Student & Emerging Artist Competition

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The Student and Emerging Artist Competition is designed specifically for emerging artists seeking to learn about the professional support available in Ocala, wanting to begin participating in artist's programs and organizations, and gain professional experience. This is a juried show that provides artists with an opportunity for prizes, as well as a professional exhibit to add to their resumes and experience.




The City of Ocala and the Magnolia Art Xchange invite artists in High School up to the age of 30
to submit entries for the 2019 Student and Emerging Artists competition and exhibit. Artists are
to create work inspired by the theme ILLUSION AND REALITY. Work will be accepted on a first
come, first served basis. The juror will award winners in each division and Best of Show. Judge’s
decisions will be final. Awards will be given at the discretion of the judge and presented at the
reception on Thursday, April 11, 2019.


Detailed Calendar:

Deadline for Entry Submissions: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 11:59pm
Drop Off Artwork: Tuesday, April 9, 2019 between 3:30pm – 5:00pm at City Hall
Opening ReceptionThursday, April 11, 2019 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm
Show Closes: Thursday, July 11, 2019
Pick Up Artwork: Friday, July 12, 2019 between 3:00pm – 5:00pm at City Hall



To apply, please download a copy of the Entry Guidelines and follow specific instructions.

For tips and details on how to write an Artist Statement, framing your work and creating a Sculpture stand, click here.


For additional information, contact the City of Ocala Cultural Arts Office at or 352-629-8447.