Area artists are invited to submit artwork for inclusion in the 7th Annual Celebration of the Arts hosted by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Last year, top selections included Salvador Hocki by Tony Rosa, pictured.

The Tampa Bay Lightning have issued A Call To Artists for the 7th Annual Celebration of Arts exhibit. Selected works will be exhibited at Amalie Arena located in downtown Tampa. This is a juried show with substantial prize money available. All artists who live and work in the greater Tampa Bay Area are invited to submit art work for consideration.

All submissions are due by Friday, September 7. Artists will be notified by Monday, September 24 if they have been accepted into the exhibition.

The goal of the exhibit is to display images that embrace and celebrate the greater Tampa Bay community. Images that creatively weave in Lightning hockey are a welcomed addition.

Artists should carefully review the guidelines prior to entering art work. There is a special category devoted to artists under the age of 18. All rules, guidelines and specifications can be found at www.tampabaylightning.com. An online application is available on this site as well.

A jury composed of representatives from the Tampa Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Dali Museum and the Ringling Museum will select pieces for display on the suite level at Amalie Arena from September 2018 through August 2019.

In addition to the unique opportunity to have their art work displayed within Amalie Arena, artists have the opportunity to win substantial cash prizes. The top three winners will each be awarded a prize of $1,000. Those artists who are selected for one of 10 Honorable Mention awards, will each receive $250.

Kristina Hjertkvist, Community Relations Coordinator for Tampa Bay Sports and Entertainment- Amalie Arena and Tampa Bay Lightning said, “We are excited about this program every year as we see original artwork entered that showcases the tremendous talent of our local emerging artists with art displaying the vibrancy and energy of the Tamps Bay community.”

Since the inception of this annual exhibit, the over 250 pieces of artwork that have been selected for inclusion in the exhibit, have been viewed by an estimated 1.5 million visitors who come to the Amalie Arena.

For more information, please visit www.tampabaylightning.com/art.