Event Date: April 13th 2023 – April 30th 2023

The State of Water art show at the Cade Museum opens Thursday April 13th and runs thru April 30th. Museum hours are 10am – 4pm Thursday thru Sunday (closed Mon/Tues/Wed). A museum admission fee applies to see the exhibit – free admission will be during the Saturday, April 15th, Water State Festival at Depot Park.

We are intrinsically and deeply tied to water, especially in Florida. The waters that surround us in the landscape, the waters that flow underneath our feet in the aquifer – they nourish us, connect us, and inspire us. The works in this exhibition explore various “states” of water, from literal to figurative – whether physically transcending states from liquid, to solid, to gas; to a flowing state of a winding river; to an emotional state flowing down a cheek; surfacing on skin in fear; to a state of advancement from rising seas.

The art show, presented by Play Hard Florida, will be held at the Cade Museum! The show, benefiting TWO environmental nonprofits Florida Springs Institute & Current Problems, will showcase original works of art by the most talented artists in North Central Florida.

Established and emerging artists in the region are eligible to submit entries for consideration. Entries are due by 10:00 pm EST Sunday March 26, 2023. (The call for entry can be found on – the page link is on this event page.)

$1,200 in cash awards to the top 4 artists selected by the jury. An awards reception night will be planned – stay tuned for details.

The first Saturday of the exhibition (April 15th) will coincide with a community festival “The Water State Festival” outside the Cade Museum at Depot Park. There will be FREE admission to the museum and art show during the festival hours of 10am – 4pm on Saturday, April 15th!

How to participate and help…


CALL FOR ARTISTS: The call for art is open until March 26th, 2023 9:59 EST! SUBMIT NOW


BUSINESS SPONSORSHIP: Businesses have an amazing opportunity for a single donation to benefit and be marketed in TWO community events! SPONSOR NOW


PERSONAL DONATION: Individuals have the ability to support BOTH festival and art show benefiting non-profits with a single donation! 100% of your donation will be split equally among the two water-protecting organizations.  DONATE NOW



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