Submit Art

Deadline: October 15, 2019

Call to Artists Submit Online Submit by Mail

Diversity is at the heart of what it means to be an artist. 

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 international juried competition.

Featuring 45 billboard-size images, each work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting their interpretation of our theme "enriching lives through diversity and inclusion."

The 2019 exhibit will be displayed from January 19 through March 15, 2019, in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. 

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

For suggestions on submitting a winning work of art, please click here.

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

Teachers submitting student art should click here or email us for a simplified submission process.


 

How to Submit

Submit Online

  1. Please review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below for full details on all technical requirements for submitting your art;
  2. 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;
  3. Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it must be wider than it is tall - submissions that do not meet this requirement will be disqualified (see the example below):
  4. Please label your digital art file with the “title” and your name – for example, "Coexistence-Mark Smith;"
  5. Your digital file must be a high resolution image of no less than 300 dpi (the higher the better);
  6. Your digital file must be less than 400MB in size; AND
  7. Include a brief (200 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
  8. If making more than one submission online, you will need to create a separate entry for each one.
  9. Teachers may complete and submit art on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their student(s). Teachers submitting student art work should click here or email us for a simplified submission process.

Submit Online

By Mail:

  1. Please review the "Frequently Asked Questions" section below for full details on all technical requirements for submitting your art;
  2. 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;”
  3. Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it is wider than it is tall - submissions which do not meet this requirement will be disqualified (see the example below);
  4. A color print of your art submission (ink jet is sufficient) with your name and artwork title clearly printed on the back;
  5. A completed and SIGNED submission form;
  6. 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 student(s). Teachers submitting student art should click here or email us for a simplified submission process; AND

  7. 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.
  8. 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
    1209 South Tamiami Trail
    Sarasota, FL 34239  USA

Submit by Mail

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can enter?

Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate. National and international submissions are encouraged. There is no submission or entry fee and there is no limit on the number of submissions.

There is no restriction on entering art which has been submitted to previous competitions.

You may not submit art or quotations to our annual competitions through this website or any related website unless you are 13 years old or over. Your submission to our annual competitions through our website or any related website indicates confirmation that you are at least 13 years old.  If you are under the age of 13, you may still enter your art or quotation by submitting it through the mail.  Please click one of the following to links to learn how to submit your art or quotation by mail.

 

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 is the deadline for submissions?

All entries must be completed and submitted online OR received by no later than midnight (Pacific Standard Time) on October 15, 2018.

 

What is the theme of the competiton?

Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity and inclusion.” 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; gender 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 and inclusion.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme. To download the full Art Selection Criteria, please click here.

 

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 and inclusion.” 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 a prior exhibit, please click here.

To download the full Art Selection Criteria, please click here.

Do you have suggestions for creating a "winning" piece of art?

It is always a good idea to start with looking at past winning submissions on the Galleries page of our website. For additional suggestions to creating a "winning" submission, click here.

Do I need to submit my original work of art?

No. Only a digital file of your original art work will be accepted. Due to the number received, submissions will not be returned.  Teachers submitting student art work should click here or email us for a simplified submission process.

May I make more than one submission?

Yes. There is no limit to the number of pieces of art you may submit. There is no entry or submission fee. You may also submit works of art previously submitted to other competitions or to past Embracing Our Differences competitions.

May I submit my art art even though I have submitted it to other competitions or to Embracing Our Differences in the past?

Yes, there is no restriction on submitting art that has been previously submitted to Embracing Our Differences or other competitions.

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

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, JPEG, TIFF, PDF or EPS). Your digital art must measure no less than 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high, or if larger, it must contain the same proportions. All art must have a HORIZONTAL orientation as shown below.  Submissions which do not meet our technical requirements will be disqualified.


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

What does "horizontal" mean? Why is it important?

Horizontal means that your art is wider than it is tall.  This is very important because of the way we print and display your artwork. Please see the photo below as an example of how your art, if selected, will be displayed.

 

What does "high resolution" and "minimum 300 dpi" mean?

The digital copy of your art which is submitted should have the highest resolution possible and at a minimum no less than 300 dpi. A resolution of 600 dpi or higher is even better. The higher the resolution, the better your art will reproduce when it is printed in a large scale format (16 feet (5m) wide by 12.5 feet (4m) high) for display during the exhibit.

May I submit more than one art image file on a single flash drive?

Yes. If making multiple submissions by mail, you may include all digital art images on a single 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.

If you are making multiple submissions online, you will need to submit each work of art as a separate entry.

Will I be credited for my work?

Yes, you will receive full credit for your artistic creation. Please see our Terms and Conditions page as well as our Privacy Policy for additional information.

Do I retain the rights to my art?

Yes, you retain the rights to your art. However, by your submission, you acknowledge that your creation is an original concept and creation, is not a copy or reproduction of the art of another and does not violate the United States Copyright Act of 1986, as amended, and any similar law in your home country.  You further acknowledge that by submitting your work of art you irrevocably grant to Embracing Our Differences and its related organizations, affiliates  and assigns, in its sole and absolute discretion, without restriction or limitation, a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty free, perpetual, irrevocable license to use, publish, modify, adapt, translate, create derivative works, distribute and display your work and personal information, including your name, grade (if a student) and city/state/country of residence, for exhibits, displays, catalogs, posters, advertising, educational, merchandising/promotional materials and other purposes throughout the world via any media now known or hereinafter devised. Please see our Term and Conditions page as well as our Privacy Policy for additional information.

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

Judging will take place in late November after the submission deadline and those selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by email by late December. 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 early January. “LIKE” us on Facebook to find out earlier.

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."

When and where will the exhibit be displayed?

The exhibit will be displayed January 19 through March 15, 2019 at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, Florida, USA. 

As a teacher submitting student art, is there anything I need to know?

Yes!! 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 may also submit their student(s) art through a simplified process.