$3,000 (US)
Cash Awards

Submission Deadline
January 5, 2015

        

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 you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the annual Embracing Our Differences juried competition.

SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS

1. Who may enter?

Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are welcome.

2. 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, by way of suggestion only, 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.” DO NOT FEEL LIMITED BY THESE SUGGESTIONS - BE CREATIVE. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.

3. What are the cash awards?

A total of $3,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards - $1,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult;” “Best-in-Show Student;” and the “People’s Choice.”  Both “Best-in-Show” awards will be granted by a three-judge panel of art professionals. The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibits.

4. What are the selecton criteria?

All submissions must be an original concept and execution and not a copy or reproduction of the work of another. Final selections for inclusion in the exhibit will be made by a three-judge panel of professional artists, curators and art professionals based on artistic excellence and originality in reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” Judges will also consider:

* How effective the art will read when enlarged to billboard size (16 feet (4.9 m) wide by 12.5 feet (3.8 m) high) and displayed outdoors.

* Is the theme clear and easily understood?

* Does the art explore the theme in an unusual or previously unexplored manner?

* Will the art and its message prompt discussion?

To view past winning selections, please click here.

To view a short video of the 2012 exhibit, please click here.

5. What is the deadline for submissions?

All submissions must be completed online OR postmarked no later than Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on January 5, 2015.

6. Is there a submission fee?

No.

7. What digital formats are acceptable for my submission?

Your original artwork may be any size and in any medium; however, you must create or scan and submit it as a high-resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, TIFF, PDF, PSD, EPS, GIF, PNG, or AI). Your digital art must measure exactly 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high. Art must have a horizontal orientation.

art spec 1

8. How do I submit my art?

You may submit your art online OR by mail. YOU SHOULD NOT DO BOTH.
Regardless of how you choose to submit, prior to beginning please review all of our submission requirements contained herein.

SUBMISSIONS BY MAIL must meet the aforesaid digital format requirements and include:

* A digital file of your art contained on a CD or flash drive. Please name each file with the “title” of the artwork and your name – for example “Coexistence-Mark Smith;”

* A color print of your art (ink jet proof is sufficient) with your name and artwork title clearly printed on the back. Please reduce the image to fit on 8.5” (216 mm) by 11” (280 mm) paper, A4 paper or relatively close thereto;

* A completed and SIGNED submission form (teachers may sign on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students); AND

* A separate sheet of paper with a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.

* Completed submission packages should be mailed to: 

Embracing Our Differences
PO Box 4177
Sarasota, FL 34230-4177
USA

   Express mail, such as FedEx, should be delivered to:

Embracing Our Differences
1661 Ringling Boulevard #4177
Sarasota, FL 34230
USA

art spec 2

ONLINE SUBMISSIONS must meet the aforesaid digital format requirements and:

* Require a digital file of your art submission which is capable of being uploaded to our server;

* Please name your digital art file with the “title” and your name – for example, “Coexistence-Mark Smith;”

* Your digital file must be less than 400MB in size; AND

* Include a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.

* If making more than one submission online, you will need to create a separate entry for each one. 

9. May I submit more than one art image file on a single CD or flash drive?

Yes. If making multiple submissions by mail, you may include all digital art images on a single CD or flash drive. You must clearly identify each file with the “title” of the artwork and your name – for example, “Coexistence-Mark Smith.” A separate signed submission form, color print and “artist statement” will be required for each artwork submitted.

10. When will final selections be made and how will I be notified?

Judging will take place in mid-February and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email and postal mail by mid-March. 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. “LIKE” us on Facebook to find out earlier.

   

11. Will I be credited for my artistic creation?

Yes.

12. Do I retain the rights to my art?

Yes, you retain ownership of your art. However, by your submission, you irrevocably grant to Embracing Our Differences and its assigns a non- exclusive, royalty free, perpetual, license to use, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute and display your work and personal information, including your name, grade (if a student) and city/state/country of residence, for exhibits, catalogs, posters, advertising, educational, merchandising/promotional materials and other purposes.

13. May I make more than one submission?

Yes. There is no limit.

14. How many entries will be selected for the exhibit?

39 entries will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit. The judges may select an additional three entries for “honorable mention.”

15. Do I need to submit my original art?

No. Only digital copies will be accepted. Submissions will not be returned.

16. Do I need a quotation with my art submission?

No. Our creative writing contest is a separate competition. Learn more about our creative writing competition.

17. When and where will the exhibit be displayed?

The exhibit is displayed during April and May each year in Sarasota’s Island Park and Bradenton’s Riverwalk – both in Southwest Florida.

18. If I chose to submit by mail, where should I send my submission?

Completed submission packages should be mailed to: 

Embracing Our Differences
PO Box 4177
Sarasota, FL 34230-4177
USA

Express mail, such as FedEx, should be delivered to:

Embracing Our Differences
1661 Ringling Boulevard #4177
Sarasota, FL 34230
USA

19. As a teacher submitting my students’ art, is there anything I need to know?

Teachers may complete and sign submission forms on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students.

20. What if I have additional questions?

You may email us your questions.

Thank you for your interest in the Embracing Our Differences. We wish you the best of luck.


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