Calls To Artists

Summer Like You’re On Vacation!

Stella Artois Art Contest – $500 Prize!


Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members


Title: Summer Like You’re On Vacation! Stella Artois Art Contest


Description: If vacation is the best part of Summer, then why do we make it only PART of the Summer? Can’t visit the French Riviera? You can still vacation on the Silver Springs Riviera! Vacation isn’t about where you are, it’s about how you see things…

Marion Cultural Alliance (MCA) and Tri-Eagle Sales (TES) invites artists to submit a digital copy of an original piece of artwork inspired by the theme: Summer Vacation. Think about “places you miss or places you would love to visit, especially if you were on a staycation right here in beautiful Ocala/Marion County”. Artists are encouraged to use and be inspired by the Stella Artois brand, as well as communicate the style and sophistication of Stella Artois while celebrating its 600 years of brewing heritage into a work of art. Bonus points for “hiding” a Stella Artois bottle in your work! (Where’s Stella?)


Mediums: As this contest lends itself to use in advertising, all art forms are encouraged to participate including but not limited to artists, illustrators, painters, photographers, videographers, and musicians.


Entry Fee: None.


Prizes & Awards: TES will award $500 to the First Place winner, $250 to Second Place, and $150 for Third Place, plus a chance to win a case of Stella Artois beer for Best Use of “Where’s Stella?”.


Entry Procedure: Each artist may submit one (1) piece for judging. All entries are to be submitted no later than Wednesday, June 10 at midnight and sent via email to [email protected]. See Entry Requirements for detailed information. By submitting Artwork, each entrant agrees to these terms & conditions.


Eligibility: Each person who submits Artwork (“Entrant”) must be of legal drinking age in the State in which he/she resides at the time of entry.


Contest Runs: April  28 – June 10, 2020


Deadline to submit images: Wednesday, June 10 at 4pm.


Sponsored by: TriEagle Sales       TriEagle Sales Logo


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Nourishing Our Future – Backpack Fever!

A FUNdraiser benefiting Interfaith


Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members

Title of Event: Nourishing Our Future – Backpack Fever FUNdraiser!

Purpose: To honor beloved local artist Bob Kuperberg (he’s turning 90!) and to Raise Funds for Food4Kids.

Description of Event: Marion Cultural Alliance invites artists to design and decorate one-of-a-kind white canvas backpack. Local ‘celebrities’ will model the backpacks which will be available for purchase during the silent and live auctions. The cocktail reception event is scheduled for July 23rd, 2020, 5:30-7:30pm at Brick City Center for the Arts, 23 SW Broadway Street, and is in honor of local artist Bob Kuperberg’s 90th birthday celebration. All proceeds will be donated to Food4Kids, a project of Interfaith Emergency Services with the goal of “No Hungry Children”. Food4Kids partners with schools to raise funds and collect food, pack food into backpacks for hungry children, and distribute the backpacks at school on Fridays to provide weekend food for the children the program serves. Backpacks are returned to school on Monday, and the process is repeated. The event will be advertised online, social media, newsletters, and email via Interfaith and Marion Cultural Alliance as well as other local businesses, service and social clubs.

Entry Process: The blank backpacks will be available after May 8, and finished backpacks are due back July 15. Pick up and drop-off of backpacks are at MCA’s The Brick Gallery. Artists are to submit a statement telling a story about their commitment to the event, the children, and the community, as well as set retail value of their artistically adorned backpack, and attend the event free of charge.

Mediums: All mediums are accepted and encouraged. The selection of supplies is up to each artist but must be permanent and waterproof. Backpacks will be available for pick up by appointment only. Please email [email protected] to schedule a date/time to pick up your blank backpack.

Deadline & Drop Off of Submissions: July 15, 2020 at The Brick Gallery (between 10am – 4pm)

Event Reception: Thursday, July 23, 2020 (5:30 – 7:30pm)

Event Location: Brick City Center for the Arts (23 SW Broadway St.)

Event Organized by: The Kuperberg Family


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The Art of Purpose Exhibit

Sponsored by: Angie Lewis State Farm

Who’s Eligible: MCA Artist Members & Non-Members

Title of Exhibit: The Art of Purpose; An Applied Arts Exhibit 

Description of Exhibit: The applied arts are all the arts that integrate design and decoration into everyday and practical objects in order to make them aesthetically pleasing. The term is used in distinction to fine arts, which are those whose only purpose is to be beautiful and stimulate the intellect in some way. This exhibit will be focused on artists who create original objects creatively designed with both aesthetics and function in mind. All work for this exhibit must be a functional object, produced in the last two (2) years and an original work (absolutely no mass-produced patterns or kits).

Entry Procedure: Each artist may submit up to two (2) pieces for judging and exhibition. All entries are to be submitted no later than Sunday, July 26 at midnight and sent via email to [email protected]. In your email, please include:

    • Artist Entry Form – See page 3.
    • Brief Artist Statement – Does the process / materials conjure up stories, memories or special meaning?
    • Photograph of artwork – Please send high resolution images in .jpg file format.
    • (For Non-Members) Completed MCA Membership Form – See page 4.

List of Awards: The judges will award Honorable Mention, Third, Second, First and Best of Show. Judges’ decisions will be final. Awards will be presented at the Artists’ Reception.

Mediums: All mediums are welcome, examples include: metalwork, goldsmithing, pottery, glass & enamel, woodworking, furniture making, fashion design, interior design, fiber arts, textiles, quilts, carpeting, embroidery, batik, jewelry, basketry, mosaic art, graphic art, advertising, hand-made books/journals, book illustration, photography, and industrial design.

Juried Entry Fee: MCA Members: $25 / Non-Members: $45 (membership included)

Deadline for Submissions: Sunday, July 26 (midnight)

Notification of Acceptance/Rejection: Friday, July 31 (end of the day)

Artists’ Reception (TBD): Friday, August 7, 2020 (5:00 – 6:00pm)

Exhibit Dates & Location: August 7 through August 29, 2020 at The Brick Gallery (23 SW Broadway St.)

Drop Off Date: Monday, August 3rd, 2020 (10am – 4pm)

Pick Up Date: Monday, August 31, 2020 (10am – 4pm)   


Click here to download Official Call & Exhibit Requirements