Florida Biennial open call due by May 16


The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood is thrilled to announce the Open Call for its 2022 Florida Biennial. The Biennial is juried by Ylva Rouse, Senior Curator at MOCA Jacksonville. The exhibition is organized by the Center’s Curator of Exhibitions Meaghan Kent. Learn more.

The 11th edition of the Center’s Biennial is open to visual artists living in the state of Florida to submit their artwork for the exhibition that opens October 15, 2022 and continues through February 5, 2023.

The Open Call is now open with a deadline of May 16, 2022.

The 2022 Florida Biennial will offer a $1,000 honorarium to one artist for a Gallery 2 solo exhibition in 2023. All exhibiting artists will receive a Friend-level membership, which provides free admission to more than 1,100 cultural institutions as part of the North American Reciprocal Museum (NARM) program.

Award: $1,000 Honorarium for a solo exhibition in 2023.

Entry Fee: $25

Eligibility:  Proposals will be accepted from individuals who live, work, study, or maintain a studio in the state of Florida.

Dates & Deadlines

Submissions open: April 5, 2022

Submission deadline: May 16, 2022

Workshop for artists:
April 20, 2022 | 5 – 8 pm led by Meaghan Kent at the
Art and Culture/Hollywood, 1650 Harrison Street, Hollywood

Announcement of Biennial Artists: June 13, 2022

Exhibition Information

Delivery of artworks: Oct. 3-9, 2022

Installation dates: Oct. 10-14, 2022

Exhibition dates: Oct. 15, 2022 – Feb. 5, 2023

Opening Reception: Oct. 15, 2022 | 5 – 8 pm

Return/Pick-up of artworks: Feb. 6-10, 2023

621 Gallery call for proposals by May 13

We are reaching out about our call for proposals for our next Exhibition Season of 2022-2023. Our deadline to apply is May 13, 2022. 621 Gallery is located within the historic Railroad Square Art District in Tallahassee, FL. We are a non-profit arts exhibition and program space providing innovative and progressive contemporary art exhibitions, workshops, and events for all. Established in 1981, 621 Gallery is the oldest and largest contemporary arts venue in the region!  We are taking application proposals for this coming year, September 2022 – July 2023. We are always eager to reach beyond Tallahassee and seek diverse practitioners from around the country to contribute their ideas and creative achievements to the upcoming exhibition season. Our goal is to showcase diverse voices from our local scene and beyond.  We would both like to urge emerging and established artists to apply with no limitations as to medium specificity, from traditional to experimental. Curator, duo, and group exhibition proposals are also being accepted at this time. 621 Gallery’s main space is 70’ x 30’ with a 12’ x 12’ freestanding wall dividing the space into two rooms. Artists have the opportunity to take on one half or the entire main gallery. The adjoining Nan Boynton Memorial Gallery provides a smaller exhibition space.   For more information about the application, please visit our website here (www.621gallery.org/apply) for our application guidelines and submission options.

Visual Arts Center Call for Artists: Water, Water Everywhere

Visual Arts Center Call to Artists: Water, Water Everywhere.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: May 9 at 4:00pm. On-Line Only.

On Display May 18 – June 13, 2022. This exhibit has anything and everything to do with water: boating, fishing, shells, beaches, and sun. This exhibit will accept all 2D and 3D art. This is a JUDGED & JURIED exhibit open to members and non-members. More information on our website https://visualartcenter.org/collections/call-to-artists

Bion Cantorum seeking singers: Rehearsals begin May 10

Bion Cantorum, a non-profit vocal ensemble, is seeking singers at all levels for its July 4 concert. Rehearsals start May 10. Must be able to read music and blend with other voices. Some solo work may be needed. Rehearsals are on Tuesday nights from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda (25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda). All concerts are at 3 p.m. on Sundays. For further information, contact Jean Finks at 941-626-1070, Joan Byron at 941-661-1553 or Denny Ausman at 941-204-2900. (The March 13 concert has been cancelled.)

