2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity

2020 Embracing Our Differences International Art Exhibit Celebrating Diversity

This Deadline Expired: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Art is a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, artists can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote diversity. The centerpiece of Embracing Our Differences is an outdoor juried art exhibit featuring 50 billboard size images (12.5 feet by 16 feet) created by local, national and international artists and writers. The display reflects the artists’ interpretations of the theme “enriching lives through diversity.” The exhibit is displayed annually at Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota. The 2019 exhibit hosted 218,000 visitors to Bayfront Park, bringing total attendance, since 2004, to more than 2,920,000.

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. The statements accompanying each artwork are also vital and provide insight into our common humanity—as well as the differences that make us all unique.

The 2019 exhibit received 11,791 submissions representing 111 countries and 44 states including such distant lands as China, Greece, India, Israel, Japan, Romania, and Thailand. More than 65% of the submissions were made by students from 239 schools.

The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message. Awards are given for “Best-in-Show Adult,” “Best-in-Show Student,” and “People’s Choice” categories, with the last chosen by visitors to the exhibit. Adult winners each receive $1,000; students receive $1,000 with $500 to be directed to the student and $500 to their school’s art program, if they worked under the direction of an educator.

The 2020 exhibit will be displayed beginning January 18 in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.

https://www.embracingourdifferences.org/submit-art/

Kathleen Spicer
Kathleen Spicer
Stan Smokler has developed a unique palette, applying industrial cast-offs, "found objects" to create scuptures which deliberately deny their past history in order to serve a new formal purpose.
Stan Smokler
Stan Smokler

Stan Smokler has developed a unique palette, applying industrial cast-offs, "found objects" to create scuptures which deliberately…

Stan Smokler has developed a unique palette, applying industrial cast-offs, "found objects" to create scuptures which deliberately deny their past history in order to serve a new formal purpose.…

Stan Smokler has developed a unique palette, applying industrial cast-offs, "found objects" to create scuptures which deliberately deny their past history in order to serve a new formal purpose.…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and city streets. In work ranging from large scale sculptural installations, and living compilations, to miniature assemblage and mixed media works on paper, nature is my rubric and my compass. This is the way I make connections between human interests and the environment that surrounds us. 

Simultaneously, nature is my metaphor and material. Grafting together a variety of flat and dimensional elements is not uncommon in my practice.
In different ways, I'll incorporate earth, vines, flowers, roots, seeds, pigment, and wax into sculpture, and mixed media works on paper, more akin to assemblage. Nature and plants frequently act as metaphors for our human experience as they are passively or overtly layered or stitched amidst found imagery, maps, photographs, and words.
Susan Benarcik
Susan Benarcik

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences,…

I spend a lot of time in nature observing plants, the environment, and natures cycles. While in or out of the studio, I'm creating both complex and compact environments that enliven personal residences, gallery walls, and…

Leslie, a career professional in the museum field, lives in Wilmington, Delaware and creates her artworks in glass seed beads and thread. Leslie's works variously are inspired by science fiction, science fact, art history and/or Nature.
Leslie Grigsby
Leslie Grigsby

Leslie, a career professional in the museum field, lives in Wilmington, Delaware and creates her artworks in glass seed beads…

Leslie, a career professional in the museum field, lives in Wilmington, Delaware and creates her artworks in glass seed beads and thread. Leslie's works variously are inspired by science fiction,…

Leslie, a career professional in the museum field, lives in Wilmington, Delaware and creates her artworks in glass seed beads and thread. Leslie's works variously are inspired by science fiction, science fact, art history…

Works on paper using Iranian calligraphy techniques.
Nazanin Moghbeli
Nazanin Moghbeli

Works on paper using Iranian calligraphy techniques.…

Works on paper using Iranian calligraphy techniques.…

Works on paper using Iranian calligraphy techniques.…

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