UPDATED FOR 2022: Art Competitions List

Below is a current list of the competitions that many of our artists have entered in the past. This list is organic and will be updated as new opportunities are presented. If you have any competitions to add, please send me a message or post the link below in the comments section and we will add it to the list. Also, some of the links may be open entry pages that are expired/past–however, the links will often lead to the updated entry pages as new competition schedules/cycles begin.

ART RENEWAL CENTER INTERNATIONAL SALON
ENTIRES ACCEPTED STARTING MARCH 1, 2022
DEADLINE JUNE 16, 2022

The most prestigious realist art competition in the Americas and perhaps the world, the International ARC Salon offers over $130.000 in cash awards and International recognition through partnerships with prestigious magazines, galleries, museum exhibitions, and a strong online presence.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: TBA (first entry), TBA (additional entries)

ART RENEWAL CENTER SCHOLARSHIP
DEADLINE MAY 31, 2022
The ARC Awards $30,000 a year to students attending ARC Approved Schools™ to aid with their continued education.
Requirements: Digital Images, Essay, and Letter of Recommendations
Price: Free

ARTISTIC EXCELLENCE SOUTHWEST ART MAGAZINE
DEADLINE AUGUST 1, 2022
Get your artwork spotlighted in Southwest Art and win up to $2,000! Enter your best work in the competition and show your Artistic Excellence! All mediums, styles, and subjects are accepted. Award Winners will be published in the December 2022/January 2023 issue of Southwest Art.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $35.00

CAFE - CallforEntry.org
CaFÉ (CallForEntry.org), is the leading online application and adjudication system for managing calls for entry. Sophisticated yet easy-to-use, CaFÉ allows call administrators to streamline every step of the application and review process online. CaFÉ was designed for artists and arts administrators by artists and arts administrators to be intuitive, user friendly, and affordable and can be tailored to nearly any call-for-entry process thanks to a robust and flexible management system.

Launched in 2005, CaFÉ was designed with public art projects, artist fellowships, juried visual art competitions and exhibitions in mind but can accommodate nearly any type of call, including: art commissions, public art RFQs, invitationals, residencies, fellowships, mini grants, awards, and more!

CHELSESA INTERNATIONAL FINE ART COMPETITION
DEADLINE TBA
The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an ideal way to gain valuable exposure for your artwork and exhibit your talent to a wider international audience. The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an excellent opportunity to foster your talent and develop the résumé of a successful professional artist. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes, the Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an event not to be missed.

The competition is open to visual artists from around the world at any stage of their careers. Artists are invited to submit in any of the following mediums: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. Art submitted to the competition will be reviewed by a panel of expert jurors, each representing a different field in the art world, ensuring a fair and balanced judgment process.
Requirements: Digital Images, Selected artists must provide the actual pieces for the exhibition
Price: TBA

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE WILDLIFE
DEADLINE JULY 13, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE LANDSCAPES
DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 8, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE FLORALS & GARDENS
DEADLINE NOVEMBER 12, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE ABSTRACT / EXPERIMENTAL ART
DEADLINE JANUARY 11, 2023
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE CITYSCAPES
DEADLINE MARCH 8, 2023
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE SEASCAPES, RIVERS & LAKES
DEADLINE MAY 10, 2023
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST MAGAZINE FAVORITE SUBJECTS
DEADLINE JULY 12, 2023
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $9.00 per entry

PASTEL 100
DEADLINE AUGUST 29, 2022
Sponsored by Pastel Journal, America’s leading magazine devoted to pastel artists, this annual competition offers cash, prizes and publicity to its talented winners. Get rewarded for your finest work! Winners will be featured in the Spring 2023 issue of Pastel Journal. First Prize, Pastel Journal Founder’s Award in memory of Maggie Price: $5,000.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $30.00

SPECTRUM
DEADLINE TBA - CALL FOR ENTRIES WILL OPEN IN OCTOBER 2022
For over twenty-seven years the Spectrum annual has been a showcase for the best and brightest creators of fantastic art from around the globe: it serves as an invaluable resource book for art directors, art buyers, publishers and agents world-wide. Hundreds of copies are sent out gratis with the intent of generating additional work and exposure for the artists selected for inclusion in the annual. The circulation of Spectrum far exceeds those of other annuals and resource books.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $20.00

ARTISTS MAGAZINE 39TH ANNUAL ART COMPETITION
DEADLINE JUNE 20, 2022
The Artists Magazine 39th Annual Art Competition honors work from outstanding artists working in a variety of art media. More than $28,000 in cash prizes and publication in an issue of Artists Magazine.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $35 (For Artist Network Members), $40 (Nonmembers)

STROKES OF GENUIS
DEADLINE APRIL 28, 2022
Artwork can be in any dry medium that would be traditionally considered drawing. This includes—but is not limited to—pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, pen and ink, scratchboard, silverpoint, colored pencil, pastel, and even some wet paint mediums if used in a linear or sketchy manner. All winners will appear in the tenth edition of Strokes of Genius.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $30 (For Artist Network Members), $40 (Nonmembers)

