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Call to Artists: "Momentum" Student and Emerging Artist Competition

Post Date:02/19/2020 4:14 PM


OCALA, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2020) – The City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange invite artists, high school through the age of 30, to submit entries for the "Momentum" Student and Emerging Artist Competition, which will take place Thursday, March 19 through Thursday, July 9 at City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave.

Artists will compete in three divisions according to their respective age group. All entries must have been completed within the last two years. Work will be accepted on a first come, first served basis and the juror will award winners in each division, as well as Best of Show. Awards will be presented at a reception taking place Thursday, March 19 at City Hall.

The prizes for this competition include more than $2,000 in awards, including scholarships to the College of Central Florida (high school division), a feature in Ocala Magazine (Best of Show), a professional artwork scan (first place in each division), an annual memberships to the Appleton Museum of Art, Marion Cultural Alliance, and a registration fee waiver for the 2020-21 season of First Friday Art Walk (all winners).

Entry Procedures:

Each artist may submit one piece for the exhibition and jurying. All entries must include the entry form, an artist statement and photograph of artwork (in a .jpg file format with a resolution of at least 1900 pixels in the widest dimension). Photos can be emailed or artists can mail printed photos, a CD or USB with digital images. Entries must be submitted no later than Friday, March 6 at 11:59 p.m.

Entries can be submitted online at, via email to or mailed to City of Ocala Cultural Arts, 828 NE Eighth Ave., Ocala, FL 34470.

Calendar of Events:

  • Friday, March 6, 11:59 p.m. – Deadline for entry submissions
  • Tuesday, March 17, 3:30 to 5 p.m. – Artwork drop off at City Hall
  • Thursday, March 19, 5:30 to 7 p.m. – Opening reception & Awards ceremony
  • Thursday, July 9 – Show closes
  • Friday, July 10, 3 to 5 p.m. – Artwork pickup

This event is sponsored by the City of Ocala, Magnolia Art Xchange, Appleton Museum of Art, College of Central Florida, Grafito Advertising, Marion Cultural Alliance and Ocala Magazine.

For more information, or to view the complete call to artists, please contact the Cultural Arts Office at 352-629-8447 or visit

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