H20 Exhibition

H2O Exhibition – Call for Artists

The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and the Alliance for the Arts are partnering to create an exhibition focused on water. Water is the source of all life and has been an inspiration for artists, writers and philosophers around the world for thousands of years. 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.

The submission deadline has passed.

Exhibit Dates: February 09 – April 30, 2021
Email Notification of Acceptance or Decline: November 20
Awards: $1000 for Best in Show, 2nd Place- $250, 3rd Place-$100, Jurors Choice Award- $50


Bailey Matthews Shell MuseumABOUT THE MUSEUM: The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum is a Natural History Museum, and the only museum in the United States devoted solely to shells and mollusks. Our mission is to connect people to the natural world through their love of shells and the marvelous animals that create them.  We use our collections, programs, and expertise to inspire learning, support scientific research, tell the story of mollusks and the ocean that they inhabit.  There are more mollusks in the oceans than all marine mammals and fish species combined, and mollusks are becoming extinct faster than we can name them due to climate change, ocean acidification, and pollution.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT SPACE: Artworks will be installed at the Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum located on Sanibel Island, FL, a top tourist destination.  Sanibel receives 3.3 million visitors each year.  The Museum expects 100,000 visitors this year.  The exhibit space is a multi-use exhibition space with moderate security.  There are also indoor and outdoor alternative installation spaces available for proposal.  (See images below)  Artists should fully conceptualize and articulate their installation requirements if proposing any of these locations.

alliance-logo-horizontalABOUT ALLIANCE FOR THE ARTS: The Alliance for the Arts is a vibrant and welcoming nonprofit visual and performing arts center located in the heart of southwest Florida. Since the 1970s, we’ve been transforming lives and improving community through the arts. Our year-round schedule of events has become a staple for our community to connect with each other and to the arts during engaging gallery exhibitions, inspiring art classes and stimulating theatre productions. The Alliance is creative space that spurs and supports self-expression, imagination and equity.

For additional questions, contact exhibitions@artinlee.org.