Help support the arts and earn great discounts by becoming a member!

Dark Art

Open Call to Artists

Open Call to Artists

Opens: October 4th | 6:00pm

Closes: October 17th | 5:00pm

SBDAC’s Grand Atrium

Entry: Donations

Call Box Office for more information

239-333-1933

Scroll down for more information

;

Are you an artist who delves into the mysterious, the macabre, and the surreal? Do your works explore the shadows, the unknown, and the eerie facets of the human experience? If so, we invite you to submit your artwork to “Dark Art 2024,” the annual open call exhibition at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center.

About the Exhibition

“Dark Art 2024” is a celebration of the enigmatic and the obscure, showcasing works that challenge, provoke, and fascinate. This exhibition aims to explore the themes of darkness in all its forms—whether psychological, fantastical, or existential. We welcome artists who push boundaries and delve into the depths of their imaginations to reveal the hidden and the haunting.

Submission Guidelines

Please read them carefully before submitting artwork!

  • The deadline is Friday, September 20th, 2024  so you have plenty of time to show your dark side!
  • To submit artwork for consideration, please follow these guidelines:
  • Artists may submit up to Three pieces for consideration. 
  • All media is accepted, including sculpture. There are no size restrictions, so long as the piece will fit through standard doorways and is ready to display. (3-dimensional pieces must be display-ready, either free-standing or wall-hanging)
  • Please upload quality images (no more than 2MB in size, jpeg) labeled appropriately for identification purposes (ex: lastname_title.jpg) 
  • IF YOU ARE MISSING CRITERIA YOUR SUBMISSION MAY NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Artists not from the SWFL area are responsible for any and all shipping costs for the delivery of accepted artwork and the return of unsold work.
  • Pending acceptance, artwork must be ready to display. 2D work must be ready to hang with hanging wire or appropriate hardware, and the sculpture must be free-standing. Pedestals can be provided for small-scale 3D works. Any works not display-ready upon the drop-off date are subject to rejection!
  • Artwork must have been produced within the past 12 months. Art previously exhibited at Dark Art shows will not be accepted.
  • Art Created with AI, even if partially, will not be accepted. 
  • **Most importantly, artwork must adhere to the theme of ‘dark art’. This includes but isn’t limited to monsters, magic, witches, zombies, creatures, nightmares, surreal hell-scapes, skulls, spirits, ghouls, demons, devils, ghosts, etc. The purpose of this show is to encourage artists to explore these themes and the darker spectrum of thought and imagination.
  • Exhibition Dates: October 4th – 18th, 2024

How to Submit

  1. Artwork Images: Submit high-quality images of up to 5 pieces of your artwork. Include titles, dimensions, and mediums used.
  2. Artist Statement: Provide a brief statement (200-300 words) explaining how your work relates to the theme of Dark Art.
  3. Contact Information: Include your name, email address, phone number, and social media handles (if applicable).

Submit your materials to sbdac.com/…..Please ensure all files are in JPEG or PNG format for images.

Selection Process

Our curatorial team will review all submissions and select works that best capture the essence of Dark Art. Selected artists will be notified by [ date].

Exhibition Details

  • Location: Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Grand Atrium Gallery
  • Opening Reception: October 4th, 2024, 6pm – 10pm
  • Promotion: The exhibition will be promoted through our website, social media channels, and press releases. Selected artists will also have the opportunity to be featured in artist spotlights leading up to the exhibition.

    We look forward to seeing your captivating interpretations of Dark Art and celebrating the power of the shadowy and the mysterious.

    Dark Art 2024

    • Upload a photo of your submission. Please keep images sized below 1.5 MB. (An easy way to do this is to take a photo of your submission with your phone camera.)
      Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, jpeg, Max. file size: 3 MB.
    • Upload a photo of your submission. Please keep images sized below 1.5 MB. (An easy way to do this is to take a photo of your submission with your phone camera.)
      Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, jpeg, Max. file size: 3 MB.
    • Upload a photo of your submission. Please keep images sized below 1.5 MB. (An easy way to do this is to take a photo of your submission with your phone camera.)
      Accepted file types: jpg, png, pdf, jpeg, Max. file size: 3 MB.
    • I authorize the artwork described above to be shown at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center and for it and any accompanying Press materials to be utilized in promotion of the event and/or for marketing purposes. I agree with the Terms and Conditions of Website Use Agreement. I, the undersigned, hold the exhibition rights to the submission and am duly authorized to submit this artwork for consideration to be exhibited to the public. SBDAC will pay ARTIST for any works sold during the exhibit no later than 2 weeks after the close of the exhibition. The breakdown of funds is as follows: ARTIST will receive 60% of the sales price for any original work sold and SBDAC receives a commission of 40% of the sales price from all sales during the course of the exhibition. I agree with the authorization terms above.
    • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

    Thank you to our 2023 - 2024 Sponsors!

    Exclusive Hotel Partner