Bion Cantorum is looking for singers

Bion Cantorum, a non-profit singing ensemble, is looking for singers in all voice ranges, to perform in three concerts on November 20, 2021, March 6, 2022 and July 3, 2022.  Singers should be able to read music, blend well and be vaccinated against COVID-19.  Masks are optional.  Rehearsals are at First Presbyterian Church of Punta Gorda, 25250 Airport Road, Punta Gorda.  Our first concert is “A New Beginning” and will feature Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas choral pieces.  Our guest soloist will be Ann Alton, former principal cellist of Punta Gorda Symphony.  Our Musik Director will be Dennis Ausman and our accompanist will be Jane Schroeder.  For further information contact Jean Finks, President at 941-626-1070.

Getty Museum Challenge: Artworks Recreated with Household Items

Getty Museum Challenge: Artworks Recreated with Household Items

The challenge: re-create your favorite art using just three objects lying around home, photograph your re-creation, and share it through social media. The only tools you need for this activity are your imagination and a picture of a work of art you like or find interesting. Browse any online Getty Museum collection or other free great online collections, including LACMA, The Met, Cleveland, Indianapolis, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Walters, the National Gallery, or do your own online search. Learn more.

Shown above: Irises, 1889, Vincent Van Gogh, at The J. Paul Getty Museum. Re-creation by Cara Jo O’Connell and family using Play Doh, carrots, and wooden beads.

An Inspiration for Everyone

“We love you, everybody loves you.

You’re loved by millions of people you’ll never meet.

You’re not a stranger to anyone.

These flowers are from everyone.”

— Michael Gittes


On July 26, Michael Gittes was featured on the television program Sunday Morning. Michael, an artist from Los Angeles, had painted a flower for each of the 1,800 employees at the Interfaith Medical Center in Brooklyn. The non-profit hospital was selected because its intensive care unit is treating coronavirus patients in an underserved community.

Watch the Sunday Morning interview


Charlotte Arts will post opportunities for artists as they are received to this website. They are also sent by email to current members. You must be a current member of Charlotte Arts to participate. For more information on member benefits and how to pay, visit https://www.charlottearts.org/become-a-member/.

Opportunities for artists have included:

Call to Artists (for juried shows, actors for plays, musicians, etc.): Embracing Our Differences is seeking submissions for an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park (5 Bayfront Dr.) in downtown Sarasota. Awards are given for Best-in-Show Adult, Best-in-Show Student, and People’s Choice categories, totaling $3,000. Learn more at https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/submit-art-2021-exhibit/ or contact Liz Chicoine (941/404-5710, liz@embracingourdifferences.org).


Call for Artists: Pain, Process and Promise:  Submission deadline: July 1 • In this extended moment, we find ourselves navigating crisis upon crisis that has further underscored the deep inequities in our society. In an attempt to process the multilayered issues facing our society and culture, this exhibition asks artists to submit traditional works of art in painting, drawing, photography, mixed media, and sculpture but is also looking for proposals in a variety of installation or alternative mediums such a video, projection, memorials and community based projects. Date: July 10 – August 20, Location: 10091 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers

Exhibition Calendar

  • Artwork on Display: Friday, July 10 – August 20
  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, July 1
  • Notification of Acceptance: Friday July 3
  • Delivery of Accepted Artwork: Monday, July 6 (by appointment)
  • Artwork Pickup: Friday, August 21 (by appointment)

Contact Ehren Gerhard at  exhibitions@artinlee.org for more information or visit https://www.artinlee.org/event/process/.


Clearwater Sculpture360: Season X seeking Florida artists

The city of Clearwater, in partnership with the Public Art and Design Board and the city’s Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA), is seeking three artists to install completed sculptures on the 400-600 blocks of Cleveland Street in Downtown Clearwater. Applications are due by noon (EDT) on Thursday, July 16, 2020, and the selected artists will be notified by August 24, 2020. Sculptures must be available for installation by September 30, 2020 and remain on display through March 2022. Applicants must be Florida residents and each of the three artists will be awarded a $3,000 honorarium for the loan of the art.

Sculpture360 is a rotating exhibition of temporary artwork and is part of the Clearwater Public Art and Design Program. The exhibition is entering its tenth season and is supported through contributions from the City’s Public Art Fund and partnerships with other local donors and organizations. The artwork will be displayed at three locations in Downtown Clearwater and are all highly visible to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The artwork will be displayed for 18 months and is entering its tenth season.

