Exhibit Guidelines

Exhibit Guidelines

Guide to Exhibit Codes - please read the our exhibit codes and guidelines to help you successfully hang in our galleries and meet exhibit criteria.

Exhibit Codes
A Judged Exhibit: All work that meets the criteria of the exhibit is accepted.
B The Visual Arts Center is hosting this event or renting space to another group or organization. All regulations, times fees and prizes are specified in thier prospectus and supersedes any stated here.
D Exhibit is open to 2-Dimensional media only
J Juried Exhibit: A judge views the art received and may eliminate entries prior to hanging. Entry fees are non-refundable. Eliminated work must be picked up the same/next day after being contacted.
OPEN Exhibit is open to a variety of mediums featuring work in: painting, sculpture, jewelry, textiles, metal, wood, basketry, glass, photography and digital graphic art, a new category which is art wholly composed and created using a digital computer program.


  • There is a 30% commission on all show sales.
  • The Bowles Portrait Award may be earned at any of the Visual Arts Center Exhibitions provided that the portrait is a 2-dimensional, fine art presentation of a person’s (or persons’) face, or face
    and figure, that has been created through the use of direct hand skills. Thus, a photograph, computer-generated work, or sculpture would not be eligible for this award. This award, provided through the William and Suzanne Bowles Endowment for Portrait Excellence, is to encourage and recognize portrait artistry and individual portrait artists.  

  • All Visual Arts Center (First Federal Gallery, Goff Gallery, Rebecca Hall) exhibited artwork may be entered into the National Art Exhibition and any other national show sponsored by the Visual Arts Center, assuming other eligibility requirements are met.
If you have suggestions for improving our exhibitions, please do not hesitate to contact us at the Visual Arts Center in person, by email or phone (941) 639-8810.


The Visual Arts Center is pleased to invite you to enter your works of art in our exhibitions for the 2016 season.The Board of Directors and the Exhibit Committee make every endeavor to provide a quality space and to promote the shows to the public.The schedule may change—always check each show’s prospectus for receiving/removal/reception dates, prize information, accepted work changes or any other updates. Prospectus for each exhibit is usually available one month in advance, online and at the Visual Arts Center front desk.

Instructions & Policies for Exhibiting in First Federal Gallery & Rebecca Hall

All Work

・ Receiving is between 9am and 12pm unless otherwise stated.

・ Must have artist’s name, address, phone number, and title of work on reverse of entry.

・ A maximum of three entries per show.

・ Must be completely original.

・ Must be completed within the last two years.

・ Must be ready to display/hang per our requirements. The Visual Arts Center will not be responsible for works damaged through faulty     display preparation by the artist. Artwork not properly ready for display will not be accepted.

  See VAC EXHIBITION DISPLAY REQUIREMENTS available online and at the front desk. 

・ Must not have been previously exhibited at the Visual Arts Center (except artwork displayed in the National Art Exhibition, Visual Arts     Center Student Show and/or in Goff Gallery shows).

・ The Visual Arts Center cannot provide storage. You will be assessed a $5 per day storage fee if work is not picked up.

・ Must not be removed prior to the completion of the exhibit unless sold and removed by purchaser.


Only original works may be submitted to our shows (except one summer show). This means that the subject of the entry must be a concept entirely developed by the submitting artist and executed by his/her own hand. Duplications of another’s photography or art, whether by machine or paint, is considered copyright infringement and may not hang in the Visual Arts Center’s regular exhibits. Entries found to be duplications, as defined above, will be excluded from the show and any awards revoked with no return of entry fees.


The Visual Arts Center reserves the right to make any changes in any of the above information and accepts no responsibility for undue inconvenience inadvertently caused by such changes or any error contained herein.


Available at least one month prior to each show, online and at the Visual Arts Center front desk.


Do you have an interest in hanging, researching prospective jurors, policy issues, theme and scheduling? We can always use the input and help; Please contact us.