Art Center Sarasota Presents “FLORIDA’S FINEST” A Statewide Juried Exhibition May 24 – July 6

This state-wide exhibition, juried by Joe Fig, showcases the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists.

Opening reception is Thursday, May 31, 5-7 p.m.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents “Florida’s Finest,” a juried exhibition of works by Florida artists, May 24 –July 6. The opening reception is Thursday, May 31, 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. The exhibit’s juror is Joe Fig, an artist and author known for work that explores the creative process and the spaces where art is made. His paintings, sculptures and photographs are exhibited internationally and can be found in numerous museums and leading private collections. Fig is author of the critically acclaimed “Inside the Painter’s Studio” and “Inside the Artist’s Studio.” Fig is represented by Cristin Tierney Gallery in New York and is department head of Fine Arts/Visual Studies at Ringling College of Art and Design.

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.

Next Exhibits

Cycle 6 (July 19-August 17) features “Possibilities,” a members-only, all-media, all-subject, juried exhibition; juror TBA.

Cycle 7 (August 30-October 5) features “Elsewhere,” an open, all-media, all-subject, juried exhibition, juror TBA.

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


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