Esther Rolle Centennial Exhibition at the Ali Cultural Arts Center

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Esther Rolle Centennial Exhibition at the Ali Cultural Arts Center


The City of Pompano Beach is inviting artists nationwide to submit original artworks to commemorate the life and legacy of celebrated actress and activist Esther Rolle. Born in Pompano Beach, Fla., Rolle is best known for her role as Florida Evans on the CBS television sitcom, Maude and its spin-off series Good Times. Selected artworks will be exhibited at the Ali Cultural Arts Center from October 30, 2020 through February 21, 2021 as part of a series of celebrations marking what would have been her 100th birthday on November 8, 2020.

The Mission of the Ali Cultural Arts Center is to both celebrate the history and culture of the African American community in Pompano Beach and to enhance local access to the cultural arts, with a focus on dance, music and the spoken word, including poetry, storytelling and theater, as part of the Downtown Pompano Creative Arts District.

Ali Cultural Arts is a platform to enrich the community through visual and performing arts. Visual art exhibitions feature the best in local, regional, national artists, while intimate receptions will engage patrons in creative dialogue as they enjoy eclectic musical programs.

Submit up to ten (10) digital files via Notifications are sent via email. Artists selected will be given sufficient time to prepare their work and make shipping or delivery arrangements prior to their artwork intake deadline. Artists will receive a 70% commission on artwork sold.


A submission fee of $15 for up to 10 images submitted into
Upload up to 10 images per artist should be submitted in the following format:
– JPG, no larger than 5MB
– Name each file with your name and the title, for example: smith_jane_title.jpg
– Deadline for Submission: August 7th, 2020, 11:59pm.
Entries must be original works of art that have been completed within the last ten (10) years. Work must not exceed 50” in any dimensions. All two-dimensional work must ready-to-hang. No substitution, exchange, modification, or withdrawal of works is permitted after they are accepted for the exhibition. Should any piece of art differ significantly from the original image entry, the piece will be disqualified from the exhibition.

Artists are responsible for round-trip shipping and insurance (during shipping) of artworks. All shipments must include a prepaid UPS OR FED EX return label and be shipped in a container suitable to re-use for return shipping. Work must be shipped prepaid to Ali Cultural Arts Center in sturdy and reusable packing; make sure to include instructions for unpacking or assembly if needed. Work sent through the US Postal Service, must include a shipping label, USPS stamps will not be accepted. Pompano Beach Cultural Affairs Department is not responsible for damage to artwork during transport to and from Ali Cultural Arts Center.​​Work may also be delivered in person to Ali Cultural Arts Center. Complete shipping instructions will be mailed with acceptance notices.

All possible care will be taken of the work submitted to the exhibition. The City of Pompano Beach will not assume liability for loss or damage associated with shipping. The city does insure the exhibition against loss and damage. The artist has ten (10) days to submit a written claim and three (3) bids for repair. Claims will not be considered on pre-existing conditions. Unless otherwise stated in writing, the City of Pompano Beach assumes permission to photograph selected artwork and/or reproduce slide images for publicity purposes. All guidelines governing the exhibition are subject to interpretation by the city’s agents. Submission of work through this application process indicates acceptance of all conditions listed in this prospectus for all exhibitions.


Submission Deadline: August 7th, 2020, 11:59pm
Notification of Acceptance: October 2, 2020

Shipping/Delivery Deadline: October 24, 2020
Exhibition Dates: October 30, 2020 – February 11, 2021

For more information email us at or call 954.545.7800.


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