Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 11th Annual “Nature” Online Art Competition for the month of October 2021.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s November 2021 online group exhibition.

The gallery invites entries from artists (including photography & digital art) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational or abstract art and photography. 

The “Nature” theme is the artist’s interpretation and depiction of nature art. Nature subjects include geographical subjects, landscapes, natural objects, wildlife and natural environments. 

Artists should submit their best work in any media before the deadline of October 27, 2021.

Here is a link to the “Nature” 2020 Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (October 1, 2021). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of November 2021. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   September 10, 2021
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   October 01, 2021
Deadline for Receiving Entries   October 27, 2021
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   November 01, 2021
Art Exhibition Opens   November 01, 2021
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   November 30, 2021

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 11th Annual “Nature” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best representative and abstract art before the deadline.

submit

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 3rd Annual “Primary Colors” Online Art Competition for the month of November 2021.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s December 2021 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational or abstract art for this competition.

The “Primary Colors” theme is one in which one of the primary colors (Red, Blue &/or Yellow) stands out as a primary artistic element in the artwork. Any subject matter and any media are acceptable in this open theme competition, as long as the colors in the artwork are at least one or more of the three primary colors – Red, Blue &/or Yellow.

Artists should submit their best work in any media before the deadline of November 26, 2021.

Here is a link to the “Primary Colors” 2020 Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (November 1, 2021). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of December 2021. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   October 10, 2021
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   November 01, 2021
Deadline for Receiving Entries   November 26, 2021
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   December 01, 2021
Art Exhibition Opens   December 01, 2021
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   December 31, 2021

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 3rd Annual “Primary Colors” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best representative and abstract art before the deadline.

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The gallery’s competition for April 2021 was the 11th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition. 2D and 3D, artists, (including photography & digital art) from around the world, were called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion in to the Gallery’s May 2021 online group art exhibition.

Artists were asked for their interpretation of the “Botanicals” theme by submitting their best abstract and/or representational art for this competition. The submission process and competition for the artists began in March 2021 and concluded on April 27, 2021.

The gallery received 1,002 entries from 29 different countries from around the world, as well as from 36 different states and the District of Columbia.   

The exhibition has been divided into three media categories.  Painting & Other Media, Photography & Digital and 3 Dimensional Art categories.  In addition, there is an overall Winning Artists Category, which is the “best of the best” and consists of the ten (10) best entries comprised from all the media categories.

The gallery also included Special Merit awards and Special Recognition awards for outstanding art. Many of the artists in either of these groups could have easily been included in the upper tier of our winners, as their art was also exceptional.

All winning entries will now be featured on the Light Space & Time website for the month of May 2021. Thereafter, the artworks and links to the artist’s websites will remain online in the Light Space & Time Archives.

Congratulations to our artists who made our 11th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition so successful this month. At any time, we invite our winning artists and other interested visitors to link their websites to the Gallery’s archive page for further ongoing promotion.

Overall Winning Artists Category – The overall winning artist’s category consists of the 10 Best Entries received from the Painting & Other and the Photography & Digital media categories. Please go to the results of the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Overall Winning Artists” Category here.

Special Merit Award Category – These are the artists and their artwork which we felt could easily have been placed higher but due to the size constraints in each media category, this art was placed in this special category.  Any of the Special Merit art, in many cases, is interchangeable with the best art that we selected for the top tiers. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Special Merit Award Category” here.

Painting & Other Category – This media category is considered to be any art where a pigment was applied to a two-dimensional surface, such as canvas, paper, or panel. This category comprises the following media; acrylics, oil, pastels, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, line type drawings, encaustic, fresco, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any other flat surface.

In addition, this category also includes any fabric, mixed media, mosaic, and various other media. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Painting & Other Category” here.

Photography & Digital Category – This media category contains any images captured by either an analog or digital camera and would be viewed as a print. Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, alternative photographic processes, manipulated photography etc. would be included in this category.

In addition, this category also includes most digital art in this section. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “Photography & Digital Category” here.

3 Dimensional Art Category – This category contains any art which has or seeming to have length, width, and depth.  Relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, trash or any other material that can be used to create 3-dimensional art. Please go to the results in the Botanicals Art Exhibition “3 Dimensional Art Category” here.

 

The deadline for this competition has been extended to July 5, 2020.

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces an art call for a very special competition in celebration of its 10th Anniversary.

For this competition, all 2D and 3D artists (including photography & digital arts) from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s “1oth Anniversary” online group art exhibition.

