Southern Prize accepting applications until Dec. 3

Nine artists, $80,000 in prizes, and an exhibition of the winners.

The Southern Prize and State Fellowships acknowledge, support and celebrate the highest quality artistic work being created in the American South.

South Arts is committed to practices and funding that create greater cultural equity, represent the diversity of our region, are inclusive of diverse voices and artistic expression, and are accessible to everyone. The group of nine State Fellows will be selected by a national jury, and a second national jury will select the Southern Prize Winner and Finalist. Jurors will make their selections based on artistic excellence that reflects and represents the diversity of the region. Nine artists will receive a total of $80,000 and be featured in a touring exhibition opening in May 2020.

Eligible disciplines: Crafts, Drawing, Experimental, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Mixed Media, and Multidisciplinary

Eligible states: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee

Application deadline: December 3, 2019
Questions?  Please contact
or call 404.874.7244 x23

Your work can be featured by Tampa Bay Rays in their Print Series


We have a wonderful opportunity for artists to participate in a really fun and beneficial program with the Tampa Bay Rays.

A few really cool things. 

  • The artists are being paid $1,000 for their work
  • The Rays are not asking artists to submit designs for consideration.  Rather, the artists explains why they are interested/excited about participating and submits a CV and work samples
  • Once the artist is picked for the project, the commission is theirs.  There is no second stage application process.  So the Rays are making it easy
  • In addition to payment of $1,000 the Rays treat the artists wonderfully.  They provide a sky box with full bar, food and room for 10 – 12 friends or family.  They feature the artist in marketing before and during the game, and create a really fun experience.

Because the Rays market area is pretty broad, they are recruiting artists from Charlotte, Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Polk and Sarasota Counties.

Visit this website for more details:

Apply Now! Deadline for applications is November 27th 11:59pm.!

Charlotte Arts: Reception to select artists for Arts in Public Places 2020

By Oct. 30, complete this form if you are interested in participating in the reception. This reception is your opportunity to be chosen to display your art in Charlotte Arts’ Arts in Public Places Program in 2020. Register to attend the reception at!

Artists selected must be members of Charlotte Arts. Become a member at

After Oct. 30 you will receive an email with details to confirm your participation. We ask that you arrive by 4:30 to setup. Artists may bring three of their newest and best pieces for display to the reception. One or two easels will be set up for you in an individual pipe and drape studio. We have eight sites currently participating in this program in 2020 with art changing as often as six times a year. Learn more at

Artist Selection Reception
Monday, Nov. 4, 2019, 5 to 7 p.m.
Charlotte Harbor Event & Conference Center (75 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda)

Call Leigha Murray at 813-360-5500 if you have questions.



The Florida Artists Group (FLAG)

The Florida Artists Group (FLAG) was incorporated as a non-profit organization of professional artists in 1949. Made up of artists whose work has attained national or state-wide recognition, the purpose of the group is to stimulate attainment of the highest standards of creative art within the State of Florida. FLAG encourages applicants for membership from all races and cultures to truly represent the diversity that exists within the State of Florida.

Each year, FLAG holds an Annual Symposium & Exhibition in a prestigious venue with cash & merchandise awards. In addition, each Area Group organizes exhibits during the year.


1. Applicant must reside in Florida at least 6 months of each year.

2. Applicant must be working in art professionally.

3. Applicants must submit professional background information, including 5 to 7 digital images with a list of the images, a resume, and an artist’s statement. (Details are included in the application.)

A non-refundable application fee of $25.00 is to be made out to Florida Artists Group, Inc.
The judging is composed of members of the Board of Directors. If accepted as a member, the annual dues are $65. Notification of the judges’ decisions will be sent in late October.

All materials need to be POSTMARKED no later than September 28th and received by October 1st. Please give extra time for the post office delivery.


Call for Artists: National Art Exhibition

12th Biennial National Art Exhibition
February 7 – March 25, 2020 | Sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts
Entry into NAE is open until midnight on December 15, 2019. Notification by email will occur in early January.

This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, and mixed media. Media for the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence is limited to drawing, painting and pastel. All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services at (use of JAS is free for applicants).

Submit Application to 2020 National Art Exhibition HERE

The total prize money will be in excess of $8,000.

The 2020 Juror Dawn Emerson is an internationally known pastel artist, art instructor and author. Ms. Emerson’s work has been featured in many national exhibits, and is available through Mockingbird Gallery in Bend, Oregon. She is sought after as an artist, art judge, workshop instructor, and inspiring demonstrator. Visit our website to learn more.

“Pastel Innovations” Workshop: Dawn Emerson will present a two-day workshop for all levels on February 11 and 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn more at Visual Arts Center.

