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Call for entries for Embracing Our Differences – 2025 Exhibit!

Artists are endowed with a potent weapon for inciting societal change. They have the power to enlighten, educate, and effect change globally without saying a word. Embracing Our Differences extends an invitation for you to take part in building a community that values individuality and embraces inclusivity. Participate in this transformation by submitting your original artwork to the yearly international outdoor juried art display, Embracing Our Differences. The winning artworks combine a deep understanding of both medium and message.

Since 2004, Embracing Our Differences has used the power of art and prose to promote inclusion, kindness and respect. One way accomplish this is through the annual international art exhibition in Sarasota’s Bayfront Park. The juried exhibit consists of 50 billboard-sized works of art, each accompanied by an inspirational quote.

50 billboard-sized artworks, each spanning 16 feet (4.88 metres) in width by 12.5 feet (3.81 metres) in height, are shown. Local, national, and worldwide artists have created these pieces, which represent their interpretations of the theme, “embracing our differences.” The exhibit will be on display mid-January through April at multiple locations in Southwest Florida. Since 2004, the exhibit has hosted over 4.3 million visitors, in addition to 587,395 students via our education programs, for a very unique opportunity to experience the importance of inclusion, kindness, and respect in our lives.

The ultimate choices will be selected according to their creative brilliance and unique interpretation of our theme, “embracing our differences.” Just as an example, this could involve any one or more of the following: The topics that you feel further our theme of “embracing our differences” are appearance, racial differences, physical or mental impairment, language, religious or cultural differences, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation or identity, gender identity, positive attitude, inclusivity, acceptance, taunting, bullying, and confrontation, human rights and equality, understanding and kindness, empowerment, Holocaust awareness, and etc. Do not let these recommendations limit you.


Online, United States


  • A total of $6,000 (US) will be presented in the form of three separate awards
  • $2,000 each for “Best-in-Show Adult” “Best-in-Show Student” and “People’s Choice” category

Note: The “People’s Choice” award will be determined by visitors to the exhibit.


  • You must be 13 years old or over.
  • Artists, professionals, amateurs, students – everyone can participate.
  • National and international submissions are encouraged.
  • There is no restriction on entering art which has been submitted to previous competitions.
Eligible Regions: Open for All.

Application Process

  • Visit the Apply link by clicking on the “APPLY NOW” button.

Choose a your preferred option to submit your art from the following:

  • Submit Art Work online: “Submit Online” “Submit Online (Teachers)”
  • Submit Art Work by mail: “Submit by Mail” “Submit by Mail (Teachers)”


  • Your art must be HORIZONTAL in orientation which means that it must be wider than it is tall – submissions that do not meet this requirement will be disqualified.
  • Your art should measure or fit an aspect ratio of 12.8” (325.12 mm) wide by 8.8” (223.52 mm) high.
  • Your digital file MUST be a high resolution image of no less than 300 dpi (the higher the better).
  • Your digital file must be less than 400MB in size.
  • Include a brief (150 word maximum) “Artist Statement” explaining your art, your creative process and/or what the theme means to you.
  • Please label your digital art file with the “title” (5 word maximum) and your name – for example, “ArtworkTitle-ArtistName”.
  • Please do NOT include the words “Embracing Our Differences” in your artwork or artwork title.

Application Deadline: July 31, 2024 (14 Days Remaining)

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For Further Queries

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