The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition



$24,000 in cash prizes plus publication in The Artist’s Magazine.



The Artist’s Magazine’s Annual Art Competition wants to honor your most outstanding work. If your art is deserving of being celebrated in the pages of The Artist’s Magazine, enter today!

Winning submissions will be discovered by fellow artists, art professionals and art lovers in a wide variety of settings:

  • Winners’ names and work will be featured and finalists’ names published in the December 2015 issue.
  • 9 finalists will be showcased in the magazine’s “Competition Spotlight” feature.
  • 12 finalists will be featured as “Artist of the Month” on our website.
  • The work of 12 finalists will be offered on our website as desktop wallpaper.

Win your work the recognition it deserves — and up to $2,500 cash.






More than $25,000 in cash and prizes!

5 First Place Awards: $2,500 each
5 Second Place Awards: $1,250 each
5 Third Place Awards: $750 each
15 Honorable Mentions: $100 each

Plus, the Student/Beginner Division (for artists age 16 or over who (1) have been enrolled in a post-high school art program for no more than six years OR (2) have pursued art on their own or in workshops/lessons for no more than six years):

5 First Place Awards: free subscription to ATV for 1 year ($199 value)+ two free ANU courses
5 Second Place Awards: free subscription to ATV for 1 year ($199 value) + one free ANU course
5 Third Place Awards: free subscription to ATV for 1 year ($199 value)

Award Winners in the Student/Beginner division will be featured in the January/February 2016issue of The Artist’s Magazine.

PLUS all Award Winners and Honorable Mentions receive a 1-year membership to the NorthLight VIP Program, which includes a one-year subscription to The Artist’s Magazine.

All entrants will receive FREE access to an exclusive, live 60-minute webinar (a $59 value) presented by Lori McNee, exhibiting member of Oil Painters of America and one of the most influential artists and powerful women on Twitter. During the webinar, Building Your Online Presence, Lori will teach you about Social Media and Blogging and how it all works together.


Portrait and figure entries can be individuals or groups, and will be judged on expressiveness and draftsmanship.

Portrait/Figure Juror: Daniel E. Greene 


Still Life/Interior
Entries will be judged on overall design, unique arrangement of subject matter, handling of medium, lighting and mood.

Still Life/Interior Juror: Sherri McGraw


Any landscape, from city scenes to imaginary horizons, will be judged on the creative use of form, space, lighting and mood.

Landscape Juror: Stephen Quiller


With unlimited subject matter, entries will be judged on creative use of design, texture, media, lighting or special techniques.

Abstract/Experimental Art Juror: Betsy Dillard Stroud


Any animal in any setting is fair game for this category. Entries will be judged on the innovative handling of the subject, the expression and rendering.

Animal/Wildlife Art Juror: John Seerey-Lester




ELIGIBILITY: The competition is open to artists anywhere in the world working in traditional media. Only two-dimensional, original artwork, conceived and created by the entrant, will be considered. Two-dimensional means that a mixed media cannot exceed an inch in depth. “Original” means that if a painting is based on photos, the photos were taken by the artist or the artist has written permission from the photographer to use the photos. The Artist’s Magazine reserves the right to request proof of photographer’s written permission. “Traditional media” meaning: Oil, oil pastel, soft pastel, charcoal, graphite, ink, colored pencil, watercolor, casein, gouache, acrylic, mixed media (all water media or oil based media); silver or other metal point, collage; mixed media collage; handmade paper; wax and other crayons on paper or board; printmaking (etching, mezzotint, lithography, woodcut, monotype, mono print, aquatint).

Photography, with the exception of minor elements incorporated in a collage, will not be considered. Neither digital art nor sculpture will be considered. Employees of F+W, a Content and Commerce Company, and their immediate families are not eligible.


You may enter work in any and all categories; there is no limit to the number of entries you may submit. Enter online or mail all your entries on one CD. If entering by mail, please include a separate sheet that gives the title, medium (oil, watercolor, etc.) and dimensions of each image. All digital files submitted on a CD must be accompanied by an Entry Form. The file names of the images on the CD must match the titles on the sheet. Please click here for tips on how to photograph your work.

The file must be saved as a JPEG in RGB color mode (not CMYK). files may not exceed 5MB.

Incomplete entry forms will be disqualified.


All early-bird entries (submitted on or before April 1) in the Student/Beginner Division (for artists age 16 or over who (1) have been enrolled in a post-high school art program for no more than six years OR (2) have pursued art on their own or in workshops/lessons for no more than six years) are $15 image. All other entries are $25 per image. Entries submitted after April 1 are $20 for student entries and $30 for all other entries. You may send one check to cover all entries. Checks must be in U.S. funds and made out to F+W Media, Inc.


The Artist’s Magazine will not be responsible for the loss, damage or return of any CDs submitted to the competition.

Early-bird entries must postmarked or submitted online by 11:59 EST on April 1, 2015. Entries for the regular deadline must be postmarked or submitted online by May 15, 2015.

Entries will be prejudged and then finalists will be chosen by the magazine staff. Award winners and honorable mentions will be selected by the jurors named above. All properly prepared entries will be viewed and judged. The decision of the jurors is final. The jurors reserve the right to re-categorize entries.

All winners will be notified by August 1, 2015. The results will not otherwise be made public until they are published in The Artist’s Magazine. 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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