The Daily Newb – Art Competitions – Great Exposure for the Emerging Artist

Art Competitions – Great Exposure for the Emerging Artist

It’s been a few weeks since I have blogged. I have completed my marketing plan (which I will be posting soon) as well as worked on a pop art commission. But a funny thing happened…I am running into a creative block. My brain has turned to preverbal mush and I am having hard time getting the creative juices flowing again. I am trying to figure out a way to get past this creative resistance. Any ideas out there??  Or am I doomed to draw stick people for the rest of my life?

Well, that aside, I have realized that two of my favourite art competitions are coming up – The Royal Bank Canadian Painting Competition and The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition. Art competitions are a great way to expose your art to a worldwide audience. Artists may sell work, garner commissions and become part of prestigious collections. Many competitions showcase the winning work in their publications which are seen by millions of people. Art competitions also allow fellow artists the opportunity to see the works of their peers and compare their own alongside them. And if you are lucky enough to be a finalist, I think it is a great addition to your resume/cv.

Below are a few competitions that I follow and enter every year. The fees to enter are small and if you are a finalist, the exposure is incredible.

 2010 RBC Canadian Painting Competition

This is a great competition open to only emerging artists (within the first 5 years of their careers). Artwork must be on canvas or board and be comprised mainly of painted media (archival material) with dimensions up to 72”x72” and must be completed between January 1, 2009 and May 3, 2010. There is no fee to enter this competition and you may enter up to 3 works for consideration. A regional jury panel of distinguished members of the arts community will select five paintings from their regions as follows: Eastern (Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland and Labrador), Central (Ontario) and Western Canada (Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut). The three jury panels will then select one national winner and two honourable mentions from the 15 semi-finalists. The national winner will receive $25,000 and the two honourable mentions will each receive $15,000. The 15 semi-finalists will be announced June 2010 and the winners October 2010.  I entered last year and I will be entering again this year. Please read the qualifications carefully as there are a few stipulations of the work you submit. If it sounds like something you are interested in, here’s the link

Entry deadline is May 3, 2010. 

“The Evolution of Life” – This is one of the paintings I entered into the RBC competition last year.

 The Artist Magazine Annual Art Competition

This competition is open to artists anywhere in the world. Only original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant will be considered. All mediums are considered except sculpture and computer generated artwork. There are 5 categories to compete in – Portraits/Figures – Still Life/Floral – Landscape/Floral – Abstract/Experimental – Animal/Wildlife. Winners will be featured and finalists’ names will be published in the December 2010 issue of The Artist’s Magazine. Five first place awards, each receiving $2,500. There is a fee of $15US(students) and $25US (all other applicants) for each piece of artwork you submit. Winners will be contacted August 1, 2010. The Artist’s Magazine is published 10 times/year and is distributed worldwide. Finalists of this competition will receive incredible exposure. I entered this one last year and will again this year. Here’s the link if you wish to check it out

Deadline is May 3, 2010

 “Twilight” – I entered this painting in last years Artist’s Magazine competition.

 International Emerging Artist’s Competition – Summer 2010

Visual Overture Magazine introduces emerging artists to galleries, curators, and collectors. They are now accepting submissions for the Summer 2010 edition. International emerging artists of any field are invited to apply. Juror and art critic, Kathy Stockman, will select 7 artists for feature in publication. Selected artists are presented on two pages of magazine and receive 3 complimentary copies of issue in which they are featured. This is an excellent opportunity for under-represented artists to connect with galleries, curators, and collectors. All types of media are accepted including sculpture. You can submit 3-6 images of your work for consideration. There is a fee of $17 per artist. This will be the first year I enter this competition. Here’s the link if you would like to check it out Scroll down to the middle of the page and you find submission qualifications and a link to submit your artwork.

Deadline is April 1, 2010.

“A Goddess in Elegance” – This may be one of the 3 I enter into this year’s International Emerging Artist’s competition.

 The Art

If art competitions are your thing, check out They not only offer links to art contests and competitions but to art exhibitions and other opportunities for artists. They offer a free monthly newsletter as well as a Premium paid service which provides a more detailed search with contact info, etc. It costs $27US/year.  Check them out at

Do you have any competitions you can add to the list? How do you feel about art competitions? Do you enter them regularly? Have you ever been a finalist?


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