Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

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

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:

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (CIFAC) is marking its 32nd year of celebrating artists and extraordinary art from around the globe on the renowned NYC art stage: For decades, the competition has successfully opened up new opportunities and enhanced the careers of emerging and mid career artists while promoting the great tradition of art and ensuring its continued vibrancy in our modern world. Artists are selected by an independent jury to receive awards valued at more than $70,000, including cash prizes, a high-profile collective exhibition, magazine profiles and much more. For the complete list of this year's prizes click here. All awards are geared toward giving the winners valuable exposure with an aim to accelerate their art careers and encourage future productivity. Submissions open until February 21, 2017. Click here for more info.

MYAKKA RIVER Paint Out – Part Of The SRQ Plein Air Painters Campaign “Preserve The History And Nature With The Paintbrush!” - Sponsored by Friends of Myakka River and Renaissance School of Art. Portion of the proceeds from art sale will benefit Maykka River State Park. Event Website: Event Date and Time: February 18, 2017 - 9am till about sunset (7pm) Stamping canvases: Wed February 15, 4 – 5pm and Fri Feb. 17, 12 – 1pm. Description: Arrive at the park - artists have free admission to park at the day of the event. The list with artists’ names will be at the main entrance. Participating artists can bring one extra painting for sale. Painting must be created at Myakka Park (not eligible for awards). Sign in your extra painting at the Pavilion and leave it there for display. Paint till around 1pm anywhere in the park. 1pm – 2pm – Setting up “Off Easel” for judging and selling at the Pavilion. 2pm – 3pm – Judging and Awards (Awards will be announced soon). 3pm – “Off Easel” Selling Event and Collectors Party 7pm – Pick up unsold paintings. Entry Deadline: January 28, 2017. Eligibility: Open to all plein air artists in all 2D mediums; limited to 30 artists. Artists will be juried. The results will be announced on January 31 by email and on the website. Artwork Dimensions: No min, no max (whatever fits on your easel) Frame requirement: The artwork should be framed (affordable frames are available at Renaissance school of Art) Entry procedure: • Pay Fee of $30 – payable online at or by check. If you are paying by check, make it to Renaissance School of Art and mail it to 4600 Pine Harrier Dr. Sarasota, FL, 34231 • Email two images of your recent works in jpg size approx. 1000 pixels on the largest side. Files shouldn’t be too small or too large. Email it to Name file: FirstNameLastNameTitleMedium.jpg If you don’t name it appropriately, the jurors will have hard time to identify the author of the work and most likely skip it so please take your time to rename your files to reduce the jurors’ stress. Artwork Sale: Artwork must be for sale. In the event of sale artists will receive 60% of final price. Proceeds from the event will assist with funding special projects such as preservation trails and bird walk amenities, future band concerts and visitor center upgrades provided to the public by the Friends of Myakka River.

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.

Two Calls to Artists from University of South Florida St. Pete: RFQ Call to Artists - Sustainability-themed art for interior walls at University South Florida St Petersburg Student Life Center. USFSP will commission a design based on the theme of sustainability for walls in the atrium of the Student Life. All media are eligible. Art budget is $25,000 inclusive of fabrication and installation. Professional artists based in Florida with experience working with public spaces are eligible. Deadline Feb. 12, 2017. For complete RFQ and information about sustainability theme: Address questions to Ann Wykell at RFQ Call to Artists - Pattern-based design to encase building at University South Florida St Petersburg Artists who work with pattern and graphic murals are invited to submit qualifications to transform a single story building into a sculptural object by applying design and color to every exterior surface. Paint direct to surface combined with digitally printed wrap is envisioned. Artist will work with a wrap vendor selected by the University. Art budget is $25,000 inclusive of fabrication and installation. Professional artists based in Florida with experience working with public spaces are eligible. Deadline Feb. 1, 2017. For complete RFQ information: Address questions to Ann Wykell at

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:

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 PoetryLife 2017 Contests for Adults and Students: Students in middle and high school are invited to submit their best work to PoetryLife for blind judging by accomplished and professional poets. Ten or more students are selected to read their work at PoetryLife weekend in front of a live audience. PoetryLife also offers poetry contests especially for older students and adults. Submissions are judged by accomplished and professional poets. Winners of these contests are awarded unique opportunities to present their work to a live audience and to interact with PoetryLife's featured poets. More important information can be found at: The main website is: Deadline for this year's contest is January 15, 2017.

Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts’ Call to Artists: This exhibition is conceived in the spirit of Picasso's Guernica. The selection committee, a committee of educators, is seeking artworks that comment on an active striving toward peace in some way. Peace represented by pastoral scenes, tranquility, heaven, or cliched symbols will not be accepted. Color catalogue. Exhibition scheduled for May 11 to July 8, 2018. No entry fee. All media accepted. US only. Information: Main website: Contact: Viki D. Thompson Wylder, 530 West Call Street, 250 Fine Arts Building, Tallahassee, Florida 32306; Phone: (850) 645-4681. Deadline for Entries: January 31, 2017. Images and entries may be submitted via: Online, CD.

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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