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

Artists are invited to submit art to be featured at 1st Thursdays exhibitions. Submissions can be completed on the museum’s website. Each party features a specific theme that the artwork is inspired by. The 2017-2018 season will be OMA’s most exciting year to date with a variety of themes that the community can participate in. The themes this year are as follows:

July 6, 2017

Heroes have existed throughout history, whether real or imaginary, in writing and art. These incredible beings may be next-door protectors, family members or friends, police officers, firefighters, doctors, military, human rights advocates, spiritual leaders, nurses or any caring individual. Heroes may also be imagined including powerful beings: Gods from Greek and Roman mythology; comic book super heroes, time travelers, magical beings, science fiction and fantasy characters from books and movies. This show asks artists to show us their heroes. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, June 4, 2017

August 3, 2017

The newly-opened Pandora – The World of Avatar has already awed many guests at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, but the fun does not end there. Walt Disney World Resort is supporting the Orlando Museum of Art for its 1st Thursdays event on August 3, 2017. Including direction from Walt Disney Imagineering’s Creative Executive, Joe Rohde, the Museum will be transformed into Pandora with extra special touches that can only be seen that evening. In addition to local artists submitting their artwork to win awards for the “Pandora” theme “celebrating the beauty of the natural world,” work by Disney Imagineers and artists will also be on display. To make the night even more special, Walt Disney World Resort will offer complimentary food reflecting the atmosphere of Pandora. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, July 2, 2017

September 7, 2017
This is the 9th annual event for the UCF College of Arts and Humanities Alumni Chapter. This Knight of Art will feature work by UCF alumni, faculty, staff and students in a variety of media. You must be alumni, staff or a current student to submit. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, August 6, 2017

October 5, 2017

During this event, artists extend beyond earthly boundaries for inspiration to create works depicting dark/horror/goth and other Halloween themes: Hollywood inspired movies or TV icons, eerie/creepy landscapes and architecture, ghostly or ghoulish images, spooky or spoofy, anything associated with the paranormal, the uncanny and the unexplained. All types of media are encouraged: photography, comic style illustrations, sculptures, digital media, video, jewelry and fashion. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, September 3, 2017

November 2, 2017

This show investigates a person’s ability to cope with difficulties, or to face a demanding situation in a resilient way. The show calls for artists to incorporate metal into their pieces while connecting with something to “mettle” with, either in themselves or the creation of their work. Artists can focus on mental health, PTSD, art as cathartic practice, mechanics and interesting materials. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, October 8, 2017

December 7, 2017

All types of art are available under $200 for the holiday season. Artists are encouraged to submit all forms of media, as long as it is priced under $200, for a holiday shopping frenzy! Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, November 5, 2017

January 4, 2018

With the rise of expression with handheld cameras and devices, the Selfie has emerged as the main component in photography. How do you interpret Selfies in the modern day world and how does this relate to past art masterpieces? All media encouraged, including photography, painting, sculpture, etc. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, December 10, 2017

February 1, 2018

Windows are the visual bridge between the inside and outside. Doors are symbolic of new opportunities. This show will allow artists to create what is meaningful to them, whether it’s repurposing a piece or incorporating the theme into their works. Media such as painting, photography, and sculpture are accepted, and need to incorporate window and/or door symbolism. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, January 7, 2018

March 1, 2018

Fashion is an art form of self-expression, confidence and beauty. The concept of fashion is so broad and means something different for every single person. Fashion is something that comes from within and is so much more than the clothes you wear. All media are encouraged, especially recycled art, sculpture and performance art. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, February 4, 2018

April 5, 2018

This event provides an opportunity for talented local artists who are members of 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 4, 2018

May 3, 2018

Healing arts today include art to x-rays, traditional Chinese medicines to genetic engineering. Science heals the body but art heals the soul. This show has paintings and poetry, sculpture and dance, all designed to heal. All media with a focus on science and healing are encouraged. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, April 8, 2018

June 7, 2018

This show is a discovery into how art informs the built environment. Artists are encouraged to submit all types of media, from photography to 3D models, to showcase the beauty found in the built world. Deadline for entry 4pm Sunday, May 6, 2018

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 If you would like to be more involved with 1st Thursdays and become an OMA Associate, visit For press images or additional information, please contact Michael Caibio, Marketing, Advertising & Public Relations Manager, at or at 407.896.4231 ext. 233.

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