Auditions for “Mama Won’t Fly”

Charlotte Players Rehearsal Hall on Sunday. August 25 and Monday, August 26 at 7:00 PM

Mama Won’t Fly is an outrageously hilarious race against the clock that begins when Savannah Sprunt Fairchild Honeycutt agrees to get her feisty mother all the way from Alabama to California in time for her brother’s wedding. Savannah’s problem: Mama won’t fly. With only four days to make it to the ceremony, this determined daughter has no choice but to drive cross-country with her equally willful mother, Norleen Sprunt, in Mama’s vintage sedan. As Savannah steels herself for this hastily conceived road trip, another outrageous complication arises: the bubbly, over-eager bride-to-be arrives unannounced. Hayley Quinn, delighted to finally meet her future in-laws, is convinced that traveling together to her wedding is the perfect way to bond. The folly of her decision quickly becomes apparent when the journey begins and comedic chaos ensues.


Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health — Florida Conference Sept. 23-24, 2019

With the overarching goal of creating stronger and healthier communities through the arts, this conference is intended to connect people working and thinking at the intersections of the arts, public health, and community development.

The event is a part of Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America, a national initiative designed to accelerate collaboration among the arts, public health, and community development sectors.

Conference Goals

CONVENE professionals from the arts, public health and community development sectors

SHARE impactful program and practice models

GENERATE dialogue around key issues that limit health and wellbeing, including but not limited to, social isolation, equity, collective trauma, wellbeing and access to the arts

PROVOKE ideation, innovation and solutions to these issues

STIMULATE new partnerships between the arts, public health and community development sectors in Florida and in the United States

Who Should Attend?

• Artists, arts professionals, arts educators and arts researchers
• Public health, community health, healthcare, social services and human services professionals, educators and researchers
• Community builders, community development professionals, planners, architects
• Social change agents and advocates
• Educators, researchers, funders and policy-makers in the arts, health and community development sectors


Learn more and register.

National Art Exhibition Entries by Dec. 15

12th Biennial
National Art Exhibition
February 7 to March 25, 2020 | Sponsored by the Mary Ellen Byrd Legacy for the Arts

Entry into NAE begins July 10 and continues through midnight on December 15, 2019

All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services at (use of JAS is free for applicants).

Artist notification will be made by email in early January. If accepted into the 2020 NAE, you will receive further instructions by email regarding receiving and other important information.

This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, and mixed media. Media for the Bowles Award for Portrait Excellence is limited to drawing, painting and pastel. The work must have been completed in the last three years and cannot have been accepted into the Visual Arts Center’s 2018 National Art Exhibition. Computer-generated art, photography, glass and fiber/fabric art are not eligible. Artwork from any state or country is eligible for entry.

Important Dates in 2019
• July 10: Online entry begins
• December 15: Online entry closes at midnight
• Notification by email will occur in early January

Important Dates in 2020
• Receiving for shipped artwork, January 29, 30 & 31
• Receiving for hand-delivered work January 31 and February 1 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center
• February 7: Exhibit opens to the public
• February 13: Awards Reception at the Visual Arts Center
• March 25: Last day of Exhibit
• March 26 & 27: Pick up hand-delivered work from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Visual Arts Center; return shipping begins

Donate photographs of wildlife to Peace River Wildlife Center by Aug. 10

The Peace River Wildlife Center is a 501(c)(3) non-profit wildlife rehabilitation and education center in Punta Gorda, Florida. Its mission is to rescue and rehabilitate native wildlife and educate the public. In 2018, the center admitted more than 2,500 patients and has more than 100 permanent wildlife residents on educational display.

The Center created calendars in 2018 and 2019 to help educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the center. Thanks to guidance provided by many people, the 2020 calendar will feature donated images.

Will you please consider donating up to five photographs for possible use in the 2020 calendar?

Important things to remember:

  • Because Peace River Wildlife Center is creating this calendar, the calendar will only feature images of wildlife native to Florida. Priority may be given to animals that are treated at the Center.
  • Any photograph of native wildlife taken any time anywhere by anyone may be submitted. Because the calendar will showcase the diversity of wildlife found near the Center, we recommend that you only submit one image of the same subject. For example, don’t submit five images of an eagle as only one large image will likely be of an eagle.
  • A large image will be featured above each month and maybe elsewhere. Each of these images will be printed at nearly 12” wide x 9” high. The resolution must be about 300 dpi at that size. If you force this resolution, no one will be happy with how they look in the printed calendar. We also ask that images not be altered except for cropping or adjusting the exposure.
  • Several images will placed throughout the calendar. These images are much smaller so the resolution does not have to be as high.
  • We anticipate 2,000 calendars will be printed and distributed free, probably in November 2019.
  • The photographer of each image will be acknowledged by their name, business name or contact information, whatever is provided as long as it doesn’t exceed 50 characters. As a thank you, a few calendars will be provided to each person whose work is featured.

By August 10, if you are willing to donate your photograph(s), please complete the short release form that follows. You may upload images to the release form or you may send them by email to or you may use a file transfer service of your choice. If you provide the images by email or file transfer service, be sure to provide your name so that the images can be tied to your release form. The online release form must be completed no matter how you provide your images. (You can return to your response and edit it but that means cookies must be removed from the computer if more than one person wishes to submit images. Once this is done, the computer will not allow the first person to edit that set of responses.)

Please spread the word to others you think may have an interest in supporting this project.

Thank you for helping the Peace River Wildlife Center create a 2020 calendar to educate the public about Florida’s native wildlife and the work of the Center.