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 below. You may also register electronically using the submission links below.

For more information about events or 1st Thursdays, please contact us at 1stThursdays@omart.org or at 407.896.4231 ext. 229.

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

2018-2019 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

July 5, 2018
Deadline for entry Sunday, June 24

Calling ALL artists. This month we bring to you the opportunity to submit works of art that are of a reflection of you. All forms of media are encouraged.

August 2, 2018
Deadline for entry Sunday, July 15

This theme will focus on language, immigration, identity, religion, and cultural celebrations and traditions of the Hispanic Culture and Community. Artists must be of Hispanic descent. All forms of media are encouraged.

September 6, 2018
Deadline for entry Sunday, August 12

This show is the 10th annual event for the UCF College of Arts and Humanities. This Knight of Art will feature artwork designed by UCF alumni, faculty, staff and current SVAD students.

In addition, we will have a small event for the Indie Galactic Space Jam held in the SunTrust Auditorium. This theme and event is about Video games and Outer space. Artists will create pieces inspired by the Galaxy, Space and NASA. This will be the kick-off event for the 4th Annual Indie Galactic Space Jam, a 48-hour co-op game development competition amongst artists, tech professionals and innovators of all kinds.

October 4, 2018
Deadline for entry Sunday, September 16

Come celebrate with people with all sorts of “nerdy” interests, particularly those in science fiction and fantasy. All humans welcome, as well as Time Lords, Dothraki, Hobbits, and Jedi Knights, among many other fictional races and species! Art related to Sci-Fi, Anime, as well as Fantasy are welcomed.

November 1, 2018
Deadline for entry Sunday, October 14

This show encourages artists to paint a picture, sculpt a wave, or draw a building they have experienced through travel. Whether you have flown across the globe, or dreamt of visiting an exotic location, share with us your inspired art from travel across our beautiful planet. Share with us your inspired art from traveling across our beautiful planet.

1st Thursdays: Travel is presented by:

December 6, 2018
Deadline for entry Sunday, November 18

All types of art available under $200 for the holiday season. Artists are encouraged to submit all types of media, all priced under $200, for a holiday shopping frenzy! SUBMIT YOUR ART »

January 3, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, December 16

Astrologers believe that an Astrological Age affects humanity: possibly by influencing the rise and fall of civilizations or cultural tendencies. Traditionally, Aquarius is associated with electricity, computers, flight, democracy, freedom, humanitarianism, idealism, modernization, astrology, rebellion, nonconformity, philanthropy, veracity, perseverance, humanity and irresolution. Artists will interpret this Age through their Art. SUBMIT YOUR ART »

February 7, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, January 20

The children of the world speak many different languages. Express your love for the children of our world with any visual art form, from painting to sculpture and photography. SUBMIT YOUR ART »

March 7, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, February 17

In honor of Women’s History Month. Submissions should explore subjects of the dignity, beauty and strength of Women. All forms of media are encouraged. SUBMIT YOUR ART »

April 4, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, March 17

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. SUBMIT YOUR ART »

May 2, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, April 14

This month’s show calls upon Victorians, Vampires, Sky Captains, Agents and more, who will share their musings, art, artistry and artifacts from Steampunk Realms. All forms of media are encouraged. SUBMIT YOUR ART »

June 6, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, May 12

This theme will focus on the Indigenous and Tribal origins of art. From Africa, Australia, North, South & Central America and beyond. Join us as we will explore the influence and fusion of tribal art from the past and into the future. All media encouraged. SUBMIT YOUR ART »