For one fee of $10, artists can enter up to 10 entries.  The gallery will choose and award the top 10 artists from each media category and from those media categories; the 10 best entries will be designated as the Overall Category Winning Artists. An online exhibition exclusively of these groups of top 10 winning artists will be held on the Light Space & Time website for 10 weeks starting July 15th.

This is an “Open” (No Theme) online art competition. The gallery invites entries from artists, regardless of where they reside, to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational and/or abstract art. Artists are not required to enter 10 images but are invited to enter up to 10 images.

No entry fee discounts or other awards will be given for this special competition.

Important Dates for Participating Artists

Online Art Competition Opens   Feb. 19, 2020
Deadline for Receiving Entries Extended to
  July 5, 2020
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   July 15, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Opens   July 15, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   Sept. 5, 2020

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the “10th Anniversary” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The LST Gallery website averages 70,000+ visitors and more than 225,000+ page views per month. Out of those visitors, 80% are new visitors to the website.  Being a winning overall category artist should result in an increase in visitor traffic to the artist’s website as well.

In addition to the above, these winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements and widespread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best representative and/or abstract art before the deadline of June 1, 2020. The deadline for this competition has been extended to July 5, 2020.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 2nd Annual “Primary Colors” Online Art Competition for the month of June 2020.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s July 2020 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best representational or abstract art for this competition.

The “Primary Colors” theme is one in which one of the primary colors (Red, Blue &/or Yellow) stands out as a primary artistic element in the artwork. Any subject matter and any media are acceptable in this open theme competition, as long as the colors in the artwork are at least one or more of the three primary colors – Red, Blue &/or Yellow.

Artists should submit their best work in any media before the deadline of June 26, 2020.

Here is a link to the "Primary Colors" 2019 Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (June 1, 2020). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of May 2020. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   May   10, 2020
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   June    01, 2020
Deadline for Receiving Entries   June 26, 2020
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   July    01, 2020
Art Exhibition Opens   July    01, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   July   31, 2020

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 2nd Annual “Primary Colors” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best art before the deadline.

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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 10th Annual “SeaScapes” Online Art Competition for the month of May 2020.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s June 2020 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best abstract or representational art for this competition.

The “Seascapes” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of seascape art.  Seascape subjects would include scenes of coastal living, any ocean activities, seaside vistas and any related seashore subjects for this art competition.

Here is a link to the 9th "SeaScapes" Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (May 1, 2020). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of June 2020. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   April   10, 2020
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   May    01, 2020
Deadline for Receiving Entries   May 27, 2020
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   June    01, 2020
Art Exhibition Opens   June    01, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   June   30, 2020

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 10th Annual “SeaScapes” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best art before the deadline.

submit

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 10th Annual “Botanicals” Online Art Competition for the month of April 2020.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s May 2020 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best botanical and/or floral art.

The “Botanicals” theme will be the artist’s interpretation and depiction of botanical and floral art. Botanical subjects will include flowers, herbs, fruit, leaves, plants and related botanical and floral subjects. Artists should submit their best abstract or representational botanical and floral art before the deadline of April 26, 2020.

Here is a link to the 10th "Botanicals" Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (April 1, 2020). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of May 2020. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   March  10, 2020
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   April    01, 2020
Deadline for Receiving Entries   April 26, 2020
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   May    01, 2020
Art Exhibition Opens   May    01, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived  

May   31, 2020

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 10th Annual “Botanicals” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best botanical and/or floral art before the deadline.

submit

Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 11th Annual “Abstracts” Online Art Competition for the month of February 2020.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s March 2020 online group exhibition.

The gallery encourages entries from artists (including photography & digital arts) regardless of where they reside to apply to this competition by submitting their best non-objective and non-representational art.

Here is a link to the 10th "Abstracts" Online Art Exhibition in order to help artists see what type of art was accepted in the past. Please review our article post which explains the Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Competitions in order to help you as a guide with your entry submissions.

Early Registration - Discounted Entry Fee

Lower entry fees are offered from the opening of the competition (10th of the month) until the 1st day of next month (February 1, 2020). The discounted entry fees are as follows; $12.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $22.00 for 3 to 5 entries. After that time, the entry fees revert to the gallery’s normal entry fee amount or $14.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $24.00 for 3 to 5 entries until the deadline of the art competition. 

Also, students (who are registered with Submittable and have an email extension of EDU) are able to receive additional lower entry fees for this competition.  $10.00 for 1 to 2 entries and $20.00 for 3 to 5 entries.

