Frequently Asked Art Contest Questions
How will I know if my entry has been successfully submitted?
You will receive an email confirmation of your entry. If you do not receive confirmation within 24 hours please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
English is not my native tongue. Does your staff speak additional languages?
Can I send a digital image of my artwork as an entry?
Yes. All entries, without exception, must be in digital format. Each image must be at least 72 dpi and 200 KB. The shortest side of the image must be at least 338 pixels. All entries must be made in JPG format. Please make sure that each image does not exceed 5MB and is smaller than 7500 x 7500 pixels.
How do I get a digital image of my artwork?
You can hire a professional photographer, or you can photograph the art yourself with a digital camera. You may also scan your artwork directly or from a photograph using a flatbed scanner.
How important is the quality of the artwork photograph I send?
Image quality is very important. This is the only exposure to your artwork that the juror will have, and a poor representation such as a blurred image, or one affected by glare, dim lighting or unnecessary background objects will reduce your chances of being selected.
Should I enter artwork that shows the different styles that I can create or should I keep the art to one style?
You should try to keep your entries to the same style.
Should I include a resume and statement with the entry?
No – we want to give an equal chance to everybody and therefore the competition is judged solely on the basis of artwork itself. If you are selected we will need a biography/resume and statement for the exhibition promotion (invitation and catalog).
How much does it cost to enter the competition?
There is a $45 entry fee for up to 5 images; $5 for each additional image. Note that once you have paid, your entry is complete, and you will be unable to make changes or submit additional images to your complete and paid entry.
Are entry fees refundable?
Entry fees are only refundable if you have paid by credit card and an error on our part prevents you from submitting your entry.
What methods of payment do you accept?
We accept PayPal and the following credit cards: MasterCard, Visa, Diners, American Express, Discover, JCB and Unionpay.
Will artists represented by Agora Gallery have to pay the entry fee?
Yes. The competition is not juried by Agora Gallery and participation in the competition is not included in Agora Gallery’s representation. All artists must pay the entry fee.
Aside from the entry fee for the contest, will there be additional charges?
If an artist is selected for the collective exhibition award he/she will be responsible for all shipping charges to and from Agora Gallery. Some selected artists will receive free shipping as part of the award. All other selected artists are responsible for all arrangements and costs connected to shipping to and from the gallery and for insuring the artwork while it is in transit.
Guidelines and Eligibility
Is there an age requirement?
Yes. All entrants must be at least 18 years of age.
Can I enter if I don't live in the United States?
Yes, the competition is open to artists anywhere in the world, and all receive equal consideration.
Which media is not eligible for the competition?
Video art, film, performance art, jewelry and crafts are not eligible.
What are the dimensional limitations of the actual artwork?
2-Dimensional Work – Each piece can be no larger than 75″ x 85″ (192 x 218 centimeters).
Diptych, Triptych – A work made up of multiple pieces can be up to 168″ (427 centimeters) wide, as long as each part is no larger than 75″ x 85″ (192 x 218 centimeters).
3-Dimensional Work – The maximum size for a work that is preassembled (arrives as one piece) is 72″ x 72″ x 24″ (184 x 184 x 61 centimeters). The maximum size for work that is comprised of multiple parts to be assembled in the gallery is 72″H x 72″W x 36″D (184 x 184 x 92 centimeters ).
Can artwork that is not for sale be considered for the competition?
No – all submitted artwork must be available for sale.
Can I submit multiple views of the same piece?
Yes, you can add up to five (5) total views per image, without additional charge. This applies to both 3-Dimensional and 2-Dimensional works.
Are numbered Giclee prints accepted for the exhibition?
Giclee prints will only be accepted for digital art and photographic art.
Is there a time frame in which the work must have been produced?
There is no time frame in which the work must have been created. The work must be available during the competition exhibition dates, and must be available for sale.
Is collaborative work accepted?
Collaborative work is accepted as long as the collaboration does not exceed two people.
Is kinetic work accepted?
