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calls to artists


Member Exhibition: Metamorphosis, July 2024

We invite our current members to submit one work following the theme “Metamorphosis” to be displayed in the main gallery during this month-long group exhibition. As an artist and an Alliance member, this is your annual opportunity to exhibit your work in our main gallery! No online submission process, no jury notification – simply the opportunity to celebrate the artists that make our artistic community so unique.

The theme “Metamorphosis” calls to mind concepts of transformation and change, it can explore how people, nature, and society undergo metamorphoses over time. Artists could interpret this theme through depictions of personal evolution, environmental shifts, societal upheavals, or even the lifecycle of creatures undergoing metamorphosis, such as butterflies or frogs. It could evoke feelings of transition, adaptation, and renewal, encouraging viewers to reflect on the cyclical nature of transformation and the beauty found within the process of change.

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Apply to be a featured artist at our monthly Wednesday Night Market!

Alliance for the Arts members may apply to be a featured artist during this monthly event which features a selection of fresh produce, art, live music, food trucks and beer and wine. Up to three members will be chosen each month to display and sell their artwork.

Apply here!

We are looking for 3-4 artists to display art at Palm City Brewing as part of an ongoing partnership between PCB and the Alliance. They are looking for Florida/beach themed artwork to decorate their walls. The work will be on display for 3-4 months inside their brewery.

The work must be for sale. Sales will be processed through the Alliance for the Arts and will be subject to our standard 40% commission with 60% of the sale price going to the artist. If a piece sells, artists will be invited to replace it with another piece. Email [email protected] if you are interested in participating.

The Alliance for the Arts is beginning a new community partnership with Evans Health Care, a senior living facility in Fort Myers.

The artwork inside Evans Health Care is all reproduction artwork that has faded to colorless grays. The art has not been updated since the building opened in 1984. Fortunately, the frames and mats are of high quality. The Alliance for the Arts aims to improve the artistic atmosphere in Evans Health Care by commissioning artists to replace these faded reproductions with colorful, original works on paper. The old frames will be taken down, opened, and the artwork replaced and rehung by an Alliance volunteer.

We invite our community of artists to share original works of art on paper to refresh the hallways at Evans Health Care and give the residents and staff hope, encouragement, and a happy injection of color.

  1. Artwork must be original two-dimensional work on paper. The residents have requested colorful, representational works. Drawings, paintings, prints and collages are all acceptable. Artwork, properly documented, can be dropped off at Alliance for the Arts. (Artists must reach out to Gallery Manager Emily Radomski at [email protected] to confirm size requirements for each artwork)

  2. Each artist must provide their name, address, contact information, and descriptors for each artwork (title, medium, date). This information will accompany the artwork on the backside of the frame, along with clear directives about the consignment agreement. A digital database of all contributing artists, their contact information and their artworks will be maintained by Alliance for the Arts for record-keeping purposes. Limit of no more than 5 artworks per artist, please.

  3. Alliance for the Arts has a volunteer to put each artwork in an existing Evans Health Care frame/mat/glass/backing and be sure it gets hung securely. 50% Off Framing Store on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral has graciously partnered with us to allow our art volunteer to close up all the framed artworks properly under their supervision.

  4. Evans Health Care will show their appreciation with a modest gift $50 for each piece of artwork consigned.

  5. Alliance for the Arts will serve as the vendor, accepting and disbursing the payments to the artists. The artwork will be contracted on long-term consignment, meaning that if the nursing home ever closes, the artists will have their artworks returned via Alliance for the Arts, keeping the artworks in the frames.

To get involved in this project, please contact Emily Radomski at [email protected].

opportunities in sw Florida and beyond

The era we currently inhabit, known as the Anthropocene, is characterized by the profound alterations made by humanity to every facet of life on our planet. One significant consequence of these changes is the rampant proliferation of pollution.

Pollution, in essence, refers to the act of contaminating or degrading the environment, rendering it unsuitable or hazardous for use due to the introduction of man-made waste. While pollutants can occur naturally, such as volcanic ash, they are often the byproduct of human activities, such as the disposal of trash or the runoff generated by industrial factories. These pollutants inflict damage upon the quality of our air, water, and land. 