Light Space & Time encourages entries from all 2D & 3D artists regardless of where they reside and regardless of their experience or education in the art field. A group exhibition of the top ten finalists will be held online at the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery during the month of March 2020. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

Art Competition Opens   Jan.   10, 2020
Early Registration & Lower Fees End   Feb.    01, 2020
Deadline for Receiving Entries   Feb. 25, 2020
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted   March    01, 2020
Art Exhibition Opens   March    01, 2020
Online Art Exhibition Closes & Archived   March   31, 2020

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 11th Annual “Abstracts” Art Exhibition will be promoted extensively by the gallery in the following manner:

The top 10 winning artists for this exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major news outlets, including Premium News Outlets syndication. (ABC, CBS, CW, Fox & NBC affiliated broadcasting/station websites). With inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtJobs/Artweek.com. Artweek produces 800,000-page impressions per month, 280,000 website visitors per month and has 30,000 newsletter subscribers.  

Winning artists will also have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on Art.Base.co.  Art.Base produces 100,000 page views per month, 35,000 monthly unique visitors and has 10,000+ newsletter subscribers.

The Top 10 Overall Winning Artists will be featured individually and collectively on the gallery’s Artwork Archive Page.  Artwork Archive is a premier web-based software for visual artists. Manage your inventory, sales & contacts. Grow your art career and exhibit your art on Artwork Archive.

In addition to the above, the winning artists of this exhibition will receive extensive worldwide publicity in the form of email marketing, event announcements, and wide-spread social media marketing and promotion to make the art world aware of the artists’ achievement.

There will also be a video of the winning artists’ artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel.  In addition, there will also be links back to the artists’ website as part of this achievement package. Winning artists also receive a digital Award Certificate, digital Award Ribbon, digital Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.

Artists provide us with your best abstract art before the deadline.

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Every once in a while we will have an artist ask us to explain the judging criteria that we use for our art competitions. I will try to explain here what we are looking for when we judge an artist’s submissions for one of our online themed art competitions.

First, let me say that our ultimate objective is to have an “entertaining” and interesting art exhibition for our viewers. The exhibition will be based on a theme and the art that is selected and shown will be representative of that particular theme. Within that competition’s theme, of those artworks selected, we try to show the best of as many different genres and varied media as possible.

There are times, based on the theme, the number of entries received and the quality of the response to the “call for art” that we can or cannot show a variety of artistic forms. Otherwise, we try to display a broad representation of artistic form, style, and media in the hope that this will provide the viewer an enjoyable experience.

Based on the artwork submitted to our competitions, they will be judged based on the following elements of artistic expression:

1. Interpretation and the clarity of the theme to the viewer.

2. Creativity and originality of the depicted theme.

3. Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the theme.

4. Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?

Here are some reasons for not being selected for one of our exhibitions;

1. Poor color or image quality. Sometimes we receive what we believe is an exceptional piece of art, but it is obvious to us that the colors are not balanced, are washed out and are not representative of the original colors of the art. These images will be passed over quickly as they will not show well on the site and the artist should remember that we are trying to put on a good show for the viewers.

2. Sloppiness. We will not take images that are framed, are crooked, show backgrounds, watermarks or large and over-sized artist signatures. Yet, knowing this information, we still receive images with these issues. Even though the art is exceptional, we do not consider them for the exhibition and they are quickly rejected.

3. Incomplete or poorly written submission materials. If we receive submission forms that are incomplete, poorly written or need to updated or summarized, generally these submissions will not be used as well. We have roughly 48 hours from the deadline, to judging and then uploading and making the exhibition live. We really do not have any time to waste chasing down artists for additional detailed information and this is another reason to have your art rejected.

I cannot say that our judging criteria and our additional reasons for rejections are normal, reasonable or universally acceptable in the art world. But these are our gallery submission rules and I honestly believe that if an artist were to follow these suggestions for any art competition, they would help themselves and would get into more art exhibitions.

When entering art competitions, read and reread the theme, rules and judging criteria closely and thoroughly. If the artist cannot honestly meet the competition rules and judging criteria, they should not waste their entry fees until they can conform to that competition’s governing conditions.

But I Thought That My Art Was Pretty Good? - Post ImageEach month we receive emails from artists who thought that their art should have placed higher or received more recognition than what it actually did. They believe that there art is good and in most cases it is good art. The reason may have nothing to do with the quality of the art. The reason why it did not place higher may be one of the reasons explored below.

