along with a two-week artist residency at the renowned Sedona Arts Center! SECOND PRIZE: $1,000.00 USD CASH THIRD PRIZE: $750.00 USD CASH MONTHLY PRIZE: $200.00 USD CASH TO BEST IN SHOW; $100 CASH TO ARTISTS CHOICE AWARD Judges are art professionals (working artists, gallery owners, museum curators) selected and announced each month. Both representational and non-representational paintings may enter and compete; judges are selected who appreciate and have knowledge of all styles of painting. Prospectus: LOCATION: Online painting contest headquartered in Sedona, Arizona. WEB ADDRESS: HOW TO APPLY: Visit and click the "Register" link top of page. One-time registration is $25, good for all months of the competition. Each painting is $10 additional and receives its own promotional page. Artists can also purchase multiple entry plans at reduced price. Sedona Art Prize is an artist promotion and online exhibition as well painting competition. Artists are encouraged to offer their art for sale (but their painting image stays online for all remaining months of the competition) and the artist keeps 100% of any sale. There is also the opportunity to sell via online auction, again with the artist keeping 100% of any sale. Every painting is posted in multiple social media channels as well, with increasing views by new visitors daily. Special promoted paintings receive paid posts in Facebook. Email for any questions.

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

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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