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Artists Have An Edge In This Year's "All Florida" Competition

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Boca Raton Museum of Art

Changes in the Boca Raton Museum of Art's 62nd annual All Florida Juried Competition and Exhibition will give a leg up to artists who submit their works by the competition's Feb. 28 deadline.

The cutoff date for the show is earlier than in previous years, and submissions were at about "one-third" their usual level, said assistant curator Kelli Bodle. 

The All Florida is one of the museum's signature events. It showcases the work of emerging and established Florida artists with a popular exhibition in the museum's lower level. Organizers have decided to include more than 100 artists in this year's show, which represents an increase from the 2012 exhibition. 

In addition to an earlier deadline for submissions, the museum is using a new application submission service. Bodle said it "may take time for artists to make the switch to the new company." All of these factors together mean "competition for spots is not as cutthroat as in previous years."

Of course, there's nothing to prevent a late-in-the-game surge in applications. In addition to providing artists with a high level of exposure and a spot in a juried museum exhibition, prizes for the competition include a $1,500 award for Best in Show and five merit awards at $500 each.

The juror for this year's show is Mark Scala, chief curator at the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville. Submissions for All Florida are due by Feb. 28. Winners will be announced March 29. The exhibition is on display May 7 - July 14 at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Apply online via Juried Art Services