We estimate that at least 30 to 35% of the entries received, are not being submitted properly, thoroughly or are not showing the artist’s artwork in its best light. It is a shame, as there is some very good art that does not get in or placed higher into some exhibitions due to the manner by which the artist has submitted their art.

The following are some of the most common mistakes that we see each month. When entering any art contest, try to make sure that you are not making some of these common mistakes when entering juried art calls and juried art competitions:

1. Understand the Competition’s Theme & Allowed Media

Understand what the theme entails and be honest with yourself prior to submitting your entries. If the prospectus or rules state that the competition is for 2-dimensional art, do not submit your jewelry, sculpture or crafts. If it says no photography, do not expect the organization to provide to you an exception. There are numerous other venues and organizations who are conducting calls for your type of art.

If you have any questions or concerns about the theme or what is acceptable media, contact and discuss this with the organization’s event staff first, prior to submitting your art. You can save yourself a lot of trouble, wasted time, effort and money.

2. Apply Only to Competitions That Truly Fit Your Art

In their haste to submit, artists will sometimes miss what the organization is really after in terms of the theme or the parameters of the competition. For instance, an artist who submits their “Black and White” photography into a competition with a theme about “Bold or Bright Colors” will get rejected. I know there are people reading this who are saying “but black and white are colors too!” Yes, they are, but black and white are not in keeping with the spirit of the theme and within the scope of the show.

Many times the submitted artwork is fantastic, but again it is not what is asked for and the artist has wasted their time and money by placing their art into a competition that just is not suited for the media or for what they create.

3. Follow the Organization’s Sizing Requirements

If the competition is asking for certain size submissions in terms of pixels or inches and resolution, follow it. There is no excuse to not have the art sized properly as there are many free art editing programs that can be downloaded from or used online.

Follow the size, resolution and quality settings that this competition requires. The main reason for this is to standardize the judging process and if all of the entries are the same size (longest side of the image) and same resolution it will help the juror to make a better judgment and decision about your art.

Some art that we see entered has a very low resolution or pixel size and when this image is seen in an image viewer it is pixelated or fuzzy. When images that are small are resized to the image size that we require (1000 pixels width x 100 resolution) in many cases this will make the image unusable.

4. Provide Good Quality Images Without Frames

There are many times that we have had to choose someone else’s art over another where the quality of the image/entry was poorly presented. We see entries where the paintings have been reproduced (photographed or scanned) for presentation purposes and as submitted they are poorly cropped (where you see part of the mat, background or frame), the image may be too dark or is too light and overall the colors and contrast are out of balance.

The artist’s presentation to the gallery and the jurors should be as if they were trying to sell your art to them in person. You only get one chance to impress the juror and this is not the time to get sloppy with your art submission.

5. Provide a Biography No Matter What Your Experience

Many times we do not receive a biography with the artist’s submissions. Either the artist is too busy, is lazy or embarrassed to provide a biography. This brief amount of information could possibly help the artist in getting accepted into that show or in being placed higher. There have been times when a certain artist’s work has been accepted into the show, only to find out that they have not provided a biography. This will usually lead to the artwork not being placed as high as it should. You will notice that the top LST artists will have a biography. We suggest that you have several different sized bios ready-made and available that will help in this regard.

It takes courage for an artist to enter their work into art competitions, as they are potentially exposing their art to the possibility of rejection. Yet, it is through these competitions and being accepted into these shows that your art will be considered “serious”. Art shows and competitions are a necessary evil and it is something that all artists must go through.

In order to increase your chances of being accepted into an art competition or placing higher, follow these suggestions and Good luck!  Please read our related post titled "Maybe it is Your Presentation and Not Your Art?"

 

DO NOT SUBMIT YOUR ART THIS WAY TO ART COMPETITIONSEvery month Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery will receive entries that we simply cannot use due to the poor quality of the images submitted by the artist. Here are the top 5 art submission problems that we see every month. In this article, we will present these problems and issues, visually with example images, in a slideshow at the bottom of this post. Next to this paragraph is the post image of the Edward Hopper’s “The Long Leg” print as our example of how we (and I am sure every other serious art gallery or art organization) would like to receive any entries to our art competitions.

Below are the top 5 common presentation problems that we frequently receive:

1. Framed Images - We see images that are submitted to our gallery that are framed, crooked and not level.  Submitted images such as this will not be accepted, as it detracts from our gallery presentations and shows.

