Not Created Equal

Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting by Artemisia Gentileschi, oil on canvas, circa 1630.
Self-Portrait as the Allegory of Painting
by Artemisia Gentileschi,
oil on canvas, circa 1630.

Enter art contests that are a cut above the rest. Not all art competitions are created equal. There are some that are themed art contests, and others are more open-ended about narrative. One art competition could have an open call for artists, and another could require its participants to submit work for evaluation before even being considered for judging.

There are drawing competitions as well as painting competitions. Some can be online and others can result in an actual exhibition of the prize-winning work. One could be a free art contest and another could have a fee attached to it.

Whew! That is a lot of ground to cover and a lot to consider in terms of where you should focus your time and energy. Now, I’m only one person, but I do know that Southwest Art magazine has a history of strong competitions that can give artists a lot of decent coverage and exposure.

Self-Portrait by Jacek Malczewski, oil on canvas, 1892.
Self-Portrait by Jacek Malczewski, oil on canvas, 1892.

Right now, Southwest Art is having their Artistic Excellence Art Competition, in which emerging and established artists are being showcased. Prizes include having your art featured on the magazine’s cover, cash prizes, and tons of art books from North Light publishing.

The deadline to enter is August 17, so look around your studio and pick out a painting or drawing that you’ve been waiting to showoff in a big way. And if you are hesitating—consider that right now all Artist Daily community members receive 10% off your entry fee! How sweet is that?

My particular interest in the Artistic Excellence Art Competition is that I truly think that when you demand excellence from yourself, the universe rewards you. Sounds a little New Age, but it has always been true for me and I have a feeling it is true for you and your art. So consider entering the Artistic Excellence Art Competition and reap rewards for the excellence I know you strive for in your painting and drawing. Good luck!

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About Courtney Jordan

  Courtney is the editor of Artist Daily. For her, art is one of life’s essentials and a career mainstay. She’s pursued academic studies of the Old Masters of Spain and Italy as well as museum curatorial experience, writing and reporting on arts and culture as a magazine staffer, and acquiring and editing architecture and cultural history books. She hopes to recommit herself to more studio time, too, working in mixed media.   

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