Project Description

Call To Artists

Stories from Within

An Artistic Collaboration with ArtsUnited

Submission Deadline: Sunday, August 15th, 2021

Presented in collaboration with ArtsUnited, the Stories from Within exhibition features contemporary art explorations of the LGBTQIA+ experience, culture, and history in South Florida and beyond.

For 20 years, ArtsUnited – Florida’s premiere LGBTQIA+ Arts Organization – has produced countless initiatives and events that showcase diverse artistic contributions from the LGBTQIA+ community and allies in South Florida. And, for its 2021 edition is joining forces with ArtServe to co-create an inclusive, one-of-a-kind, artistic celebration of queer creativity.

Contemporary art often reflects the social, political, and economic environment of its current times. For that, the concept behind the Stories from Within exhibition is inspired by the LGBTQ+ social movements, resilience, and artistic expressions throughout its history.

Artists of ALL backgrounds, orientations, and disciplines are encouraged to create and present works that imagine the world with harmony, not discord, equality not advantaged vs. disadvantaged, where differences are celebrated as the diversity that makes us all stronger. Autobiographical and celebratory works are welcomed.

Please read the Image Upload Guidelines before submitting. Artwork that does not adhere to these guidelines may be disqualified.

  • This is a paid Open Call. No refunds will be issued. We advise that you read all the rules carefully before applying.
  • Entries are limited to 5 images and must be accompanied by an artist’s statement (250 words), bio (200 words), and a detailed inventory list of the works. This material must be submitted in an editable format such as Microsoft Word. 
  • Artwork must be original and created during the past 36 months.
  • 2d Artwork must be ready to install, wired, and suitable for hanging.
  • 2d works should not exceed 60” wide. If you wish to submit a larger format, please contact ArtServe Curator for approval at
  • Submissions must include title, dimensions, medium, description, and fair market value (including 40% gallery fee) for each piece that is being submitted.
  • Performers: please submit your video links and required information via email to:
  • ALL artists are eligible regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, military status, sexual orientation, marital status, or physical ability.
  • All artwork is subject to review & selection discretion by an outstanding jury panel and curatorial team. Submission does not guarantee inclusion in the show. Artwork selection is based on relevance to the theme and stated criteria.
  • $20 – ArtServe and/or ArtsUnited Members
  • $40 – Non-members
  • $100 – ArtServe and ArtsUnited Combined Annual Membership
  • $120 – ArtServe and ArtsUnited Combined Annual Membership and Submission Fee
  •  Best in Show: $500
  •  2nd Place: $250
  •  3rd Place: $100
  •  Honorable Mention: $50 
  • People’s Choice: $100
  • Exhibition Dates: September 9th – October 23rd. 2021
  • Submission Deadline: August 15th, 2021
  • Intake: August 23rd – August 25th, 2021
  • Reception: Friday, September 17th, 2021

Call to Artist - Stories from Within ArtsUnited | Sep-Oct 2021

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  • Written Statement*

    Describe the conceptual basis for your practice and approach including how you envision approaching this project. Maximum length: 500 words.

  • Max. file size: 50 MB.
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  • Portfolio*

    Include images of completed artworks or projects (up to 10 images). The suggested full size is 1920 pixels on the longest size submitted as a JPG or PDF. In adition, please include title, dimension, medium, description and the fair market value (including 35% gallery fee) for each piece that is being submitted.

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    • Waiver*

      Artists agrees to adhere to ArtServe's submission and selection guidelines as a condition of exhibiting their work in the this exhibition.

    Exhibition Judges

    Juliana Forero, Ph.D.
    Hunter O’Hanian
    Christopher Yoculan

    Artistic Advisory Panel

    Juliana Forero, Ph.D. Bio
    Christopher Yoculan Bio
    Hunter O’Hanian Bio

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