WATERMEDIA SHOWCASE
DEADLINE MARCH 24, 2022
Showcase your talent by entering this exciting competition, brought to you by Watercolor Artist magazine. Award Winners and Honorable Mentions will be published in the Spring 2023 issue of Watercolor Artist.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $35.00

OUTWIN BOOCHEVER PORTRAIT COMPETITION
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 5, 2021
The competition seeks to broaden the definition of portraiture and highlight the genre’s relevance in society and contemporary art. Artworks may originate from direct encounters between the artist and the sitter or draw upon existing imagery or archival research in response to history. Artists are encouraged to think about portraiture’s potential to engage with the social and political landscape of our time.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $50.00

NOAPS SMALL WORKS EXHIBIT
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15, 2022
Celebrating its 5th “Best of America” Small Works National Juried Exhibition in 2022, the National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (NOAPS) invites oil and acrylic painters from all across North America and International Artists to apply to our exhibit honoring the Best in oil and acrylic painting. NOAPS has been showcasing the talents of oil and acrylic painters since 1991.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $30 (first image) and $10 (each additional image) + NOAPS Membership

PAC (PROVIDENCE ART CLUB: NATIONAL JURIED SHOW)
DEADLINE APRIL 28, 2022
The Providence Art Club invites artists from throughout the United States to submit their recent work for an exciting open juried exhibition opportunity. Each year, the Art Club welcomes non-member artists from across the country to submit work for an open exhibition. This year’s show will celebrate the best in contemporary art by makers from throughout the United States regardless of theme, style, or media. Founded in 1880, the Providence Art Club is one of the oldest arts organizations in the nation and the first such Club to be co-founded by women and men. Recognized as one of the top three galleries in Rhode Island by the Providence Journal, the Art Club received a coveted Best of Rhode Island Award for Best Art Gallery in Providence in 2019, 2020, and 2021. Entering our 142nd year, we look forward to sharing the best in current visual arts from throughout the country with our unique audience in the Northeast. Fourteen Prizes totaling $6,000 in awards. Best in Show Prize of $1,000.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $35

HUDSON VALLEY ART ASSOCIATION, 89TH ANNUAL NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITION
DEADLINE FEBRUARY 15, 2022
In the spirit of the Hudson River School of art tradition, the HVAA Annual Exhibition jurors are looking for submissions which are original representational images that display aesthetic appeal and technical skill.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $50.00

THE AMERICAN ARTISTS PROFESSIONAL LEAGUE, 94TH GRAND NATIONAL EXHIBITION
DEADLINE AUGUST 17, 2022
The American Artists Professional League (AAPL) is pleased to announce the 94th consecutive Grand National Exhibition at the Salmagundi Club of New York. The in-person Exhibition and virtual show honors the finest in representational and traditional realism art. The Exhibition and virtual show are open to all American and US based artists. Only works in Representational or Traditional Realism will be considered. Entries in oil, acrylic, watermedia, mixed media, pastel, graphics and sculpture must be original and not previously exhibited with the American Artists Professional League.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $45.00 for Members; $70 for Non-Members, plus fee for additional images.

THE INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF REALISM (IGOR), 16TH ANNUAL EXHIBITION
DEADLINE MARCH 10, 2022
Requirements: Works must be for sale and in person
Price: $130 Annual Membership

AMERICAN WOMEN ARTISTS (AWA), 2022 SPRING ONLINE JURIED SHOW
DEADLINE APRIL 26, 2022
The American Women Artists’ annual online juried competition for Associate and Associate with Distinction Members. This prestigious show is highly competitive. In addition to over $15,000 in monetary and merchandise awards – including a $2,500 cash Grand Prize award. Approximately 120 final works selected will appear on AWA’s online gallery for a full year, be featured in our monthly e-newsletters, and promoted through AWA’s social media channels. AWA is dedicated to providing professional opportunities for women in the visual fine arts.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $80.00 Annual Membership

PORTRAIT SOCIETY OF AMERICA MEMBERS ONLY COMPETITION
DEADLINE NOVEMBER 3, 2022
The Members Only Competition, held annually, is open to all Portrait Society members in good standing. Each fall, up to five categories are offered, and members can submit up to one artwork per category. All work must be your own original design and concept, created independently, completed in the last three years and have never won an award in any previous art competition. All media is accepted in each category including oil, pastel, watercolor, graphite, sculpture, etc. No electronic/computer generated or altered artwork, work done in a class, workshop or under supervision is eligible.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $35.00

THE RICHESON75 INTERNATIONAL ART COMPETITIONS
DEADLINES AND PRICES VARY
Jack Richeson & Co. is a leading manufacturer and supplier of high-quality art materials. As part of thier mission to support the visual arts community, they operate the Richeson School of Art & Gallery and have created the Richeson75 International Art Competitions. The Richeson75 competitions are meant to offer a venue in which established and emerging artists may show their latest, best work to a wide and appreciative audience. The 75 finalists for each regular contest will exhibit their work in the beautiful Richeson Gallery and in the online exhibit. The Richeson75 online competitions also reach a wide audience with online exhibits of the 75 finalists’ work. All Richeson75 competitions are capped off with the publication of a collectible, limited-edition, full-color, hardcover exhibit book: These books include work of the finalists, and also feature other meritorious entries from the competition. Please see the prospectus for each show for specific rules and details.

