Sarasota County Arts Council

See below for current CALLS TO ARTISTS:

CALL FOR PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE ARTS AND CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF SARASOTA COUNTY! The Arts and Cultural Alliance is seeking photographs for publication that depict the essence of arts and culture in Sarasota County: The Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota County is issuing a call for photographs that depict iconic, quirky, unique and/or inspiring aspects of the arts and culture in Sarasota County. The Alliance is requesting creative, vibrant photographs that capture the essence of the arts and culture in Sarasota County. • How does our setting impact the rich culture we enjoy? • How do the arts and culture shape our daily experiences? • What iconic image captures the artistry of a discipline? • What unique intersection of arts, culture and environment is found in Sarasota County? • How do arts education and young people discovering the arts enrich our community? Submissions by professional photographers, hobbyists, and arts and cultural organizations are welcome. Appropriate permissions and releases must accompany submissions. The Arts and Cultural Alliance is undertaking a re-design of its website with the goal to provide a dynamic resource and guide to the arts and culture of Sarasota County and to represent our unique environment with strong images. For this, we turn to the community to share their images and inspiration. Images will be used (with attribution) on the Alliance website, in print and digital distribution, and for other uses to promote the arts and culture of our region. The submission deadline is April 30, 2017. Submittal requirements and upload instructions are at: For questions, please call Rachel Denton, Alliance Communications Manager, at (941) 365-5118, ext. 304 or email

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 Life Smiles Project Call to Artists: The Life Smiles Project will host an art show and pendant search benefiting the hospitalized children at the John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. Life Smiles Project is a non-profit foundation created to bring art to hospitalized children, whose motto is “10 Million Smiles….NOT ONE LESS!!” This year debuts the 1st Life Smiles Art Show & Pendant Search, sponsored by The Clay Center of St Petersburg's Lyn Van Voorst, Imagine Design Studios Suzy Pease, & Pinellas Ale Works Dennis Decker, Along with Charlie Parker from Charlie Parker Pottery. Art Accepted: Any style of 2D or 3D. FYI: To join go to Where: Pendants will be displayed at The Clay Center of St. Pete; the art will be displayed at Pinellas Ale Works. When: Saturday May 13th 6pm-9pm, which is Second Saturday Downtown St. Pete, with a meet and greet at 6 pm at The Clay Center where the pendant art winner will be announced. The Art will be judged that night at Pinellas Ale Works. Entry Fee: $25 (maximum 50 entries). Art Prizes: 1st $150, 2nd $100, 3rd $75 plus two honorable mention & one Peoples Choice Award decided by visitors who donate $1 which will go to the children. How the optional sea turtle pendant art is Judged: Awarded votes from Facebook online voting and judges of the show. Any artists may supply one optional turtle pendant with their submitted art which may be any style and each pendant must be submitted by May 1st for online voting May 3rd on Facebook. (Please see examples on Facebook.) All of the pendants must be made with ceramic, glass, metal etc. or any material from which a pendant mold can be made. Each entrant may enter one sea turtle pendant unpainted. The selected pendants will receive personal recognition with each and every pendant chosen by the hospitalized children. All artists submitting a sea turtle pendant must sign and submit a pendant waiver. The waver is found on the website: Deadline is April 30, 2017.

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Florida Suncoast Watercolor Society invites all artists to participate in their Open Transparent Exhibition to be held at the Venice Art Center, Venice, FL from April 7th to May 4th, 2017: Sponsored by Jacaranda Trace. Important Information: This will be a Juried “All Transparent” Exhibition. Please note Transparent is defined as a painting executed in traditional watercolor paints (namely water resoluble transparent medium without the addition of opaque white pigments and the white of the paper being the only white permitted) on traditional watercolor paper, unvarnished, matted and framed under Plexiglas. You will be required to sign an affidavit that you are aware of and have adhered to these guidelines. Unacceptable entries include: white paint or gesso/priming, acrylic, gouache, ink, pastel, metallic/iridescent paint, collage, embossing, and all non-traditional surfaces like Yupo. *Please check for prospectus, Transparent Affidavit, as well as painting and framing specifications. NOTE paintings not in compliance will be excluded from the show. The show is open to all artists residing in the counties bordering the West Coast of Florida. Entry fees are $20.00 per painting for members and $30.00 for non-members. Artists may enter one or two paintings per show. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Merit Awards and Honorable Mention. Receiving: FSWS will receive entries at the Venice Art Center on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 10:00am – noon. Reception: A Reception for the public and artists will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 5:00 - 7:00pm. Light refreshments will be provided. Cash awards and ribbons will be presented at the reception and an opportunity to vote for a “People’s Choice” award. Removal of paintings: Friday, May 5, 2017 from 10:00am - 12 Noon.

