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Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

Outdoor Juried Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity (Sarasota, FL) – Call For Artists

[Side Arts Certified Sponsored Listing] Embracing Our Differences announces a call for artists for their 20th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity featuring 50 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by local, national, and international artists and writers.

The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit will be on display January 18 through May 29, 2023 in three locations through Sarasota and Manatee counties in Florida.

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Enter by: 5 October 2022

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate, and affect change around the world. Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity.

In celebration of Embracing Our Differences’ 20th anniversary, the outdoor juried art exhibit award amounts have been doubled this year.

  • Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit.
  • Adult winners each receive $2,000; students receive $2,000 with $1,000 to be directed to the student and $1,000 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

In 2022, over 370,000 people visited the exhibition when it was located at Bayfront Park. With the exhibition moving to three separate locations, Embracing Our Differences expects there to be even more exposure for the artists’ artwork.

About Embracing Our Differences

Embracing Our Differences is a nonprofit organization based in Sarasota, Florida, that uses the power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this through an annual, large-scale, juried art exhibition as well as a comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs, and resources designed for teachers and students. Embracing Our Differences’ annual outdoor exhibit is at the heart of a year-round program of activities designed to use art as a catalyst to create awareness and promote diversity.

Education initiatives are crucial to Embracing Our Differences’ mission. Presented in partnership with regional school districts and nationally recognized educators, these programs positively impact the lives of thousands of area teachers and students every year. Programs include workshops and retreats that provide diversity curricula for area educators, free bus transportation for students and teachers to visit cultural venues, and student docent programs in high schools.

Embracing Our Differences continues to lead as one of the largest education programs in southwest Florida. Since 2004, more than 529,000 students have participated including 52,274 students and 1,808 teachers during the 2021-2022 school year.

For more information, contact liz@embracingourdifferences.org.


ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

ArtsAlive Public Art Program (Victoria, BC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture announces a call for artists for the annual ArtsAlive Public Art Program. Now in its seventh year, the Oak Bay Public Art program, ArtsAlive, is an expression of Oak Bay’s support for a flourishing arts environment for the entire community. Sculptures are selected by a peer jury to be displayed for up to a year at outdoor sites in the District of Oak Bay. They are on temporary loan by the artists who are sponsored by a local business or community group.

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture has installed outdoor sculptures in a variety of locations around Oak Bay — from stylized realistic pieces to the purely abstract, in various media including static and kinetic sculpture. They have been greatly appreciated for their artistic merit and have challenged viewers to pause and reflect about living in this special seaside community, proud of its distinct heritage even as it contemplates its future as a vibrant place to live and work. The permanent sculptures frame views, animate parks, streetscapes, and viewpoints.

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Enter by: 11 Mar 2022

This is an excellent opportunity for both mid-career and emerging artists to conceive and showcase their work, creativity, skills, imagination, and talent in a public space. Artist’s work will have exposure to thousands of residents and visitors in this high-profile program. The municipality, local media, and Oak Bay Tourism will promote this show throughout the year. Related arts events like art walks, paint-ins, concerts, and celebrations will be organized (pending public health orders), generating more excitement and building community.

  • Artists based in Western Canada are invited to submit an application for the 2022-2023 outdoor public art program
  • Work will be displayed for approximately 1 year
  • Proposals will be reviewed by an artist peer jury
  • Pending community sponsorships, up to 6 works may be selected and installed in highly visible outdoor locations open to the public
  • Successful submissions will be provided with an honorarium of $1,000 and a travel/delivery reimbursement budget of up to $500.

About Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture

Since the public art program, ArtsAlive, was launched in 2014, Oak Bay has built a legacy of permanent public art in the community, acquiring one or more permanent public art pieces each year. Between the years 2014 and 2020, the former Oak Bay Arts Laureate, Barbara Adams, in collaboration with Municipal staff and the Public Art Advisory Committee, contributed to making Oak Bay a destination for arts and culture.

For more information, contact apass@oakbay.ca.


Kinetic Art (Elgin, Illinois) – Call For Artists

Kinetic Art (Elgin, Illinois) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission (ECAC) announces a call for artists to install a new piece of public kinetic art. The art call is open to artists of all levels, worldwide.

