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’s 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.

$3,000 (US) Cash Awards

Submission Deadline:  January 10, 2017    (Midnight PST)

Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a world where differences are embraced and individuality is celebrated. Become a part of this exciting change through your visual art submission to the 14th annual Embracing Our Differences juried competition.

45 artists will be selected. National and international submissions are welcome.

Final selections will be made by a three-judge panel of art professionals based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.”

The exhibit will be displayed during April and May 2017 in Island Park along Sarasota's bay front in Southwest Florida USA.

There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries. 

Visit our website for complete submission requirements.

To view past winning selections, please visit our Galleries.

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

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1.   Who may enter?   Artists, professionals, amateurs and students. National and international submissions are welcome.

2.   What is the theme?   Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme “enriching lives through diversity.” This may include, by way of suggestion only, any one or more of the following: appearance; racial differences; physical or mental impairment; language, religious or cultural differences; environmental stewardship; social economic status; sexual orientation or identity; positive attitude; inclusiveness; self-acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “enriching lives through diversity.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions.  We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.

3.   What digital formats are acceptable?   Your original art may be any size and medium; however, you must create or scan and submit it as a high resolution (minimum 300 dpi) digital file (JPG, TIFF, PDF or EPS). Your digital art must measure exactly 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high. All art must have a horizontal orientation.

4.   When will final selections be made?   Artists selected for inclusion in the exhibit will be notified by mid-March 2017.

5.   Do I retain the rights to my art?   Yes, you retain ownership of your art. However, by your submission, you irrevocably grant to Embracing Our Differences a non-exclusive license to your work for display, educational and promotional purposes.

6.   As a teacher submitting my students’ art, is there anything I need to know?   Teachers may complete the submission process on behalf of their students and, at their option, substitute their personal or school contact information for that of their students.

7.   What if I have additional questions?   You may email us at  MJS@EmbracingOurDifferences.org. 

Visit our website for complete submission requirements.