Call to Artists

The Visual Arts Center offers opportunities for artists of all media to enter shows in the Main Gallery. All exhibits are judged, some are juried and each exhibit presents an opportunity to win cash prizes and ribbons at the awards reception. 

The Annual Call to Artists provides all the exhibit and display requirements and an annual exhibit calendar with all the important dates you'll need to know in a printable brochure.

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

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.


The Student Show | Receiving December 3, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Nervous about entering your first real exhibit? Don't be - 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.

This is a JUDGED exhibit open to entry from members and non-members, who took at least one class or workshop at the Visual Arts Center in 2017-18. This exhibit is open to all media including: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry, glass, photography, and digital graphic art. 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


Plein Air | Receiving January 7, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

2D work inspired by the great outdoors! Bring your Plein Air paintings or drawings for this show. is exhibit will accept 2D media only. 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


Primavera | Receiving March 1, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

Primavera means spring: fresh, exciting and inspired by a world in bloom all around us. This exhibit will accept all 2D and 3D art including: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry, glass, photography, and digital graphic art. Open to entry from members and non-members.

This is a JURIED exhibit. Entries will be reviewed and some eliminated prior to hanging. All entry fees are non-refundable.

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

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


Pictures in Paradise | Receiving March 29, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

Any type of photography may be entered into this exhibit, including enhanced or digital multimedia, so long as a camera was used as the foundation for photographic art. e focus is on Southwest Florida, or your “Paradise”. Both Visual Arts Center members and non-members are invited to enter. Photographs must be ready to hang at receiving. Gallery wrap, printed on metal, or framed are all acceptable provided they are ready to hang.

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 20, 2019 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 including: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry, glass, photography, and digital graphic art. 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's Showcase | Receiving June 28, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

The 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 35 exhibit spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

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


Harvest of Art | Receiving September 9, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

Harvest of Art is Charlotte County’s oldest and most prestigious annual juried exhibit. This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, charcoal, colored pencil, graphite, pastel, and mixed media. Computer- generated art, photography and fiber/fabric art are NOT eligible.

This is a JURIED exhibit. Entries will be reviewed and some eliminated prior to hanging. 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


Color | Receiving October 4, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

Express yourself through color: the possibilities are endless!

This exhibit will accept all 2D and 3D art including: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry, glass, photography, and digital graphic art. 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