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The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition Celebrates 33 Years of Extraordinary Art and Artists

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an ideal way to gain valuable exposure for your artwork and exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes, the 2018 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 of their careers. Artists are invited to submit in any of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, 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.

“The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is one of the most established prominent international competition today. Juried by a panel of experts in the contemporary art world, the competition provides artists working in all media an opportunity to be seen and to possibly be showcased in the most relevant art market in the world. Come join our family of artists and share your work with art experts who recognize real talent when they see it!”

-Angela Di Bello, Executive Director, Agora Gallery


Discover the valuable art prizes offered by the 2018 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. Prize levels include cash awards and valuable international exposure in ARTisSpectrum Magazine and ARTmine.com.


Read the competition guidelines to see if you are eligible to enter, and learn how to enter.


 Meet the jurors, a rotating panel of influential voices in the art world that includes creators, critics, curators, and gallerists.


 See the results from past competitions.


 Meet the partners who support the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, making a significant contribution to the art community and aiming to better the world at large.

Artist Testimonials

“Before entering the gallery, I experienced an OMG! moment, when I saw that one of my works was selected for the outdoor display poster. Once inside, my feelings were a little vague at first. Even standing there, in the space, I was still trying to absorb the fact that my artwork was being exhibited in a New York gallery. Then I felt honored, humbled, and delighted, all at the same time. I was very impressed with the thoughtfulness in which the work was displayed. The whole show looked great!.” 

                                                                                     -Rosanne Wolfe, United States, 2017 Selected Artist

“I was impressed by the prizes on offer. They were different and I felt having work exhibited in the heart of the art world, Chelsea, New York City, was a particularly valuable opportunity as an emerging artist. I entered at the last minute and I'm so pleased I did.”

                                                                                                 -Emily Jones, Australia, 2017 Selected Artist

“I felt touched and proud. It's an honour that my work was shown together with a group of talented artists.”

                                                                                                 -M Y Yip, United States, 2017 Selected Artist

“I consider it has been an important step forward in my career as an artist. Having been selected out of so many international artists contributes to increasing the value of my work.”

                                                                                              -José María Peña, Spain, 2017 Selected Artist

“Mi confianza en mí como artista se ha intensificado y seguiré intentando seguir esta ruta.”

-Kaethe Haase Kornstein, Germany, 2016 Selected Artist

“I had visited Agora Gallery two years ago and was very impressed with the gallery and the quality of the art on show. I remember thinking everything seemed 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 artwork in the Agora Gallery. The way the art was displayed seemed very professional and done with care. It was great to be part of the crowd of international artist’s 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 SchroederUnited 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...two 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 forty 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


Competition Calendar

✔Early Bird: Jan 29, 2018

✔Competition Opens: Feb 6, 2018

✔Entry Deadline: March 12, 2018

✔Results Announced: April 23, 2018

Exhibition: Aug 14–25, 2018

2017 Selected Artwork

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Holly Wilson, 'The Detonation of Exuberant Spangle',
Sculpture, 28" x 66" x 32"

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