The Alliance for the Arts is seeking artists to submit their work to Dia de lost Muertos: A Juried Exhibit, coming in October. Artists should create pieces that showcase traditional Mexican sugar skulls merged with the artist’s aesthetic. Categories are sculpture, painting (including oil, acrylic, collage, watercolor and mixed media), photography, prints and drawings. The show exhibits from Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL.
In many parts of Mexico, South America and the United States, Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a time to remember and celebrate the lives of friends and family. More about reveling life than remembering death, this unique day encourages us to connect with loved ones while reflecting on the ties that bind the past to present.
“Community participation is a powerful part of this holiday,” says exhibitions coordinator Krista Johnson. “That’s why we’re calling on local artists to contribute to this lively and fun exhibit.”
The show’s opening reception is Oct. 5 from 5-7 p.m. with awards at 6 p.m. Opening receptions are free and open to the public and feature light refreshments. There will be a $250 prize for Best in Show, $125 for 2nd place and $75 for 3rd place.
A high-traffic month for the Alliance, this exhibit will be up during Pride, Italian Fest, Rocky Horror, Arts on Tap Fundraiser and other events. Artists may submit up to 3 artworks for consideration. All entries must be submitted online no later than Sept. 20. To download the prospectus or submit artwork, visit ArtInLee.org/SugarSkulls.
Receptions and gallery talks are open to the public and do not require tickets or reservations. While gallery admission is free, a $5 suggested donation keeps Alliance programming affordable and accessible.