Project Description

Call To Artists

Stories from Within

An Artistic Collaboration with ArtsUnited

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, December 16th

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 LGBTQ+ Arts Organization – has produced countless initiatives and events that showcase diverse artistic contributions from the LGBTQ 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, orientation, 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 them. 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.

  • Artists can submit multiple entries to this Open Call. Submission is limited to 10 pieces per artist.
  • Artwork must be original and created during the past 24 months.
  • 2d Artwork must be ready to install, wired, and suitable for hanging.
  • Submission must be accompanied by 1 paragraph minimum statement about your piece(s) or proposed performance/installation, bio, and artist’s statement.
  • 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.
  • Broward-based artists are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • All artwork is subject to review & selection discretion by the 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 Membership
$20 – Memeber
$40 – Non-Memeber
$100 – ArtServe / ArtsUnited Dual Membership
  •         Best in Show: $500
  •         2nd Place: $250
  •         3rd Place: $100
  •         Judges Recognition (3): $50 per artist
  • Exhibition Dates: January 7th – February 19th, 2021
  • Submission Deadline: Wednesday, December 16th at 11pm
  • Notice of Acceptance: Friday, December 18th
  • Intake: Friday, December 18th – Wednesday, December 30th
  • Reception: TBD

To be considered for this Call to Artists, you will be required to submit your artwork using the submission form below.

Start your submission process by hitting the Apply button.

  1. Fill the contact information section (Name, Email, Address, etc.)
  2. Upload the images of the works you wish to submit
  3. Provide relevant details from the following: artist’s statement, portfolio, artwork titles, etc.
  4. Submit your entry

Image Upload Guidelines

At ArtServe, our goal is to help you succeed in your creative career. To help you best present your work we have developed the following guidelines for artwork uploaded to our platform.


ArtServe accepts images that promote artists and their creative work. Uploaded images must be artistic in nature. Non-artistic works, such as selfies, Snapshots of friends and family, promotional photos, unintentionally tilted photos, images depicting pornography, or hate speech will be removed and immediately disqualified. Artistic nudity or expletives will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Call to Artist - Stories from Within ArtsUnited | Jan-Feb 2021

  • If it is different from the Legal Name
  • Street Address
  • Address Line 2
  • City
  • State / Province / Region
  • Zip / Postal Code
  • Country

  • Written Statement*

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

  • Upload your files
  • Upload your files

  • 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.

  • Drop files here or
    Accepted file types: jpg, png.
    Accepted file type: PNG, JPG

  • 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

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

Exhibition Judges

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

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