On a wall, in many cases, framing will help to establish, highlight and enhance the appearance of any art. On a website, the exact opposite is true and any framing of art will detract and take away the appearance of the art. We simply will not present art in that manner and in our rules, as well as in and throughout our submission process this fact is stated several times and in different ways.

Our main focus and goal is to have a show which not only represents the best art which was submitted to the competition but also to have art that will show well to our gallery visitors. Any images which are framed, crooked and the image lines are not level, in our opinion, is an unacceptable entry to have in any of our online art shows.

2. Images Have Hot Spots - Any images that are submitted that have highlights or overexposed “hot spots” on the image will not be used as well. This condition is caused by using a flash camera directly in front of the painting that you are trying to reproduce.

Obviously, the best solution (though it is the most expensive) is to have the art professionally scanned. However, the next best thing to do is to have the art photographed in a natural outdoor, diffused light. See our article How to Photograph Your Art the Right Way. Any images of paintings or any photographs should always be color corrected, balanced and appear as natural as possible to the original.

3. Under Exposed Images - Artists, who submit underexposed images of their art, will result in not being selected for our art shows. Besides being difficult to see, evaluate and to judge, this type of presentation of an artist’s art will not be shown to anyone who visits our website.

4. Images With Digital Markings - Art which is submitted to us which contains any digital markings on the face of the image will not be used in our shows, no matter how good that we think that the art is. Any digital marks with dates and other Metadata simply detract, not only from the art and but also from the show’s overall appearance, presentation and will not be considered to be included.

5. Images with Watermarks - Any art which is submitted with watermarks will not be used by our art gallery. Watermarks do not allow us to judge the art completely, as a watermark takes away from our goal of having the most professional and best online art show that there is on the internet. This issue also holds true for any art which contains any large artist signatures or signs. If we like the art, and believe that is “show worthy” we will try to crop it out, but if not, it is just better to submit to us the purest form of your art that there is without any watermarks.

Many artists believe that by having watermarks or large signatures on their art that this will protect them from someone stealing their art on the internet. We believe that a 1000 pixel wide x 72 resolution image (that is what any of the art on our website gets resized to for our shows) when printed will produce a 720 pixel or 7.2” wide image of rather poor quality and an image that is not worth reproducing.

If as an artist, you are afraid that someone will steal your art and then you should take all of your art off the internet right now, as I guarantee, that eventually, someone will do this to you. It just the way the internet is! However, since we all need the internet, the best thing to do is to at least make the posted art of such quality, in order to not make it worthwhile for the thief to steal.

These are submission problems that we commonly see and these examples will cause us to reject someone’s particular art. There are articles on this website that can help you improve your presentations and there are also many free programs on the internet that you can download or use that will allow you to enhance your art when submitting for any art exhibitions and art shows.

A good reproduction of your art may mean the difference between getting into an important art gallery, art exhibition or for making a sale of your art. Therefore, it is well worth the time to take to learn how to improve your art presentations and art submissions and have them done the right way.

 

"How Not to Submit" Examples Below

 

Top 5 TipsThe “juried process” is a necessary career step if an artist wants to be considered as a serious artist. In order to help build and develop their artistic resume’ artists will find it necessary to enter juried art competitions on a regular basis. By entering and being accepted into juried art competitions, this becomes a “third party” endorsement of the artist’s skill and artistic talents.

It is through juried art competitions and juried art shows that an artist’s career and professional development will progress. By successfully participating the artist will then be taken more seriously by art galleries, art buyers, and art reps. It is a progression and a process that takes time for an artist to learn and to adapt to in order to succeed.

This article will hopefully make the artist who is new to art competitions, aware of some major areas as to why their art is rejected when entering a juried show. Many times it is not the quality of the art that is being rejected but rather it something else that the artist did or did not pay enough attention to in the competition’s prospectus, rules, and underlying theme. Here are some points to consider and to be aware of when entering art juried art competitions:

1.   Apply Only to Competitions that Truly Fit Your Art.

Artists will sometimes miss what the organization is really after in terms of the theme or the parameters of the competition. For instance, an artist who submits their Black and White photography into a competition with a theme about “Bold or Bright Colors” will get rejected. I know there are people reading this who are saying “but black and white are colors too!” Yes, they are, but black and white are not in keeping with the spirit of the theme and scope of the show. We only want 2-dimensional art for our shows and we still receive pictures of sculpture, jewelry, and crafts or even videos! Many times the work is fantastic, but again it is not what we want and the artist has wasted their time and money by placing their art into a competition that just is not suited for what they create.

