2014 CALL TO ARTISTS
“A picture is worth a thousand words."– Napoleon Bonaparte
Get Involved! Help us create a society where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.
Monday, January 6, 2014
To enter the competition
download a submission form.
We look forward to this year’s exhibit and providing an opportunity for our community to reflect upon and deepen its awareness that embracing our differences, respecting the views of others and standing up against hatred and prejudice will lead to a better world for everyone. Respecting the beliefs of others is not only a way of thinking and feeling, but most importantly, of acting.
Since 2004, the Embracing Our Differences international art exhibit has been viewed by more than 1,600,000 visitors.
We invite you to participate in creating a society that values differences and respects individuality. Please consider submitting an original work of art and know that you are helping to make a difference in the lives of many.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can enter?
Artists, photographers, professionals, amateurs, teachers, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged.
Is there a submission fee?
Are there cash awards?
Yes, $3,000 in cash awards will be presented.
May I submit more than one entry?
What is the theme?
Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” This may include any one or more of the following: appearance, racial differences, physical or mental impairment, language, religious or cultural differences, environmental stewardship, social economic status, sexual orientation or identity, positive attitude, inclusiveness, self-acceptance, taunting and bullying, confrontation, human rights and equality, understanding and kindness, empowerment OR ANY OTHER TOPIC which you believe furthers the theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” PLEASE DO NOT FEEL LIMITED BY THESE SUGGESTIONS. BE CREATIVE.
What are the criteria?
Your submission must be an original concept and execution and is not a copy or reproduction of the work of another. Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” 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 (4.88 m high by 3.81 m wide). 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. Amongst other criteria, judges will consider the following when making their final selections:
1. Is the theme clear and easily understood?
2. Does the submission explore a theme in an unusual or previously unused format?
3. Is the submission and its message worthy of discussion?
To view past exhibits in their entirety, please visit our GALLERY.
Do I retain the rights to my art submission?
Yes, you retain all rights to your work of art. However, by your submission, you agree to grant Embracing Our Differences a non-exclusive, royalty free, license to use, display and market your art for educational purposes. Please see our submission form for complete details.
Will I be credited for my work?
Yes, you will receive full credit for your creation.
Do I need a quotation with my work of art?
No. Quotations are selected through a separate competition. Submit a quotation.
What format is acceptable?
Your original artwork may be any size and in any medium; however, you must submit a high-resolution (300 dpi) digital file of your art by mail on a CD. Your digital file must measure exactly 12.8” (12-8/10 inches / 325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (8-8/10 inches / 223.52 mm) high. Art must be horizontal.
View complete submission requirements.
How do I submit my art?
Submission packages must meet the aforesaid format requirements and include:
1. A digital version of your art contained on a CD:
2. An 8.5 1nches (216 mm) x 11 inches (280 mm) or relatively close thereto OR A4
color PRINT of your art submission;
3. A completed and SIGNED submission form; AND
4. A brief “artist statement” regarding your art submission.
View complete submission requirements.
May I put more than one art image on a single CD?
If you are submitting more than one entry, you may include all art images on a single CD. You must clearly identify each file on the CD with the title of the art work.
Do I need to submit my original work of art?
No. Submissions will not be returned.
What is the deadline?
All entries must be postmarked no later than January 6, 2014.
How many entries will be selected for the exhibit?
39 entries will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit. The judges reserve the right to select an additional 6 entries for “honorable mention.”
When will winners be notified?
Judging will take place in late January and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email and postal mail. Due to the volume of submissions, only artists with entries selected for display will be notified individually. All winning entries will be posted on our website by late March. Find out even earlier by “Liking” us on Facebook.
When and where will the exhibit be displayed?
The exhibit will be displayed at three venues in southwest Florida during April & May 2014.
Is there anything else I need to know?
Yes, please review the full terms and conditions of the competition.
Thank you for your interest in the Embracing Our Differences international art exhibit. We wish you the best of luck.