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Embracing Our Differences 2020
By Embracing Our Differences
International Deadline: 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.
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
The 2020 exhibit will be displayed beginning January 18 through April 5th in Bayfront Park in downtown Sarasota.
Since 2004, the exhibits have been viewed by more than 2,400,000
visitors. 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.
Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate.
National and international submissions are encouraged. There is no
submission or entry fee and there is no limit on the number of
submissions. There is no restriction on entering art which has been
submitted to previous competitions.
All submissions must be an original concept and execution and not a copy
or reproduction of the work of another. Final selections for inclusion
in the exhibit will be made by a three-judge panel of professional
artists, curators and art professionals based on artistic excellence and
originality in reflection of our theme “enriching lives through
diversity and inclusion.”
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
There is no submission fee nor limit on the number of entries.
Submissions may be submitted online or by mail no later than October 8, 2019. Visit us for complete details and also see past winning artists work.
Embracing Our Differences is a not-for-profit organization that uses the
power of art and education to expand consciousness and open the heart
to celebrate the diversity of the human family. It accomplishes this
through an annual, large-scale outdoor juried art exhibition and a
comprehensive series of educational initiatives, programs and resources
designed for teachers and students.
We believe that diversity is one of the world’s greatest assets. To
realize the promise of diversity, we must ensure that everyone is
respected, included and valued for his or her individuality. Our goal is
to create a community where diversity and inclusion are honored while
teaching the importance of being an “up-stander,” and not a
Embracing Our Differences
P.O. Box 2559
Sarasota, Florida 34230-2559
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