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Interactive Mural (Venice, FL) – Call For Artists

Interactive Mural (Venice, FL) – Call For Artists

Venice MainStreet is holding a contest for an interactive mural in Historic Downtown Venice, Florida. The mural will be located predominately downtown for hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors to see. Work must be completed by June 14, 2019. A Visit Florida grant will pay for a portion of this project.

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Deadline: 29 Mar 2019

Create an interactive mural that encourages people to take a picture with the image and share on social media. It must fit in with the ambiance of Historic Downtown Venice and advertise Venice, FL. Concept should include details on scope of pay, maintenance expectations, artist bio with images of past work, and the materials to be used. Theme: 3-D action image fitting to Venice in the time period of 1920s and the 1930s. A committee will choose the winning artwork by April 5, 2019.

Interactive Mural Artist Benefits

The artist will receive the credit and recognition of the artwork and financial compensation for their time and efforts. Financial compensation amount is yet to be determined.

About Venice MainStreet

Venice MainStreet (VMS) is committed to preserving and enhancing the character, beauty, economic, and community vitality of Historic Downtown Venice, Florida. Since 1988, Venice MainStreet has operated as a volunteer driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the quality of life in the community by preserving, protecting, and promoting Historic Downtown Venice. This goal is achieved by bringing interesting events to attract visitors and enhance the lifestyle of local residents. It invests in amenities, marketing, and infrastructure for Historic Downtown Venice.

Venice MainStreet is funded by grants, fundraising, donations, and partners. It is an accredited through the Florida Main Street Program and Main Street America. VMS is united with thousands of other Main Street organizations around the country, all of which work in a similar defined district of a historic downtown. Main Streets follow a structured approach called “the four point approach.” This was created in the 1980s by the National Main Street Center in response to nationwide large commercial shopping malls which threatened historic downtowns. VMS was formed by a partnership between the The Downtown Venice Association, City of Venice, the Venice Area Chamber of Commerce, and historic enthusiasts in 1987.

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Artfest 2019 – Call For Artists

Artfest 2019 – Call For Artists

The Venice-Nokomis Rotary club announces a call for artists for the 27th annual Artfest 2019, to be held 1/19/19 – 1/20/19 in beautiful Venice, FL. This two-day event features 100 artists, live music, children’s area, car shows, food trucks, and beer and wine. It is the largest fundraiser for the Venice-Nokomis Rotary club, with annual attendance in the thousands. The grounds are ample. Artists can park and stay behind their exhibits. The club provides overnight security. Many artists choose to stay on the property in their motor homes or campers.

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Deadline: 1 Dec 2018

Beautiful and historic Venice, FL is located on the Gulf of Mexico. It is a very popular winter destination for tourists and snowbirds alike. The Venice-Nokomis Rotary 27th annual Artfest 2019 is one of the premier events to showcase artistic talent.

Prizes are awarded for: Best in Show, Category prizes, and Merit awards. In addition to cash prizes, Venice-Nokomis Rotary provides free lunch on Saturday. This year, the club is partnering with the City of Venice Public Works Department in a family friendly RoadEO, which will boost attendance by several thousand.

About the Venice-Nokomis Rotary

Venice-Nokomis Rotary is the largest Rotary International group in the Venice area. The Artfest is their biggest annual fundraiser. Proceeds are dedicated to local youth organizations and non-profits. Some of the groups that benefit from our festival include: Venice High School athletics and the Rotary Futures program, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Sarasota County, Our Mother’s House, Laurel Civic Association, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, Venice Youth boating, the Venice Theatre youth programs, the Venice Symphony youth programs, and Venice Little League. Annually, the Venice Nokomis Rotary contributes more than $50,000 to these local youth organizations.

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Lead Photographer – Call for Artists

Venice Arts seeks a photographer to work on a part-time basis as a teaching artist, Lead Photographer.