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.

Pre-Qualify for Short List for St. Petersburg Pier Project: The City of St. Petersburg invites artists with a high level of professional experience in three dimensional exterior public art to indicate interest in being considered for commissions for the St. Petersburg Pier project. Formal proposals will be sought from artists from the limited pool of prequalified, interested artists. Artists must have a completed body of work of similar scope, scale and budget range as well as familiarity with the integration of design and installation into an ongoing construction project. At this time a total of $480,000 is available for two commissions but this budget may be augmented. Submissions will be reviewed on a rolling schedule of monthly meetings until July 1, 2017. for information and links to forms. Queries encouraged to 

VSA Emerging Young Artists Program: A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program: Since 2002, the Kennedy Center and Volkswagen Group of America have teamed up for the VSA Emerging Young Artists Program, a Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program, to recognize and showcase the work of emerging young artists with disabilities, ages 16-25, who are residing in the United States. Fifteen winning artists share a total of $60,000 in awards. Grand Prize is $20,000, First Prize is $10,000, Second Prize is $6,000, and the remaining Awards of Excellence are $2,000 each. Winners exhibit their selected artwork in a year-long nationally touring exhibition, and attend an all-expenses-paid professional development workshop in Washington, DC. 2017-2018 VSA Emerging Young Artists Program Art should excite our senses, awaken our curiosity, and electrify our very being. It has the ability to invigorate and empower the artist and viewer alike, but just as important, art can spark empathy and ignite understanding. This year's VSA Emerging Young Artists Program's theme is Electrify!, and we're seeking artwork that is charged with ideas, that acts as a conduit for creative reflection on the past, explores the "now," and invokes a future full of possibility and inclusivity. Deadline: May 3, 2017. Click here to apply:

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:

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.

The Dance Gallery Festival's CALL FOR CHOREOGRAPHERS for the 11th Season is OPEN! The DEADLINE for Submissions is Friday, May 5th, 2017. This year’s festival will include the Main Event performances and Level UP, a commissioned evening for three artists. The Festival offers performances in New York City at the Ailey Citigroup Theater and Huntsville, Texas at Sam Houston State University. This is an exciting opportunity for choreographers to present larger and smaller works in a fully produced dance festival, teach master classes and be considered for future residencies. As a part of our continued mission to find up-and-coming choreographic talent at the international level, the Dance Gallery Festival is proud to continue our Level UP program. Level UP serves as a performance showcase for three talented choreographers that are ready to advance to the next level in the development and promotion of their work. Each company will receive 25 minutes of performance time in the Level UP concert and a Commission Fee. Festival Dates: October 27-29 2017 in TX, and November 2-5 2016 in NYC. To submit the application and for more information about the different opportunities to be presented please visit our website:

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

MILLS POND GALLERY – 2017 NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION, The Colors of the Night - Entry Deadline: June 30, 2017. Exhibition Dates: August 19 -Sept. 30 Smithtown Township Arts Council invites submissions for its upcoming juried fine art exhibition: "The Colors of the Night" at Mills Pond Gallery. Juror/Judge Tim Newton. This exhibition/competition will encompass all varieties of nocturnal art. Twilight/Dusk, Dawn, Urban, Interiors, Landscapes, Figures etc. are all possibilities. No subject is off limits. Juror expectations will be Originality/Creativity, Good Design, and Skillful Execution within your Medium.” Tim Newton Open to USA artists age 18 or older. All media considered except photography and computer generated art. Entry fee $45 for up to 3 images. Awards: $1,000 Best of Show, $500 Second Place, $250 Third Place. Prospectus at Contact; 631-862-6575. ​

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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