Art Center Sarasota Presents the Third Annual “FLORIDA FLAVOR”; An All-Florida, All-Media Juried Exhibition

July 9-August 14

This state-wide exhibition, juried by critically acclaimed artist Robert Tarbell, showcases the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists.

A call for entries is now through June 30.


(Sarasota, FL) Art Center Sarasota presents the third annual “Florida Flavor,” a juried exhibition of works by Florida artists, July 9-August 14. The opening reception is Thursday, July 9, 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 Flavor” was created as an annual exhibition to showcase the wide-ranging talents of Florida-based artists, and includes two- and three-dimensional works in a variety of media. The critically acclaimed artist Robert Tarbell (whose “Failure to Appear” series was a hit at the 2014 Art Basel in Miami) will jury this year’s exhibition to be installed in all four of the center’s galleries. Tarbell, who teaches at Ringling College of Art & Design, says he was “drawn to work that is conceptually strong, technically sound, and incorporates interesting materials or unique processes.”

According to Lisa Berger, Art Center Sarasota’s director, “Florida Flavor” has already earned a reputation as a significant 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) attracts top artists from around the state. “Florida Flavor” is funded, in part, by the Sarasota County Tourist Development Tax Revenues.

Florida artists who wish to be considered for inclusion in “Florida Flavor” can bring their work to Art Center Sarasota on June 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Online submissions are available at until June 25.

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


Photo captions (These are from last year’s exhibit):

  • First prize: “Fewer Than 100 Remain” by Linda Sanders from Art Center Sarasota’s 2014 “Florida Flavor.”;
  • Second prize: “The Man” by Susan Richardson from Art Center Sarasota’s 2014 “Florida Flavor.”;
  • Third prize: “On Campus” by Nan Lui from Art Center Sarasota’s 2014 “Florida Flavor.”;
  • Merit: “Butler’s Bend in Violet” by Joseph Melançon from Art Center Sarasota’s 2014 “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