Bolts are calling all Tampa Bay artists

Last year’s inaugural art competition brought in more than 400 submissions from local artists around Tampa Bay, showcasing 41 final pieces.

The top three winners took home cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500, respectively. I, myself, was thrilled to win first place and am looking forward to what this year's entrants have to offer.

A panel of judges from Tampa Bay area museums will select another 41 pieces of art to be displayed in the Times Forum, on the interior walls of the Suite Level. The top three pieces chosen by the judges will receive cash prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. 10 honorable mentions will also receive $250 each. All artists will be invited to a reception this Fall to unveil the winners during the Celebration of the Arts. The deadline to submit your artwork is August 21, 2013. All artists will be notified by Sept. 20, if they are accepted into the exhibition.

Acceptable mediums include painting, photography, drawing and sculpture.

For more information about the exhibition rules, size requirements, jury, how to submit your artwork or other important info, please visit

Sacred Heart Church by last years first place winner Nicole Abbett
  • Nicole Abbett
  • "Sacred Heart Church," last year's first place winner in the Lightning arts competition.

The Tampa Bay Times Forum and the Tampa Bay Lightning are hosting their second annual arts competition with another open call to artists.

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