This state-wide exhibition, juried by R. Lynn Whitelaw, showcases the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists.

Opening reception for all four exhibits is Thursday, July 6, 5-7 p.m.

(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents “Florida’s Finest,” a juried exhibition of works by Florida artists, July 6-August 11. The opening reception is Thursday, July 6, 5-7 p.m. Art Center Sarasota is located at 707 N. Tamiami Trail, in Sarasota. For more information, call 941-365-2032 or visit

“Florida’s Finest” showcases the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. R. Lynn Whitelaw, the founding director and curator of the Leepa-Rattner Museum of Art at St. Petersburg College, will jury this year’s exhibition to be installed in all four of the center’s galleries.

According to Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s director, “Florida’s Finest” has earned a statewide reputation as a preeminent exhibition.

“This exhibition gives visitors a taste of the diverse artistic mediums and enormous talent throughout the state of Florida.” says Berger. She notes that the exhibition’s “off-season” timing provides cultural tourists a motive to include Sarasota in their summer vacation plans. Berger adds that the exhibition’s substantial awards ($1,500 for first prize; $1,000 for second prize; $500 for third prize; $250 for merit awards; and $100 for special recognitions) attract top artists from around the state. “Florida’s Finest” is funded, in part, by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.

2016-2017 Season: A Quick Glance

Cycle 7 (August 24-September 29) features a solo exhibit entitled “World Without Men” by Lowell Gilbertson; a solo exhibit by Carol Prusa; a solo exhibit of photography by Giovanni Lunardi in gallery 3; and “Line, Form and Color,” an open, peer-juried exhibit.

For more information about Art Center Sarasota, call 941-365-2032 or visit

Photo captions (These are from the 2016 exhibit):

  • First prize: “Phobia” by Raymond Lawler from Art Center Sarasota’s 2016 “Florida Flavor.”
  • Second prize: “Green Behind Studio” by Joseph Melancon from Art Center Sarasota’s 2016 “Florida Flavor.”
  • Third prize: “Inside” by Dirce Kennedy from Art Center Sarasota’s 2016 “Florida Flavor.”

About Art Center Sarasota

Art Center Sarasota was the first arts and cultural institution in Sarasota. It was founded in 1926 as the “Sarasota Art Association” by Marcia Rader, the art supervisor for the Sarasota County schools district. In the early years, the group met monthly and sponsored exhibits in rented facilities. The Association was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1943 and has been in its current location in the Sarasota Bayfront Cultural District since 1949. Art Center Sarasota is now a membership-based organization that offers curated and juried exhibitions, adult and youth education programs, outreach initiatives for underserved youth, and culturally related public programming. Art Center Sarasota’s mission is to inspire individual creative expression, nurture artistic talent and provide the community with accessible and diverse visual art opportunities.

Art Center Sarasota

707 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236

Phone: 941-365-2032 § Fax: 941-366-0585

Gallery Hours:

Free admission

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday

Closed Sunday