Call Detail
Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Regional
State: Florida
Entry Deadline: 9/3/19
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 10
Audio - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 1
Video - Minimum: 0, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 10
Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration
Summer/Fall 2020

This exhibition is a celebration of artistic practices in the Tampa Bay region, as it is a collaboration between four institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa. Working together, curators from each institution will offer context for the diversity of art produced in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties. Artworks and projects in the final exhibition will be selected from an open call by the museum curators and the guest juror Claire Tancons, an independent curator and scholar whose practice takes a global focus on the
conditions of cultural production.


  • September 3, 2019 – Deadline to submit entry materials
  • November – December 2019 – Curators’ conduct studio visits will select artists
  • ​January 31, 2020 – Artist selection and exhibition venue announcement
  • Late May to late June 2020 – Skyway 2020 exhibitions open across four participating institutions.
This is an open call to artists and art collectives residing in Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas, and Sarasota counties to submit applications for the exhibition Skyway 2020: A Contemporary Collaboration. Selected artists will be presented at one of the four participating institutions: the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg; The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota; the Tampa Museum of Art; and the University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa.

Artists working in diverse media and disciplines, including socially engaged art and participatory projects, are encouraged to submit original artworks and project proposals. Submissions can include, but are not limited to, work on paper, painting, sculpture, photography, video, performance, sound, research-based art, and site-specific installations.
Only original works of art completed after December 2017 will be considered for the exhibition.

Artists working in the field of social practice and community-based art initiatives are strongly
encouraged to apply. Artists submitting such project proposals are required to provide a detailed work plan, including identifying the community or group they wish to engage, and a description and timeline of proposed activities.

The Selection Committee
The selection committee consists of curators representing each of the participating institutions and one guest juror.

Exhibition Receptions
There will be four exhibition receptions, held at each institution during the summer and fall of 2020. 

Shipping of Original Works
1. Upon acceptance, artists will sign a contract with the institution exhibiting their work.
2. Selected artists are responsible for all shipping arrangements and expenses. Round-trip shipping expenses must be pre-paid. Those sent C.O.D. will not be accepted. Please allow two weeks for shipment.
3. Artwork must arrive installation-ready and properly identified with the provided label securely attached. Canvases with wet paint and frames in fragile condition will not be accepted. All works must be insect, mold, and debris free. Each institution reserves the right to not accept artworks deemed not ready for the exhibition standards or presenting a potential hazard due to its state or condition. No substitutions will be accepted.
4. All packing material must be provided by the artist and be sufficient for safe return.
5. Do not use glass on shipped artwork.

Delivery and Pick-up
Original artwork accepted for the exhibition must be delivered and picked up in accordance with dates and timeline defined in the Artist Agreement with exhibiting institution. Artwork that has been accepted as part of the exhibition must remain on view until the closing of the exhibition. Artwork will not be released to any person other than the artist without written authorization from the artist to the institution.

Storage Charges
Unless prior written permission is granted, artwork not picked up by the date defined in the Artist Agreement may be subject to a charge specified in the contract. Any artwork not retrieved within 14 days of the pick-up date(s) defined in the Artist Agreement will be considered a donation to be sold at the discretion of the institution or disposed of. Artists will be liable for all additional expenses, including packing, transportation, insurance, and off-site storage.

Online Entry Form
Submissions will be accepted until September 3, 2019. For more information, email There is no entry fee.
To be considered, artists must submit:
1. Artist statement (300 words max);
2. Short biography (200 words max);
3. Up to date CV including most recent exhibition history (2 pages max);
4. Detailed image list;
5. Up to 10 images that are representative of the artist’s overall practice. Artists are encouraged to include an installation shot of their artwork to provide the selection committee some context of scale, presentation, etc. If selected, artists will be required to provide a professional, high resolution image of one of the selected works (additional information will be supplied after notification of acceptance).
6.For social practice and community-based initiatives only: Project description for the proposed community-based art, including examples of past similar projects.

- Please submit up to 10 images of existing or proposed work.
- Images should be JPEGs and a maximum file size of 5 MB. Alternatively, artists may submit 1 audio or 2 video files, if applicable.
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