Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Experience The Canine Creations of “Dog Artist” Skip Hartzell

South Florida artist Skip Hartzell creates large oil paintings, works on paper and four-legged sculptures inspired by man’s best friend.

Skip Hartzell in his art studio with his dogs

Port St. Lucie-based artist Skip Hartzell is known locally as “the dog artist”. He is a longtime supporter of no-kill animal rescues and donates proceeds from the sale of his artworks to animal-rescue, no kill shelters. The artworks he creates are inspired from morning walks accompanied by a furry friend, figments of his artistic imagination and creative vision. Hartzell creates directly from his emotions and instincts, his work is inspired by dogs of all shapes, sizes and varieties.

Skip Hartzell Collectors, Art Palm Beach
Skip Hartzell’s art studio is crawling with canine-based works. Whether he’s painting or sculpting, Hartzell’s dogs have a wonderful quality of friendliness about them, and it’s hard to keep yourself from reaching out to touch. And that’s perfectly okay with Hartzell. He’s never been one to place a rope around his artwork.

‘Toy Four’ (2018), Oil on Canvas, 60 x 48 Inches

“The texture is so important because the tactile experience of sculpture is so primal for me,” he says. “You grab with your hands and just start to mush things together and get your fingers on the materials, and there is just such a richness to the feel.” He says whenever he’s doing a show, he is quick to hand his sculptures to the patrons so they can enjoy the feeling, too. And whether it’s paint on canvas or sculpture, the texture is one of the most captivating and inviting parts of experiencing his artwork. Hartzell may not set out to mimic the look of someone’s beloved pet, but he says his sculptures and paintings often evoke a fond memory of a furry family member.

'Wall Dog #5', Papercrete and Resin, 8 x 12 inches

“If you love dogs, you are going to love Skip Hartzell’s soulful pieces. His work is representative of caricature features of dogs,” said J. Marshall Adams, the executive director of the A.E. Backus Museum and Gallery in Historic Downtown Fort Pierce where Hartzell has held exhibitions.

'Dogs of the Apocalypse', Oil & Flashe on Canvas, 48 x 48 Inches
“When you walk into Skip Hartzell’s studio you are greeted by hundreds of dogs in all shapes, sizes, textures and colors. There are dogs on the wall that create an intriguing color field installation. There are medium size dogs standing or sitting and hanging all over the place. And his large dogs just ask to be hugged,” said Rickie Leiter, Publisher of The Rickie Report.

Cultural Council of Palm Beach County's 2019 group show, "Paws and Claws: Animals in Art"

“Although I love dogs, my art is about much more, it is about form, movement and mostly about the painterly expression and texture of the surface,” Hartzell says. The artist has held numerous solo exhibitions at notable art galleries and prestigious art fairs such as Art Palm Beach, A.E. Backus Museum, ArtHouse 429, Paul Fisher Gallery, Aqua Art Fair during Art Basel Miami Beach and many more.

‘Golden’, Oil on Canvas, 48 x 60 Inches

To learn more about this fascinating artist, for sales information, commissions, or general inquiries, please email: and visit

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Call for Artists: Passepartout Photography Prize, 2nd Edition


Il Varco invites you to join the second edition of the Passepartout Photography Prize, a photography contest born to promote and widen the exposure of emerging photographers.

"Our mission is to be your 'Passe-partout' – which means a master key and also a framing method to enhance the power of the artwork within."

Passepartout Photography Prize aims to support the development of talented photographers from all over the world by providing 1,000 euros in monetary award every year and exhibition opportunities in a prestigious venue in the heart of Rome, Italy. This is a perfect platform to start your career in contemporary art and photography industries on an international scale.

"Every year we will announce multiple calls for entries and select a winner of each edition who will be awarded 500 euros. Plus, all the finalists will have another chance to be selected for the Passepartout annual collective exhibition."

Photographic works of any kind of artistic style, size and technique (digital, film and experimental processes, digital collages and other mixed media) are accepted.

The application is open to both professional and amateur photographers from all over the world without any age limit.

Passepartout embraces innovative and original creativity in contemporary photography.

"We welcome various artistic languages applied to the photographic image, including, but not limited to, experimentation and fusion of different genres."