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Enter by: 4 Mar 2022

The ECAC will review and evaluate each kinetic art application based on the following criteria: artistic excellence, technical competence, narrative support, appropriate relationship to the function of the site, and long-term feasibility. These criteria may not apply to every application and do not represent the only means of evaluation.

The City of Elgin offers the following in the form of support for the selected artist:

  • Access to the installation site for artwork creation purposes
  • Support for the installation and de-installation (as necessary) of the work
  • Maintenance support as is feasible, reasonable, and adheres to the plan as proposed by the artist
  • Publicity support for the proposed artwork
  • Signage for the artwork
  • Unveiling event after or at the time of installation

The City of Elgin will not provide insurance for the artwork.

About the City of Elgin Cultural Arts Commission

The City of Elgin’s Cultural Arts Commission embarked on a Public Art Plan in 2017. It has successfully installed several murals and sculptures since that time. Additional public art programs consist of wrapping utility boxes in original printed artwork, painting storm drains, creating a walking map, and developing a grant program for neighborhoods to acquire their own artwork. Beyond the public art initiatives sponsored by the Cultural Arts Commission, several events and festivals are held each year to celebrate the various forms of art.

For more information, contact culturalarts@cityofelgin.org.


Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

Rotating Sculpture Program (Keller, TX) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Keller Public Arts Board announces a call for artists for the 2022 Old Town Keller Rotating Sculpture Program, aiming to install sculptures that are diverse in style and media. The Board hopes to expose the local community to different types of art, increase tourism, and encourage visitors to the Old Town area by providing a dynamic and engaging exhibit.

The Keller Public Arts Board seeks six sculptures that are appropriate for public viewing and support the family friendly atmosphere of the City of Keller. Sculptures remain under the artist’s ownership and are loaned to the exhibit for a two‐year period. All sculptures must be “family appropriate” and pose no risk to public safety; no sexual, bloody, or violent content shall be accepted. Sculptures must be made of materials that can withstand the harsh Texas weather and require no maintenance by the City of Keller.

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Enter by: 14 Mar 2022

The Old Town Keller area originally developed along the railroad tracks that served as the impetus for the founding of Keller. Once the site of a bustling train depot, city leaders now aim to establish Old Town as a destination for pedestrian-oriented businesses offering a variety of shopping, dining, and other services.

Artists must reside in Texas. All works must be original.

Artwork Specifications

  • Base must fit on 5’x5’ concrete pad.
  • Max Height of 12’
  • Max Weight 2,500 pounds
  • Sculpture must be ready for installation no later than June 1, 2022

Rotating Sculpture Program Artist Benefits

A $1,500 honorarium shall be awarded for each piece for the installation, exhibition, and removal of the artwork for a two‐year period. One‐half of the stipend will be provided to the artist upon
selection. The remainder shall be paid upon successful installation. One Best in Show winner shall be awarded an additional $500.

The existing 5’x5’ concrete pads shall be used for display and the City of Keller may provide some assistance with installation and removal of the artwork.  The artist will receive recognition via a plaque with their name at the pad site, and a photo of the sculpture, location, and contact information on the City’s website and Facebook page.

The selected artists may participate in the Keller Art Walk on November 12, 2022. The Old Town Keller area, where the sculptures are installed, is the backdrop for the festival where artists of all genres display and sell their work. The chosen artists have the opportunity to participate in the event with the free booth space and canopy provided them.

About the City of Keller

Keller, Texas is home to over 45,000 people who enjoy quality schools, thriving businesses, an award-winning parks and trails system, and excellent, efficient, and innovative municipal service. In 2001, the development of a Public Arts Program was a natural progression in the flourishing Keller community. Since then, public art has become an increasingly prominent feature in Keller thanks to the efforts of the city, private individuals, local businesses, civic organizations, and the community at large.

Keller has established a notable collection of sculptures and an annual schedule of family-friendly art events. Neighboring communities have used similar approaches to public art by pursuing permanent pieces, often for city facilities or as part of capital projects, and by establishing recurring, signature art events and festivals. The Keller art community regularly leverages available cultural resources in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area to bring a broader spectrum of art to Keller, often in creative or uncommon ways in order to distinguish the local arts program, and the city, from other areas.

The mission of the Public Arts Program is to support and promote a process that will encourage visual and performing arts in public places and to define the programs, policies, and guidelines for acquiring and commissioning of arts of the highest standards to enrich the quality of life for all residents and visitors of the City of Keller.

