Tampa Bay Lightning

Fourth Annual Open Call to Tampa Bay Artists

Welcome to our Fourth Annual Open Call to Tampa Bay Area Artists!

The Tampa Bay Lightning is excited to announce the launch of our Fourth Annual Open Call to Artists exhibition at the Amalie Arena. We once again invite Lightning fans and members of the local arts community to submit pieces of original artwork to be hung for display in Amalie Arena during the 2015-2016 season.

In the exhibit’s first three years, we have proudly displayed over 120 local pieces of art for the Arena’s estimated 1.5 million annual visitors…this exhibition has not only brought tremendous awareness to the talent of our local emerging artists but it has also directly benefitted the artists as all art is for sale, with proceeds directly going to the artist. Each year, we have received hundreds of submissions from which to choose from, and we are excited that we will again be joined by representatives from the Tampa Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, the Ringling Museum of Art and the Dali Museum to help us select the winning pieces.

People ask us all the time what type of art we are looking for, and it is simple…we are looking for art that visually celebrates Tampa Bay and its people so that our building can exude the vibrancy and energy of the community. Please feel free to be creative and depict anything and everything that inspires you locally….and if you are able to weave in the love of hockey, even better! We welcome artists of all ages, and this year have created a special category for artists under 18 years of age.

To view the winners from past years, please click below to visit the galleries, as well as to see interviews with many of the artists who won.

The unveiling and reception will be held in late September to early October 2015.

Exhibit Guidelines

  • March 1, 2015 – Website open for submissions
  • September 9, 2015 – All submissions due
  • September 18, 2015 – Artists will be notified on or before September 18th of acceptance into the Exhibition
  • Artists must live/work in the greater Tampa Bay area.
  • Each artist may submit up to three (3) fully completed works of art.
  • Artwork must be original. All mediums are welcome, excluding free-standing sculpture.
  • Size restrictions: All hanging artwork shall be no larger than 6’x6’ (including frame). Wall-hanging sculpture is limited to 7’ tall with varying widths accepted.

Acceptable mediums include:

  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Drawing
  • Wall-hanging sculpture

Award Opportunities

Top three artists overall - $1,000 each

Honorable Mention(4-10) - $250 each

Top three artists under age 18 - $250 each

Contact Information:

Please contact Elizabeth Frazier by email or 813.301.6822 with any questions.

Artist Resources

View Rules & Submit Entry

All submissions will be through CallForEntry.org; Please visit Cafe to view complete rules and submit your entry.

Click to EnterContest Rules

2013-14 Artwork

View photos of the artwork displayed at Amalie Arena throughout the 2013-14 NHL season.

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2012-13 Artwork

View photos of the artwork displayed at Amalie Arena throughout the 2013 NHL season.

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Nicole Abbett

Watch a Celebration of the Arts segment featuring Nicole Abbett and her piece "Sacred Heart Church"

View Artist Video

Celebration of the Arts

View photos from the 2013 kick off celebration for the Juried Art Competition, hosted by Jeff and Penny Vinik.

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