Embracing Our Differences

There are presently no open calls for submissions.


Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and effect change around the world.  Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated.  Become a part of this exciting change by submitting your visual art to Embracing Our Difference and its annual international outdoor juried competition.

Featuring 45 billboard-size images measuring 16 feet (4.9 m) wide by 12.5 feet (3.8 m) high, each work of art is created by local, national and international artists reflecting their interpretation of our theme "enriching lives through diversity." 

The exhibit is displayed during April and May each year in Island Park along Sarasota‚Äôs bay front in Southwest Florida.  Since 2004 the display has hosted more than two million visitors plus another 200,000 students for a very unique opportunity to experience the importance of diversity and inclusion in our lives.

To view past winning selections, please visit our Galleries.

To view a short video of the 2014 exhibit, please click here.