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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

Member’s Exhibitions: Small Works Off the Walls

Coinciding with the onset of the holiday shopping season, this gallery show features artworks of all mediums priced at $200 or less. All sales are “cash and carry,” meaning purchasers will get to take the piece with them when they buy it, instead of waiting until the end of the exhibit.

If you are an Alliance member, consider submitting two (2) original 2D or 3D artworks for exhibit in the gallery. Every artwork must be for sale and priced $200 or under.

Download the prospectus for more details.

Arts & Ends Holiday Sale

Our annual Arts and Ends Holiday Sale returns December 3rd! Want to be involved? This year we are taking vendor applications. If you make art or handmade gifts of any kind and would like to be involved in this exciting and festive holiday event, submit your application now!

This year’s Arts and Ends Holiday Sale is headed outdoors to our ArtsPark and GreenMarket grounds! Located on the walkways surrounding the Alliance for the Arts building, artist’s tables will be set up in the beautiful open air and sunshine. The sale will be held on December 3rd from 9am-1pm. If you would like to be a part of the fun, submit an application by 5 p.m. on November 7th. You will be notified of your acceptance to sell by November 11.

opportunities in sw Florida and beyond

Hot Works Fine Art and Craft Shows have been recognized 18 times by national magazines and artist organizations as one of the “Top 100 Art Shows In America”.

With several upcoming art shows in Estero, Boca Raton, Sarasota, and Naples, there are many opportunities for artists to get involved. Visit the Hot Works website for more information and to apply as a vendor!

Upcoming Shows:

Estero Fine Art Shows:

October 22&23, 2022: Apply here.

January 7&8, 2023: Apply here.

Boca Raton Fine Art Shows (downtown):

November 5&6, 2022: Apply here.

December 10&11, 2022: Apply here.

January 28&29, 2023: Apply here.

Boca Raton Fine Art Shows (west):

December 31, 2022&January 1, 2023: Apply here.

February 25&26. 2023: Apply here.

Naples Fine Art Shows:

November 12&13, 2022: Apply here.

March 25&26, 2022: Apply here.

Sarasota Open Air Fine Art Shows:

November 19&20, 2022: Apply here.

January 21&22, 2023: Apply here.

February 11&12, 2023: Apply here.

March 11&12, 2023: Apply here.

April 1&2, 2023: Apply here.

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2022

AIRIE is inviting artists and creators alike to join the cast of almost 200 past and current AIRIE Fellows that have come to immerse themselves in the beauty of the Florida Everglades National Park. They will participate in an inspiring 4-week stay with opportunities to connect, share, research, and incubate ideas for their work. We also invite them to foster connection between other AIRIE Fellows and members of the arts communities in and around Miami with live performances and talks, tons of art galleries and happenings, and various gatherings with AIRIE board members and staff. Each Fellow is offered a $4000 research grant, institutional support from AIRIE’s network and partners, and accommodations in the Everglades National Park with additional financial support for travel and food.

In return the artists share their work and experience in the Everglades through public conversations, digital platforms, writing, and/or public viewing of artwork created during or resulting from their residency. The artists are also asked to prepare a presentation on their year-long research that will be delivered at the annual AIRIE Environment + Art Summit in December during Miami Art Week of each year. The Annual Environment + Art Summit in December 2023 will feature discussions, workshops, and a keynote address centered around the 2023 season theme: How can we make the outdoors a space of belonging?

To submit art:

Read the full instructions here.

Submission Deadline: October 17, 2022

Project Description

The Milk District Main Street seeks an artist or artist team(s) to submit qualifications for a dedicated site located near Anderson Street and Primrose Drive to provide an artistically rich installation that will capture the character and culture of our community, and visually enhance the public space while greeting people as they enter the District. Due to the project scope, submission of existing pieces is encouraged.

Site

The site is located at the southwest corner of Anderson Street and Primrose drive. As part of the Downtown Connector Trail, a new pocket park is being created on an easement provided by Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX). The site plan includes two locations for sculpture. Artist(s) are asked to submit a proposal that unifies both locations with a single piece of art or a proposal for two separate pieces that form a cohesive experience. Please note, there is no provision for dedicated lighting or electricity at the installation site, and proposals that require such will not be considered.

The park will serve the adjacent residential neighborhood and business district and provide a waypoint along the trail for users to stop and enjoy. (See the map of the Site Plan.)

The City of Orlando is funding the public art installation that will be integrated into the project landscape to enhance the site, creating a more scenic and cultural experience for bicyclists, pedestrians, trail users, and motorists.

Deadline for Entry: October 28, 2022

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION:

(2) Two, three-dimensional (3D), free-standing, sculptural bicycle rack(s) to be installed adjacent to main entrances of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ new sports performance center with a focus on specified medium; steel (Reference Full Call to Artist HERE, pages 4-5. View size, page 13).

 

ARTISTIC SERVICES (The following activities will be required):

  • Proposal Development
  • Final Design Presentation (where applicable, pre-existing sculpture omitted)
  • Coordination with JAGS/CCGJ Project Management Team
  • Fabrication, Delivery and Installation
  • Photographic Documentation

 

SITE LOCATION DESCRIPTION:

Outdoor sculptural bicycle racks will be located adjacent to the main entrance(s). Photographs available upon request, site under construction.

How to enter:

Apply here.

Submissions are due October 28, 2022

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION:

(1) One, three-dimensional (3D), free-standing, sculpture to be installed adjacent to main entrances of the Jacksonville Jaguars’ new sports performance center. Can include a light feature. Size 15’-20’h X 5’-7’w X 5’-7’d with a weight of no more than 1,000 lbs.

