Orlando Museum of Art Announces Themes for its 2018-2019 1st Thursdays Season

Orlando Museum of Art Announces Themes

Presented by the Associates of the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), 1st Thursdays parties are held on the first Thursday of every month from 6-9 pm. 1st Thursdays is an opportunity for the Central Florida community to discover local artists, enjoy live music, and socialize with a diverse group of people. There are cash bars serving beer, wine and soft drinks as well as delicious food from area restaurants. Admission for 1st Thursdays is $15 and includes access to the Museum’s exhibitions. OMA Members always attend for FREE. The 2018-2019 Season Sponsor is Sam Flax. The Contributing Sponsor is Publix Super Markets Charities.

Artists are invited to submit artwork to be featured at 1stThursdays exhibitions. Submissions can be completed on the museum’s website. Each party features a specific theme that the artwork is inspired by. The 2018-2019 season will provide a variety of exciting themes that the Central Florida community can participate in. The themes this year are as follows:

July 5, 2018

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, June 24, 2018

August 2, 2018

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, July 15, 2018

September 6, 2018

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, August 12, 2018

NERDS IN THE CITY                                                                                      
October 4, 2018

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, September 16, 2018

November 1, 2018

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, October 14, 2018

December 6, 2018

All types of art are available under $200 for the holiday season. Artists are encouraged to submit all forms of media, all priced under $200, for a holiday shopping frenzy! Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, November 18, 2018

January 3, 2019

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, December 16, 2018

February 7, 2019

Love is a free-flowing experience that enriches our lives whether through gestures, words, touch, gifts and quality time wherever we may be. Love is Universal. All forms of art will surely be loved and welcomed. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, January 20, 2019

March 7, 2019

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, February 17, 2019

April 4, 2019

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, March 17, 2019

May 2, 2019

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. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, April 14, 2019

June 6, 2019

The word Mercury has very deep and symbolic meaning. As a part of our Solar System it is the closest planet to the Sun making it the hottest. As a Roman God is the Messenger and the only one who moves swiftly between the Upper and Lower realms. The element Mercury use to make fluorescent light is referred as ‘quicksilver’ a liquid metal that responds diversely to its environment. In the Alchemy Mercury represents Spirit, Soul and Matter therefore considered a crucial component in terms of creation and creativity in general. Artists take this word and do what thou whilst. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, May 12, 2019

Parking is free at the Orlando Loch Haven Cultural Park and overflow parking is available for $5 per vehicle at the Orlando Science Center parking garage. To learn more about 1st Thursdays, please visit the Museum’s website at https://omart.org/events/1st_thursdays. If you would like to be more involved with 1st Thursdays and become an OMA Associate, visit https://omart.org/get_involved/associates. For press images or additional information, please contact Michael Caibio, Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations Manager, at [email protected] or at 407.896.4231 ext. 233.


The Orlando Museum of Art’s mission is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. The Museum is located in the Loch Haven Cultural Park just minutes away from downtown. For more information, please visit www.omart.org.