Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces their 5th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” Online Art Competition for the month of August 2021.  2D and 3D artists from around the world are called upon to make online submissions for possible inclusion into the Gallery’s September 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 interpretation of the “Patterns, Textures & Forms” theme. Artists are invited to submit their best representational or abstract art. 

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

Here is a link to the “Patterns, Textures & Forms” 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 (August 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 September 2021. Awards will be for top 10 places. 

Important Dates For Participating Artists

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

Winning artists (10 Overall Category Artists) of the 5th Annual “Patterns, Textures & Forms” 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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Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery announces its 19th “Solo Art Series” Online Art Competition.  The gallery will judge the Top 12 artists who have the most complete “Body of Work” to show.  From that group of 12 artists, the gallery will award 4 monthly Solo Art Exhibitions and the next 8 artists will be awarded and featured in the gallery’s Artist Showcase Section.

The first of the four Solo Art Exhibitions will begin on September 15, 2021, and each solo exhibition will run for approximately 30 days through to January 14, 2022.  The Artist Showcase features will also begin on September 15, 2021, with one of the 8 artists being shown on the 1st and 15th of each month.  The Artist Showcase content will be the artist's Solo Art Series entry package posted on the website and promoted in the gallery’s social media networks.

The gallery invites online submission of 2D and 3D art (including photography and digital art) from artists around the world for possible selection as one of the Gallery’s 4 Solo Art Exhibitions or 8 Artist Showcase Features. 

The gallery is trying to identify and promote artists who have a complete “Body of Work” to show and it encourages artists regardless of where they reside to submit their best abstract and representational art.  There is No Theme for this “Solo Art Series” Competition.

This LST Solo Art Series offers emerging artists the opportunity to showcase a full body of their artworks (from 10 to 25 images) in an individual month-long online solo art exhibition.  

For guidance as to the type and quality of art that was featured in prior shows, view our prior shows at Solo Art Series Exhibition Archives. The Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery Website also contains several “How To” articles to assist artists with their entry preparation and entry materials (See Our Helpful Articles Below).

How to Write an Effective Artist’s Biography

How to Write the Perfect Artist’s Statement

Comparing an Artist’s CV with an Artist’s Biography

Do You Have a Body of Artwork to Show? – Part 1.

Do You Have a Body of Artwork to Show? – Part 2. 

The 8 Artist Showcase artists (selected from the Solo Art Series Competition) will be promoted to over 350+ major news outlets, with inclusion on Google News & Bing News.

Important Dates for Participating Artists

Solo Art Series Competition Opens   July 13, 2021
Deadline for Receiving Entries   Sept. 05, 2021
Results Emailed to Artists & Posted    Sept. 12, 2021
First Solo Art Exhibition Opens   Sept. 15, 2021
First Artist Showcase Feature Opens    Sept. 15, 2021

Winning artists for each solo art exhibition will be promoted and circulated to over 550+ major News Outlets, Premium FOX, CBS, NBC, Affiliated Sites, Guaranteed inclusion on Google News & Bing News and Social Media Inclusion. 

The winning images will be seen by an international audience of gallery directors, art collectors, and art consultants. News of each winning artist’s participation is also emailed to the over 23,000+ subscribers. Those who subscribe to our newsletter bulletins include gallery owners, corporate art representatives, art collectors, and decision makers in the fine arts field.  

The winning entries will be featured on the Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery website for one month and then remain in the gallery’s Archives for 5 years.

Winning artists will have their art exhibition results posted and promoted on ArtWeek/ArtJobs. 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.

By having their work on the LST website, winning artists should increase exposure to their work, enhance their professional resume and create a high-quality backlink to their own website.

There will also be a video of the winning artists' artworks on the Light Space & Time YouTube Channel. The gallery’s YouTube Channel has more than 126,000+ video views and thousands of shares. 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, Event Postcard, and Press Release for their art portfolio.  

For a complete list of art exhibition promotions and benefits see our Benefits Page here.