The first annual exhibition will take place in Rome (Italy) in 2021 for two weeks to be seen. The exhibition will be hosted by 28 Piazza di Pietra Gallery, an international fine art gallery specialized in contemporary art of both emerging and established international artists. The gallery is located in the historic center of Rome where local and international visitors and art collectors gather. This modern gallery beautifully integrated and built on the ancient ruin of the Hadrian Temple structure is an impeccable site to display artworks of many genres.


Entry Fee: 18 euros (for 3 photographs) – you can submit up to 7 photographs with additional 3 euros per piece.

Passepartout Photo Prize: 500 euros

Exhibition Prize: Participation in our collective exhibition in 2021

Sponsored Prizes

Large-format print of your work – sponsored by Fuori Gamut

Portfolio review and workshop – sponsored by CSF Adams

Submission Deadline: January 10th, 2021

Announcement of the Winners: End of January 2021

Passepartout Annual Exhibition: February/March 2021

Organized by: Il Varco Srls

Partner Gallery: 28 Piazza di Pietra – Fine Art Gallery (Rome, Italy)

Sponsors: Centro Sperimentale CSF Adams, Fuori Gamut – officina di stampa fine art, Greyout Studio, Rosini Cornici.

Deadline: January 10, 2021 / APPLY HERE

Monday, September 14, 2020

Call for Artists: Port Everglades – Cruise Terminal 29 Interior

In partnership with Port Everglades, Broward Cultural Division’s Public Art & Design Program is seeking to commission one artist or artist team to design and install artwork that enhances interior spaces within Cruise Terminal 29, Port Everglades, located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The prominent location presents an opportunity for highly visible and vibrant artwork that contributes to Port Everglades’ unique identity.

Port Everglades is an economic powerhouse for Broward County and one of the most diverse seaports in the United States. Located in the heart of Greater Fort Lauderdale and the City of Hollywood, Port Everglades has been one of the busiest cruise ports in the world. It is a leading container port in Florida and among the most active cargo ports in the United States, and is South Florida’s main seaport for receiving petroleum products including gasoline and jet fuel. A foreign-trade zone and available office space inside the Port’s secure area make Port Everglades a highly desirable business center for world trade. The Port Everglades Department is a self-supporting Enterprise Fund of Broward County government and does not rely on local tax dollars for operations or capital improvements. There are 13,127 people who work for companies that provide direct services to Port Everglades.

Site Description and Design Parameters
The artwork may be hand painted directly onto walls adjacent to the staircase/escalator that takes passengers to and from the second-floor embarkation room or may be hung on the walls. Additional enhancements may be physically adhered to the walls. Artistic components requiring engineering and mechanical fasteners would not be appropriate. Materials should be able to withstand humid environments.

Artist Services
The selected artist will be required to enter into an agreement with the County, visit the site, and install the artwork.

Art Project Budget
The total budget established for this project will not exceed $3,000. The budget must include Artist’s design fee, any required ladders, lifts or scaffolding, artwork materials, installation, insurance, travel, Artist’s contingency, and all applicable taxes.

Artist Eligibility
This Call to Artists is open to professional artists eighteen years of age or older, residing in Florida who have not been previously selected for a Broward County public art commission in the past 10 years. Artists with all levels of experience are encouraged to apply.

The Broward Cultural Council understands that Broward County’s cultural vibrancy is due to its diversity. As such, Broward Cultural Council acknowledges that all cultures are vital to the arts and the promotion of a culturally democratic world.

Therefore, the Broward Cultural Council supports the development, expression, and preservation of art and culture of all communities, groups and individuals. The Council aims to ensure that diverse populations have opportunities to appreciate and value the arts and to participate.

Application Process
The application process requires artists to review and accept the terms of the Broward County Standard Agreement before applying to the Call to Artists. Please refer to the Agreement:

The Broward Cultural Division manages the application process. An Artist Selection Panel (Panel) will review the applications. The Panel includes a member of the Public Art & Design Committee, arts professionals, an agency representative, and a community representative. The Panel reviews the application and shortlists artists based on the excellence of previous work, as demonstrated by the visuals and other submission materials. The Panel will also consider the versatility and appropriateness of the media in which the applicant has demonstrated proficiency, as it relates to the scope of this project.

One or more applicants will be shortlisted by the Artist Selection Panel. Shortlisted artists will have approximately three weeks to prepare a conceptual design proposal for review by the Panel. Each shortlisted artist will be paid an honorarium to develop this conceptual design proposal. Shortlisted artists must submit one (1) digital copy (PC compatible media) of their full presentation five (5) business days prior to the presentation to the Panel. Proposals, including models/maquettes, become property of Broward County and will not be returned.

