Digital and Interactive Art Submission Roundup for Orlando, Florida

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Orlando has a long history of involvement in digital and interactive art and technology, whether it’s the Simulation & Training industry (in which I worked after college, doing Mixed Reality research at the Media Convergence Laboratory), the video game industry (e.g. EA Sports / Tiburon), or the theme parks (e.g. Disney Imagineering).

Every year brings more convergence between art and technology, which makes me happy 🙂 If you’re an artist or technologist creating interesting work, and especially if you’re in Central Florida, check out these current opportunities / calls for artists. I’m throwing #5 in here even though it’s not a local opportunity because SIGGRAPH’s SpaceTime was one of the first opportunities I had as a student to showcase my artwork.

  1. Arts Meet Technology (United Arts & Snap! Orlando)
  2. Surfaces 2.0 (UCF, Ginger Leigh, Kate Shults)
  3. Otronicon (Orlando Science Center)
  4. Melrose Center Awards (Orange County Library System)
  5. SpaceTime 2017 (SIGGRAPH, students only)

1. Arts Meet Technology


December 5, 2016, 5PM and March 6, 2017, 5PM



United Arts of Central Florida and Snap! Orlando partner in bringing ‘Arts Meet Technology’ exhibitions & events, in 2017, showcasing the vision of artists creating art with technology: 3D Art, Augmented Reality Art, Virtual Reality Installations, Interactive Art, Digital Projections, and 2D Art such as Digital Illustrations, Photo Composite Art, Digital Photography, etc … Select works will be considered for one or both installations, planned in 2017.

Please submit a short bio including your artistic process, and up to 5 digital images (jpg, 1MB max each) to: [email protected]

1) INSTALLATION 1 (One Day):
‘ARTS FOR ALL’ | Community Event.
Orlando Museum of Art. February 4, 2017 11AM-5PM
Expected attendance: 10,000+
* Deadline for INSTALLATION 1 submission: December 5, 2016, 5PM.

2) INSTALLATION 2 ( 6 Weeks) :
‘PERCEPTION & REALITY, 2017’ | Exhibition.
Curated by Patrick & Holly Kahn, Snap! Orlando.
Snap! Downtown Galleries. April 28 – June 17, 2017
Opening Night : Friday April 28, 7-10 PM
* Deadline for INSTALLATION 2 submission: March 6, 2017, 5PM

2. Surfaces 2.0


January 5, 2017 (Gallery) and January 6, 2017 (Film)


SURFACES is a pop up exhibition of light and sound featuring some of the best video, projection, and interactive artists from Orlando and beyond.

SURFACES 2.0 takes place at the University of Central Florida in Orlando from February 4-7, 2017. This event includes a full gallery exhibition exploring sound and visuals through interactivity, performance, motion graphics and projection, as well as a selected program of single-channel video works showing in the 455-seat cinema.


Call for submissions is now open! Visit the following links to submit your work online:
– Submit for Gallery…
– Submit Films…

3. Otronicon


November 15, 2016


Why exhibit? To help celebrate STEM and inspire tomorrow’s workforce today!

Each year this event draws more than 14, 000 guests who participate in engaging experiences showcasing digital media, state-of-the-art simulation, 3D Prototyping and the latest in video game development.

Events, like Otronicon, serve to provide the upcoming generation of scientists, engineers and thinkers with inspiration to pursue STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) educations and career paths.

Each completed application will be reviewed for approval. Candidates we are seeking are those that will engage and enrich the community and create impactful experiences within technology. Applicants will receive acceptance or regret notifications in December.

Spaces are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis and fills up quickly so register early! Exhibit space will be determined upon acceptance of your proposed content.

4. Melrose Center Awards


November 20, 2016


Technology Innovation Creativity

The Melrose Center is planning its third anniversary celebration which will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The Orange County Library System is pleased to announce the third annual Melrose Award to encourage creativity and recognize those creative efforts.


The submission period for the contest is from September 5 – November 20 (date is subject to change).

5. SpaceTime 2017


May 15, 2017


The SpaceTime competition provides an excellent opportunity for students currently attending school in either traditional academic setting or home school at either the College/University levels or High School/Secondary levels and working in computer based media to exhibit their creative work nationally and internationally.

Entries will be judged on the basis of solution of the theme, artistic merit, design, originality, technical excellence, and content. We are interested in ways to push the limits of the technology available or involve combinations of technologies.

The theme for SpaceTime 2017 is “At the Heart of Computer Graphics & Interactive Techniques” in keeping with the theme of 2017 conference. We are looking for posters that depict this idea.

Selected works will be exhibited at the SIGGRAPH Education Committee Booth at the 2017 Conference and included on the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee web site, and in promotional materials.

Three winners will receive a Conference Access registration to the SIGGRAPH 2017 Conference in Los Angeles, California, July 30-August 3, 2017, which does not include travel or lodging. The authors of accepted works will receive a letter, which may serve as a basis for applying for their schools’ grants to attend the conference.