The Art Council hosts the Winners Circle show on odd-numbered years. It is a prestigious showcase for art because it shows the work of artists/craftspeople who have won awards at ACSWF member organizations’ art exhibits during the two-year period preceding the show. This is the “Best of Southwest Florida” from all of the Art Council’s Member Organizations.
The winning work may be in 2D or 3D categories. Each member organization submits the winners of three shows per year, according to specified criteria and formats. It is up to each affiliated organization to choose what work to submit that meet the criteria, and to determine which format to follow.
The 2017 Winners Circle was on view at the Naples Art Association March 4 to March 28, 2017. Each member organization submitted a total of three award winners for each of the two years starting Oct. 1, 2014, through Sept. 30, 2016. Invitations were sent to artists through the organization or league in which they were an award winner.
Eligibility criteria prospectus were sent to each member organization on April 8th. Member Organization Presidents sent their list of winners no later than Oct. 15, 2016. Awards were given in 1st, 2nd, 3rd places and Judge's choice in both 2D & 3D. A President's Choice Award was also given. The Presidents or Executive Directors of each ACSWF organization were invited to vote for their favorite piece to determinate winner of that' Award.
An opening reception was held February 3, 2017, to introduce the show and announce the winners.