EMBRACING OUR DIFFERENCES: THE ANNUAL OUTDOOR ART EXHIBIT CELEBRATING DIVERSITY
2013 CALL TO ARTISTS
Deadline: January 7, 2013
Application fee: none
A Juried Show of 39 Billboard-Size Selections on display at Island Park, Sarasota, Florida
The mission of Embracing Our Differences® is to use the arts as a catalyst for creating awareness and promoting, throughout our community, the value of diversity, the benefits of inclusion and the significance of the active rejection of hatred and prejudice.
Embracing Our Differences® 2013, the 10th Anniversary outdoor art exhibit, will contain 39 billboard-sized original works of art measuring 16 feet wide by 12.5 feet high (4.8768 m wide by 3.8100 m high). Each selection is accompanied by an inspirational quote.
The exhibit will be displayed during April & May, 2013 at Island Park along Sarasota, Florida’s beautiful bay front.
Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences® has been viewed by more than one million visitors. During the same period, 94,000 students and teachers attended the exhibit – free of charge thanks to our School Bus Program – for a firsthand observation and discussion concerning the importance of diversity in our lives.
After viewing the exhibit, one 8-year old student poignantly commented, “I learned that everyone is going to be someone.”
We invite you to participate in creating a society that is more inclusive for all. Consider submitting an original work of art and know that you are helping to make a difference in the lives of many, especially those of our children.
To view previous exhibits in their entirety, please visit us online at
WHAT IS THE THEME?
Artists are asked to submit their interpretation of the theme “Embracing Our Differences®” in the
required formats detailed under “Creating Artwork.”
WHO CAN ENTER?
Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – all ages – everyone can participate.
You may submit more than one entry. National and international submissions are encouraged.
WHAT ARE THE CRITERIA?
Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence in reflection of the theme “Embracing
Our Differences.®” The artwork will also be evaluated on how effectively it will read outdoors when
enlarged to billboard size – 16 feet wide by 12.5 feet high (4.8768 m wide by 3.8100 m high). Artists are
encouraged to use bold saturated colors and strong lines. Final selections will be made by a 3-judge
panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals. There is no submission fee.
WHAT IS THE TIMELINE?
The submission deadline is Monday, January 7, 2013. Judging will take place in January, 2013.
Only selected artists will be notified directly. Winning selections will be announced online at
embracingourdifferences.org by mid-March, 2013. The Exhibit will be on display during April-May, 2013
at Island Park in Sarasota, Florida.
SUBMISSIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY MONDAY, JANUARY 7, 2013.
SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.
BEST IN SHOW CASH AWARDS
Best In Show (Adult): A single $1,000.00 cash award will be presented to one submission deemed
“Best In Show” (adult) by our Steering Committee. College students will be judged in this category.
Best In Show (Student): A $1,000.00 cash award will be presented to one submission deemed “Best
In Show” (student) by our Steering Committee. Students high school-age and below will be judged in
this category. This prize money will be awarded directly to the student’s school.
People’s Choice: A $1,000.00 cash award will be presented at the end of the exhibit to the submission
that receives the most votes by visitors to the exhibit who complete our survey form.
FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO VIEW PAST EXHIBITS, PLEASE VISIT WWW.EMBRACINGOURDIFFERENCES.ORG