RACE – Respecting Anybody’s Cultural Experience

Juried Art Show

January 24 through March 7

at The Art Center Premier Gallery, Bank of America Tower, 50 N. Laura St.

“(Racism) is not how you look, it is about how people assign meaning too how you look”

Robin D. G. Kelley, historian

The above quote is from a exhibition entitled RACE: Are We So Different? that MOSH (Museum of Science and History) is bringing to Jacksonville on January 26 through April 28, 2013.

The Art Center also wanted to take a look at issues about race and is inviting you to participate in a juried show called RACE – Respecting Anybody’s Cultural Experience.

“Your art says a lot about how you see the world” and we would like to see how your art best represents the diversity in our world and how we can all come together.

  Questions? Please contact Annelies at amdafricanmk@msn.com or Ed at emalesky@comcast.net for answers or additional details.

Submission Deadline – January 17, 2013
Opening reception: January 24, 2013   Premier Gallery, 5:00 - 7:00pm
Cost of entry: TAC members: $20 up to 3 entries; Non-members: $25 up to 3 entries; $5 per each additional entry for everyone. Please make checks payable to The Art Center.

Juror: TBA
Notification of unaccepted work: January 18, 2013
Pick Up of unaccepted work: June 22, 2013
Post-Show Pick Up: March 7, 2013


Through Our Eyes 2012

Through our Eyes 2012: 20/20 Perfect Vision
Celebrating Twenty Years of African American Artistic Expression

Vision is the process of deriving meaning from what is seen. It is more than the concept of visual acuity, clearness of sight, or 20/20 vision. Good vision also involves the ability to analyze and interpret information and to respond to what is being seen; it allows us to understand things that we cannot touch, taste, smell or hear. Vision is the process by which we perceive space as a whole.”
From the American Optometric Association

To mark the twenty year milestone of Jacksonville’s longest running visual art exhibit showcasing new works by local African American artists, Through Our Eyes 2012 will feature twenty artists in the exhibit, “20/20 Perfect Vision”. Opening in the gallery of the Ritz Theatre and Museum on December 13, 2012, the show will run through June 30, 2013.

One of the outstanding characteristics of Through Our Eyes is to encourage artists to create and present fresh, innovative, experimental and non-traditional works that may utilize new media or inventive installation techniques. Any special requirements must be coordinated through the exhibit curator.

All artists who exhibit in Through Our Eyes 2012 are required to participate in the museum’s educational and outreach programs during the exhibit period. Please submit ideas for activities with your proposal (i.e. gallery talk, art class, workshop, demonstration, or other innovative art experience).

Artists wishing to be considered for this exhibit should complete an application, agree to the stated terms and conditions and submit a non-refundable $25.00 application fee.
Contact Exhibit Curator, Lydia Stewart (lstewart@coj.net) or Museum Assistant, Adonnica Toler (atoler@coj.net ) 904-632-5555.

“Through Our Eyes 2012: “20/20 Perfect Vision”

Applications due Oct. 5, 2012. Acceptance notification Oct. 8, 2012


Read about JJac's exciting upcoming events, including Kuumba!: The History of African American Art, Music, & Film on the First Coast. http://conta.cc/NrV7cR
Exciting Upcoming JJac Events!

Meet the movers & shakers August 1st from 5-8PM and enjoy this historical expose...See More

Did you know Jacksonville is home to Norman Studios - the first ever African American Film Studio in America, founded in 1920 and still fully operational? Or, that UNF has had one of the top 3 best Jazz Studies Programs in America since the 1980s?..





A great web site for all artists!

Art Opportunity

The Leading Voice for the Black Arts Community.
South Arts seeks a dynamic, multi-talented executive director to build on its exceptional 37-year track record of strengthening the south through advancing excellence in the arts, connecting the arts to key state and national policies, and nurturing a vibrant quality of life.
South Arts, a nonprofit regional arts organization based in Atlanta, GA, was founded in 1975 to build on the South's unique heritage and enhance the public value of the arts. South Arts' work responds to the arts environment and cultural trends with a regional perspective. The organization works in partnership with the nine state arts agencies of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, and is funded by those member states, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), foundations, corporations, and individuals.
In 2009, South Arts undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate its direction and establish goals for the next several years. The resulting Strategic Plan serves as a vital tool guiding the organization’s annual portfolio of activities designed to address arts-related issues important to our region and to link the South with the nation and the world through the arts. The organization’s annual budget exceeds $3 million. More information on South Arts and its program of work may be found at www.southarts.org.
The executive director is the principal relationship manager for all stakeholders. The successful candidate will be expected to represent South Arts to a broad range of constituents and the public. The executive director will lead the organization’s management team to ensure the strategic objectives are achieved in a financially sound manner. Travel comprises approximately 50% of the CEO’s time.
Ideal candidates for this position will possess an innate passion for the arts, exhibit political savvy and understanding of the complex landscape around public funding for the arts, and have direct management experience in a complementary arts or nonprofit organization. Highly qualified applicants will possess both undergraduate (required) and graduate (preferred) degrees and bring a variety of experiences and attributes to South Arts, the full description of which can be seen by clicking here.
Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. To apply, send an email with a cover letter detailing your qualifications, vitae/resume, and salary requirements to SouthArts@TransitionGuides.com (email applications are required).
Other inquiries, contact Jeanie Duncan at TransitionGuides at 301.439.6635. Communications will be treated with confidence and resumes will be accepted until position is filled. South Arts is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Visit Black Art In America at: http://blackartinamerica.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network


