Frequently Asked Questions - The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition?
The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is a renowned contemporary art contest
that has been juried by prominent museum curators and experts. This international
contemporary art event offers awards, visibility, exposure to the New York art market
and participation in a vibrant group show.
- When is the competition entry deadline?
The competition entry deadline is March 18, 2014.
When will the competition open?
The competition is scheduled to open on February 11, 2014.
- 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
- Who is the juror?
The juror changes with each exhibition. Each selected juror is an influential voice
in the New York art world. Check our guidelines section to see this year’s juror.
- How will I know if my entry has arrived and been entered in the competition?
You will receive an email confirmation for your entry. If you do not receive a confirmation
within 24 hours please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- How do I find out the results of the competition?
All artists will be emailed and the results will be published online.
- Where can I see the results of previous years' competitions?
You can see the results of previous years' competitions here.
- English is not my native tongue. Does your staff speak additional languages?
- How much does it cost to enter the competition?
There is a $35 entry fee for up to 5 images; $5 for each additional image.
- Can I send the competition fee in cash?
NO - The competition fee may only be paid by Paypal, Credit Card, Money Wire, Checks(U.S.
banks only) or Money Orders. PLEASE DO NOT USE WESTERN UNION.
- 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 you entry.
- Can I send the competition fee by Western Union?
- Will Agora Gallery artists have to pay the entry fee?
Yes - an independent juror will curate the competition.
- To whom should I address the check?
The competition fee may be paid by check drawn on a US bank. Please make your check
payable to "Agora Gallery".
- Can I pay the entry fee by debit card?
- Aside from the entry fee for the contest, will there be additional charges?
If an artist is selected for the exhibition he/she will be responsible for all shipping
charges to and from Agora Gallery.
What To Enter
- Can I upload a PDF file of my entire portfolio?
No. We only accept JPG images.
- 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. We need all entries to be in JPG format.
- 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 flat bed scanner.
- How important is the quality of the 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.
- I was not selected in the last competition. Does that mean that my chance to be selected
is lower than the other artists?
No. There are 3 factors that effect the results and they change each year:
- Artists have the opportunity to submit different images.
- The artists you
are competing against change with each competition.
- The juror who judges the
competition changes every competition.
- 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 we can wire funds.
- Is sculpture eligible for the competition?
Yes. For a sculpture entry, we recommend that your photograph shows the work from
more than one angle.
- Should I include a resume and statement with the entry?
You don’t have to. We want to give an equal chance to everybody and therefore the
competition is judged solely from visuals - if you are selected we will need a biography/resume
and statement for the exhibition promotion. You may add your statement and bio to
the entry form.
- Is digital work accepted?
Digital artwork will be accepted on the condition that if selected for the exhibition
the artwork must be printed on high quality paper or canvas and framed. When sending
the images you must let us know what the framed dimensions will be.
- 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
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 participating artwork must be available for sale.
- 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.
- Can I submit multiple views of the same piece?
Yes, you can add up to 4 additional views per image, making 5 in total, 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.
- Will the judging be based on actual artwork or will it be based on the images that
Judging will be done based only on image files in JPG format.
- 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
- 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.
- Do you accept installations for the competition?
No, installations are not accepted.
- If you are selected to participate in the exhibition, your artwork must be framed
Stretched work must be gallery wrapped.
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.
- Selected artists are responsible for all arrangements and cost of shipping to and
from the gallery and for insuring the artwork while it is in transit.
- Do you arrange the customs entrance of the work being shipped?
No, if you are selected to take part in the exhibition then you will have to arrange
it. Most shipping companies can take care of this for you.
Insurance in transit: Agora Gallery, its officers and agents will not bear liability
for any loss or damage to any work while in transit to or from the gallery – you
should arrange insurance with the shipping company when sending your artwork.
While on our premises - Your artwork will be insured while it is on our premises
to a maximum value of up to $10,000 per artwork.
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 at the competition
exhibition go to a local charitable organization.
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.
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