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.

    National Art Exhibition | Entry Deadline December 15 at Midnight

    Entry into the 12th Biennial National Art Exhibition started July 10, 2019 and continues through midnight on December 15, 2019.  

    All entries must be entered digitally via Juried Art Services (JAS) at www.juriedartservices.com (free for applicants). Artist notification will be made by email in early January. If accepted into the 2020 NAE, you will receive further instructions by email regarding receiving and other important information.

    Apply now at Juried Art Services


    Off the Wall | Receiving December 9, 2019 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 Friday, December 20 from 9am - 12pm. Open to 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


    3D Member Show | Receiving December 9, 2019 from 9am - 12pm

    A totally 3D show (pottery, jewelry sculpture, basketry, fiber, glass) The possibilities are endless! This exhibit is open to VAC Members only in Goff Gallery. There is no fee to enter this exhibit. All artwork must be for sale. The Visual Art Center commission on sales is 30%. Artworks are allowed to have previously shown in the Main gallery and other shows such as NAE, the Members Showcase and Fun Arts Festival.

    Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here

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