Deadline: October 15

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 affect change around the world.

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 annual Embracing Our Differences international juried competition.

Featuring 45 billboard-size images, 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 2019 exhibit will be displayed from January 19 through March 15, 2019 at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

Details and an online application are available at

Teachers submitting student art can click here for a simplified submission process.