Two Artist Opportunities – Get to Work!

I just found out about two (2!) great opportunities for artists.  If you are an artist and one or both of the calls below fit, get to work!  Also, if you know anyone that can benefit from either of these pass it on.

Ringling Underground Call to Artists

John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

5401 Bay Shore Road

Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 359-5700

david-undergroundThe Ringling Museum is seeking emerging contemporary artists currently working in Florida to participate in the Spring 2013 season of Ringling Underground, a series of events combining live music and art in a block-party atmosphere.  Artists are invited to exhibit sculpture, installation, interventions, video, performance and other works in the courtyard of the art museum.  Artists are encouraged to consider the context of the Ringling, its history, collections and exhibitions when producing their works, but are not limited to these as themes. The next events will take place on February 7th, March 7th, and April 4th.

Open to artists working in any discipline. Current students, groups, and collaborations are also welcome. Artists must be able to attend the event as all works must be installed and de-installed on the same day.  Creative professionals do not necessarily need to identify as visual artists.  Past Ringling Underground events have welcomed engineers, jewelry makers, and actors to create installations, interactive objects, and performances.

Proposal Guidelines:

Detailed description of your piece including images, drawings, dimensions and technical needs

(Note: This is an outdoor event in the courtyard of the art museum.  Power outlets are available but limited.)

Artist statement and/or statement about the proposed work

Artist bio and/or resume

Link to website (if applicable)

Contact information

Email submission to:

Subject line should include: Ringling_Month_Your Name

Include your name on all attachments


Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Opens Call for Emerging Artists for 43rd Annual Event

Artists Nationwide Invited to Apply to Showcase Works at the 2013 Festival

logoTAMPA, Fla. (December 3, 2012) ― The Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts, one of the nation’s top-rated outdoor fine art shows, is now accepting applications from emerging artists interested in participating in the festival, which will return to Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa on March 2 – 3, 2013. The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts Emerging Artist Program will provide up-and-coming artists who are interested in pursuing a professional career in visual arts with the opportunity to showcase their work to the more than 100,000 art enthusiasts who are expected to attend.

Artists who are selected for the Emerging Artist Program will exhibit free of charge, and will be provided with an individual display tent as well as a $250 expense allowance. Emerging artists will not compete for prize money against artists in the main show. However, their artwork will be juried by a festival juror of national prominence, and each artist will be eligible to receive the $1,000 Robert and Elizabeth Sanchez Emerging Artist Award.

The winner of the 2013 Emerging Artist Program will also be exempt from the jury selection process for the 2014 festival and will receive an automatic invite to participate in the main show.

An artist who has previously exhibited their art in museums or major galleries, or earned a substantial portion of their income through the sale of their work, will not qualify as an applicant for the Emerging Artist Program. The application deadline is January 2, 2013. For more information / rules and to submit an application, please visit

The Gasparilla Festival of the Arts is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation dedicated to producing an annual, premier juried outdoor art festival for the enjoyment and education of patrons, artists and guests as well as for the enhancement of the Tampa Bay area’s cultural arts. The non-profit organization relies on support from sponsorships, on-site retail sales and corporate and individual gifts to fund its programs and events. The Tampa-based organization is staffed entirely by volunteers.  For more information, visit, send email to or call (813) 876-1747.

Two Artist Opportunities – Get to Work!

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