For more information, contact publicarts@cityofkeller.com.


Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Boone, NC) – Call For Artists

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition (Boone, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Turchin Center for the Visual Arts announces a call for artists for the 36th Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition. This nationally recognized juried competition, established by Martin and Doris Rosen, has long served as a point of pride for Appalachian State University and its annual summer arts celebration, An Appalachian Summer Festival. Each year, ten sculptures are selected for installation in outdoor, public settings across the university campus.

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Enter by: 25 Feb 2022

The Rosen Award winners are announced at the Annual Sculpture Walk in July, a highlight of the summer festival season. This year’s competition juror is Elizabeth Brim. Brim is a blacksmith and teacher, living in western North Carolina. She’s best known for feminine imagery in her ironwork. A native of Columbus, Georgia, she graduated with an MFA in printmaking before studying and working with a variety of materials at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Rosen Outdoor Sculpture Competition Prizes

Cash prizes are awarded for first ($3,500), second ($2,500), and third place ($1,500). All artists whose works are installed will receive a $1500 honorarium to offset round trip transportation, lodging, and incidental expenses. The finalist sculptures remain on campus for a year and are accessible to faculty, students, and staff as well as the general community. Sales are encouraged as the program has a history of sales to private and corporate collections. All sales are subject to 40% commission.

“We normally walk through the world filtering out so much information and in so doing we trade wonder for efficiency. When a piece of art is put in your way and you stop to notice it, notice the things that move you, the choices the artist made, the parts of nature or industry that are evoked, then you start noticing more in general. Noticing begets noticing, begets wonder and awe, because those things are always out there in the world, but sometimes we need something to call to us and to pull us out of the everyday fog. All the artists on the art walk succeed in doing this in different ways.” – Ian Henderson, past juror

About Turchin Center for the Visual Arts

The Turchin Center engages visitors from the university, community, nation, and beyond in unique and meaningful experiences with the visual arts. They offer a wide array of dynamic and accessible exhibition, education, outreach, and collection programs. These programs support the university’s teaching mission, inspire lifelong engagement with the visual arts, and create opportunities for participants to learn more about themselves and the world around them. The center is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community of arts supporters, while presenting exhibition and education programming that fosters dialog about important issues facing today’s world, including social, racial, and economic justice.

For more information, contact reesjonesld@appstate.edu.


Shelby Township Art Fair (Shelby Township, MI) – Call For Artists

Shelby Township Art Fair (Shelby Township, MI) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Shelby Township Art Fair Committee is seeking local, regional, and national artists and vendors for its 39th annual juried open air show to be held at River Bends Park in Shelby Township, Michigan on August 13 and 14, 2022.

This is an upscale suburban community located about 20 miles north of Detroit, just west of Rochester, and easily accessible from nearby M53, M59, and I75.

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Enter by: 1 Apr 2022

This event is co-hosted by the Shelby Township Art Fair Committee and the Shelby Township parks and Recreation Department. The committee consists of area artists with experience in participating at art fairs as well as coordinating the planning, promoting, and hosting of art fairs. This perspective provides unique insight into what works for and what is expected from participants. This event has been held annually for 39 years, including a virtual fair in 2019. N0 resale products or distributors permitted.

Shelby Township Art Fair Artist Benefits

  • All booths measure about 15’ x 15’ – some double booths available; all located on grass, many with shade trees
  • Designated areas for artists, crafters, and the Michigan Made Market
  • Friendly, helpful, organized staff, easy load-in and load-out, and overnight security
  • Friday night set-up, plenty of free daytime and overnight parking close to exhibit areas
  • Advertising in local and regional publications and websites, social media, radio advertising, email blasts, flyers, banners, billboards, posters, and signs
  • Average attendance estimated at 15,000+
  • Free parking and shuttle bus for visitors, family friendly music and entertainment, kid’s craft and activity area, great tasting food, and a sponsor tote bag giveaway
  • Photos of exhibitors work will appear on event website and listing of exhibitors in fair guide.

“Quality vendors; something for everyone”
“Fun, friendly atmosphere”
“My favorite show to do; always organized and well run”
“Enjoyed the strolling entertainers”
“Love the large booth spaces!”

