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    The Gateway International Painting Competition


    $1000 CASH TO BEST IN SHOW PAINTING EVERY MONTH! First painting FREE with coupon code: GC0731

    Artist Promotion and Painting Exhibition Membership is a one-time fee of $25, entitling you to promote one or more of your paintings throughout all months remaining in the year-long competition. Following registration, whenever you're logged in, you'll be able to see the "Add Painting" link in the top menu. Only 144 paintings chosen from all months of the competition (12 from each month) will be eligible to win the Grand Prizes.


    • Registration is a $25 one-time fee. Once registered, you can log in any time to enter a painting.

    • Once registered, it's $10 for EACH INDIVIDUAL painting entry you submit. Why the extra cost? Because each painting entered receives its own dedicated webpage with the following features: large display of your painting, website link (if you have a website), your personal contact form with any other contact details you choose, long description area, and place for a video (if available) to ensure the best possible promotion of your work.

    • PAINTING ENTERED MUST BE CREATED WITH PHYSICAL PAINTING MEDIA ONLY (NO PHOTOGRAPHY ART OR DIGITAL ART): Paintings must be created with real, traditional media such as oil, watercolor, pastel, pencil, or acrylic. Paintings may be "mixed media" as long as they use a combination of traditional painting/drawing media and are meant to be viewed from one direction as a 2-D (two dimensional) creation on flat painting surfaces which may include canvas, board, panel, paper, gypsum, copper/metal, wood, wall, etc. Copies of art or photos by someone else are not accepted; frames or the room/space behind your canvas should never be showing.

    • Each painting you upload is entered into the competition (unless you select "Exhibition Only" monthly category. This is for our member judges or members who are intentionally not entering the competition and only want to display their work.) Paintings stay online beyond the end of the competition so they may continue to be viewed and even purchased by collectors well after the year-long competition ends.

    • Enter as many paintings as you like.

    • You may enter the same painting again in another month of the competition unless it is selected as a "Best in Show" or Finalist.

    • One Best In Show selected by different judge each month receives $1000 cash.

    • In addition to Best in Show, 11 Finalists selected by different judge each month who critiques each painting.

    • One Artists Choice Award each month, selected by logged-in member artists, $100 cash.

    • 144 Finalists from all 12 months compete for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize recognition with full page presentation of winning painting in top magazine such as Art Collector.

    With Each Artwork Entered:

    • Your painting receives its own, stand-alone promotional page

    • With each artwork posted, enter your own promotional details, ESPECIALLY IN THE DESCRIPTION. People are eager to know the inspiration behind your painting, the "how, where, and why" of its creation, the story you're trying to tell, or the vision you want to share. Or, just write something interesting about yourself... or add this to the info about your painting. THIS IS IMPORTANT!!! The more you write, the more it shows you're serious about letting the world know about your work. THE MORE YOU CAN SAY, THE BETTER WE CAN PROMOTE YOU! We use Facebook promoted posts to reach a whole new audience for your painting — 100 times more effective when there's something interesting to say AND THAT'S WHERE YOUR DESCRIPTION IS CRITICAL.

    • Link to your website from each artwork page.

    • Contact form on each artwork page enables inquiries from interested parties, such as private collectors and art galleries.

    • The opportunity to sell your work by posting the price, or by auction/buy now. We TAKE NO COMMISSION OR CUT OF YOUR SALES! YOUR SALES ARE YOUR OWN. You enter your own PayPal email in your artist profile so that any sale goes directly to you!
    Price: $25.00

    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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