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    Online Painting Contest and Artist Promotion

    The Sedona Art Prize is an international online painting contest open to all painters anywhere in the world who are over 18 years of age using traditional painting media: oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic, pencil, or mixed media. A year-long painting competition, the Sedona Art Prize began in August 2016 and runs through July 2017.

    Over $10,000 in cash awards!

    Year-End Grand Prizes:

    $6,750.00 Cash Total 144 finalists selected from all 12 months compete for Grand Prizes

    • $5000.00 Cash Grand Prize, plus optional opportunity for exhibit and two week art residency at Sedona Arts Center (residency to be completed in 2018)
    • $1000.00 Cash Second Prize
    • $ 750.00 Cash Third Prize

    Monthly Prizes:

    Each Month a Different Art Professional Judge Selects 12 Monthly Finalists for a Total 144 Competing for Year-End Cash Award

    Monthly Best in Show $200.00 Cash; Extra Promotional Value, $400.00
    • $200.00 Cash Best in Show
    • Artist Spotlight promotional article ($100 value)
    • Home Page Top Slide Show Banner Promotion ($100 value)
    • Top Special Display on Finalist Promotional Page
    • Gold-leaf Best in Show certificate mailed to your home or studio anywhere in the world
    • Special Judge's comment on Best in Show
    11 Additional Monthly Finalists; Extra Promotional Value, $200.00
    • Home Page Slide Show Banner Promotion for one month ($100.00 value)
    • Special Display on Finalist Promotional Page ($100.00 value)
    • Gold-leaf Finalist certificate mailed to your home or studio anywhere in the world
    • Special Judge's comment on each finalist painting
    Monthly Artists Choice Award - Selected by Member Artists, $100.00 Cash
    • Winning painting receives highest score / number of comments
    • Winner receives $100.00 cash
    • Home Page Slide Show Banner Promotion for one month ($100.00 value)
    • Gold-leaf Artists Choice Award certificate mailed to your home or studio anywhere in the world
    • Member artists provide anonymous comments on favorite paintings. (See details...)

    Every Painting Entry Receives:
    • Search optimized, full page to promote each single painting entry - essentially a full page ad for each painting!
    • Page includes your own personal contact form - inquiries are emailed directly to you.
    • Link to your website.
    • Enter your extra-long full description or bio. Can be about your painting, list of accomplishments, or whatever you want to say.
    • Add a YouTube video to your full page.
    • Offer your painting or print reproductions for sale; your sales are ALL your own, with no commission ever.
    • Each painting posted in social media.
    • "Special" promoted paintings rotate on the home page and throughout this website; further, paid posts in social media reach out to new visitors ensuring that views of your painting increase exponentially over time.
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    Painting Contest Finalist Certificates

    Twelve finalists are selected each month of the painting contest. In recognition of their accomplishments, a gold-leaf Certificate is mailed to each artist, no matter where they live in the world.

    Artists don’t need to be in Sedona because this painting contest is entirely online. We’ve made it easy to enter and upload a photo of your painting just using the internet. Each month, 12 finalists are selected by a judge who is an accomplished art professional. Read the full prospectus.

    Produced through a partnership between The Sedona Arts Center and GatewayToSedona.com, our painting contest mission is the support of artists and art education projects as well as our "peace through art" initiative, “Make Art Not War.”

    Featured Paintings

    See the latest featured art on Sedona Art Prize. Refresh the page to see additional paintings in a new arrangement. Click on a painting for additional details and to contact the artist.

    Sedona Art Prize Artist Promotion

    Artists from all over the world have a unique opportunity to showcase their work while competing for the $5000.00 Grand Prize and the chance for a two-week Sedona artist residency and exhibit.

    Read the latest comments about our featured paintings.

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    Request An Expanded Professional Critique

    Get a Professional Review!

    Get a Professional Critique of your Painting: $35

    A professional artist member judge from our painting contest will review your painting and give you an expanded critique on what is positive or negative, with answers to your specific questions. Written critique from 300 to 500 words includes specific answers to your questions. Introductory price: $35 USD. Service available to members or non-members alike. See latest posted reviews here.

    Criteria for Review: In addition to constructively commenting on your use of elements such as color, values, composition, drawing, originality, mood, etc, the judge will give you his or her immediate impression of the work and if possible, ways to improve.
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    Terms: Party/artist requesting a review agrees to accept judge's comments and written review as delivered. There shall be no refund offered after judge delivers the review. It shall be understood that the review is based on the training and experience of the reviewer, is subjective in nature, and not a definitive assessment of a particular artwork. Judges are professional artists with an extensive record of achievement, with some or all of the following: academic credentials, membership in established art organizations, authored publications in books and magazines, multiple gallery promotions, acceptance into juried shows, and leaders of popular painting workshops.
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