Welcome to Our 82nd Season!

ArtCenter Manatee is Manatee County's premier visual arts center featuring the artwork of many talented local, state and national artists. Exhibitions change monthly in the three galleries and the public is always welcome to the opening receptions to preview the artwork and meet the artists. Exhibits are free and open to the public excepting one national show - there is a nominal charge to cover shipping and insurance.

Art Opening Receptions
Each month, ArtCenter Manatee invites you to come to the opening reception for the exhibitions in the main galleries. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer, hors d’oeuvres, music and meet the artists.

Fishing For Diamonds Call For Artists

On Display: Oct 13 – Nov 20
Online Entry by Oct 1, 5:00pm
In-person receiving: Oct 10, 9:00-3:00pm

An open, all media juried exhibit with a twist (or two), sponsored by Jess Jewelers. First, the subject matter must be of a sea creature or a seascape, the second is that said creature needs to be wearing a diamond earring or the seascape must include a diamond earring. Why the specific guidelines? Jess Jewelers will present the top three award winners with a pair of genuine diamond earrings, as well as large cash prizes. So challenge yourself to think outside the tackle box and bring us your best whimsical sea creatures wearing some bling! 

First Place: $1000 and diamond earrings valued at $1000
Second Place: $750 and diamond earrings valued at $750
Third Place: $500 and diamond earrings valued at $500
Merit: $200
Best in 3D: $250
Best in Jewelry: $250
Honorable Mentions (3): $50 each

Youth Exhibit

Calling all young artists ages 6-15.  We would like to invite you to participate in an exciting exhibit we are planning for October to show alongside the adult “Fishing For Diamonds” exhibit. This unique exhibit has a few specific requirements that all work must adhere to, namely the subject matter needs to be a sea creature or a seascape, and either the sea creature needs to be wearing a “diamond” earring or the seascape needs to include a “diamond” earring in the picture.  Kids are invited to create new work or modify a piece created this past year. Awards will be given for First, Second and Third place and will include fun prizes.  The ArtCenter will take care of matting any 2D work received and there is no cost to enter this fun exhibit.  The work will be displayed in the galleries for the length of the exhibit.  So challenge yourself to think outside the tackle box and bring us your best whimsical sea creatures wearing some bling!  Call Angie for more information: 941-746-2862.

Exhibition Requirements

Entry Fees: Entry fees are nonrefundable and support the exhibition program at ArtCenter Manatee and help to keep the arts alive and vibrant in our community. If you are not currently a member, an individual membership is available for $60 for one full year.

1 piece – members $20, non-members $30
2 pieces – members $30, non-members $50
3 pieces – members $35, non-members $65
Diptych –members add $5, non-members add $10
Triptych –members add $15, non-members add $30


Artist Info


Payment Options


Rules & Signature




In the Making Exhibit

In the Making
is an open, all media, juried exhibit
On Display: Sep 9 – Oct 9
Pick up Date Oct 10, 9:00-4:00

Shown: A Bird In The Hand by Renee Benson, 1st place

Juror: Ryan Buyssens:
Ryan Buyssens received his MFA at Cranbrook Academy of Art, is a recipient of the North Carolina Artist Fellowship and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. Ryan is currently an Assistant Professor of Art at New College of Florida. As an artist, inventor and maker, he expresses his commentary on logic and progress through the manipulation of various media. Ryan creates with the use of electronic sensors and microcontrollers, computer design, 3D printing, laser-cutting, deft hand skills and good-old-fashioned-patience.

Gallery Collection 2

Original Art & Accessories for Where You Live & Work.

Enjoy original art by local artists and support our community.

Stop by the ArtCenter to view these and other works from the In the Making Exhibit and LiveArtfully Artisan Boutique. To arrange a private tour of our galleries and artisan market, call ArtCenter Manatee, 941-746-2862. To purchase original art by a local artist, give us a call!

2020-21 Exhibition Requirements

2020-21 ArtCenter Manatee Exhibition Schedule
Download PDF: 2020-21 Exhibition Requirements


  • Entries must be the original design of the artist completed in the last 3 years. (Sculptures completed in the last 5 years.) Class projects, of the artist’s own design, are acceptable.
  • Copies of someone else’s design are not acceptable. Source material must be original and not derived from any published or copyrighted images.
  • Only original work will be accepted; no reproductions (prints, giclees) except digital productions.
  • Work may be shown only once in an ACM open or member show.
  • Work may not be removed from the Artists’ Market to be shown in an exhibit.
  • Student Show – Only work done in a class or workshop at ArtCenter Manatee within the last year will be accepted to this show. One piece per instructor per medium.
  • Themes are suggestions only.


  • Maximum size for paintings is 7’ x 7’.
  • Any entry weighing over 50 lbs will be accepted at the discretion of the receiving committee and the artist must be available to assist with placement of the piece the day the show is hung.


  • You may use glass in framed pieces under 22 x 28
  • We require Plexiglas on all framed work over 22 x 28
  • Unframed canvas need to be museum wrapped with painted edges.
  • All photographs are to be framed under glass or Plexiglas or printed on museum wrapped canvas.
  • All framed pieces should be wired, with wire ends wrapped with tape.
    Wire should be securely attached to the back of the frame with screw eyes, one third down from the top of the frame.
  • Saw tooth hangers, fishing line or chains will not be accepted.
  • Name, address and phone number must be written on the back of all art.
  • Yellow copy of entry form should be taped to the wire on the back-right side of the artwork.
  • Mats, glass and Plexiglas need to be clean and free of scratches.
  • Any entry not meeting these requirements will not be accepted.


  • The entry fees are non-refundable.

Fee Schedule:

  • One Piece: $20 members, $30 non-members.
  • Two Pieces: $30 members, $50 non-members.
  • Three Pieces: $35 members, $65 non-members
  • Diptych: $25 ArtCenter Manatee members, $40 non-members
  • Triptych: $35 ArtCenter Manatee members, $60 non-members
  • Diptych and Triptych must be in matching frames


  • No work accepted for an exhibition may be substituted or withdrawn during the exhibit.


  • Artwork sold will remain in the galleries until the published pick up date. The artist will receive 65% of the sale price.

Pick Up Deadline:

  • All work must be picked up on the designated pick up date.
  • Any artist who leaves work at the ArtCenter longer than 7 days after the pick up date will be charged $5 per day per piece.

Statement of Responsibility:

  • The ArtCenter will do everything possible to protect the work of the artists. The artist needs to understand that the ArtCenter cannot be responsible for loss or damage.
  • All work will be hung at the discretion of the Exhibition Committee. ArtCenter Manatee reserves the right of final presentation.
  • The judge will be responsible for choosing art for the exhibit and the award winners. Artists will be notified by phone or email if their work is not accepted.

Open and Member Shows:

  • Maximum of three entries per person.


  • There must be a minimum of five (5) pieces in any award category to receive a cash award.