An Abstract View

  • This show encompasses all forms of non-representational art from Cubism to Abstract Expressionism to Minimalism and beyond.
  • Abstract art is art that does not attempt to represent an accurate depiction of a visual reality but instead uses shapes, colors, forms and gestural marks to achieve its effect.
  • Some noteworthy abstract artists include: Kazimir Malevich, Hilma af Klint, Helen Frankenthaler, Sam Gilliam, Pablo Picasso, Barbara Hepworth, Robert Delaunay, Piet Mondrian, Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Lee Krasner, and Cy Twombly.
  • Submissions are welcome in all media including painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, mixed media, digital arts, and sculpture. 
  • AI generated art is not allowed.

If you have any questions about submission requirements, please contact:

Christina Baril, Exhibitions Director, at 941-365-2032 or



  • Exhibition Dates: August 24 - September 30, 2023
  • Online Submissions: Tuesday, May 9 - Sunday, July 23, 2023 (closes 11:59pm)
  • Jurying: The juror for An Abstract View is Tre Michel, Co-Owner, State of the Arts Gallery, Sarasota.
  • Notification of Acceptance: Artists will be notified by email of their submission status no later than Friday, July 28 by 5pm.
  • In Person Receiving Day for Accepted Artworks: Please deliver work in person between Tuesday, August 8 - Wednesday, August 9 (10am-5pm).
  • Shipping Accepted Artwork: Mailed Artwork must arrive between Monday, August 7 - Wednesday, August 9. Any work that is delivered after this date will not be included in the exhibition.
  • Award Winners Notified: no later than Wednesday, August 23 at 5pm.  Awards are announced at the opening reception and posted on the ACS website Friday, August 25.
  • Opening Reception: Thursday, August 24, 6-8pm.
  • Artwork Pickup In Person: Monday, October 2 & Tuesday, October 3, 2023, 10am-5pm

All artworks will ONLY be submitted online for jurying. Awards will be chosen by the juror in person when all works are onsite and installed at Art Center Sarasota.

This exhibition is open to all artists to showcase their work at Art Center Sarasota (ACS). This show is open to all media types. The juror will see all requested information except the artist’s name and the price of artwork. ACS Exhibition Committee asks jurors to make all selections based solely on artistic merit with the exhibition theme in mind. In an effort to maintain best gallery practices, ACS implements the following rules and regulations for this juried exhibition. Observing the following points ensures your artwork is exhibited in the best way possible. We appreciate your support.

At ACS, we are committed to free exchange of ideas, and believe that art can (and should) expose us to different perspectives, new ideas, and the experiences of others. As a community-based art center, we also seek to be open and welcoming to all. We therefore reserve the right to not display art that contains hate speech; contains racist, violent or cruel images or symbols; encourages racism, violence or cruelty; contains pornographic images; or vilifies or demeans individuals or groups of people. Fortunately, we rarely have to reject art for these reasons. But we reserve the right to do so, at our sole discretion. Thank you for respecting these guidelines.

All juried exhibitions require a NON-REFUNDABLE entry fee for each submission. 

  • One Piece: $20 Members, $30 Non-members, $10 Student Members, $20 Student Non- Members
  • Two Pieces: $30 Members, $50 Non-members, $20 Student Members, $30 Student Non- Members
  • Three Pieces: $35 Members, $65 Non-members, $25 Student Members, $35 Student Non- Members

Awards will be selected by the juror in-person after the exhibition has been hung. All checks for awards will be mailed out to the artists at the close of the exhibition.

  • 1st place: $500
  • 2nd Place: $300
  • 3rd Place: $200
  • Merit (2) & Honorable Mention (4)
  • With permission, all Award Winners will be celebrated for an additional week at DreamLarge in the Rosemary District from Monday, October 2 - Sunday, October 8 with Abstract After Dark on Thursday, October 5 from 7-9pm.

Submitted artwork images should be:

  • high definition, at least 1mb
  • 2D works should be cropped around the piece 
  • 3D works should be placed in front of a solid background or photo backdrop
  • Please indicate if framed or unframed
  • Image format types are jpg and png and should be no larger than 3MB. See below for video requirements.

If you need assis­tance in submit­ting please contact Christina Baril, Exhibitions Director. We are here to help get everyone's artwork seen by the juror no matter your technology level.

All entries must be original work completed within the last three years and not previously shown in any ACS show.

  • Copies and reproductions of original works of art, whether embellished or not, are not eligible for submission to juried exhibitions. However, prints such as photographs, lithographs, woodcuts, engravings, etching, screen prints, and digital works are acceptable as long as they are labeled as such, and numbered as an edition.
  • Open editions are not accepted.
  • Please be mindful of copyright infringements – Be original!
  • Artwork submitted must be finished and not in-process upon the time of submission.  All accepted artworks must be dry upon entry, if they are not, they will NOT be included in the exhibition.


