Calls To Artists

Call to Artists – Draw The Marion Art Contest


Title: Marion Theatre Art Design Contest


Description: The historic Marion Theatre is a local treasure that holds special memories for many people in Ocala. Now operating under the Reilly Arts Center, guests can enjoy a variety of films that span multiple genres, exciting live performances, crafted cocktails, and spend time with friends all within the heart of downtown. Under this new leadership, the theatre looks to greet old friends and welcome new ones with fresh offerings in a familiar and welcoming space.


The Marion Theatre and Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) invite artists to submit a digital copy of an original piece of artwork inspired by the historic downtown theatre to celebrate its re-opening and significance in our cultural community. The building itself is a piece of art! The retro neon sign, brick exterior, and pronounced demeanor are beautiful and inviting. We are looking for an artist who can capture the essence of this theatre through a “doodle” of the building itself. We cannot wait to see how our downtown theatre looks from the eyes of our community’s artists.


Eligibility: Open to Marion County artists and students. Logo must promote the mission of the association while showcasing the “look” of the Historic Marion Theatre. While we want the design to be eye-catching, it must still be legible. There are no limitations, and any colors may be used. However, the logo must look good in color (if any) or black and white.


Mediums: As this contest lends itself to use in advertising, only artists who can reproduce a design in digital form are encouraged to participate including but not limited to artists, illustrators, painters, architects, designers, graphic designers, and photographers.


Entry Fee: None.


Prize: Chosen design will receive a $50 gift card to use at The Marion Theatre and will be featured on Marion Theatre’s official merchandise, website, social media pages and other promotional items.


Entry Procedure: Each artist may submit one (1) piece for judging. See Entry Requirements for detailed information. By submitting Artwork, each entrant agrees to these terms & conditions. In order for your entry to be submitted and reviewed by our judges, all entries must be:

    1. Submitted to MCA Gallery Director at [email protected]
    2. Submitted with Artist Entry Form (see page 3)
    3. Submitted in color and black/white
    4. Submitted as a high-resolution .jpeg or vector logo PDF file


Contest Runs: October 1 – December 1, 2020


Deadline to submit images: Tuesday, December 1st, 2020 by midnight


Click Here to Download Official Call & Contest Entry Requirements

Call to Artists – Artists Ignite

Local Artists unite to support a safe and loving community


Title: Artists Ignite Juried Exhibit – with Cash Prizes!

Description: Ignite is a group of professionals who volunteer their time to create a safe and loving community here in Ocala. They help support our local non-profit agencies by raising funds for their cause and developing a platform to showcase their specific cause /and or project.

In light of COVID-19 and the uncertainty of being able to host their annual fundraising luncheon, the Ignite team has chosen to host a series of fundraisers that will run through March 2021. The Ignite Leadership team conducted an application process and selected three non-profit organizations to receive this funding and awareness for their cause.

Out of 18 local agencies that applied the three beneficiaries of this year’s efforts will be the Marion County Children’s Alliance, Boys and Girls Club of Marion County and Wear Gloves. Each agency aligns with the Ignite mission by supporting youth services, domestic violence, and homelessness in Marion County. Ignite for Ocala is honored to support these life-changing services and each agency’s mission.

Ignite will be hosting the Artists Ignite Exhibit from December 9–13th
at the NOMA gallery | 939 North Magnolia Avenue, Ocala


Eligibility: Open to Marion County artists and students. We invite you to explore your full range of emotions as you visualize what a safe and loving community means to you. Words that fit the missions of the agencies that we will benefit could be, but are not limited to:
family, children, hope, faith, dignity, inspiration, dedication, dependency, break the cycle, work, prayer, poverty, home, safety, love,
self-confidence, addiction, circle, peace, communication, collaboration,
stop the violence, protection, well-being, future, guidance, mentors,
empowerment, health and wellness, growth and thriving —to name a few!


Mediums: Open to any and all mediums.


Entry Fee: None.



Best in Show………….$500.00
People’s Choice…….$300.00
First Place………………$250.00
Second Place………..$150.00
Third Place…………….$100.00
and TWO Honorable Mentions.


Entry Procedure: All artists are eligible and may submit two (2) pieces for exhibition and judging. All pieces must be 24” x 36” or larger. All mediums are encouraged and welcomed—if the piece requires special installation, the artist will be responsible for all installation and providing all materials the piece may require. All 2D work must be properly wired with suitable hanging mechanisms, and must be “gallery ready,” either framed or created on a gallery wrapped canvas. If work is not gallery ready, it will not be accepted. All 3D work must be assembled by the artist before it is accepted. Artist is responsible for installing 3D work unless otherwise specified. All work must be ORIGINAL. All work must be completed before submission. Any work that is not yet dry or incomplete will not be accepted. All work must be labeled or accompanied with an identification card in the back. Ignite of Ocala reserves the right to reproduce accepted work in newsletters, news media, websites, social media and in other promotional uses.
Selection of work is at the discretion of Ignite of Ocala and judge(s). If all required items are not sent in time, entrant will be disqualified. Ignite of Ocala reserves the right to reject work for the exhibition that does not meetthe requirements or does not match the intent and standards of the exhibit.
Ignite of Ocala/ NOMA will take great care in handling all artwork for this exhibition. Ignite of Ocala or NOMA is not responsible for any damage that may occur.


Deadline for Notification of Participation is Friday, 11/20/20. Email Laurie W. Zink at [email protected] with your intent to participate.

Deadline for Art Submission is TBD. All pieces will be dropped off at NOMA between the hours of 10am-4pm. Entries must include an Artist Statement (Explain your piece in a few words) and Entry Form,
see attached.


Click Here to Download Official Call