Venice Art Center Inc
390 Nokomis Ave S
Venice FL 34285
The objective of the Venice Art Center shall be to provide cultural resources to the community and to encourage the knowledge and appreciation of visual art in all forms.   
CEO/Executive Director Mary Morris
Board Chair Paul McCullough
Board Chair Affiliation attorney/realtor
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Venice Art League
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1967
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Nov 2016
State Registration Yes 0
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Impact Statement
Needs Statement

1. We have outgrown our classroom space. We are launching a campaign to raise $350,000 to build two new classrooms. With two additional classrooms, we will accommodate our ever-growing number of the students who took our 410 classes in 2014. With this addition, we can offer 100+ additional classes. Increasing our class numbers will also provide long term sustainable income to VAC. Your gift will turn our vision into reality.  


2. The Venice Art Center needs assistance in completing their landscaping. The atmosphere surrounding the Center is deteriorated and in need of new low-maintenance plantings. We are in need of $40,000 to complete our project.        


3. The HVAC system: The Art Center has ten (10) aging air conditioning units, two or which are in need of immediate replacement. The income of the Art Center is heavily dependent on the comfort of individuals attending classes and cultural events and it is therefore critical that we remain capable to keep our classes and events full and students comfortable.  $13,000.00


4. Outdoor Signage: The Venice Art Center is in need of Signs on the front and back of the building identifying the Venice Art Center. We also need to convert our existing outdated kiosk sign at the entry to the building with a digital color screen to display upcoming exhibits, classes and events. This would be more visually appealing and clearer to read and view.  $24,000


5. Security Camera and DVR system: We are in need of a 16 camera system which includes a 2 week recording DVR to make our building more secure and to protect the artwork. The cost of this system is $5,700.

Background Statement
The Venice Art Center is the oldest and largest community art center on Florida's cultural coast. The Art center began with a two-day art show in 1956 and by 1958 the Venice Art Association was formed and operating. Over the next ten years the Art Center's legacy of art education for all ages was initiated and outreach programs initiated. In 1968 the Art Center constructed its first building and became the Venice Area Art League.
The Art Center continued its rapid growth in the 1970's and 1980's and our name was officially changed to the Venice Art Center. The Art Center moved into its newly expanded building in October, 1996. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
FL- Charlotte
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Tertiary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Art, Artist, children scholarship, adult scholarship, children art education, Adult art education, art classes, exhibition, public art, community projects, Cultural Campus,
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The Venice Art Center began in the 1950’s as a organization which brought  local artists together until 1964 when it officially became a non-profit organization, Venice Art Center has always been the center of artistic activity of Venice. It is known for its wide variety of classes, art exhibits, demos and social activities. During the last few years, they have established an extensive website, an electronic newsletter and a Face book page to communicate with its members and community. New community partnerships are being formed regularly. Venice MainStreet and VAC have run the Venice Chalk Festival for the past two years. Venice Theatre provides entertainment at several of the art exhibits receptions. The Venice Art Center, Venice Community Center, Venice Library and the Historic Triangle Inn housing the city of Venice’s Museum & Archives have formed a collaboration to promote the Cultural Park. Venice Area Beautification Inc. and the Venice Area Garden Club are advising the VAC on their landscaping project. We are regularly recognized as the outstanding art center in our area. The receptions for opening night draw anywhere from 300 to 400 attendees to enjoy the new exhibit and make purchases. Our gift shop has the largest offering of original artworks, unique gifts, jewelry and accessories by local artists. All of our shows have sponsors, most of who return year after year. Java Café runs a small eatery on site to provide meals and snacks for artists, students, visitors and volunteer staff. Cabarets are run several times a year to showcase local musical talents, serve good food and enjoy the surrounding art displays. Venice Art Center is fortunate to have talented and dedicated volunteers that help out in so many ways. The VAC Board takes great pride in the accomplishments of the Art Center. We have come a long way, but many more opportunities keep opening up for us.


We recently revised our by-laws and policies and procedures. There is a board matrix in place to help guide our governance committee when it comes time to consider new candidates for the board. Venice Art Center is poised to continue its role as an arts leader in the Venice community. Our community is passionately interested in the arts and we will continue to serve to the best of our abilities and beyond.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Venice Art Center's top priorities are to continually work towards our mission and to expand and cultivate our programs while maintaining the integrity of the Art Center. It is very important that the Art Center remain a major artistic resource for the Sarasota County community and to collaborate with other organizations to make art available and accessible to everyone.

The Art Center's Board of Directors consists of 10-16 members. The Art Center currently has 12 Board members, an Executive Director and five employees. We have over 425 volunteers who contributed more than 4800 hours of volunteer time last year. In addition, the Art Center has a membership base of over 900 active members.

The Art Center offers a wide variety of well-attended classes and hosts very successful opening receptions for our 12 exhibits each year. The Art Center has added Monday, Wednesday and Saturday demonstrations and lectures on various art topics and continues to expand its exhibition opportunities. The Art Center has increased its children’s program by adding many new classes and art camps. In 2011 the Art Center enrolled 1882 adults and children in its classes.

The Art Center collaborated and formed the Venice Cultural Campus together with the Venice Library, the Venice Community Center and the Venice Museum and Archives. We have hosted and supported other nonprofit organizations in the community, including The South County Jazz Club, the Boys and Girls Club, Loveland, the Senior Friendship Center, the Women’s Resource Center, Sarasota County Schools and more. The Art Center hosts two concert series, annual tea, a very well attended Summerfest, a two0night cabaret, a progressive dinner with other members of the Cultural Campus, an, art and wine club and a variety of additional cultural events. The Art Center has provided many musicians, poets, artists and theater groups a venue to show and display their skills.

