About Express

The arts are a sanctuary that provide a space to create, rejuvenate and challenge the mind, body and soul. Take the next step on your creative journey and express yourself through exhibition opportunities and casting calls or discover an artistic space for your next event.

calls to artists

Connections: A Juried Exhibition at the Southwest Florida International Airport 

Art in Flight is a partnership between the Lee County Alliance for the Arts and the Lee County Port Authority, which brings art to public spaces at Southwest Florida International Airport. Submit your artwork following the theme for the opportunity to exhibit.

In recent years, it has become increasingly important for all of us to celebrate, value, and strengthen our connections to each other and the world around us. Artists are asked to create work for this exhibition that explores this idea of connection. Artworks will feature traditional media such as painting and drawing but alternative approaches to mixed media are also encouraged.

Reflections: Member Exhibition

We invite our current members to submit one work following the theme “Reflections” to be displayed in the  main gallery during this month-long group exhibition. As an artist and an Alliance member, this is your annual opportunity to exhibit your work in our main gallery! No online submission process, no jury notification – simply the opportunity to celebrate the artists that make our community so unique.

Reflection can mean many things. It can be defined as the throwing back of light, an image in a mirror or  reflecting surface, or a careful thought about something. The last few years have been a tumultuous time and  have prompted many to reflect on their lives and experiences. This year’s Member Exhibition asks artists to  reflect on and showcase their artistic style. The theme reflection can be interpreted literally through depictions  of mirrors, windows, reflections on water, etc. or metaphorically.

opportunities in sw Florida and beyond

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 7th 2021. 

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is hosting our fourth annual Art Show. This year’s show is titled “Sustainable Conceptions” and is open to all artists. The show will run January 2022 through June, in the historic Edison Caretaker’s House. This structure is located on the Riverside of the property and displays our temporary exhibits. This year we are expanding our horizons and opening the show up to larger pieces that can be displayed outside for the duration of the show.

About Sustainable Conceptions:

Did you know, Henry Ford repurposed wooden crates used to transport material as floorboards for his automobiles? Or that Thomas Edison encouraged purifying chemical solvents to be reused while working on his rubber project in his Fort Myers Laboratory? While the Green Movement was not popular during their lifetimes, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford both recognized the importance of recycling and reusing materials. This year we would like to showcase art inspired by Edison and Ford’s efforts to reuse products and their abilities to work towards a sustainable future.

It’s encouraged to enter one or two works of art into this show. Please refer to the exhibit specifications for more detail.

To submit art:

Please email Tayelor Kakes at tkakes@edisonford.orgdigital images of artwork in JPG or PDF format no larger than 5MB.

For example; Monet-WaterLillies-Oil-16×20.JPG

No submission materials will be accepted in person at Edison Ford.

Exhibit Specifications for inside the Caretaker’s House:

2- Dimensional Art: Maximum size 48” by 60”, maximum weight 25lbs.

3-Dimensional Art: Must be able to fit through a standard doorway and not exceed 72” in length or width, 6’ height maximum, 100lbs weight maximum.

If you would like to submit a piece to be featured in the outside exhibition space, email me directly with the details or questions at

Deadline for Entry, May 16:

Waterloo Arts invites all artists residing in the US or Canada to submit artwork for the 2021 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition. This is a unique opportunity for artists to exhibit work in the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland, Ohio.   This is the seventh year Waterloo Arts has held a nation wide juried exhibition.  Over $1,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. As in past years, Waterloo Arts will also offer a small stipend to all accepted artists to help defray costs associated with entry and shipping. Due to previous commitments and COVID 19, this year’s exhibition will be held in the Waterloo Arts Gallery only and will not be expanded into Praxis Fiber Workshop and Brick Ceramic + Design.

Entries for 6x6x2021 are due April 10, 2021
Click HERE to Apply!
Each summer Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 6×6 exhibition brings together thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, youth and YOU. Each artist may enter up to three artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). Artworks must be six inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through the end of the exhibition. Limit three artworks per school or school group (no limit for colleges).
This will be an opportunity to become involved in a fun, yet meaningful project commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Below is the link to the Arts4All Florida Artist Call which has been extended to June15th. This link includes the submission information and form. The selected winner will receive a $100 stipend. Please share with your colleagues and don’t hesitate to submit!
ArtWalk Downtown Fort Myers

Discover the best art galleries and enjoy live demonstrations the first Friday of the the month! Artist will set-up between 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and will be open from 6pm to 10 p.m.

Exhibit in the Main Gallery

Our vision is to introduce new artists, artwork and perspectives on art. We welcome exhibits with the work of established, early career and aspiring artists. Consider throwing your hat into the ring for a chance to show in our main gallery.

Learn More

Gift Shop

Want to exhibit in our gift shop? We're always looking for new items and would love to see what you're up to. Please submit up to three images for your work and include a brief description. We will contact you directly upon availability of space.

Learn More

New Play Contest

Send in Your Submission for 2020

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts Annual New Play Contest cycle is open now through March 2020. First place winners receive the Janet and Bruce Bunch Play Contest Award, $700 and a full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

Learn More


On occasion—for select projects—we hold open calls for actors, musicians and other artists. Please check back periodically for notices. We do not have a resident or repertory company of actors and are always looking for new talent for our stages.

Oops! We could not locate your form.


Need a beautiful, but also artistic and inspiring space for your next event? From our amphitheatre, to our galleries and classrooms, the Alliance for the Arts has rental space to perfectly fit your next event in Fort Myers.

Margaret Morrow Frizzell Amphitheater & Grounds

Seating for 1500 people
Acoustically enhanced
Sound and lights independently contracted
Must include a walk-through meeting 2 weeks prior to contract date
Must file a permit with the City of Fort Myers for the event (permit costs based on event needs)

Request Space

Foulds Theatre

Seats up to 135 people comfortably
Stage dimensions 21’x42′
Sound and lighting system
Dressing rooms
Includes lobby area adjacent to the theatre

Request Space


Seats up to 50 people, classroom style
Includes tables and chairs

Request Space

Meeting Room

Seats up to 35 people classroom style
Private entrance
Workshop setup with tables available

Request Space