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Call for Artists


Juried Exhibition

June Exhibition Theme: Notes: musical, monetary and written

Exhibition Dates: June 3-22, 2016



PRIZE: Overall Best of Show, Cash Prize in the amount of $500; People’s Choice, Cash Prize in the amount of $250; SBDAC Pick, Cash Prize in the amount of $250

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is seeking submissions of 2- and 3-dimensional art work for its annual juried exhibition, with an opening reception held on June 3, 2016 during downtown Fort Myers River District Art Walk. Our Annual Juried Art Exhibition is asking artists to explore Notes, in both 2-D and 3-D pieces. Notes are a part of our lives in a variety of ways, but all kinds of notes are ways of communicating, either economically, socially, or spiritually. We invite artists to explore Notes, be they musical, monetary, handwritten, love notes, sticky notes, etc. Pieces should incorporate notes into their composition, either as media, subject, or thematically.
Pieces submitted to the exhibition should fit the call to artists and the artist statements submitted should serve to explain how those pieces fit. While there are no specific guidelines for dimensions or sizes of the pieces that will be accepted for exhibit, the curator encourages innovative and unique installations – unconventional media and art work of immense proportions can be hung from either its massive walls or from its 20-foot ceiling, or displayed on its magnificent granite floors.

The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center brings world-renowned artists and performers to Southwest Florida for entertainment and educational outreach programs. It hosts concerts, art festivals, charity benefits, and gala events to support the arts and local community. Its outreach programs benefit local children and the disadvantaged who would not otherwise have the opportunity or access to experience world-class cultural enrichment at such an intimate level. By providing a venue for local emerging artists, the Art Center serves as a platform for budding artists to showcase their work.

Florida Arts, Inc., founded in 1997 by Jim Griffith as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, leases and operates the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center for the City of Fort Myers. The Art Center’s season included numerous other exhibitions, gala events, and performances. Florida Arts, Inc.’s mission is to nurture innovation and excellence in the visual and performing arts through these events and community outreach programs.

In addition to its artistic mission, Florida Arts, Inc. works to preserve history and restore the building which houses The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located in the historic former federal building in downtown Fort Myers. The historic Federal Building opened in 1933 as an United States Post Office, the building was converted to a courthouse in the 1960s. It was later vacated and left in disrepair until Florida Arts, Inc. received a 99-year lease from the City of Fort Myers to repair and revitalize it. Last year, over 100,000 visitors attended an event, performance, or art show. The structure itself is a work of art, an impressive example of neoclassical architecture, with twenty-foot ceilings and 8,000 square feet of available exhibition space.

Online Entries Only: When preparing your entry, send one image per piece of artwork with up to two (2) entries per person. All entries must be digital files uploaded via our Official Entry Form. Image files cannot exceed 500KB or 800 pixels. The file format must be JPEG.

If your piece is in progress and you do not have images of the completed artwork, please submit a detailed description of your entry and images of examples of your work.

Digital images of submissions must be received via e-mail no later than Friday, May 13th, 2016.

$30.00 for up to two (2) pieces of artwork. You may enter online using a credit card. Credit cards will be charged within 30 days of contest deadline. Your credit card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry.

Each piece of artwork must include the following information: Title of Work, Artist Name, Medium, Dimensions, Weight, Sales Price, and Artist Statement (250 words or less).

Art work in this exhibition will be judged according to presentation, artistic merit, creativity and excellence. Entries will be pre-judged and then finalists will be chosen by our panel. All work may be accepted or rejected for display at the discretion of Florida Arts, Inc.

Artists whose pieces are selected for the exhibit will be notified via e-mail on Friday, May 20, 2016. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published on the SBDAC website.

A panel of arts professionals and collectors will review the pieces submitted to the exhibition. Pieces submitted to the exhibition should fit the call to artists and the artist statements submitted should serve to explain how those pieces fit. On June 3, 2016, a special panel of jurors will select the winner of the Best In Show. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final. The winning piece will be announced at the Opening Reception.

The Best in Show and SBDAC Pick winners will be announced in the e-newsletter.
The People’s Choice winner will be announced on June 21, 2016 during Art Talk Tuesday.

All accepted pieces must be delivered ready to hang, including any special hanging or displaying devices that need to be used. Attach a copy of the completed entry form to each piece. Please note that you must include return shipping and reusable packaging.

Artwork must arrive on Tuesday May 31, 2016 to:
Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center
2301 First Street
Fort Myers, FL 33901

By submitting an entry to this exhibition, participants agree to insure all artwork for the full sales price while the pieces are in the physical possession of the Art Center. The artist is responsible for all shipping costs and insurance costs during shipping to and from the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. We will have no liability for the protection of submitted work during shipping. We are not responsible for lost mail.

All artwork may be accepted or rejected for display at the discretion of Florida Arts, Inc./Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Florida Arts. Inc., assumes the right to photograph any accepted work for promotional purposes only, unless requested otherwise. All work must remain for the duration of the show unless otherwise agreed to by both parties.

All artwork must be available for purchase. Commission of purchases from the exhibition are as follows: 60% to artist and 40% commission to Florida Arts, Inc. Florida Arts, Inc., will process all sales and handle all State Sales Taxes.


Deadline for Online Submission: May 13th, 2016

Jury Notifications of Acceptance: May 20, 2016

Delivery of Artwork: May 31, 2016

Exhibition opens: June 3, 2016
Opening Reception and Announcement of Special Awards
6:00 pm-10:00 pm

Exhibition closes: June 21, 2016
Art Talk Tuesday / Closing Party • People’s Choice Winner will be announced at Art Talk Tuesday / Closing Party

Artwork Pick Up: June 22, 2015