The County reserves the right to re-issue this Call to Artists, to reject any and all responses to this Call, and to reassess and negotiate the design proposal with any qualified artist selected for this project.

Anticipated Art Project Schedule
Selection of Shortlisted Artists: October 2020
Shortlisted Artist’s Interviews, and Artist Selection: November 2020
Artwork Completion and Installation: TBD, as coordinated with Port Everglades and no later than early 2021

Application Requirements
Applications must be submitted via the Submittable website:
and must include:
Professional Résumé
Electronic Images – Please submit 10 digital images of most recent relevant work. All images must be saved using a file name and number that corresponds to the Annotated Image List (see below). Each digital image must feature a single work. Composites of various artworks in a single image will not be considered.
Image List – Include name of artist, title of work, year, media, size, and location of artwork and/or project, project budget, image number, image thumbnail and any other relevant information.
List of Professional References (optional)

Application Deadline
September 30, 2020 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time (EST)

Fraser Poorman, Public Art & Design Arts Assistant
Phone: (954) 357-4795

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Call for Artists: South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program

South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program

The South Florida Cultural Consortium Fellowship Program offers the largest regional, government-sponsored artists’ grants in the United States, awarding $15,000 and $7,500 fellowships to resident visual and media artists from the counties of Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach. Since it was established in 1988, the Consortium has awarded close to $2 million in fellowships to over 200 artists. In addition to receiving the grant, the artists take part in an exhibition hosted and organized by a visual arts institution in one of the five counties.

Applicants to the 2020/2021 award are estimated to be notified April–May of 2021. 


Visit the direct submission link:

The deadline for applications is Monday, October 19, 2020, 11:59pm. 

All emerging, mid-career and established South Florida professional artists (those residing in Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe or Palm Beach Counties) are eligible to apply. Candidates must have resided and worked in one of the participating five counties from October 19, 2019 to October 19, 2020 and must apply from the county of residence. 

The Consortium awards the Fellowships contingent on proof of residency, which may include one or more of the following: property tax record; lease agreement; voter’s registration; or an IRS income tax return for 2019.

The Consortium defines a professional artist as a person who has created a recognized body of original works of art within an artistic discipline over a sustained period of time, and who is striving to achieve the highest level of professional recognition. 

Individuals are not eligible if they are engaging in artwork as a hobby, if they are an employee of the participating County governments or of the South Florida Cultural Consortium’s member local arts agencies, or if they are a student pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree. 

REVIEW CRITERIA Submissions will be judged by the following criteria: 
  • Degree of artistic excellence. 
  • Evidence of an established and recognized body of work over a sustained period of time.
  • Consistency in the submitted body of work. 
  • All samples of work submitted for review must have been completed within the last three years prior to the application date. Failure to comply with this condition will result in disqualification.

For information regarding eligibility criteria, artist selection process and the SFCC workshop schedule, please visit the SFCC information page at the Department’s Art in Public Places website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Art Basel Miami Beach Is Officially Cancelled for 2020

The 2020 edition of the most high-profile art event in the US has been officially cancelled. Art Basel announced today Wednesday September 2nd that it would cancel the upcoming edition of its Miami Beach fair, scheduled to take place at the Miami Beach Convention Center in early December 2020.

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

In a statement, fair organizers cited the impact of the pandemic specifically in South Florida, but also in art hubs around the world that would have sent collectors and dealers as emissaries. They also mentioned uncertainty surrounding restrictions on large gatherings.

Art Basel’s Director Americas Noah Horowitz speaks onstage during the Art Basel Miami Beach press conference at the Miami Convention Center. Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images.

“It is with great regret and disappointment that we announce the cancellation of our December show in Miami Beach, as we know how crucial our show is for our galleries, as well as for the greater Miami arts community and economy,” Art Basel’s Director Americas Noah Horowitz said in a statement. “We thank everyone who shared their perspectives and insights with us over the past months and weeks and look forward to returning to Miami Beach next year to deliver a successful show.”

Art Basel Miami Beach 2019

Organizers were left with no option but to cancel due to quarantine regulations in the U.S. and abroad, as well as limitations and uncertainty about the staging of large-scale events and international travel restrictions and bans. The next edition of Art Basel in Miami Beach will take place from December 2 to December 5, 2021, with preview days on December 1 and December 2, 2021.