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

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.

Women Contemporary Artists Open Up Membership Registration for the Upcoming Year: Women Contemporary Artists (WCA) is a group of over 100 women artists committed to the goal of encouraging each other and promoting each other’s work. Our mission is to provide visibility, encouragement and inspiration to women artists. WCA originated in 1984 from the vision of twenty charter members, committed to fostering recognition of women’s accomplishments and contributions to the visual fine arts. WCA’s many activities include juried member exhibitions, programs, critique and an annual artists’ retreat. WCA presents annual Scholarship Awards to outstanding women art students who choose to continue their fine arts education. Membership to WCA is open only from October 1 – November, 30, 2016 for the 2017 year. Dues are $ 50.00 and are made out to WCA. Beside our juried show each year and the retreat, there is a monthly lunch bunch, which includes an art critique, and general meetings with a different guest speaker from the arts at each meeting. You may go to our website at for the application and requirements.

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 Submit quotes here:

CALL FOR ARTISTS - Second Punta Gorda Quickdraw: Monday, Jan 16, 2017. Painting starts at 8:30 a.m. Collectors' Preview starts at 1:30 p.m. Reception: Thurs., Jan 19, 2017 5-7 pm Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud St, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 presented by The Peace River Painters and The Visual Arts Center. This is a fun and friendly competition where artists have three and a half hours to depict picturesque historical Punta Gorda in the medium of their choice. Registration is limited to 50 artists. Peace River Painters along with the Visual Arts Center are having their annual Punta Gorda Quickdraw. This is a fun and friendly competition where artists have three and a half hours to depict picturesque historical Punta Gorda in the medium of their choice. Open to all 2D artists. Registration is limited to 50 artists on a first come, first served basis. Artists Sales Artwork will be displayed for sale in the GOFF GALLERY at the Visual Arts Center, 210 Maud Street, Punta Gorda, FL 33950 from January 16 until February 3, 2017. Any artwork sales must go through the Visual Arts Center. Thirty (30%) percent of sales will benefit the Visual Arts center. Proceeds support current and future Visual Art Center events and help the VAC with its mission of supporting artists at all levels of their careers through exhibition and education. The Visual Arts Center and Peace River Painters will not be liable for any artwork displayed. Entry Fee Registration $20; there is a $5 discount for early registration up to January 1, 2017. One painting may be submitted per artist. You may register online at the below website or in person at the Visual Arts Center the day of the event with cash or check if there are spots left. Awards Prizes are in the form of ribbons and merchandise. Awards are provided by our sponsors for First, Second and Third overall prizes plus Merit for Best Non Oil Medium, Merit for Best Architectural Subject, and Merit for Best Use of Light. There will also be a Best of Show award for the combined Annual Show and Quickdraw paintings. Our Judge: Joseph Palmerio. For more information and to register online, visit:

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:

CALL FOR ARTISTS: GreenLion Studios in Grand Rapids, MI seeking submissions for next exhibition: Do you love the Dark Wave musical genre? Bands like The Cure? Joy Division? You should apply for this show then! 2D and 3D work inspired by the dark wave genre will be considered. Submitting work is free and easy! Deadline for submissions is December 14th, 2016. Submit up to 4 works of any medium fitting the theme for free. Find more details and read the full call for entry here,

Juror William Low Smithtown Township Arts Council seeks entries for juried fine art exhibition, The Fine Art of Illustration at the Mills Pond Gallery: Entry deadline is December 9, 2016. Exhibit Dates January 21 – February 19, 2017. Juror: William Low. Open to USA artists 18 and older. Prospectus at or email [email protected] . Mills Pond Gallery, 660 Route 25A, St.James, NY 11780. (631) 862-6575. $45/3 entries. Cash Awards 1st, 2nd place.

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 [email protected] or [email protected] .

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.


Do you have a Call to Artists you would like to post on the website? Please submit your information to Rachel Denton, Communications Manager at [email protected] .

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