Open Call

2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity

Embracing Our Differences

No Funding
Free / No Costs
Sarasota, United States


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.

Number of Participants

There is no limit to the number of pieces of art you may submit. Please submit your works to: or email


Selection Results (Announcement Dates)


January 18, 2020 - April 01, 2020


No meals

Public Programs



Conceptual Art, Digital Media, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Public Art, Visual Arts


No languages listed

Program Description

The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists' interpretations of the theme "enriching lives through diversity." The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The 2019 exhibit hosted 218,000 visitors to Bayfront Park, bringing total attendance, since 2004, to more than 2,920,000. Become a part of this exciting event through your visual art submission. The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for "Best-in-Show Adult," "Best-in-Show Student," and "People's Choice" categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

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