This call is open to Florida resident artists and teams of artists with professional experience in temporary sculpture exhibitions and public art. Those interested are asked to submit the following items: a one-page resume or short bio, 2-4 photographs of eligible sculptures, with details such as name, materials, and dimensions, contact information for 2 references from past installations. To submit your work, contact Christopher Hubbard at christopher.hubbard@myclearwater.com or (727) 562-4067.


Charlotte Memorial Funeral Home is seeking an artist to donate a painting of a veteran-related mural to the outside of its building by Memorial Day 2021. The artist will be promoted widely in marketing and media materials. For more information, contact Leigha at 813-360-5500.


2020 Florida Biennial Open Call to Artists by July 10

The Art and Culture Center/Hollywood announces an Open Call for their 2020 Florida Biennial (November 7 to February 20). Visual artists residing in the state of Florida may submit art for the exhibition juried by Coralie Claeysen-Gleyzon, Associate Curator for Collections and Exhibitions at the Orlando Museum of Art. Only one entry per artist. Entry fee is $40. Three pieces of art may be submitted per entry for General Exhibition and two may be submitted for Artists Select where you may be selected for a solo exhibition.

Awards include:

  • Artists Select: Two artists will be selected for solo exhibitions in the Middle and Interactive Galleries during the 2020 Florida Biennial. Each artist will receive a $500 honorarium
  • General Exhibition: $40 honorarium for all exhibiting artists in the Biennial exhibition
  • All Participating Artists: $150 Friend-Level membership with free admission to more than 1,000 cultural institutions given to all exhibiting artists in the Biennial

Thanks to Kathy Futch for providing this information. Learn more at https://artandculturecenter.us2.list-manage.com/track/click?u=68a1c8881002e5aa15b10c8a1&id=3dc22a07ec&e=4a9b4bb03b.


City of Tampa’s Open Call to Artists by June 9

This call is to create a prequalified pool of artists for Mayor Castor’s Art on the Block Program. The program has too many projects on the horizon to give each an individual call.

This call is open to artists in the State of Florida who are within driving distance, including:

  • Emerging and established artists.
  • Artists that you don’t typically think of in the realm of “public art” – graphic designers, printmakers, poets, storytellers, photographers, artists of social justice/practice  (Not open to dance, theater or music at this time.)
  • Art teachers in both public and private K-12 schools, universities and other institutes of higher learning.

Learn more at https://www.tampagov.net/art-programs/Info/call-to-artists.


Artist Relief Fund

The Deadline for Round 1 of applications is

April 23rd at 11:59pm EST

To support artists, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial and informational resources to artists across the United States. For more information and to apply, visit https://www.artistrelief.org/.


Charlotte County Centennial: Request for articles by Sept. 30

Tthere will be no official county centennial book so I’ve decided to publish such a book, and I’m asking for your help.

I envision a different kind of commemorative book, a people’s history that will showcase both behind the scenes contributors to our community and culture and the men and women who were a part of the big things that shaped and defined our county. Please see the attached cover.

I’ve been here for 20 years. As a journalist I covered history daily. As a book publisher I’ve published my share of local history, working with legends such as the late Vernon Peeples. .

But I’d be remiss to think I could tell this story alone. Many of the authors whose books about the county I’ve published have agreed to provide excerpts. Other authors have contributed excerpts from their books that feature our county in some form or fashion. And I’m also enlisting experts in their fields to help flesh out the story of the county. From Sandi Witzke, the historian of the Charlotte County Garden Club to chroniclers of the community like Diana Harris, Fran Desguin, Lynn Harrell, and Mike Haymans, I’m asking people who know and are proud of their field of expertise and heritage to step forward.

Write an essay, send me a photo with a good caption, or just direct me to the old guy or woman who knows everything.

I’m been asking businesses to tell their stories. Teri Ashley, the Chamber executive, for example, has agreed to write a history of that organization.

In this time of plague, I’m using Zoom to conduct interviews. If you or someone you know would be interested in such an interview, send me an email. I’ll also be contributing the oral histories that result from those interviews to the county’s centennial Facebook page. The deadline for all submissions is Sept. 30. I plan to release the book during the first week of December.

Please help me. I’m not asking for money or a martini (although that would be nice), just your stories. Help me make this a true people’s history.


James Abrahamm (book-broker@hotmail.com)