In addition to environmental pollution, we are also faced with the side effects of technological advancements affecting our natural state of being. The omnipresence of social media and the dependency on electronics are perhaps developing new forms of mental and spiritual pollution in our society. 

How can we confront and combat these forms of pollution we face on a daily basis? What solutions can we envision to not only reduce but eradicate both environmental and mental/spiritual pollution? 

The challenge posed by this year’s juried exhibition lies in your ability to propose solutions to the multifaceted issue of pollution, encompassing environmental, spiritual, and mental realms. It beckons you to delve into the depths of your imagination and present innovative approaches to combatting these topics of discussion.  Artists are encouraged to use recycled materials in their art pieces. 


Best in Show $500

SBDAC Pick $250

People’s Choice $250



 Submission Guidelines for Pollution or Solution.

Please read them carefully before submitting artwork!

   The deadline is Friday, May 24th, 2024.


The use of AI (artificial intelligence) of any kind, on the creation of the art is not allowed, even if it is just partially, art is subject to removal from the exhibition in the case that is found to be done with the use of AI.

*Artists may submit up to Three pieces for consideration. ($30 submission fee)

*All artists, regardless of experience level, are encouraged to submit. 

*All media is accepted, including sculpture. There are no size restrictions, so long as the piece will fit through standard doorways, weigh no more than 80 lbs, and is ready to display. (3-dimensional pieces must be display-ready, either free-standing or wall-hanging)

*Please upload quality images (no more than 2MB in size, jpeg, no less than 1MB) labeled appropriately for identification purposes (ex: lastname_title.jpg) 


*Artists not from the SWFL area are responsible for any and all shipping costs for the delivery of accepted artwork and the return of unsold work.

*Pending acceptance, artwork must be ready to display. 2D work must be ready to hang with hanging wire or appropriate hardware, and the sculpture must be free-standing. Pedestals can be provided for small-scale 3D works. Any works not display-ready upon the drop-off date are subject to rejection!

*Artwork must have been produced within the past 24 months. 

*The use of AI (artificial intelligence) of any kind, on the creation of the art is not allowed, even if it is just partially, art is subject to removal from the exhibition in the case that is found to be done with the use of AI.

*Art previously exhibited at SBDAC shows will not be accepted.

**Most importantly, artwork must adhere to the theme of “Pollution or solution, environmental, mental or spiritual ”

It’s said that the essence of all great art is gratitude. We’re deeply grateful for you and for the creative, compassionate spirit of our island community! It’s a spirit we hope to channel once again to help transform lives.

CHR is excited to announce our next public art project, Give Your Art To CHR! We invite artists to apply for one of 25 slots to create and donate a painting or drawing. These works, along with each artist’s background, will go on public display with lots of promotion in November/December. Then, on February 1, 2025, we will auction the artwork to raise vital funds for CHR’s mission: providing affordable homes for families and individuals who work in and serve our island community.

This year’s theme honors the City of Sanibel’s 50th anniversary. We’re eager to see how the selected artists portray the unique verve, the vibrant essence, of this special place! Canvas/boards will be supplied to artists. All artwork is due by September 30, 2024.

Application Deadline: June 30, 2024

More information:

“Artists are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme ‘enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.’” Follow the two links below for more information.

Show off your creativity by submitting a design inspired by this breathtaking region, for a chance to have your artwork featured on a limited-edition, eco-friendly beach tote made from recycled sails!


guidelines for submission:

  • Designs must be original, unpublished, and suitable for printing on a tote bag.
  • High-resolution digital files are required (300 dpi or vector).
  • Design should measure 28″ wide x 14″ high for the front and back.
  • Send us your original artwork via email to [email protected].
  • Artwork must be received by 5pm on July 31st.


Visit for full contest details and submission requirements.



International call for artists. The best in show artist will have their work published with a critical review in our artist feature newsletter. Artists participating in our online exhibit will have 2 works of art on display and links to their website and social media. Each online exhibit and artist feature is promoted through our traffic apps. Artists keep 100% sales of their work.

Deadline: Sun Aug 18, 2024


Apply for our open-call exhibitions at CityArts. This is a great way to get involved! Open calls each have their own theme and require a submission fee. A number of our upcoming open-call exhibitions include prize money for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners. These winners are selected by a jury. Select a show on their website for further information.

