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

For more information about events or 1st Thursdays, please call 407.896.4231 ext. 229.
To learn how you can volunteer at 1st Thursdays, CLICK HERE »

2020 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 


August 1, 2019 
Deadline for entry Sunday, July 14 

To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of 1st Thursdays, we invite artists to submit works on any subject you choose. We want to present your best and brightest works in honor of the great effort which thousands of artists and volunteers have given over two decades to make 1st Thursdays Orlando’s longest-lasting and best-loved local art party! All forms of media are encouraged. 
Submission Closed

October 3, 2019 
Deadline for entry Sunday, September 15 

In homage to Hollywood’s classic horror films and notable characters, artist works will interpret films from the Golden Age of horror moving forward to present day and can include characters, psychological thrillers, Gothic themes, supernatural, settings, architecture, mood and modern characters influenced by the classics. All media encouraged: sculpture, photography, paintings, drawings, digital, animation, textiles, and jewelry.
Submission Closed

November 7, 2019 
Deadline for entry Sunday, October 20

Artists the world over are inspired by many sights, sounds, colors, smells and textures. For some the image of Taj Mahal at dawn represents serendipity. Was it the color of the flora and fauna of the Galapagos? Maybe a sleeping child nestled in a parent’s arms in some far-off market? Whatever you see, you are the only one to see it through your eyes. But why did it make such a strong impression on you?  
For Leave No Sight Unseen, we want your unique perspective of that inspiration, of what you want others to see, hear or interact with through your art. “    
This event is sponsored by GO Travel and Celebrity Cruises.
Submission Closed

December 5, 2019
Deadline for entry Sunday, November 17

This show celebrates holiday giving by presenting works for purchase at the super-reasonable price of $200 or less. Artists are invited to submits works they believe would make great gifts during this joyful season.
Submission Closed

January 9, 2020 - RESCHEDULED
Deadline for entry Sunday, August 18 

Our 11th annual show celebrating visual arts at UCF’s College of Arts and Humanities. This Knight of Art will feature works by UCF alumni, faculty, staff, and students on any subject in all varieties of media. Please Note: You must be alumni, staff or current student to submit. All media and subject matter are encouraged. 
Submission Closed

February 6, 2020
Deadline for entry Sunday, January 19 

Our pursuit of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health has advanced greatly in the last fifty years. Exercise, diet, outdoor activity, me-time, adequate rest and relaxation, therapy, spiritual and meditative activities, experiences that heal nurture the body, mind and soul—among other things—have joined the once-yearly visit to the doctor as standard activities to promote and maintain our well-being. Create pieces inspired by what you and others do—or wish you were doing—to be happy, healthy and whole. All forms of media are encouraged.

March 5, 2020 
Deadline for entry Sunday, February 16 

Creativity, sensitivity, openness, caring, intuition, movement, flow, receptivity, and change are some of the elements associated with it. The five senses—taste, touch, sight, sound and smell—are others. Feminine energy is often connected to the natural world (Mother Earth) and bodies of water. Many important women throughout history have become “mothers” to their people. What is your artistic interpretation of feminine energy? Submissions in all mediums are welcome. 

April 2, 2020 
Deadline for entry Sunday, March 15 

Florida artists who are members of ArtistsRegistry.com are invited to submit works that showcase their favorite subjects in any style or theme. ArtistsRegistry.com is an online community of artists who have found that by joining together they can maximize their public exposure and connect with galleries and collectors. This show seeks to present the best works from local members of this talented group of artists.

May 7, 2020 
Deadline for entry Sunday, April 19

Celebrating with our friends the Orlando Fringe Festival in their 28th season, we invite artists to submit their unconventional art to help create unusual art bazaar. Your interpretation of art on the fringe can range from nontraditional styles, subject matter, and themes to uncommon media and materials. Please submit your abnormal, offbeat, curious, irreverent, otherworldly, surrealistic, and extraordinary works. 

June 4, 2020 
Deadline for entry Sunday, May 17

Tattoos are a big part of our culture. Over 35% of Americans ages 18-25 have at least one. These people are walking canvases, and tattoos are modern art. We invite artists (including tattoo artists) to submit works influenced by tattoo subject matter and styles for this fun summer show. Common tattoo themes include: Mom, sailors, lovers, ex-lovers, music, popular culture, and spiritual symbols. We also encourage interpretations of major tattoo styles including: Traditional, Realism, Tribal, Watercolor, New School, Japanese, Blackwork, and Neo-Traditional. All forms of media—including tattoo artist sketchbooks—are welcome.