Kinetic work can be accepted – however we are not set up to accept mpeg or QuickTime files – please send a few JPG files of your work.
Is miniature sculpture accepted?
Miniature sculpture is accepted; however, if the work is chosen, the artist is responsible for the installation, with the work protected in a Plexiglas box during the exhibition.
What if someone submitted images of my artwork to the competition without my permission?
If you believe that your work has been posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information: an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; a description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website; your address, telephone number, and email address; a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law and a written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to us is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
Who are the jurors?
The jurors change with each competition. Each selected juror is an influential voice in the art world. Meet our panel of jurors.
Will the judging be based on actual artwork or will it be based on the images that are sent?
Judging will be done based only on image files in JPG format.
I was not selected in the last competition. Does that mean that my chance of being selected is lower than the other artists?
Not at all. The jurors change between competition, as do the other artists you are competing against. Don’t forget, you can also submit different images this year.
How do I find out the results of the competition?
Results will be emailed to all participating artists and published online on April 2, 2015.
Where can I see the results of previous years' competitions?
You can see the results of previous years’ competitions here.
If I am selected to receive a monetary award, how do I receive the cash prize?
It will be paid in the form most convenient to the artist. The artist can receive a check or wired funds.
Can selected artwork be replaced if sold prior to the exhibition?
- Yes, pending our approval, and only with artwork similar in style and medium to the selected one.
What is the total value of the awards? Please provide a breakdown
Prize Value per
Free artworks shipping for 3 artists $3,000 3 $9,000 Gallery Representation $6,850 3 $20,550 Collective Exhibition $2,100 30 $63,000 Profile in AS $1,200 3 $3,600 Cash $1,000 5 $5,000 Press releases $170 10 $1,070 $102,170
Shipping/Insurance & Framing
Three (3) artists will receive free shipping as part of the award. All other selected artists are responsible for all arrangements and costs connected to shipping to and from the gallery and for insuring the artwork while it is in transit.
If I am selected for the representation package which includes free shipping do I have to pay for insuring the artwork in transit? Will I need to pay for anything?
The free shipping covers the costs involved with the shipping of your artwork to the gallery and back to you in case the work is not sold during the exhibition. We will coordinate with you all the shipping details and determine which shipping company we will use but it will be your responsibility to pack your artwork and make sure it is insured during transit. Meanwhile you are welcome to watch this informative video:http://www.agora-gallery.com/advice/how-to-safely-pack-your-paintings
Do you arrange the customs entrance of the work being shipped?
- No, if you are selected to take part in the exhibition you will have to arrange customs clearance. Most shipping companies can take care of this for you.
If I am selected for the exhibition do I need to frame or stretch my artwork?
If you are selected, your work must be framed or stretched. You are responsible
for the cost of this if the work arrives to the gallery unframed/unstretched.
Framed work must be framed in a similar manner – the frames do not have to be identical but they must be very similar – keep in mind that works are usually displayed one next to the other and using different types of frames will distract the viewers. It is your responsibility to make sure that your artwork is adequately wired and ready to hang.
What is the commission structure on work sold?
The gallery’s commission structure is 70/30: the artist receives 70% of the list/retail price and the gallery receives 30% of the list/retail price. In addition, 15% of Agora Gallery proceeds from the sale of artwork from the competition exhibition go to a charitable organization.
When can I expect payment for artwork sold during the competition exhibition?
You will be paid within three weeks after Agora Gallery receives full payment for the sold artwork.
If the artwork doesn't sell, will it be returned to the artist?
Yes. The artwork is the property of the artist and will be returned at the end of the exhibition if it is not sold. The artist is responsible for paying for the return shipping of the artwork.
What to do if someone submitted your images to us without your permission?
If you believe that your work has been copied and posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information: an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; a description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website; your address, telephone number, and email address; a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner or its agent and a written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to us is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.
Which art organizations are sponsoring the art competition?
For a complete list of our sponsors/partners please visit our partners page.
How can I become a sponsor/partner for the competition
If you are interested in sponsoring the competition or being a partner please contact us at email@example.com