Submit Art

Deadline: January 9, 2018

Call to Artists Submit Online Submit by Mail

Cash Awards: $3,000

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect 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.

See our "Frequently Asked Questions" section below for details on submitting your art.

To view past winning selections, please visit our GALLERIES page.


How to Submit

Submit Online

  1. Your art may be any size and medium; however to submit digitally requires a digital file of your art which is capable of being uploaded to our server;
  2. Please label your digital art file with the “title” and your name – for example, "Coexistence-Mark Smith;"
  3. Your digital file must be less than 400MB in size; AND
  4. Include a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
  5. If making more than one submission online, you will need to create a separate entry for each one.

Submit Online

By Mail:

  1. 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;”
  2. A color print of your art submission (ink jet is sufficient) with your name and artwork title clearly printed on the back;
  3. A completed and SIGNED submission form ;
  4. 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. Teachers submitting more than three student submissions should CLICK HERE or EMAIL US for a simplified submission process; AND

  5. 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.
  6. Completed submission packages should be mailed to:
    Embracing Our Differences
    PO Box 2559
    Sarasota, FL 34230-2559 USA
    Express mail, such as FedEx or UPS, should be delivered to:
    Embracing Our Differences
    1661 Ringling Boulevard #2559
    Sarasota, FL 34230  USA

Submit by Mail


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?

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

What is the theme?

Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the 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; acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.

Are there 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 exhibit.

What are the selection 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 visit our GALLERIES page. To view a short video of the a prior exhibit, please CLICK HERE.

To download the Art Selection Criteria, please CLICK HERE.

What is the deadline for submissions?

All entries must be completed online OR postmarked no later than Midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on January 9, 2018.

What is the acceptable size and digital formats for creating and submitting artwork?

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

Click HERE to download templates for creating Embracing Our Differences artwork in the proper dimensions.

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.

Will I be credited for my work?

Yes, you will receive full credit for your artistic creation.

Do I retain the rights to my art?

Yes, you retain the rights to your work. 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 and display your work and personal information, including your name and city/state/country of residence, for display, catalogs, posters, advertising, educational and merchandising/promotional materials.

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

Judging will take place in mid-February 2018 and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email 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.

May I make more than one submission?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of art works you may submit. There is no submission fee.

How many entries will be selected for the exhibit?

45 submissions will be selected for inclusion in the exhibit. The judges may select an additional three entries for "honorable mention."

Do I need to submit my original work of art?

No. Only digital copies of your original art work will be accepted. Due to the number received, submissions will not be returned.

Do I need a quotation with my art submission?

No. Our creative writing contest is a separate competition.  More information about that competition may be found under the "Exhibit" section of our website.

When and where will the exhibit be displayed?

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