Call to Artists - Embracing Our Differences 2017 Annual Outdoor Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity

Sarasota, FL

Embracing Our Differences® is an outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity. A critical part of the impact of the exhibit is the selected quotations from the general public that accompany each piece of artwork. The quotations give individuals in the larger community a chance to have their voices represented by expressing their thoughts, feelings and ideas.

The combination of art and the written word adds a deeper dimension to the overall experience. Since 2004, the exhibit has been viewed by over two million visitors.

Entries can be no longer than 20 words. A $1,000 cash award will be presented to the best original quotation submitted. Below are some ideas to help stimulate thinking about the subject of embracing our differences:

• What does embracing our differences mean to you?

• What does diversity mean to you?

• Have you ever been bullied? What did it feel like?

• Have you ever witnessed someone else being bullied? What did it feel like?

• What are you looking for in a best friend?

• What would a perfect world look like to you?

• If you could change the world, what would you do to make it better?

Call to Artists – Cash Awards – Juried Exhibit

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites all artists to be a part of this change through your submissions to its 14th annual outdoor juried art exhibit celebrating diversity and inclusion. Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – everyone can participate. 42 artists will be selected and national and international submissions are encouraged.The exhibit will be displayed April and May 2017 in Sarasota, FL USA. Since 2004, the exhibits have been viewed by more than 2,200,000 visitors.
Final selections will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals and based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” $3,000 (US) in awards will be presented.  There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries. 

Submissions must be submitted online or postmarked no later than January 10, 2017.

Additional submission requirements and past winning entries are available at
Direct link to “Submit Art” page:   

Direct link to the online submission page:

We recommend that you submit online: submit entries online @ 

or mail to: Embracing Our Differences Quotations,

P.O. Box 2559, Sarasota, FL 34230-2559 USA

For Express Mail or method requiring signature:

Embracing Our Differences Quotations,

1661 Ringling Blvd, #2559, Sarasota, FL 34230 USA


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