The 34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
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Chelsea International Fine Art Competition - FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Required material

Can I send a digital image of my artwork as an entry?

Yes. All entries, without exception, must be in digital format with the following specifications:

  • 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 JPG format.
  • Each image should not exceed 5MB and should be 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 the jurors 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 include a résumé and statement with the entry?

No. We want to give everyone an equal chance, and therefore, the competition is judged solely on the basis of the artwork itself. If you are selected, we will need a biography/résumé and statement for the exhibition promotion (invitation and catalog).

Is it acceptable to submit images of several artworks or should I submit multiple views of the same artwork?

You decide what you want to submit. Either you submit images of several artworks or multiple views of the same artwork, both options are acceptable.

Entry Fee

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.

*Early Bird Submissions: Submissions received from January 27th to February 4th may include 2 additional images at no additional cost.

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 entrants 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. 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 are 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 inches (192 x 218 centimeters). Diptych, Triptych: A work made up of multiple pieces can be up to 168 inches (427 centimeters) wide, as long as each part is no larger than 75 x 85 inches (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 inches (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 x 72 x 36 inches (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.

Are numbered giclée prints accepted for the exhibition?

Giclée prints will only be accepted for digital 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 only parameters are that 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 up to 3 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.

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 competition@agora-gallery.com

Jurors

Will the judging be based on the 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 other artists?

Not at all. The jurors change between competition, as do the artists you are competing against. Don’t forget: you can also submit different images this year.

Results

How do I find out the results of the competition?

Results will be emailed to all participating artists and published online on April 16th, 2019.

Where can I see the results of previous years' competitions?

You can see the results of previous years’ competitions in here.

Awards

If I am selected to receive a monetary award, how do I receive the cash prize?

You will have the option to receive the award as a check or wired funds.

Can selected artwork be replaced if sold prior to the exhibition?

Yes, but this is pending our approval and only with artwork similar in style and medium to the selected piece.

Shipping/Insurance & Framing

How many monitors are available to artists who cannot afford to ship the original artwork?

Three monitors will be available to artists who cannot send their artwork to the gallery and on each monitor we may present up to five images of the artist work. Monitors will be provided on a first come/first serve basis and we ask selected artists to inform us as soon as they receive the results.

Am I responsible for shipping and customs?

All shipping and customs arrangements and costs are the responsibility of the selected artists. In addition we highly recommend that you insure your artwork while it is being shipped.  

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 one another, 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.  

Sales / Commissions / Copyrights

What is the commission structure on work sold?

The gallery’s commission structure is 50/50: the artist receives 50% of the list/retail price, and the gallery receives 50% 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 3 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 should I do if someone submitted my images to you without my permission?

If you believe 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
  • 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

Partners

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 carolina@agora-gallery.com


Didn’t find an answer to your question? Email us at competition@agora-gallery.com or call (212) 226-4151 extension 203.

Competition Calendar

✔Early Bird: January 27th, 2019

✔Competition Opens: February 5th, 2019

✔Entry Deadline: March 12th, 2019

✔Results Announced: April 16th 2019

Exhibition: August 10th - 20th, 2019

2016 Selected Artwork

Chelsea International Fine Art Competition - Victoria Estacio Huckins, Endless, Mixed Media, 12x12, 2016

Victoria Estacio Huckins, 'Endless', Mixed Media 12 " x 12 "

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