The RDA welcomes Artist Vendors to participate in selling and/or demonstrating their works specific months of the year during Art Walk. Artist Vendors will be invited to participate once their application is accepted. Please read the list of guidelines for Art Walk before applying.

ArtWalk Downtown Fort Myers

Discover the best art galleries and enjoy live demonstrations the first Friday of the the month! Artist will set-up between 5 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. and will be open from 6pm to 10 p.m.

Entry information, including fees and rules, is posted on their website.

Sign up now – for the open months by emailing [email protected] your bio, art statement and 3 images of your best works.

Click on link for further information. “Artists are selected based upon quality of workmanship, originality and artistic conception. All work must be done solely by the displaying artists.”

HEROES – Florida CraftArt is an example of one call to artists with a deadline date of June 7, 2024.

This website lists art fairs with various deadlines and their corresponding website links.

This website lists various calls to artists and updates on a regular basis.

Atlantic Center for the Arts is now accepting applications for the Master Artists-in-Residence Program. Spend three weeks developing your work with the personal support and mentorship of internationally renowned Masters in visual arts, music composition, literature, and choreography. Participation is limited to 8 people for each Master Artist.

Swamp Ape Review is a national online literary journal founded and produced by the MFA in creative writing students at Florida Atlantic University.
The Swamp Ape is a legend that reflects Florida—its mythology, its weirdness—as well as the human desire to create a narrative around that which we can’t explain. Submissions to the Swamp should defy form to the extent that the piece’s creator might be unsure of where it belongs. Across all genres, we encourage pieces with a hybrid or non-traditional nature—works that subvert our expectations of both content and form and unsettle our assumptions of what is possible.

MartinArts invites artists in all media to apply for consideration to exhibit in upcoming exhibitions held at the Court House Cultural Center in downtown Stuart, FL. Applications are accepted year round and reviewed on a rolling basis.
Questions? Contact Jennifer at 772-287-6676 (x2) or email [email protected] – please mention “CHCC Gallery Exhibit Application” in the subject line of the email.

Exhibit in the Main Gallery

Our vision is to introduce new artists, artwork and perspectives on art. We welcome exhibits with the work of established, early career and aspiring artists. Consider throwing your hat into the ring for a chance to show in our main gallery.

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Gift Shop

Want to exhibit in our gift shop? We're always looking for new items and would love to see what you're up to. Please submit up to three images for your work and include a brief description. We will contact you directly upon availability of space.

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On occasion—for select projects—we hold open calls for actors, musicians and other artists. Please check back periodically for notices. We do not have a resident or repertory company of actors and are always looking for new talent for our stages.

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Need a beautiful, but also artistic and inspiring space for your next event? From our amphitheatre, to our galleries and classrooms, the Alliance for the Arts has rental space to perfectly fit your next event in Fort Myers.

Margaret Morrow Frizzell Amphitheater & Grounds

Seating for 1500 people
Acoustically enhanced
Sound and lights independently contracted
Must include a walk-through meeting 2 weeks prior to contract date
Must file a permit with the City of Fort Myers for the event (permit costs based on event needs)

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Foulds Theatre

Seats up to 135 people comfortably
Stage dimensions 21’x42′
Sound and lighting system
Dressing rooms

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Seats up to 50 people, classroom style
Includes tables and chairs

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Meeting Room

Seats up to 35 people classroom style
Private entrance
Workshop setup with tables available

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Photography Studio
The Photography Studio is located in the Palmer Studio, a multi-purpose space that provides the opportunity for creative pursuit with ample room and resources. Our photography studio is the perfect space to bring your projects to life!
Lighting Package - Separate from Palmer Studio pricing. Includes light stand, 2- 32`` X 48`` Softboxes, 1,60`` Octagon Softbox, 1 C-Stand with Boom Arm, Continuious Light Setup, 2 - 300w Strobes, Reflectors, Seamless Paper.

Room Rental:
$50 an hour for Non-Members, $35 an hour for Members
(Does not include lighting package)

Lighting Package Rental:
$50 an hour for Non-Members, $35 an hour for Members
(Does not include space rental)

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Please click here and fill out our form for rental and event availability.