1st Thursdays

“Orlando’s original art party”

Presented by the Associates of the Orlando Museum of Art

The Associates is a volunteer support group committed to expanding Museum membership and encouraging the appreciation of the visual arts. From 6-9 pm on the first Thursday of each month, Central Florida has an opportunity to discover local artists, listen to live music and mingle with an eclectic mix of people. There are cash bars serving wine, beer, soft drinks and water, and café offerings from area restaurants.

Admission to 1st Thursdays is $15 for visitors. Admission includes access to the Museum's featured exhibition. Parking is free at Orlando Loch Haven Park and overflow parking is available at the Orlando Science Center's parking garage for $5 per vehicle.

1st Thursdays is always FREE with an updated Annual Membership! A savings greater than the cost of your membership!

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Would you like to submit work to 1st Thursdays?

Download the call for artists form for July 2017 - June 2018.

For more information about events or 1st Thursdays, please contact us at 1stThursdays@omart.org or at 407.896.4231 ext. 226.

To learn how you can volunteer at 1st Thursdays, CLICK HERE.

2018 1st Thursdays Season

This year's 1st Thursdays Season Sponsor is Sam Flax. More than an Art Store. Contributing Sponsorship by Publix Super Markets Charities

January 4, 2018

With the rise of expression with handheld cameras and devices, the Selfie has emerged as the main component in photography. How do you interpret Selfies in the modern day world and how does this relate to past art masterpieces? All media encouraged, including photography, camera photography, painting, sculpture, etc. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, December 10, 2017

February 1, 2018

Windows are the visual bridge between the inside and outside. Doors are symbolic of new opportunities. This show will allow artists to create what is meaningful to them, whether it’s repurposing a piece or incorporating the theme into their works. Media such as painting, photography, and sculpture are accepted, and need to incorporate window and/or door symbolism. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, January 7, 2018

March 1, 2018

Fashion is an art form of self-expression, confidence and beauty. The concept of fashion is so broad and means something different for every single person. Fashion is something that comes from within and is so much more than the clothes you wear. All media are encouraged, especially recycled art, sculpture and performance art. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, February 11, 2018

April 5, 2018

This event provides an opportunity for talented local artists who are members of ArtistsRegistry.com to showcase their work. Artists should interpret the theme to reflect the spirit of living and creating artwork in Florida. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, March 11, 2018

May 3, 2018

Healing arts today include art to x-rays, traditional Chinese medicines to genetic engineering. Science heals the body but art heals the soul. This show has paintings and poetry, sculpture and dance, all designed to heal. All media with a focus on science and healing are encouraged. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, April 15, 2018

June 7, 2018

This show is a discovery into how art informs the built environment. Artists are encouraged to submit all types of media, from photography to 3D models, to showcase the beauty found in the built world. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, May 13, 2018


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