2.   Submit the Best Representation of the Actual Art.

What does this mean? Every month we receive entries whereby the artist has taken a picture of their art with a “point and shoot” camera. The art was not level, the camera is not perpendicular to the art, the image is under/over exposed, the background is showing, the picture frame is in the image, there are hot spots on the art and pictures are taken with reflections in the frame. It may be obvious that the art may have the potential to be good, or even exceptional, but we really cannot tell based on what was submitted.

The artist should either learn to take the images the right way (and there is a ton of information on the Internet how to do this), hire a professional to do this or take their art and have a professional scan the art. I would learn how to do this the right way as the last two suggestions are expensive.

3.   Follow the Organizations Rules & Instructions Completely.

This means that in order to have your application and submissions handled and administered properly read the application thoroughly and follow their instructions. It also, means that the application should be filled out entirely, with the correct amount of images and the image files labeled properly, according to the organization's specifications.

In many instances, files are not labeled at all. This may set the artist up for not getting their art viewed at all, as there is then the possibility that the files could get lost. For instance, for our competitions, we want the files labeled in the following manner: Artist Last Name, Entry Number, Competition Name, and Title of the art. It would look like this: Smith_1_Abstract_Title.jpg. This would allow us, at any time to locate and identify this entry. This is very important to an organization. This procedure is a simple right click on the image file and a “rename” like any other document. Take the time to do this correctly.

Also, learn how to re-size your image files according to the instructions provided for that competition. Besides an expensive program like Photoshop or Photoshop Elements, there are three other free programs http://pixlr.com/expresshttp://www.gimp.org and https://photo-editor.canva.com that are more than adequate for this purpose. Just take a few copies of images that are not important to you and begin to experiment on how these programs work. (See #5 below as it also Relates to This Subject)

4.   Try to Submit and Present Art that Relates.

By this, we mean that the art that you are entering should show a complete grasp and mastery with that particular media. As an artist, you may work within several different styles and media. Stay with one media for your entries as this is demonstrating to the judge that you do have a cohesive body of work. Your show’s entries should also relate in terms of media, color, and style, all within the scope or the theme of that particular competition.

5.   Choose the Order of the Images Submitted Carefully.

Initially, competition judges and juries will view your images (projected together) from left to right and top to bottom. However, after this initial view they will come back to that group of images from bottom to top and from right to left (the opposite direction). This is where you want to have your strongest and best work, at the bottom or the end of the group of images submitted (as this is where you want to draw the judges attention). This is also why you want to learn and master the labeling your image files properly, because you then control the order of the files, rather than by some digital random basis. (See #3 above as it also Relates to This Subject)

If you are serious about being a “serious” artist follow these tips and suggestions. After the art show opens, always try to view the art that was accepted into that show and then be as objective as possible with yourself (or have a knowledgeable art friend assist you) as to the possible reasons why your work was not accepted. It may not have been the quality of your art, but it may have been one of the other reasons, as stated above. Work on these tips and incorporate them into future submissions and your chances will go up dramatically for being accepted into your next juried art competition.

 

IMAGE RESIZING FOR NEW ARTISTSMany times we get an artist who needs help with resizing their images in order to meet the requirements for uploading. If the artist runs their computer in Windows, there is an image editing feature that they can utilize to resize their images. In Windows, this editing feature is called Paint.

Why does an artist need to learn how to resize images? Any image that you download directly from a camera or from a scan will be very large in terms of pixel size. The size of the image file is contingent upon the settings of the camera such as image quality, sensor size, and resolution. Most organizations will require exact image sizes when entering their art competitions (and there is no standard size) and it is very important to follow their instructions for the files that you are uploading to them. This article is for anyone who has never resized an image before.

As previously discussed, Paint is a feature of your Windows operating system. Paint is used primarily as a drawing tool, but we can use their features for our resizing features. Locate this program in your Start Menu and it will be in the Accessories file. Open the program (if you feel you will be using this program more in the future, you can right click and create a shortcut to your desktop).

Locate and click on the "Paint" button located on the toolbar at the top of the application, choose and click "Open". Locate your image file on your computer and then click "Open."

Locate the “Home” tab. Below that tab is the “Image” tab. Click on the toolbar, then locate and click on “Resize”. A new small window will open called “Resize and Skew”.

