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 Judging Criteria for Our Juried Art Contest

 All visual Artist can enter. Mixed media are acceptable, unless medium is specified. Certain restrictions apply. Non-permissible submissions are Photography only images.

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  • Artist’s Written Theme Article

  • Artwork Images insert the Artist name, Title, Medium, Dimensions

  • Image size criteria: Resolution 72 to 96 pixel minimum, 1000 by 1000 pixel maximum image file size 2.6MB

Questions that one may asked themselves:

  • What defines you as an Artist?

  • What’s your story?

  • What inspires you to create?

  • What is your pivotal point of interest?

  • What origin sparked your interest in art?

  • Is art the motivator to delightfully wake up encapsulating the moment? Joie de Vie!

  • Do artists need to be both an entrepreneur and an artist?

  • What is your favourite style of art? And Why?

  • What materials do you use?

  • What are your favourite art supplies for traveling?

We are excited and looking forward to your participation and get to know your story and aspiration.

Artwork Submission Criteria:

Some Artists query over judging criteria that we use for our art contest. We will try to explain here what we are looking for when we judge an artist’s submission for one of our Contests.

First, let us say that our ultimate objective is to have an “entertaining” and interesting art display galley for our viewers. The selected contestant will be based on the art that 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 within that category contest.

There are times, based on the category medium, the amount 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 based on the entries. Otherwise, we try to display a broad representation of artistic form, style and media in the hope that this will provide to the viewer an enjoyable experience.

Artwork submitted to our contests, they will be judged based on the following elements of artistic expression:

1. Interpretation and clarity of the themed written article and artwork to the viewer.

2. Creativity and originality of the depicted themed written article and artwork.

3. Quality of artistic composition and overall design based on the themed written article.

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?

5. Overall Presentation. What is the effect in general and as a whole? Is it professionally presented; Unframed Gallery wrapped canvas, is the canvas professionally finished around the edges?

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

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

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 gallery exhibit and quickly rejected.

3. Incomplete or poorly written submission materials. If we receive submission forms that are incomplete, poorly written or need to be 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.

We 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 we 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 exhibits opportunities.

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 (if applicable) until they can conform to that competition’s governing conditions.

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