Friday, September 16, 2011

Call for artists: "Embracing Our Differences" exhibit

From 2011 "Embracing Our Differences" exhibit: "Reflections"
by John Stanish, 10th Grade, Eldora, IA. Teacher: Lori Topp,
South Hardin High School

"Embracing Our Differences" invites art submissions for its 9th annual outdoor art exhibit celebrating diversity. 

National and international submissions are encouraged. 39 artists will be selected for the exhibit. 

The Exhibit will be displayed April and May 2012 at Island Park along Sarasota, Florida’s beautiful bayfront. Since 2004, the exhibit has been viewed by more than 1,100,000 visitors. The exhibit will contain 39 billboard-sized (16 feet wide by 12 1/2 feet high) images of the selected artworks.

Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence in reflection of the theme “embracing our differences”. Submissions will also be evaluated on how effectively it will read outdoors when enlarged to billboard size. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals. A total of $3,000.00 in awards will be presented.

Submissions must be postmarked no later than January 9, 2012. There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries.

The mission of Embracing Our Differences is to use art as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.

Submission forms and more information concerning past winning entries are available at or by emailing

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