Artists are invited to explore the influences of their cultures and environments which has transformed them into who they are in this modern world.

Due to the uncertainty of the state of MDCA's gallery this summer during the transition to our new location at 847 E 5th Ave, the 2024 Frida Khalo Art Competition Exhibition has been cancelled and will RESUME in 2025.

2025 Frida Khalo Art Competition Exhibition

In conjunction with the annual Mount Dora Viva La Frida Festival, Mount Dora Center for the Arts invites artists of all genres and ages to submit images of original 2D and 3D art for a chance to win cash awards and to exhibit in a 4-week gallery exhibition in Mount Dora, Florida. Artwork representing an image of Frida Kahlo is not required to be considered. We encourage artists to showcase their personal stories and cultural heritage while expressing the colorful uniqueness and moral complexities that Frida Kahlo represented.

Important Dates (Due to revisions):

  • Entry deadline is Aug 15, 2025
  • Notifications regarding application status will be no later than Aug 25, 2025
  • Accepted artwork must be delivered before Sat Sept 6, 2025 at 3pm to be included in the Gallery exhibition and Award ceremony.
  • Awards Ceremony and Artist Reception, Friday, Sept 12, 2025 (5-7 pm)
  • Optional Viva la Frida Festival Meet the Artists Reception, Saturday, Sept 27, 2024 (1-4 pm)
  • The Exhibition runs Sept 12 – Oct 10, 2025
  • All (unsold) artwork must be picked up before Oct 11 & 12, 2024 between 11 am and 4 pm 
  • Artwork left will be considered donations and become property of MDCA

1st Place- $500, 2nd Place – $200, 3rd Place- $100, and honorable mention ribbons.  A People’s Choice Award will be given to the artist who receives the most votes from gallery visitors during the exhibit. 

Exhibition Rules & Guidelines

  • Hanging work must be properly prepared for the exhibition with wire securely attached.  Freestanding sculptures must be able to stand solid on their own. Pedestals will be provided.
  • All artwork in the exhibit must be available for sale during the exhibition.
  • MDCA retains a 40% commission on any artwork sold.
  • The artist agrees to permit images of accepted artwork in MDCA promotional materials.
  • Each accepted work must arrive with an ID label in the proper format and securely attached to the back of the frame or attached to sculptures along with the MDCA signed exhibit agreement. The agreement, ID label format, and other pertinent information will be transmitted with the winning notifications.
  • Artwork accepted for exhibition and competition must be delivered to MDCA before Sat Sept 6, 2025 at 4pm to be included in the Gallery exhibition and Award ceremony. Location will be TBD in Mount Dora, Florida.   A pre-printed, paid shipping label for return shipment must be included with your work, along with reusable packaging if you cannot deliver your artwork in person and would like MDCA to ship your artwork back at the completion of the exhibition.

Exhibition Promotion
The Mount Dora Viva La Frida Festival will be promoted extensively though a partnership with Lake County, FL Tourism. The 2024 advertising campaign includes radio, billboards, print, social media, and email campaigns to boost exhibit exposure and increase gallery traffic during the exhibition period. 

Email [email protected] with any questions you may have.

2023 Frida Khalo Art Competition Exhibition Winners

First-place winner Beck Lane for “3 Fridas” (1914, 1920s, 1944), Oil on aerosol on canvas

Second-place winner Kimberly Miller for “Frida Flora”, clay sculpture

Third-place winner Joyce Eaton Brady for “Queen Frida Butterfly”, bead embroidery jewelry

Honorable Mentions

The artists’ reception and awards ceremony was held on Friday, Sept 22, 2023 

The exhibition coincides with the Mount Dora Viva la Frida Festival that is held annually on the last weekend in September in Donnelly Park, Mount Dora, FL.

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