Does the artwork have to be 5 inches x 5 inches ? Can I do something that’s smaller or larger than that?

Every piece needs to be 5 inches x 5 inches for continuity and visual effect during display.  3D pieces must be 5 inches x 5 inches in two dimensions and may be up to 5 inches in the third dimension.  Work smaller or larger than the 5 inches x 5 inches size will NOT be accepted, though a small allowance for kiln work is made. See the Call to Artists for specifics on entries.


Can I submit art that is a material other than canvas? 

Artwork does not have to be on canvas.  Many other materials are acceptable.  It can be on paper, panel (cradled or uncradled), wood, fabric, or any other material as long as it meets the 5 inches x 5 inches size specifications (see below) and does not contain hazardous materials, require electricity, or water that is not contained.  Works on paper must be attached to a 5 inches x 5 inches rigid support such as mounting board or foam core.


My work is glass and I want the buyer to be able to hang it. Should I add a hanger?

Glass or any fragile piece of art is usually displayed on a horizontal surface at the exhibition for safety reasons.  If the intent is for the buyer to hang the work, please call us at 813-276-8250 for a solution.


How many pieces of art can I submit?

You may enter up to two pieces of art but each needs its own entry form.  You must use the online entry form system to submit your entry information.  If you submit two pieces of art, you need two separate entry forms.


How do I print a copy of my entry form?

After you successfully submit your online entry form, you will receive an email confirmation at the address you used on the entry form.  Simply print this email and include it with your artwork when you drop it off or mail it to the Arts Council of Hillsborough County.


I didn’t get a confirmation for one of my entries.

Please check your junk mail (spam) folder to see if it was automatically sorted there. If you have multiple email accounts, please be sure you are checking the correct account.  Still no entry?  No system is perfect.  Just email us at info@tampaarts.org and we’ll email a copy to you.


If this is an anonymous exhibition and artists don’t get paid, why should I submit my art? 

This is a wonderful opportunity to show work at the Tampa Museum of Art and participating artists may list the FIVE by FIVE exhibition at the museum as part of their experience.  Artists who contribute to FIVE by FIVE, whether as a performer or an exhibiting artist, are helping to demonstrate the importance of the arts in our community. All participating artists will also be admitted to the event for free. Artists will also be publicly acknowledged for their participation on rosters on the website and displayed at the event.


I don’t live in Hillsborough County. Can I still submit my artwork? 

Yes! All artists 18 years of age or older may submit up to two pieces of art, no matter where they live. Work may be dropped off in person at the Arts Council (505 E. Jackson St., Suite 306, Tampa, FL 33602) Sept. 26-30, 9 am to 4 pm. Work may be shipped or mailed anytime but must be RECEIVED at the Arts Council no later than Sept. 30. We do not accept work via email.


If my work is not accepted or doesn’t sell, can I get my work back? 

Unsold work is not returned except by prior arrangement.  Artists not in the Tampa Bay area must arrange for and pay return shipping costs.


If I submit artwork, do I still have to pay to get in at the event?

No. Artists participating in the exhibition or performing at FIVE by FIVE do not have to pay. Their guests must pay the Museum admission fee if they are not members of the Tampa Museum of Art.


Is there a fee to enter artwork?

There is no fee to submit artwork in the FIVE by FIVE exhibition.


Is there an entry fee to the event?

The Tampa Museum of Art charges an admission fee of $10 per person (museum members get in free) and that money supports the Museum. Participating FIVE by FIVE artists will be admitted to the event without charge.


How will I know if my piece sold?

After the event, you may call the Arts Council to determine the status of your work.


Who is the Artists Advisory Committee? 

The Artists Advisory Committee created and organized the FIVE by FIVE event.  It is comprised of professional visual, performing, and literary artists from Hillsborough County. They represent the separate artistic disciplines and geographic areas of the County and act as a voice for the artistic community to the Arts Council of Hillsborough County. Their mission emphasizes that they “encourage artistic participation, raise awareness of the artists and their intrinsic benefit to the community, and facilitate the building of an artistic community that has strength and purpose.”  FIVE by FIVE is the committee’s major event of the year.