About Shelby Township

Shelby Township is a friendly, upscale suburb located about 20 miles north of Detroit, and is easily accessible with M53 and M59 nearby and I75 just a few more miles away. Visitors come from far and near to shop at the Shelby Township Art Fair.

For more information, contact shelbyprm@shelbytwp.org.


Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition (California) – Call For Artists

Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition (California) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Arts Orange County and The City of Newport Beach are pleased to announce a call for entries for Phase VII of its ongoing Invitational Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition. Artists, private collectors, galleries, and museums/non-profit institutions are invited to submit artworks for consideration for a temporary exhibition at the site.

Up to ten artworks may be selected and showcased for two years in the heart of Newport Beach in Civic Center Park.

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Deadline: 30 Nov 2021

There is no cost to submit

The 14-acre, ocean-view site was specially designed by renowned landscape architect Peter Walker as an intended sculpture garden. The Civic Center Park has developed into a destination for residents and visitors to gather for events and activities including summer concerts on the lawn, art shows, docent-led sculpture park tours, visits to the dog park, or leisurely walks along the park’s winding trail, appreciating its environmentally-friendly expanse of native plant life.

Display artworks in a serene, ocean-view setting made to be beautified by sculpture. This exhibition has consistently delighted and enriched visitors with the works of world-class artists both local and national.

Newport Beach Civic Center Sculpture Exhibition honoraria range from $2,500-$5,000.

About Arts Orange County

Arts Orange County is the officially designated independent nonprofit arts council for Orange County, California. It is dedicated to sustaining, strengthening, and advancing creative ecology. Designated by the County as its official local arts agency, Arts Orange County is the community’s leading advocate and service provider for the arts and arts education.

Home to City Hall, City administrative offices, and the Central Branch of the city’s public library system, the Civic Center is the heart of Newport Beach.

For more information, contact nthurkettle@artsoc.org.


Allez! 2022 Mural Exhibit (Missoula, MT) – Call For Artists

Allez! 2022 Mural Exhibit (Missoula, MT) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Allez! Missoula is looking for 1-3 artists (or art teams) to take over their alleyway for the 2022 Fall/Winter mural exhibit. The final exhibit of the year is for the most ambitious of artists. In this show, artists are invited to paint a minimum full 4’ x 16’ mural display section, or up to our entire alleyway, 4′ x 56′. The exhibit will run the second Friday of October through the end of February 2022.

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Deadline: 10 Nov 2021

Artist/s will have full range of artistic choice in theme, and can choose from any of Allez! Missoula’s layout options. Murals are featured in a custom-made framing system. Because of this, exact measurements and layouts of proposed artwork are necessary. Check out the guidelines on the “Painting Process and Wall Layout” page from the link above. View and click to download layout options. Use these to design your proposed artwork. Follow the measurements provided to make your own layout or insert your images into the forms provided.

All Allez! 2022 Mural Exhibit accepted artists will be paid for their work depending on size.

  • Digital artwork file: $300 per image used
  • 4’x16’ Mural (full bay): $2,200
  • 4’x32′ Mural (2 bays): $4,400
  • 4’x56’ Mural (3 bays, full alley): $7,700

Allez! is a unique opportunity in that the artist’s work is featured as both public art and as a gallery setting. The artwork is fully visible to public view and available for purchase. The alley is attached to Radius Gallery, the most prestigious gallery in Missoula with a roster of collectors from all over the world. Allez! creates unique artist interview documentaries free of charge to the artist.

About Allez! Missoula

Allez! is a revolving outdoor urban art gallery which activates the alleyway of the beautiful 120 N Higgins Avenue building in the Original Townsite of Missoula. They engage, promote, and sponsor a wide variety of artists and artistic visions. Allez! provides a custom display system on a lighted alley wall for showcasing quality artworks that represent the region. They strive for ways to create a tangible, stable economy for artists by partnering with other community organizations, nonprofits, schools, and businesses to promote sponsored public events.

Allez! envisions a Missoula downtown with all alleys activated with good lighting, mediated blight, beautiful artistic expression with safe, and welcoming public-access for all. Allez!:

  • Values a public art space for all to share safely
  • Envisions a stable economic framework for working artists
  • Strives to remedy downtown’s visual blight, one panel at a time
  • Provides space for education and workshops
  • Believes that the courage and creativity of the human spirit is worth championing

For more information, contact lillian.allezmissoula@gmail.com.


Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) – Call For Artists

Sculpture Celebration (Lenoir, NC) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] Caldwell Arts Council announces a call for artists for the 35th Annual Sculpture Celebration. Sculptors – bring 3 pieces to enter this annual competition for $11,000 in cash awards, judged this year by Elizabeth Brim. Additional opportunity for participants to have works considered for a one-year installation in the Western NC Sculpture Center and Park sales gallery. Early registration discounts available.

This one-day event runs 9am-4pm with all awards announced at 3:30pm. Live music will fill the lovely lakeside Broyhill Walking Park for the day, with free shuttles to area parking for visitors who come from as far as Florida and New York.

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Deadline: 10 Sept 2021

This event provides opportunities for both sales and commissions in addition to the competition awards. Best of Show award is $3,000, First Place is $2,000, Second Place is $1,500, and Third Place is $1,000. There are five $500 Judge’s Merit awards, five $100 Honorable Mention awards, and the People’s Choice award of $500. Typically between 2,000-4,000 attendees come, and Caldwell Arts Council actively seeks sculpture art buyers to attend.

Sculptors from the eastern United States, from as far away as Vermont and Florida, Indiana, and Texas have participated in the past. As this has been a long-running event, it is a good opportunity for new and upcoming sculptors.

About Caldwell Arts Council

The Caldwell Arts Council has promoted and presented high quality arts in Caldwell County North Carolina since 1976. It is their mission to establish and maintain an awareness and appreciation of cultural arts in their community by encouraging participation in arts events. They offer various educational opportunities and administrative services that support artists, arts agencies, and audiences.

Caldwell Arts Council owns a permanent sculpture collection of over 80 pieces. One of the largest collections for a town of its size in the United States. These indoor and outdoor artworks are displayed all over Caldwell County and are periodically moved to new locations. In addition, the Arts Council exhibits sculptures along the streets of downtown Lenoir in Tucker’s Gallery, which is a partnership with the City of Lenoir. These pieces are on loan from artists for up to one year. Most are available for sale.

The annual Sculpture Celebration offers the public a unique opportunity to view hundreds of sculptures created by artisans from across the United States. This event occurs on the Saturday after Labor Day in the beautiful Broyhill Walking Park.

For more information, contact office@caldwellarts.com.


Decatur Artway VII (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

Decatur Artway VII (Decatur, GA) – Call For Artists

[Sponsored Listing] The Decatur Arts Alliance announces a call for artists for the Decatur Artway VII. It kicks off another year as Decatur’s outdoor gallery, featuring five selected sculptures scattered throughout the city of Decatur, Georgia. Sculptures will be displayed on temporary loan for two years, creating a dynamic rotating collection of public art around town. The sculpture must be available for the duration of the two-year contract with $2000 lease payment for the artist.

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Deadline: 6 Aug 2021

All submissions for the Decatur Artway VII must be professionally constructed of durable materials which will withstand the elements. All durable outdoor media are encouraged.

Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Atlanta, Georgia, is a friendly little tree-lined suburb called Decatur. Decatur’s four square miles are a haven for foodies, arts lovers, hippies, families, and all the young at heart. Decatur blends the best of small-town life with the convenience of city living. The City of Decatur’s 25,000 residents represent a diverse population with a wide range of age groups, racial backgrounds, and economic levels. Of particular note – Decatur has one of the highest education levels in the metropolitan Atlanta area. Decatur employees, primarily concentrated in the downtown commercial district, represent an important demographic.

About Decatur Arts Alliance

The Decatur Arts Alliance is a nonprofit partnership of artists, business owners, and residents dedicated to supporting and enhancing the arts in the city of Decatur. The Decatur Arts Alliance sponsors the annual festivals and special art events for members only. It provides a collaborative environment to coordinate the interests of artists, gallery owners, theater groups, dance groups, and performance venues within Decatur as well as develop the city as a strong arts community.

Public art has long been recognized as a community asset, but because many of its benefits seem intangible, it is often treated as a low priority, especially during challenging economic times. The Decatur Arts Alliance has shown that prioritizing public art can lead to increased levels of community engagement and social cohesion.

For more information, contact info@decaturartsalliance.org.


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