Artistic Excellence Extended Offer


Special offer for our Artist Daily community.

You have a chance to enter Southwest Art’s 2012 Artistic Excellence Competition, win cash, gain valuable exposure for your work and receive 10% off your entry fee.
Just enter the code AD1012 upon checkout process and your discount will be taken right there.

But hurry, this offer won’t last long.


The 13 winning artists will be published in the December 2012 issue of Southwest Art and on our website. PLUS one lucky winner will be chosen for that issue’s cover art. All winners and finalists will receive a certificate suitable for framing.

First Place Award: $2,000
Second Place Award: $1,000
Third Place Award: $500
10 Honorable Mentions: $100 worth of North Light Books


The contest is open to artists in the U.S. and abroad. All works must be original. Compositions based on published material or other artists’ work are NOT considered original and are not eligible. Paintings based on another person’s photograph (even if it’s copyright-free) are NOT eligible. Employees or associates of F+W Media, Inc., or their immediate families may not enter. Southwest Art reserves the right to reject work deemed unsuitable for publication or that does not meet above criteria.

You may enter online or submit via regular mail. All mailed digital files must be accompanied by an Official Entry Form. There is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. If entering by mail, please include a separate sheet that gives the title, medium (oil, watercolor, etc.) and dimensions of each image. There are no limitations to the mediums or dimensions of the art. The file names of the images on the CD must match the titles on the sheet. Please save all images in jpg format.

If your work is selected as a winner, we may contact you about sending a high-res replacement. Incomplete entry forms and information sheets, and improperly marked CDs will be disqualified.

FEES AND PAYMENT: All entries are $25 per image. A credit card number and signature, check or money order for the required jury fee (in U.S. funds drawn on a U.S. bank) must accompany your entry. There will be a $10 charge for returned checks or declined credit cards. Credit cards will be charged within 90 days of contest deadline. Charge will appear as “F+W Contests.”

MATERIALS: CDs will not be returned (so have a duplicate made for your own files). Southwest Art will not be responsible for the loss, damage or return of any CDs submitted to the competition.


Click here to enter online

Click here to download and print an entry form

ATTN: Competitions Dept.
Southwest Art-Artistic Excellence
8469 Blue Ash Road, Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45236

DEADLINE: August 17, 2012

Award winners will be chosen by the magazine staff. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged.

All winners will be notified by October 1, 2012. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in Southwest Art (December 2012 issue). Non-winning entrants will not be individually notified of the results. Your cancelled check or credit-card charge will be notification for receipt of your entry.


Occasionally we make portions of our customer list available to other companies so they may contact you about products and services that may interest you. If you prefer we withhold your name, send a note with your name, address and the competition name to: List Manager, F+W Media, Inc., 10151 Carver Road, Suite 200, Blue Ash, Ohio 45242


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