Materials: Metal, stone, glass, and/or other alternative or repurposed materials. Must withstand hurricane wind gusts of 145 mph.

ARTIST SERVICES (The following activities will be required):     

  1. Proposal Development
  2. Final Design Presentation (where applicable, pre-existing sculpture omitted)
  3. Coordination with JAGS/CCGJ Project Management Team
  4. Engineering, Permitting, Fabrication, Delivery, Installation, and Storage (if applicable)
  5. Lighting Consultation as Needed
  6. Photographic Documentation

SITE LOCATION DESCRIPTION:

Outdoor sculpture will be located adjacent to the main entrance(s). Photographs available upon request, site under construction.

Submissions are due: October 28, 2022

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION:

(1) One, large-format, digital mural designed for print on opaque vinyl and installed upon 1 of 3 mural locations along the South Façade of the Fan Amenity Grandstands. Viewable from the exterior of the building only.

ARTWORK SIZE: Mural Location Size: 12’h X 53’11”w

SUBSTRATE SURFACE: 

  • Vinyl Framed and installed on Flat Architectural Precast Wall Panels
  • Awarded vinyl printing firm to provide their recommended film for the precast surface per experience and expertise.
  • Vinyl to be used to not damage surface material and should be able to be removed without leaving any adhesive residue. Final material selection to be approved by Owner.
Entries for this exhibition are due November 1, 2022

The Morean Arts Center in St. Petersburg, FL, invites emerging artists currently residing in Florida to submit entries for possible exhibition in the seventh annual Fresh Squeezed: Emerging Artists in Florida. The exhibition will be held at the Morean Arts Center April 8 – June 22, 2023. The purpose of this exhibition is to nurture and advance the careers of emerging visual artists while also giving our community the opportunity to discover exciting new art being made in our region.

The Morean Galleries will be divided into six spaces for the purposes of this show, giving each selected artist what will essentially be a solo exhibition. Works in any medium will be accepted, and community-oriented, site-specific installations are encouraged (see gallery floor plan). Each artist will have the opportunity to participate in artist panels and gallery talks during the run of the exhibition, to enable them to interact with potential collectors and raise their visibility in our community. Morean staff will work closely with the selected artists to assist them in photographing, pricing and marketing their work. Our Fresh Squeezed program aims to provide emerging artists with resources needed to develop a sustainable artistic practice.

Eligibility: The exhibition and competition is open to all emerging artists (age 18 or older) who are current residents of Florida, without restriction to medium. The Morean is defining an emerging artist as one who has never had a solo show in the state of Florida. A solo show constitutes an exhibition in a gallery, arts center, or museum of at least three weeks in length and with an opening reception. One exception: solo BFA or MFA shows at a college or university are acceptable. All work must be original, completed within the last two years, and not previously exhibited at the Morean. The Morean’s curatorial staff has the final authority for selection.

Entries for this exhibition are due November 21, 2022

The Jag Gallery Small Works Juried Exhibit has become a well-received exhibit showing works from artists around the world.  Letty Nowak, owner of the gallery started hosting this show in her first space, the Lemonade Stand Gallery, in 2005.  It has been an anticipated event ever since. The only requirements are that the artwork is original and does not exceed 10 inches in any direction (including the frame – if the artist chooses to frame as frames are not a requirement).  We except 2D and 3D works for entry.  Artists can submit up to six pieces for this call.  Each individual artwork entered is $16. This year’s show will Jag Gallery in Key West, Florida.  Opening Reception is December 17th.

Entries for this exhibition are due December 17th, 2022

Visions in Black is a juried art exhibition celebrating the talents and love of the arts by showcasing artists of African descent who reside in the State of Florida.

The exhibition in 2022 was very successful developing and promoting an exhibition representing college, graduate, and emerging professional artists of color to present their creative talents. Twenty-six artists were represented, and fourteen art works were sold at the opening reception attended by over 532 guests.

In 2023, Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative (SBAC) is pleased to announce a new exhibition concept representing Sarasota and Manatee Counties. We are extending our reach to Tampa and St. Petersburg identifying talented visual artists. Here is the concept engaging more exhibition opportunities for artists of color.

We are inviting you to submit your interest in being a part of the Suncoast Black Arts Collaborative 2023 Visions in Black Art Exhibition. All work must be for sale, original and completed within the past 3 years. You may submit up to 3 selections of your work. The artist will be responsible for transporting, shipping, and insurance to and from the exhibition. Please review the submission information and guidelines before you begin your application.

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.

Submissions are due September 9, 2022
Event will take place February 4 & 5, 2023

Fort Myers is largest metro area in Southwest Florida; corporate headquarters; booming residential & commercial markets and a Visitor & Convention Bureau dedicated & funded to rebuilding our record-breaking tourism. Your target audience of upscale and savvy art patrons grows every day! Our dedicated community of art lovers and collectors wait all year to enjoy and purchase the incredible works of fabulous professional artists from across the country.Artists are selected in a blind jury based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception. All work must be done solely by the exhibiting artists. ArtFest Fort Myers strives to create a well-balanced show that represents diverse styles and techniques in the following categories: Ceramics, Digital, Drawing/Graphics, Fiber, Glass, Jewelry, Metal, Mixed Media 2-D, Mixed Media 3-D, Painting – oil/acrylic, Painting – watercolor, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Wearable and Wood.ArtFest Fort Myers is a true community event that entices people to buy art. The festival includes the largest high school art exhibit and competition in Southwest Florida; a high school sidewalk chalk competition; a children’s Art Yard with interactive art projects and a Youth Stage featuring regional performing arts organizations. Our upscale dining areas with shaded table seating provide ample food/beverage options.
Full details can be found here.

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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Auditions

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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Rentals

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

Classroom

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