GALLERY RING -- Online Art Contests and Exhibitions

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JUNE 2024




Artist Eligibility
- must be 18 years or older
- can be emerging or established
- must be able to communicate in English or Spanish

- $20.00 US for up to 2 artworks
- artist can pay and submit as many times as desired
- fee is NOT refundable (even if made in error) and does NOT guarantee selection (only four artists will be chosen)

- two-dimensional work is eligible (paintings, drawings, photography, digital, mixed-media, print work, collage and similar media)
- three-dimensional work and video is ineligible (sculpture, jewellery, crafts, fabric, wearable art and similar media)

Gallery Ring looks for originality, mastery of medium, strong overall design and composition and a solid, arresting impression and intention in each artwork.

There isn't any theme for this contest.  The subject matter is the choice of the artist.  All artistic styles are welcome from realistic and traditional to abstract and experimental.


***An Artist Statement is written in the first person and explains the purpose, inspiration and meaning etc, behind the artwork - it comes straight from the heart of the artist.  It is NOT a Biography which details the life story of the artist.***

- recommended but not required
- maximum 100 words
- will not be a factor in the jurying process but will be published if the artist is selected
- will be edited for grammatical and structural corrections or if the word limit is exceeded
- would be preferable if it is written about the specific piece(s) submitted for this contest

Image requirements
- only 1 artwork and 1 frontal viewpoint per image is permissible
- cannot exceed 2MB
- in jpg format (do NOT send PNG)
- files MUST be labeled -  LAST NAME - Title of Art.jpg  (example WILLIAMS - Cat on Couch.jpg)
- cropped tightly to show only the artwork (frames, mats, background, watermarks are unacceptable)
- clear, without glare and in focus

The following four distinctions will be awarded each month:
-  RUBY Artist of the Month
-  SAPPHIRE Artist of the Month
-  EMERALD Artist of the Month
-  CRYSTAL Artist of the Month

***only four artists will be selected - there will NOT be a group exhibition***

In the interest of fairness and increased chances for artists, artworks that are not selected will be retained and circulated again
amongst the submissions for continued consideration in future ARTISTS OF THE MONTH contests.

These four titles do not indicate any superiority over each other, such as 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place, rather they are equal but different.  (they will be featured in random order)  Each jewel has its own distinctive personality and brilliance, which is matched to the artwork that is most suited to it in character, mood and presence according to the insight and sensitivity of the juror.

Award Winners will receive:
-  an "Artist of the Month" title  (example: Wendy Simmons is the Sapphire Artist of October)
- artwork will be featured in a slide show on the Home Page of Gallery Ring's website for approximately one month — the slide show will link to the ARTISTS OF THE MONTH page which includes artist statements (if applicable) and contact information
-  a digital Award Certificate
-  a digital Award Page (pdf) announcing the achievement — which is ideal for their artist portfolios and for sharing the news on websites, clientele newsletters and social media outlets
-  promotion on Gallery Ring's Instagram, newsletter and on
- automatic entry into the respective ARTIST OF THE YEAR Event

*** if the artist's work was not selected, he or she can submit the same work again as often as desired - the overall number, quality and style of submissions will change with each contest, however it is very likely the same juror as before will be making the selections again ***

*** if an artist wins, he or she can submit again for more contests - there isn't a limit on how many times an artist can hold the distinction of Artist of the Month ***

Notification of Results
-  only the four winning artists will be notified of the results

-  artwork does not have to be for sale  
-  Gallery Ring does not handle sales of art or take a commission but will direct inquiries to the artist

Newsletter Subscription
-  upon submission, artists will be automatically added to Gallery Ring's email list and will receive future announcements and newsletters  
-  if the artist prefers not to be on this list, he or she can send an email and ask for removal

- once the submission deadline has been reached, no image substitutions or changes will be permitted
- all artwork MUST BE ORIGINAL and not done with the help of teachers or be copied from work by other artists or photographers
- work that is offensive, violent, vulgar, distasteful, frightening or negative in any way against humans or animals is unacceptable
- all decisions regarding exhibitions and winners are final
- all selected artwork must remain in the exhibition for the entire duration - early withdrawals are not permitted
- artists' contact information will not be shared with any external parties or groups
- Gallery Ring reserves the right to cancel, extend or change exhibition dates at any time

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