Call for artists application / registration

Deadline: 31 May 2016

Working under the direct supervision of the Director of Education, the Lead Photographer has the following, primary responsibilities:

  • Teach 4 photography workshops each academic cycle and one in summer
  • Develop age-appropriate, standards-based syllabi for each class that supports Venice Arts’ curricular goals
  • Interview, place, support, and retain volunteer artist-mentors placed in workshops (generally three per class)
  • Assure the weekly, effective management of all art and media produced by students, using Venice Arts existing protocols
  • Work with the Director of Education to select work for the archive, special exhibits, and web features
  • Assure workshop evaluation
  • Work with youth to prepare projects for exhibition and install youths’ work
  • Identify youth whose work is ready for submission to competitions, and work with them (individually and/or in small groups) to prepare their submissions
  • Work cooperatively with the Director of Education, and other members of the Art Mentoring Program (AMP) team, to assure efficient program operations
  • Other duties as assigned


The ideal candidate is a working photographer with a minimum of two years experience teaching photography to youth; a background in documentary photography, street photography, or photojournalism; and a demonstrated understanding of a broad range of contemporary and history photographers and practices. Advanced degree preferred, but not required.

Those without prior photography teaching experience will not be considered.

The ideal candidate demonstrates an ability to develop age-appropriate, standards-based syllabi, and understands pedagogical approaches that are project-based, highly interactive, and student centered. Must demonstrate an understanding of how documentary and digital storytelling concepts can be integrated into workshops for youth. Experience with multimedia storytelling (image ​and​ audio) and working with video a plus. A high level of computer proficiency required, including being expert with current innovations in digital arts software. Experience working with volunteers and/or training other artists a strong plus.

The ideal candidate is well-organized, detailed-oriented, and able to multi-task. She or he works well as a team member, as well as independently. Must demonstrate a genuine interest in Venice Arts’ mission.

Lead Photographer Salary and Benefits:

This is a part-time (20 hours per week) position with a Tuesday-Friday (afternoon) and Saturday (morning), work schedule. The salary starts at $20,800 with sick ​time and vacation benefits commensurate with the percentage worked, the latter accruing after the initial 90-days and the ability to participate in employee-funded 401(k) retirement plan. Health coverage is not provided part-time employees.

Job opportunity to work with our low-income youth who don’t have accessibility to the arts. You will sharpen your teaching skills, inspire young artists, lead curriculum and class projects, manage youth competitions, hire mentors, and make a difference in the community.

Venice Arts mission is to ignite youths’ imagination, mentor their creativity, and expand their sense of possibility through high quality, accessible media-​based arts education programs. Venice Arts also serves as a catalyst for people of all ages, living in low-​income or underrepresented communities, to create and share personal and community stories through photography, film, and multi-media.

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Lead Photographer


Artist Residency 2016 – Call for Artists

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency offers a seven week residency program located in Joshua Tree, CA.

Call for artists application

Deadline: 15 Mar 2016

Program: May – July 2016

Artists are given free housing and studio space. Stipend award of up to $1000. Exhibit of artist work at JTAG gallery.

Joshua Tree Highlands Artist Residency is a non profit organization providing opportunities for artists to explore new ideas and projects in the beauty of the Mojave Desert.

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ArtVenice Biennale 3 – Call for Artists

The Biennial Project is thrilled to announce an open call to artists worldwide for ArtVenice Biennale 3 – an online juried competition as well as a large screen digital presentation being held at a beautiful large gallery space in Venice, Italy during the Opening Week of The Venice Biennale 56.

Call for artists application.

Deadline: 15 Mar 2015.

If your work is selected for inclusion in ArtVenice Biennale3 it will also be shown on our website and in a blog posting reaching over 6,000 very important people of influence in the international art world, (mondo artistico internazionale). Best of all your art will be presented for one night as a digital display at The Biennial Project’s extravagant, VIP Gala event in Venice, Italy during the opening week of The Venice Biennale 56. That’s La Biennale di Venezia for you international folk.

In addition, the artist who is bestowed the title of Grand Prizewinner will have a solo gallery show on our website, and a solo blog posting of 15 pieces or his/her magnificenza work to our on-line audience of over 6,000 (and growing) art lovers.

The Biennial Project is an artists’ collaborative whose goal is to explore the nature and understand the perception of biennials within the art world and, in so doing, to develop a collective body of work that will be exhibited in as many biennials as possible – especially the really cool ones.

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