Call to Artists

The Visual Arts Center offers opportunities for artists of all media to enter exhibitions. Many exhibits are judged, some are juried and each exhibit present an opportunity to win cash prizes and ribbons at the awards reception. 

The Annual Call to Artists provides exhibit and display requirements and an annual exhibit calendar with important dates you'll need to know in a printable brochure. Download the 2020 Call to Artists (click here).

    Please make sure you are familiar with the Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements before entering an exhibit. 


    Member Shows

    If you are a member interested in displaying your work in a member-only show, please contact the Visual Arts Center. Member Exhibits typically feature four artists at one time, and booking is made up to two years in advance. If you would like to learn more about becoming a member, visit our membership page.

    We are always in need of volunteers to help receive and hang shows. If you are interested in being part of the hanging committee, please contact us. 


    Gift Shop

    Visual Arts Center members have an opportunity to apply to sell your art in the Gift Shop. If you would like an opportunity to apply to sell your art in the gift shop, please contact our Gift Shop Manager at (941) 639-8810 or giftshop@visualartcenter.org.


    Exhibit Schedule and Prospectus

    Nearly all of the following exhibits are open to members and non-members. Details about eligible works, fees, prizes and an entry form can be found in the prospectus for each exhibit - please read the prospectus carefully.


    New Beginnings | Receiving March 30, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    This is a juried exhibition that accepts 2D and 3D artwork from members and non-members. Artists are encouraged to submit their best works. This is not a themed exhibit.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists


    VAC Student Show | Receiving May 11, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    Nervous about entering your first real exhibit? This is a chance to get your feet wet for a modest fee. No pressure, just a lot of support and guidance from your instructor. Due to the nature of this show, works may also be entered in any other ‘regular’ exhibit at the Visual Arts Center. Open to entry from members and non-members, who have taken classes at the Visual Arts Center in 2019-2020. All submitted artwork must have been commenced or completed in a class at the Visual Arts Center.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists


    Water, Water, Everywhere | Receiving May 29, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    Water, Water, Everywhere has anything and everything to do with water: boating, fishing, shells, beaches and more. This exhibit will accept all 2D and 3D art. This is a JUDGED exhibit open to entry from members and non-members.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists


    Member Showcase | Receiving June 26, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    This member’s showcase provides an excellent opportunity to display your best work. Anything goes! Artwork may have won VAC awards or could have been created years ago. All 2D and 3D media will be accepted. This exhibit is open to VAC members only. Entry fee is $30. Minimum 3 entries. Both the Main Gallery and Goff Gallery will be used as exhibit space. There will be 50 exhibit spaces available on a first come, first served basis. To ensure your space be sure to pay in advance (either online or at front desk), beginning June 1.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists


    Color | Receiving September 14, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    Express yourself through color: the possibilities are endless. This exhibit will accept all 2D and 3D art. This is a JUDGED exhibit open to entry from members and non-members.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists


    Falling for Art | Receiving October 9, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    This is a juried exhibition that accepts only 2D artwork from members and non-members. Artists are encouraged to submit their best 2D works. This is NOT a themed exhibit.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists


    Off the Wall | Receiving December 7, 2020 from 9am - 12pm

    Any size 2D or 3D artwork may be exhibited. Artwork MAY have been exhibited at the VAC previously. All art must be priced $200 or lower. Artwork will be removed as soon as it sells; it will come ‘Off The Wall’. For art that is not sold, removal is Wednesday December 30 from 9am - 12pm.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Other Helpful Links: Exhibit Hanging and Display Requirements | The Annual Call to Artists