The competitive process will encompass not only the quality and depth of the artist’s artwork but will also include an evaluation of the overall presentation of the artist’s biography and artist’s statement as included in the entry package.   The purpose of this competition from the gallery’s point-of-view to judge the artists who have a complete “Body of Work” to show. 

The requirement of a complete entry package creates an opportunity for the artist to craft and or to polish their current artist statement and artist biography.

Amateur or professional 2D and 3D artists (including photography) with or without prior group or solo art exhibition experience are encouraged to submit their entries to the Solo Art Series.  

Artists may only be selected for a solo art exhibition once in a 12 month period. After 12 months, artists may again qualify for a solo art exhibition, but only with different body of work. Artists may qualify and be selected for an Artist Showcase more than once per year, but also only with a different body of work.

Any art that was previously entered and shown on the Light Space & Time website may also be entered for the Solo Art Series.  

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Since 2010 Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery has received, processed, and judged thousands of entries for our monthly themed online art competitions. The following are the six most common mistakes made by artists that we see when entering art competitions.

Artists should avoid making these common mistakes when entering juried art calls, art competitions, and art contests:

1.  Not Understanding the Rules before Submitting Artwork

The art organization that is conducting their call for art has developed their competition rules in order to administer, process and judge the art in a thorough and systematic manner.

They have very good reasons why they want the submitted artwork to be labeled, sized and named in a certain way. The organization wants to identify and judge the best art for their competition.  As an artist, always try to understand exactly what the organization wants from their entries and then conform to their entry process.

2.  Not Understanding the Competition’s Theme & Media

Understand what the group wants from the artist for this particular competition.  If it says that they accept 2-dimensional art, do not submit 3-dimensional art or crafts. If it says no photography, do not expect the organization to provide you with an exception. There are many 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.  You can save yourself and the staff a lot of trouble, wasted time and effort by having your theme and media questions clarified.

3.  Not Understanding Judging Criteria for the Art Contest

When entering art competitions and art contests, read and reread the theme, rules and judging criteria closely and thoroughly.  If in the organization’s Competition Prospectus these questions are not spelled out thoroughly or are omitted, then it is incumbent upon the artist to get these questions and points answered.  When in doubt, call the organization and have them clarified.

If at that point, if the artist cannot honestly meet the competition rules and judging criteria, they should not waste their entry fees since they cannot conform to the competition’s governing conditions.

4.  Provide a Biography or Artist’s Statement If Required

Many art organizations want an artist biography or an artist’s statement as part of their entry package.  Prior to entering an art competition, an artist should have both a bio and artist’s statement prepared and ready to be distributed.  No matter what the artist’s experience or art education, if asked to provide these materials, artists should meet this requirement to the best of their ability. 

Well-written biographies and statements can help an artist in being accepted into a show.  The artist should have several different sized bios prepared and available to simplify this process.

5.  Failure to Follow the Art Organization’s Sizing Requirements

If the group asks for certain sized submissions in terms of pixels or inches, this should be followed. There is no excuse not to have the art sized properly as there are many free art editing programs available online. (Among others, Microsoft’s Paint Program can be used for this purpose).

Artists should always follow the size, resolution and quality settings that the organization requests. The main reason for this requirement 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 jury judge and make decisions about the art.

6.  Failure to Provide the Best Quality Images

There are many times that art organizations will choose one person’s art over another person’s because the quality of the image submitted was poor.  When paintings are photographed or scanned for presentation purposes, the image may be poorly cropped (showing part of the mat or frame), turn out too dark or too light or the colors or contrast may be out of balance.

The artist should present their work to the gallery and jurors as if they were trying to sell their 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.

There is a reason why they call it a “competition” and as an artist, you are competing with all of the other submitters for a limited number of places in that organization’s art exhibition.

Make sure your art is prepared and submitted in the way in which that organization wants your art presented. Do not give them a reason to reject your art by either not following the rules or by not providing them with art that is gallery worthy.

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