In the “Resize and Skew” window, check the box labeled "Maintain Aspect Ratio”.

Check the “Pixel” feature and enter the “Horizontal” and “Vertical” specific pixel sizes required for the art competition that you are entering. Then click the "OK” button.

If the resultant image is correct, then click the "Paint" button on the toolbar. Choose and click the "Save As,” button. A new box will open and ask for the type of file that you want to save. Generally, this will be “JPEG”.

Name the file differently (or name according to the organization’s file naming requirement) than the original image and click "Save”. This will complete the resizing process.

Other features that Paint will provide to you are cropping, skewing and rotating images.

One feature that is lacking is the ability to edit and alter the image resolution. If for instance you are required to upload an image of 100 DPI, you would not be able to change your current image resolution with Paint. If you feel that you are limited with this resizer tool, try performing an internet search for “free image resizer software” and see what you can find. A couple of free programs that I have used are Gimp, PicResize and Sumo Paint and provides an artist with a "Photoshop Elements" type editing program.  They have a lot of editing features and both programs have the ability to enhance images and to change the resolution of any image.

In addition, here is a great article from the Digital Photography School detailing different types of editing software http://digital-photography-school.com/tips-on-choosing-a-free-photo-editor-for-post-processing/.  

I hope that this information helps the novice when resizing an image for art competitions or prior to getting any prints made.

 

In our haste to enter art competitions, art contests, and art shows, we sometimes do not read the fine print, details and the use rights for that art show or art exhibition. Is there a downside to entering some art competitions, even if there is no entry fee? If so, what could some of the negative ramifications be for the artist?

When entering art competitions, whether online or not (the results and post-competition promotion usually ends up online in some digital form anyway) an artist may be giving up some or all of their rights to their art by simply submitting for that competition, whether they win or not! How is this so? Some art competitions, when you read the fine print of the submission rules, will declare that the artist is giving up “their right to any future rights, interests, and copyrights…” Or that the artist is “granting the Organization (event owner) the exclusive right to use…” Or further, that the artist “will not receive monetary compensation for the granting of these rights…”

What does this all mean? It means that you just gave your art away for FREE! Wait, it gets worse! In the case of an art competition where you paid an entry fee, you just paid them for the pleasure of giving your art away for FREE! This type of art competition is worse than any Email Phishing Nigerian Art Scam for an artist!

In this type of scenario, all of the participants who uploaded or sent their artwork to the organization, whether they won or not, may legally lose or abandon any ownership of their art. In some cases, depending on how the rules are written, the artist could, in the future be sued if they were ever to use that art again!

My suggestion to all artists who enter art competitions and art contests whether they are free or not is to:

1.   Read the rules thoroughly and understand the overall consequences of entering that event for them and their art.

2.  If the artist cannot understand the “legalize” in the rules, it probably is not any good for the artist and their art.

3.  If the artist needs clarification of the rules and their rights, contact the Organization’s event administrator and ask them to help. If they are a legitimate sponsor, without an agenda, they will help the artist and they will also put it in writing for the artist too.

4.  Finally, free entry fees are not always a good thing. Remember, nobody does anything for free…ever!

No matter what the compensation or promotional benefits are for winning that art contest, stay away from art competitions where you are giving up your rights, future interests and the copyright to your art. Think long-term, as you are giving up much more than what you are getting. You and your art are worth more than this and there are other ways for you to receive the recognition that you deserve. Just beware of what you are agreeing to before you do it, free entry fees do not mean free!

 

After submitting for a juried art show and being rejected, it can be quite a negative experience to the artist. Sometimes this will lead the artist to doubt their artistic talent, their technique and their overall sense of well-being.

Artists’ should understand that the decision as to who is accepted into a show is a very subjective and personal decision made by the juror(s). This decision simply means that your art was not appealing to that judge or person. It is as simple as that and nothing more. What is rejected by one juror for an exhibition might be selected by another juror and for a different show.

I have had some of my “best” images rejected for a particular show that I was sure that I was going to get into, only to be rejected. While at the same time I had those same images out to another juried competition, only to find out that I won! Why and how does this happen? It is a personal and subjective decision made by the judge for that particular show. It is really as simple as that. Possibly a different piece of art or a different style of art may have made the juror look and select your art for that show. Who knows? I do not believe that you could ever find out why your art was rejected. The bottom line is that they did not like it, for whatever personal reasons that they had at the time.

