Call to Artists - Entering Exhibits at the Visual Arts Center

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 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.

 

Plein Air | Receiving January 8, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

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

This is a JUDGED exhibit and will accept all 2D media including: painting, pen & ink, pencil, scratchboard, hand printing techniques, 2D collage, and digital graphic art. Open to entry from members and non-members.

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here


 

Primavera | Receiving March 23, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Primavera means spring: fresh, exciting and inspired by a world in bloom all around us.

This is a JURIED exhibit. Entries will be reviewed and some eliminated prior to hanging. All media including: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry, glass, photography, and digital graphic art will be accepted. Open to entry from members and non-members. 

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here


 

Pictures in Paradise | Receiving May 11, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Pictures in Paradise is all about Southwest Florida, or your “Paradise”. This special exhibit will be on display in Goff Gallery, but is open to entry from members and non-members.

This is a JUDGED exhibit. 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. 

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here


 

Water, Water Everywhere | Receiving May 21, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Water, Water, Everywhere has anything and everything to do with water: boating, shing, shells, beaches and more.

This is a JUDGED exhibit and will accept 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


 

Member Showcase | Receiving June 21, 2018 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 35 exhibit spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

Pre-registration opens June 1 and ends June 15, or after 35 artists have been registered. If space is still available, registration will open Friday, June 22 at 9am. Artists will be assigned their space on a lottery basis. Contact the Visual Arts Center for more information on how to register.

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here


 

Color! | Receiving July 20, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Express yourself through Color: the possibilities are endless!

This is a JUDGED exhibit and will accept 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


 

Taking Shape 3D Show | Receiving September 10, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Something exciting is taking shape! This show is open to 3-Dimensional mediums only.

This is a JUDGED exhibit and will accept all 3D media including: sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry & glass. Open to entry from members and non-members.

Download the detailed prospectus and entry form here


 

Ways to Go! | Receiving October 5, 2018 from 9am - 12pm

Boats, bikes, planes, trains and automobiles. This show is all about art inspired by modes of transportation- create what moves you!

This is a JUDGED exhibit and will accept 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


 

Harvest of Art | Receiving October 26, 2018 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


 

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