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The arts are a sanctuary that provide a space to create, rejuvenate and challenge the mind, body and soul. Take the next step on your creative journey and express yourself through exhibition opportunities and casting calls or discover an artistic space for your next event.

calls to artists

Call to Artists: Dia de los Muertos - A Juried Exhibition

We invite artists to create pieces that showcase traditional Mexican sugar skulls merged with the artist’s aesthetic. Categories are sculpture, painting (including oil, acrylic, collage, watercolor and mixed media), photography, prints and drawings. All entries must be submitted online no later than September 17, 2021. Entry is free to current members of the Alliance for the Arts.

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Call to Artists: Deck the Halls - A Juried Exhibition

Deck the Halls is an alternative holiday exhibition which encourages appreciation for all holidays of the season! Artists are asked to create works of art and installation proposals that utilize holiday decorations in unique ways, re-use, re-purpose, or re-imagine the use of traditional decorations and envision an immersive installation experience to celebrate the season. Artwork that utilizes alternative media is encouraged as well as installation and video based works. The curation of this exhibition will feature colored gallery lighting, decorative lights, and other typical decorations that “deck the halls” of the gallery in innovative ways!

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Call to Artists: Challenging Stereotypes - Member's Exhibition

Stereotypes, oversimplified assumptions leading to prejudice, affect everyone. They can be based on race, nationality, gender, ability, and sexual orientation. The use of stereotypes to make sweeping generalizations leads to a loss of individuality by grouping together everyone who shares a certain trait or characteristic.

Running alongside Theater Conspiracy’s production of The Colored Museum, this exhibition encourages our members to examine the ways stereotypes have negatively affected their lives and find ways to celebrate their culture and identity through art. Together, we can challenge the labels and limitations placed on us by others and reclaim our identities and individuality. Art for this exhibition should be evocative and allow the viewers to see each piece through the unique eyes of the artist. We invite artists to submit art that confronts and undermines stereotypes they have faced and reframe the narrative to celebrate the things that make us each unique.

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opportunities in sw Florida and beyond

Submission Deadline: Sunday, November 7th 2021. 

The Edison and Ford Winter Estates is hosting our fourth annual Art Show. This year’s show is titled “Sustainable Conceptions” and is open to all artists. The show will run January 2022 through June, in the historic Edison Caretaker’s House. This structure is located on the Riverside of the property and displays our temporary exhibits. This year we are expanding our horizons and opening the show up to larger pieces that can be displayed outside for the duration of the show.

About Sustainable Conceptions:

Did you know, Henry Ford repurposed wooden crates used to transport material as floorboards for his automobiles? Or that Thomas Edison encouraged purifying chemical solvents to be reused while working on his rubber project in his Fort Myers Laboratory? While the Green Movement was not popular during their lifetimes, Thomas Edison and Henry Ford both recognized the importance of recycling and reusing materials. This year we would like to showcase art inspired by Edison and Ford’s efforts to reuse products and their abilities to work towards a sustainable future.

It’s encouraged to enter one or two works of art into this show. Please refer to the exhibit specifications for more detail.

To submit art:

Please email Tayelor Kakes at tkakes@edisonford.orgdigital images of artwork in JPG or PDF format no larger than 5MB.

For example; Monet-WaterLillies-Oil-16×20.JPG

No submission materials will be accepted in person at Edison Ford.

Exhibit Specifications for inside the Caretaker’s House:

2- Dimensional Art: Maximum size 48” by 60”, maximum weight 25lbs.

3-Dimensional Art: Must be able to fit through a standard doorway and not exceed 72” in length or width, 6’ height maximum, 100lbs weight maximum.

If you would like to submit a piece to be featured in the outside exhibition space, email me directly with the details or questions at

Deadline for Entry, May 16:

Waterloo Arts invites all artists residing in the US or Canada to submit artwork for the 2021 Waterloo Arts Juried Exhibition. This is a unique opportunity for artists to exhibit work in the Waterloo Arts District in Cleveland, Ohio.   This is the seventh year Waterloo Arts has held a nation wide juried exhibition.  Over $1,500 in cash prizes will be awarded. As in past years, Waterloo Arts will also offer a small stipend to all accepted artists to help defray costs associated with entry and shipping. Due to previous commitments and COVID 19, this year’s exhibition will be held in the Waterloo Arts Gallery only and will not be expanded into Praxis Fiber Workshop and Brick Ceramic + Design.

Entries for 6x6x2021 are due April 10, 2021
Click HERE to Apply!
Each summer Rochester Contemporary Art Center’s 6×6 exhibition brings together thousands of original artworks, made and donated by celebrities, international & local artists, designers, youth and YOU. Each artist may enter up to three artworks of any medium (2D or 3D). Artworks must be six inches square and signed only on the back, to be exhibited anonymously. Participation is free. All artworks will be exhibited and for sale to the public for $20 each to benefit RoCo. Artists’ names will be revealed to the buyer upon purchase and all artworks remain on display through the end of the exhibition. Limit three artworks per school or school group (no limit for colleges).
This will be an opportunity to become involved in a fun, yet meaningful project commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Below is the link to the Arts4All Florida Artist Call which has been extended to June15th. This link includes the submission information and form. The selected winner will receive a $100 stipend. Please share with your colleagues and don’t hesitate to submit!
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.

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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New Play Contest

Send in Your Submission for 2020

Theatre Conspiracy at the Alliance for the Arts Annual New Play Contest cycle is open now through March 2020. First place winners receive the Janet and Bruce Bunch Play Contest Award, $700 and a full production. However, it is our goal to produce more than one entry each year.

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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)
$2500 Minimum

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Foulds Theatre

Seats up to 135 people comfortably
Stage dimensions 21’x42′
Sound and lighting system
Dressing rooms
Includes lobby area adjacent to the theatre
$750 Minimum

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Seats up to 50 people, classroom style
Includes tables and chairs
1 Day Price: $500 (9-5)

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Meeting Room

Seats up to 35 people classroom style
Private entrance
Workshop setup with tables available
$250 for up to 4 hours and then $35/ hour thereafter

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