The good news is that every artist has experienced some rejection of their art and that rejection is all part of the game. When an artist is rejected for a show or by an art gallery I think it is a good time to remember why you create your art. Your art is a personal reflection and expression of you. Through your art you are communicating what is inside of you and if people are “listening” great and if not, who cares! If your sole reason for creating your art is to “get into shows” I think you need to reevaluate your reasons for creating your art.

To most artists, we love what we do and the inner joy and feeling that we get when we do, what we love to do. If some juror or judge just doesn't “get” what we do, remember, he's just not that into your art and that is nothing personal!

Don’t ever give up creating, trust yourself and create your art for you, not for some judge.

 

8 QUICK TIPS TO HELP TO GET INTO INTO MORE ART SHOWSAs an artist, in order to be taken seriously, you must  enter into juried art shows  and art competitions. Why is this? By entering and be accepted in any art competition or art show you are basically getting a “third party endorsement” of your work. What do I mean by that? The goal is for you to sell your art to another party. That other party likes your work but needs the justification to purchase your work. By having someone else of authority endorsing your work (the judge or jury of an art competition) you are providing that art buyer with the justification that what they are buying (you and your art) is exceptional and worth their purchase.

What can an artist do to increase the chance of being selected into a juried show?

1.  Understand the Theme

It is amazing how many artists do not follow or try to match the art that they are entering, into the show’s theme or by entering in the proper categories that are available for that show. I am not sure why this is, but be honest with yourself and if you cannot be objective about this, get some help. Do not enter the competition if your work does not match the theme. Save your time, effort and money.

2.  Read and Understand the Rules Thoroughly

The number one reason that artists are not accepted into shows is that they did not read or understand the rules thoroughly. Read the rules once. The read the rules a second time and highlight or underline the key parameters. Then finally read the rules once more. Check your highlight notes against the contest rules in order to understand exactly what it is that they need and require of your entry.

3.  Follow the Rules

This will sound stupid, but just follow the rules. Do not deviate from the rules. This can be anything from sizing, to resolution, to image, to quality, to framing, to artist statement, to deadlines, etc. When I first started entering into competitions I exceeded what the rules required, by sending in with my entry my bio, my resume, along with my business card and postcards from last exhibition. Guess what? They did not want that and I was rejected because I had included those materials. Entering into a show is not like school where you will get extra credit. Just follow the rules, exactly as they say to. If you do not understand something then call the appropriate person in charge to get your question answered or clarified.

4.  Enter the Maximum Amount of Pieces That You are Allowed

Try to enter as many pieces of art work as possible, as this will increase the odds of getting your art work noticed by the judges. This also helps and demonstrates to the jury that you have more outstanding pieces and an overall body of work.

5.  Provide Your Best Work Over and Over Again

I discovered that I had some artwork that most everyone liked and I saw that when I entered those pieces in a competition, I usually was accepted into the show. I then tried to use those pieces exclusively until they were no longer acceptable, due to age constraints. Think of it as “market research” as the market is telling you which pieces of art work is good, so keep on showing it whenever possible.

6.  Provide the Details but Not Any More than That

This goes along with follow the rules. Do not do or provide anything more than what the rules ask for. This will only get you rejected or noticed for the wrong reasons. The judges are usually donating their time and efforts for these competitions, do not get them to look at your work or presentation negatively.

7.  Enter As Many Shows as Possible

Enter as many shows as possible or as many as you can afford. You want to do this for a couple of reasons. First, you need to expose your art to as many people as possible. Second, you are trying to develop your resume and by entering as many shows as possible you will build your resume more quickly. Third, by entering a lot of shows, you can become more selective to the themes and the parameters of each show that will match your work more closely, thus increasing your chances of being accepted.

8.  Don’t Take it Personally If Your Art Doesn't Get In

Finally, do not get upset, rejected or think negatively about yourself and your art if you are not accepted into a show. The decision whether your art is accepted or not is a very subjective judgment from the person who is making that decision. Your art is probably as good as anyone else’s art. For whatever reason, yours was not chosen. It is as simple as that. Do not worry about it as it is not a reflection upon you, your art or anything else. Just forget it and enter another show.

It takes courage for an artist to enter their work into art competitions, as they are potentially exposing their art to the possibility of rejection. Yet, it is through these competitions and being accepted into these shows that your art will be considered “serious”. Art shows and competitions are a necessary evil and it is something that all artists must go through.

In order to increase your chances of being accepted into an art competition, follow these suggestions and Good luck!

 

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