Embracing Our Differences

There are presently no open calls for submissions.

           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 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 Differences and its annual international outdoor juried competition.

Featuring 50 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 and inclusion."  

The exhibit is displayed from mid-January through the end of March each year at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota, Florida. Since 2004 the display has hosted more than 3,692,000 visitors plus another 438,000 students for a very unique opportunity to experience the importance of diversity and inclusion in our lives.  $3,000 (US) in cash will be awarded.

To view complete submission requirements, please click here.
For suggestions on submitting a winning work of art, please click here.
To view past winning selections, please visit our Galleries.
To view a short video of the 2021 exhibit, please click here.