  • A Diptych or Triptych is considered one submission of artwork and must be priced as one individual piece. It must be submitted, charged, and labeled as such.
  • If framed, the frames must be uniform and included in dimensions.


  • All mediums are accepted.
  • We highly recommend that photographs, prints and digital art be numbered in an edition.
  • Open editions are not accepted.


  • Maximum size for 2D artwork is 60 x 72”, AFTER framing.
  • Maximum size for 3D artwork is 48 x 48 x 48".
  • If the work is over 40lbs in weight or requires special hanging materials the artist may be asked to provide those materials and assist in hanging the piece during our installation period.


  • No sawtooth hangers.
  • All submitted artwork must be dry and ready to hang.
  • Picture frame wire should not be above the frame. Picture frame wire is a multi strand wire.  Do not use monofilament.
  • Screw eyes/D-rings and hanging wire MUST be attached firmly to the back of the piece with screws.
  • Please state the surface the work is on, ie. paper/canvas/metal/board/etc., including photographs.
  • All framed artwork with glass/plexi should be clean and scratch free. The mat if it has one should be clean and smoothly cut.
  • Frames must be in good condition (no scratches, chips or loose corners).
  • If the work is unframed, please provide a detailed description of the hanging method in the "Special Instructions" section of the application.  If accepted, please provide any special materials/tools required to hang/mount your work.
  • Gallery wrapped canvas is acceptable, provided that no staples are showing and the edges are clean and free of smudges and smears that are not in keeping with the stylistic intent of the artwork.


  • ACS provides pedestals. However, the artist must provide a sculpture pedestal for oversized work and/or works with special display requirements.
  • Please use the "Special Instructions" section on the application to describe any necessary details of mounting or displaying your work.
  • Non-ACS Pedestals must have a broad base.
  • Jewelry must be submitted on a display stand or form.
  • Please list special display instructions in the notes section when submitting.  These will be taken into consideration when installing, but may not be executable.


  • All entries shipped to ACS should include a return shipping label. It is the artist’s responsibility to pay for shipping to and from the Art Center.
  • ACS Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday 10am- 5pm, Saturday 12pm-5pm.
  • Shipping address: Art Center Sarasota, 707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota FL 34236.
  • Please call if you have any questions. 941-365-2032


  • The Exhibition Director must be notified in advance if an unconventional method of presentation or hanging is required. Policies of the host gallery will prevail.
  • Should your artwork be accepted and it is discovered to not be in compliance with the rules and regulations, the artist will be notified to collect the work immediately and the entry fee will be refunded.
  • Placement of accepted artwork will be decided by the Exhibition Director, please do not ask to change its location. Once artwork is installed, it is in its final location and cannot be moved.
  • All artwork must be picked up by August 7 - 8, 2023, 10am-5pm. If you cannot pick it up on these dates, please arrange pickup.  Any artwork not picked up by Friday, August 11 will be charged $5 a day holding fee.  Artwork not picked up after 30 days becomes the property of Art Center Sarasota.

Work accepted for an exhibition may not be substituted, nor will any be permitted to be withdrawn during the exhibition.  Artworks cannot be picked up before the end of the show due to press and advertising obligations. 

Art Center Sarasota will insure the work for the duration of the exhibition period. The Artist (Consignor) and the Consignee (Art Center Sarasota) agree that all claims, whether for full or partial damage, will be based on the Insurance Value, and that the Consignee (Art Center Sarasota) shall be liable only up to such Insurance Value (and only to the extent of the Consignee’s insurance coverage). It is mutually agreed upon that any right of subrogation is hereby waived by the Artist.


  • All work on exhibit must be for sale. No POR (Price on Request) or NFS (Not for Sale) is permitted in a juried show unless specified in an exhibition prospectus.
  • Artists who are ACS members receive payment of 60% of selling price.
  • Artists who are Non-members receive payment of 50% of selling price.
  • The artist is responsible for filing sales in accordance with State and Federal Tax regulations.
  • All Artwork on exhibit at ACS must be sold on site or through the ACS website (when exhibits are online). Sales through third party dealers or entities are not permitted. Direct sale via the Artist is not permitted.

ACS will ask the purchaser if they would like to share their information with the selling artist. If they agree, ACS will pass that information along to the artist, if not no information of either party will be shared.

Exhibiting artists consent to the use of their name and the artworks image(s) for purposes of promotion and advertisement by ACS. The artist waives any claim, including any claim for invasion of the right of privacy or copyright, against ACS, its directors, officers, employees, and agents. 

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