The new “Sea Venice” public arts project created solely by the Venice Art Center has made a dramatic impact on the entire Venice community. This project has placed 42 professionally-painted dolphins and turtles onto the streets of Venice for the next 18 months.. This public art project will substantially increase tourism in Venice and will create more foot traffic and revenue for our local merchants, hotels and restaurants. Sea Venice has brought exciting, high-quality art to the streets of Venice for everyone’s enjoyment.  

In conclusion, I feel very proud to be a part of an organization that is making a cultural impact on our community. 


In 2015, there were 11 different exhibitions in the Pat Buster Gallery and 11 in the Selby, Altman-Vogt Salons. We have had up to 198 entries per show. All exhibitions have free admission and an opening reception. We also host the very successful and well attended South County School Show, in which all south county public schools participate.

Budget $14,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Visual Arts Exhibitions
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US US US
Short Term Success

The short term effects are artists selling and displaying more artworks. The number of attendees to view our exhibitions consistently increases with each show. The short-term effect is that more people have the opportunity to enjoy art and culture. The effect is readily demonstrated in the smiles on people’s faces as they experience creativity and enjoy art here at the Art Center.

Long Term Success Exhibitions support artists by providing each with the opportunity to show and sell their work. Admission to view the artwork and attend the opening receptions is free, which fulfills our mission to make the visual arts available to everyone. The ongoing success of these programs is continuing to produce quality exhibitions. We have seen a substantial increase in attendance at our exhibitions and an increase in the number of artists entering and displaying their work. The long-term effect of this success is to create a stronger cultural community.
Program Success Monitoring

We measure the success of an exhibition by the number of artist’s entries, number of people viewing the show and the quality of the entries. We count people who view each show and the art pieces and artists are all tracked. We have seen a large overall increase in all of these categories throughout the last 3 years. 

Program Success Examples

One example of the success was this year’s Fall Member’s Show. We had 350 people attend our opening reception with over 180 pieces of art entered on display. Over the course of the exhibition, we have over 1600 additional visitors to the Art Center.

Program Comments by Organization
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mary Morris
CEO Term Start June 2009
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 325
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes

This year we have focused a considerable amount of our efforts on forming new relationships and partnerships with various profit and non-profit community organizations. We have collaborated with the following groups and organizations: Venice Circus Arts Foundations, Venice MainStreet, Venice Area Beautification Inc., Venice Historical Society, Sarasota Chalk Festival in Venice, Sarasota Film Festival, Suncoast Blues Society, All Faiths Food Bank, the Venice Gondolier Sun, Venice Symphony, Venice YMCA, HarborChase of Venice, Jacaranda Trace, Venice Theatre, Venice area public schools, Women's Resource Center, Venice Boys and Girls Club, South County Jazz Club, Venice Community Center, City of Venice, Venice Public Library, Venice Museum & Archives, Venice Chamber of Commerce, Venice-Nokomis      Rotary, Suncoast BBQ, Sertoma, Women’s Sertoma Club, American Association of University Women, Gulf Coast magazine, Venice Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota County and numerous for-profit companies. We also have coordinated and participated in many community events. We have worked very hard to promote VAC and make VAC a strong community resource and presence. The Sea Venice Project was a collaboration of over 50 sponsoring organizations.  

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 3
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2015
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Paul McCullough
Company Affiliation attorney/realtor
Board Term Apr 2015 to Apr 2016
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Ron Cairo retired: Ford Motors Executive
Edmund Campbell Retired Executive
Joseph Dalton Owner: Babes Plumbing
Dorian Hardy Venice Community Center
Paul McCullough Attorney
Paul Moseley owner: Jimco Maintenance
Donna Roberts CPA
Emma Kate Scovil Marketing Director, Sharkys
Tim Smolerick Venice Gondolier
Jeff Snyder City of Venice
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development?
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2015
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $400,000.00
Projected Expenses $400,000.00
Endowment Value $40,934.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years?
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$31,517$30,797$0
Individual Contributions$67,754$80,468$34,473
Investment Income, Net of Losses$8,592$12,238$8,967
Membership Dues$57,020$54,820$49,535
Special Events$6,703$11,627($652)
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$480,034$375,176$270,740
Administration Expense$70,684$62,270$161,683
Fundraising Expense$908$692$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.031.101.22
Program Expense/Total Expenses87%86%63%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue1%1%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$1,157,192$1,138,917$1,096,066
Current Assets$427,179$278,627$234,345
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,487$11,218$14,148
Total Net Assets$1,144,705$1,127,699$1,081,918
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountArt Class Instruction $181,030Art Class Instruction $172,724Program service revenue $422,552
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGallery Sales $165,285Contributions, gifts, grants $80,468Membership Dues $49,535
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $67,754Gallery Sales $59,955Contributions, gifts, grants $34,473
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities34.2124.8416.56
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from IRS Form 990 and audit documents.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support.  IRS Form 990 reconciles with audited financial statements, where provided. Based on their Federal 990s, Management & General expenses for 2012 were significantly higher than what was reported on their 2011 and 2013 returns.  This difference was primarily due to $72,759 of "all other expenses" reported as Management & General Expense in 2012.
Nonprofit Venice Art Center Inc
Address 390 Nokomis Ave S
Venice, FL 34285
Phone 941 485-7136