The 31st Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
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The 31st competition exhibition was scheduled from August 11th to August 23rd 2016.

Competition Reminder

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Celebrates 32 Years of Extraordinary Art and Artists

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an ideal way to gain valuable exposure for your artwork, increase your confidence, and exhibit your talent to a wider audience.  The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an excellent opportunity to foster your talent and develop the resume of a successful, professional artist.

With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes the 2017 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an event not to be missed.

The competition is open to visual artists from around the world at any stage in their careers. Artists are invited to submit in any of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, printing, mixed media, and print.  Art submitted to the competition will be reviewed by a panel of expert jurors, each representing a different field in the art world, ensuring a fair and balanced judgment process.

Agora Gallery’s director, Angela Di Bello, offers the following advice to artists: “The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a wonderful way to keep your artwork in front of important museum curators and art experts. Stay connected to the international art scene through competitions, let others see your work, and have your work create a dialogue with other artists.”


Discover the valuable art prizes offered by the 2017 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.


Read the competition guidelines to see if you are eligible to enter, and learn about the process to submit.


The jurors are a rotating panel of influential voices in the art world ranging from creators, critics, curators and gallerists. Come and meet them 


See the results from past competitions. 


The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is supported by partners who help to make a significant contribution to the art community and aim to better the world at large.

Artist Testimonials

“My confidence in me as an artist has intensified and I will continue to try to go this route.
Kaethe Haase Kornstein - Germany - 2016 Selected Artist

“I had visited Agora Gallery two years ago, was very impress with the quality of art work exhibited and the gallery. I remember thinking everything seem so right. I also checked some references and everyone had glowing remarks, so I entered the competition.”
Cecil Gresham Sr - United States - 2016 Selected Artist

“It was very overwhelming to see my art work in the Agora Gallery. The way the art was displayed seem very professional and with care. It was great to be part of the crowd of international artist brought together for this fine art competition.”
Liz Walinski - Germany - 2016 Selected Artist

“I felt proud and excited to be part of such a fine group of artists and so pleased that each artist was so thoughtfully displayed!”
Diane Schroeder - United States - 2016 Selected Artist

“It simply felt ‘right’ and I was intrigued and appreciative of the international aspect. I couldn’t have been more happy to see my work shown along with such an extraordinary group of artists!”
William Vollers - United States - 2015 Selected Artist

“I decided to enter when I saw that there were seven jurors from four different countries. This seemed important to me since I felt that the number of diverse jurors would mean fair adjudication of everyone's work...I have painted for many years and exhibited many times, but I never felt confident to call myself an artist. Now I feel that I can do so.”
Patti Fontaine - Canada - 2015 Selected Artist

“Upon seeing my work displayed at Agora I was proud to be part of such a high quality and diverse exhibition...Winning the competition has affirmed my confidence in my works and direction as an artist. It has also made me realise that you need to seize the opportunities and engage with a broader artistic community.”
Sue Howard - Australia - 2015 Selected Artist

“I have taken part in many galleries, but I must confess that the professionalism that the Agora staff has shown, did not, in my view, have an equal...It is my intention to enter the competition again and again, as I consider it an opportunity that need not be missed.”
Madiha Abdo - United Kingdom - 2015 Selected Artist

“This was the first time that my artwork was exhibited outside Canada. Considering that 2 pieces were sold and the positive feedback that I received boosted my confidence in what I am doing.”
Renée De Gagné - Canada - 2014 Selected Artist

“Winning the competition allowed me to feel more confident in my work, and increased my exposure in the art world. I have nothing but praise for the competition staff and the staff at Agora Gallery. It was the best experience I’ve ever had in any gallery. I would love to enter again and have recommended the competition to many artists.”
Ed Moret - United States - 2013 Selected Artist

“To see my work displayed on the walls of your gallery was validating on so many levels. I have been doing art for more than 40 years and I couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of satisfaction, joy, accomplishment, and personal honor. Thank you for that opportunity… Winning the competition has fueled my passion and inspired me to work harder. It has also provided me with distinction as a professional fine artist.”
Doug DePice - United States - 2012 Selected Artist

“It was a pleasure to participate in the 2011 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. It was the second time I took part and I was very proud to be selected this time. It was amazing to have the chance to show my artwork in the Agora Gallery and it was a great feeling to be a New York City exhibited artist. It has motivated me to work even harder and to go my own way in my abstract painting.”
Ilse Bormann - Germany - 2011 Selected Artist

“My experience with Agora Gallery has been very positive. Although I could not attend the exhibition itself for reasons of travel, everything related to the exhibition has been very professional throughout. Working with a gallery like this is always a help to the creative work of a photographer.”
Jose A. Gallego - Spain - 2010 Selected Artist

Time is running out

To Enter the Competition

Competition Calendar

Competition Opens: Feb 1, 2017

Entry Deadline: Feb 21, 2017

Results Announced: Mar 20, 2017

Exhibition: Aug 19 - 30th 2017

Maeghan Reid

Assistant Director, Agora Gallery

"The competition provides a stage to captivate experts and critics with creative and original work."

2016 Selected Artwork


Anna Ryman, Motherfish,
Paintings 32" x 32"

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