Each year, over 200 talented artists from around the state apply to the Division of Cultural Affairs of the State of Florida for this competitive award, which is based entirely on the artistic merits of the submissions. From this pool, 24 artists, working in virtually every possible medium, style, and subject matter, have been selected for this exhibition. As part of the fellowships, participating artists loan work for a year-long exhibition that tours the state. This exhibition gives the public a chance to see what is, in effect, the state of the arts in Florida. Artists range from age 32 to 66. Mediums range from traditional materials like oil on canvas, porcelain, charcoal drawings and photography to the unusual such as eggshells, animated photographs, sewing patterns and fur. A catalogue was published to accompany the exhibition and is available in the Museum Store.
This exhibition was organized through a partnership between the Florida Art Museum Directors Association and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs.