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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

H20 Exhibition at the Bailey-Matthews Shell Museum

This exhibit will bring together scientists, artists of many different media, as well as historians and authors for an extended conversation regarding humans’ relationship and dependence upon water in all its forms.

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Small Works off the Wall Exhibit

This year, Small Works: Off the Walls will be paired with Deck the Halls Juried Exhibition for twice the fun! Artworks will be displayed salon style from floor to ceiling in the theatre lobby.

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Juried Exhibition: Deck the Halls

Artists are asked to create works of art and installation proposals that utilize holiday decorations in unique ways, re-use, re-purpose, or re-imagine the use of traditional decorations and envision an immersive installation experience to celebrate the season.

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35th Annual All Florida Exhibition

Open to all artists residing in Florida. Only original artwork will be accepted. Categories are, painting (including oil, acrylic, collage, watercolor and mixed media), drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metalsmithing, glass, digital media, video, printmaking, fiber or textiles.

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opportunities in sw Florida and beyond is offering a $900 scholarship to African American student who’s  work as a visual artist intersects with social change.

The application deadline is Sep 15, 2020. Winners will be announced on Oct 1, 2020.

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Across history, art has led, documented, and reflected social change.

Nearly every major protest or revolution is remembered through its art, often with a single photograph or illustration coming to define the moment for generations to come.

As the Black Lives Matter movement fights for change, it is important to support the artists and artwork that document the protest, elevating and furthering the cause.

This grant is for a Black student who is furthering a protest or social change through any form of visual art. is offering a $1,000 grant is for a Black student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in studio and/or visual arts.

The application deadline is Aug 31, 2020. Winners will be announced on Sep 15, 2020.

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Art reflects the culture of the times across every dimension. The famous works of Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel ceiling, Picasso’s Guernica, and Shepard Fairey’s Hope are visual narratives of science, religion, war, and politics respectively.

To learn about new cultures, we visit their artwork and architecture and learn through the eyes of artists. However, as with the examples listed above, we are disproportionately learning through the eyes of white artists. Williams College recently conducted a study on the diversity of artist collections in US museums and revealed 85% of the artists are white, while only 1.2% are Black.

Black artists aren’t only underrepresented throughout history. Today, 8% of visual artists are Black, while only 4% of art graduates are Black. Art, as we know it, does not provide comprehensive cultural narrative until it includes more Black artists.


Submission deadline: October 7, 2020
Embracing Our Differences is seeking submissions for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, and will be displayed from January 20th – April 1st, 2021. Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories totaling $3000.

The link with more information and to submit is below:


Project Budgets will vary pending scope, scale and location

Deadline to Submit: June 19, 2020

How to apply:

Download the PDF of the full RFQ 

The City of Tampa Division of Arts & Cultural Affairs invites artists and artist-led teams residing in the Florida to submit qualifications for potential inclusion the 2020-2021 Pre-Qualified Artist Pool. The purpose of the Pool is to commission more regional artists for local projects such as Mayor Castor’s Art on the Block Program, and to integrate more artwork and artistic elements into citywide infrastructure.

This opportunity is open to all artists residing in Florida, both emerging and established artists, individuals and artist-led teams, and artists working with a wide variety of mediums, who have completed projects for private clients, public agencies or for grassroots/community projects.


This is an Open Call for Artists Who:

  • Can bring their talents and collaborative skills to a team
  • Recognize the value of community building and working at a grassroots level
  • Have an interest in creating artwork for a variety of locations including neighborhoods, parks and transportation related locations

Art Ovation Hotel Launches “Art At Home” Contest to Encourage Community to 

Help Create a Digital Art Gallery.


The Art Ovation Hotel, located in downtown Sarasota, Florida, has announced the launch of its “Art At Home” social media initiative. The campaign, which launched today, April 23, 2020, asks the community to help create a digital art gallery by creating artwork and submitting their work online to the “Art At Home” contest.

“During a time where the community is stuck at home looking for activities to pass the time, we are hoping to provide a temporary creative escape, “ said Okan Karadag, General Manager for the hotel. “At the Art Ovation Hotel, we are used to having art displays, live exhibitions, lessons, and entertainment throughout the hotel on a daily basis. With a need to fill that current artistic void in our community, we are hoping the public can be the artists and Facebook the gallery,” stated Karadag.
“There is a lot of artistic talent out there and we want to show it off,” he added.

The community is invited to submit photos of their artwork into one of three categories: Children (for ages 13 and under), Amateur, and Professional. Submissions will be accepted between April 16 and May 31, 2020 at The contest is free to enter and only one entry per person is allowed. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each category. Prize winners, who will be chosen at the discretion of the contest committee, will be announced on the hotel’s Facebook page on June 8, 2020. The first place winners in each category will receive a complimentary two-night stay at the Art Ovation Hotel. Second place will receive a $100 hotel credit and third place will receive a $50 hotel credit. Submissions will be added to the “Art At Home” digital gallery and the winners will be added to the “Art At Home Winner’s Gallery” at the end of the contest.


Art Ovation Hotel

The Art Ovation Hotel is a 162-room, art-inspired hotel located in downtown Sarasota, Florida. The property, which opened in 2018, features the Overture Restaurant, Perspective Rooftop Bar, rotating lobby art exhibits, and a unique design meant to stimulate the artistic senses. The property, which is part of Marriott’s Autograph Collection, is managed by Shaner Hotel Management and owned by Prime Group.

Public Art Opportunity
The Orange County Public Art Review Board seeks one or more artists or team(s) to develop artwork for the Multi-Cultural Center located in Pine Hills, one of Orlando’s first suburbs. This community is a diverse tapestry of world cultures from the Caribbean Islands to Asia and defined by family, faith, pride and resiliency.
The MCC will serve as a hub for the community activities. A place where all are welcomed with opportunities to learn, connect and celebrate.  An inclusive space where art and culture come together and dreams are realized as opportunities for all generations are opened.  Housing a computer lab, conference rooms, gallery and a large multi-purpose space for hosting events and performances.
The renovation includes 18,089 square feet of unfinished space with vaulted ceilings and skylights. Offering the opportunity for the artist(s) and developer to work together to create a vibrant community environment. Artist coordination with developer is required.
Budget: $48,500 has been approved for artwork.
Submissions Due:  Sunday, July 5, 2020 (midnight MT)
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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!

Cape Coral Public Art Utility Box Artist Application

The Public Art Utility Box project is sponsored by the South Cape Hospitality and Entertainment Association.  All applications are submitted to Artsemble Underground at


Public Art Utility Box Application (1)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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)
$2500 Minimum

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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
$750 Minimum

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Seats up to 50 people, classroom style
Includes tables and chairs
1 Day Price: $500 (9-5)

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Meeting Room

Seats up to 35 people classroom style
Private entrance
Workshop setup with tables available
$250 for up to 4 hours and then $35/ hour thereafter

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