Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2024 

Artists possess a powerful tool to evoke social change. Without uttering a single word, they can enlighten, educate and affect change around the world. Embracing Our Differences invites you to participate in creating a society where inclusion is embraced and individuality is celebrated.

Become a part of this change by submitting your original art to Embracing Our Differences and its annual international outdoor juried art exhibit.

Featuring 50 billboard-sized artworks celebrating diversity, our exhibition runs from January 19 to April 13, 2025, in Sarasota and St. Petersburg, Florida. Winners, including students, receive $2,000 each, benefiting both the artist and their school’s art program. This exhibit is open to any person, and can include international submissions!


Who May Enter?

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. You may not submit art or quotations to our annual competitions through this website or any related website unless you are 13 years old or over. 


What is the theme of the competition? 
Final selections will be chosen based on artistic excellence and originality in the reflection of our theme, “embracing our differences.” 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; socioeconomic status; sexual orientation or identity; gender identity, positive attitude; inclusiveness; acceptance; taunting, bullying and confrontation; human rights and equality; understanding and kindness; empowerment; Holocaust awareness or any other topic which you believe furthers our theme of “embracing our differences.” Do not feel limited by these suggestions. We strongly encourage new and fresh interpretations of our theme.


Visit for more info and to submit your application.

Deadline to Apply: July 1, 2024