The 2012 Florida Public Art Year in Review is now accepting submissions through CaFE:
Florida Association of Public Art Professionals (FAPAP) is pleased to announce the Call for Submissions for the first annual juried state of Florida Public Art Year in Review.
 Participate and bring valued recognition through the arts to your city and/or to you as an artist. Public art projects submitted will be reviewed and selected by this year’s jurors Helen Lessick and George Bolge.
All projects submitted must have been completed during the calendar year 2011.
 The deadline to submit is April 18, 2012
 Please forward to all who want to be included! ALSO, while you’re at it, submit your work to the Americans for the Arts Public Art Network 2012 Year in Review, also on CaFE. Because both YIRs are on café it is easier to submit. Once your images are formatted properly and downloaded into café (there is no cost) you can submit easily to both.


Make a lasting difference in the lives of dogs and cats by donating an animal inspired work of art for artUNLEASHED. All proceeds from this annual event benefit First Coast No More Homeless Pets and its mission to end the killing of dogs and cats in our community.

APRIL 10th.



The Art Center Cooperative, Inc. has been invited to participate in the Commemorate 450!, 450 Years of French
History in Florida during Jacksonville FRENCH Week – Thursday, April 6 – Sunday, May 6, 2012.
Mayor Alvin Brown is the Honorary Chair of “Commemorate 450!” and everyone is invited to participate in and enjoy the activities now being listed on the City’s site: http://www.commemorate450.coj.net. On May 1, 1562,
French Huguenot Captain Jean Ribault sailed into the mouth of our river, naming it The River of May, and this was the beginning of European exploration and French history in Jacksonville, Florida.
The Art Center is inviting local plein air artists to paint at the Ft. Caroline National Memorial at the Timucuan Preserve on Tuesday, May 1, the day of the rededication of the Ribault Monument. The preserve is open between 9:00 AM -5:00 PM. Those artists who paint are offered to display their one framed painting at our Hogan Street space during downtown Jacksonville Art Walk on Wednesday, May 2.
Artists may set up on the park grounds during normal hours. Room will be extremely limited at the site of the rededication, so the Ribault Monument area will be closed to plein air painters in the morning. The rededication will start at 10:00 AM. Painters may work in the Ribault Column area in the afternoon.
Framed, ready-to-hang paintings are to be delivered to the The Art Center II Studios at 229 North Hogan Street on Tuesday, May 1 between 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Paintings will remain on display until Tuesday, May 29th. If you have any questions, please contact Annelies Dykgraaf at amdafricanmk@msn.com .
Fort Caroline National Memorial
12713 Fort Caroline Road
Jacksonville, FL 32225
Directions: http://www.nps.gov/timu/planyourvisit/directions_fortcaroline.htm
Hours: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The opening will be held at
The Art Center II Studios
229 North Hogan Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
between 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM.
We look forward to seeing your art in this exhibit!
Annelies M. Dykgraaf



Whether it's environmentally friendly or cutting-edge, we are accepting conceptual works made from found objects. Open media.
Cost of entry: TAC members: $20 up to 3 entries; Non-members: $25 up to 3 entries; $5 per each additional entry for everyone. Please make checks payable to The Art Center.

Notification of unaccepted work: April 16, 2012

Pick Up of unaccepted work: April 17, 2012

Post-Show Pick Up: May 29, 2012



Figure Show @

Opening reception is Thursday, January 26th
6:00 - 8:00pm
229 N. Hogan Street

Artists have produced works in various media examining the human form. Exhibit continues through March 13, 2012. Juror is artist Pamela Miller (2011 Jacksonville Jazz Festival Poster Contest Winner.) 229 North Hogan Street. Open by appointment and special events.

Art Center Happenings


Call for artists: Figures Juried Art Show

The Art Center II Studios
Deadline January 19, 2012

Open media. Artwork with the primary subject of the human figure. Drawing studies are acceptable, but they must be properly matted and framed. Busts of faces and fully clothed figures will not be accepted.
Cost of entry: TAC members: $20 up to 3 entries; Non-members: $25 up to 3 entries; $5 per each additional entry for everyone.
For complete entry details and artist application, visit http://www.tacjacksonville.org/call.html#figures


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