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 2019 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.

    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 50 exhibit spaces available on a first come, first served basis, assigned by lottery at receiving. To ensure your space be sure to pay in advance (either online or at front desk), beginning June 10.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

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


    Color | Receiving September 9, 2019 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.

    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

    Letter from Exhibit Chairperson - Fall 2019 Exhibit Changes (Click Here)

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


    Harvest of Art | Receiving October 4, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

    This will be the 30th and final year for Harvest of Art, Charlotte County’s oldest annual juried exhibit. This is not a THEME exhibit. Bring in your best work!

    This exhibition is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings. This is a JURIED exhibit open to members and non-members. Entries will be reviewed and some eliminated prior to hanging.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

    Letter from Exhibit Chairperson - Fall 2019 Exhibit Changes (Click Here)

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