Landscape, Seascape & Architecture (Online) 2022
DEADLINE: JUNE 13, 2022
Grand Prize: $2,500 in addition to over $2,250 in cash prizes and art materials awards.

Animals, Birds and Wildlife (Online) 2021
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2021
Grand Prize: $2,500 in addition to over $2,250 in art materials awards.

Still Life & Floral (Online) 2021
DEADLINE: MARCH 1, 2021
Grand Prize: $2,500 in addition to over $2,250 in art materials awards.

Small Works 2021
DEADLINE: JANUARY 11, 2021
Grand Prize: $5,000 in addition to over $4,500 in cash prizes and art materials awards.

OPA - OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA, 2022 ONLINE SHOWCASE
SPRING SHOWCASE DEADLINE: MAY 15, 2022
SUMMER SHOWCASE DEADLINE: AUGUST 15, 2022
FALL SHOWCASE DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 15, 2022

An online fine art exhibition for OPA members.The OPA Online Showcase is a rolling exhibition, offered three times per year, allowing OPA members to easily enter multiple paintings for only $15 per entry.

$3,000 for first place, $1,500 for second place and $500 for third place for OPA Associate Members only. 10 honorable mention awards will also be awarded.

Price: $70.00 Annual Membership + $15.00 per entry

OPA - OIL PAINTERS OF AMERICA, 2023 NATIONAL EXHIBITION & CONVENTION
DEADLINE: TBA
Oil Painters of America is pleased to announce Reinert Fine Art Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina as the host of the Thirty-Second National Exhibition. The Exhibition will take place from March 31 – April 30, 2023.

Requirements: TBA
Price: TBA

BOYNES EMERGING ARTIST AWARD
DEADLINE MAY 25, 2022
The Boynes Emerging Artist Award is an online art competition with a reward of cash, marketing, promotion and art supplies. We accept all 2D and 3D artworks such as paintings, drawings, photography, sculpture, etc. on any support such as canvas, wood, digital, etc. We also do not have a requirement on the subject of your work, we are looking for what you consider the best work in your portfolio to be. Artwork must have been completed in the last five (5) years and must be the submitting artist’s own original work. Video is allowed to be used to showcase sculptural works. Work will be judged based on skill, composition, originality and impact.

The 1st place winner of the 6th Edition will receive a 3 month art residency in Sardinia, Italy with accommodation provided. Prizes also include cash, a published interview and more.

Price: $45 for 3 images + $10 for each additional image (MAX 10 images)

BEAUTIFUL BIZARRE ART PRIZE 2022
DEADLINE JULY 17, 2022
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is an annual international art prize that celebrates diversity and excellence in the representational visual arts, supporting all static mediums including Traditional Art media, Digital Art media and Photographic media, in all styles from realism and hyperrealism, to pop surrealism and lowbrow. The art prize recognizes the most skilled, creative and unique contemporary artists within their category, as well as one extraordinary overall winner. Up to $57,000 in Cash & Prizes to be won, plus global exposure for your practice.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $40

THE SALMAGUNDI CLUB ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION 2022
DEADLINE APRIL 10, 2022
Beginning in 1871 and continuing to this day, this historic exhibition is open to all artist members in all media. This exhibition is meant to showcase SCNY Members’ finest work. This exhibition will be featured in Salmagundi’s Gallery and website, as well as on many social media platforms.

Requirements: TBA
Price: TBA

WAUSAU MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART - NATIONAL JURIED EXHIBITOUR
DEADLINE JULY 1, 2022
Exhibitour has been an annual exhibition in Wausau, Wisconsin since 2012. It’s a special event where participating merchants in the downtown area transform themselves into an art gallery for public viewing. In 2019, Exhibitour won a State Main Street Award. This year’s event is even more special as the Wausau River District Merchant’s Association has teamed up with the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, (WMOCA), and D Anthony Gallery to organize the exhibit on a national level. This year, instead of being a one night show, the exhibit will continue from August 17th through October 29th at the D Anthony Gallery, 416 3rd Street, owned and operated by the WMOCA’s Executive Director, David Hummer. Cash prizes awarded for Best of Show, 2nd & 3rd Places.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $50

BOLDBRUSH ART CONTEST AND EXHIBIT
DEADLINE MONTHLY
Open to Representational, Abstract, Digital,Mixed Media, Fine Art Photography, and Sculptors. Over $38,000 of cash & service awards every month.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: First Entry is Free, $14 for each additional artwork

PLEIN AIR SALON ART COMPETITION
DEADLINE VARIES
PleinAir magazine presents the 12th annual PleinAir Salon $33,000 Art Competition. In the spirit of the French Salon created by the Academie des Beaux-Arts in Paris, this annual online competition, with 11 monthly cycles, leading to the annual Salon Grand Prize winners, is designed to stimulate artistic growth through competition. The competition rewards artists with over $33,000 in cash prizes and exposure of their work, with the winning painting featured on the cover of PleinAir magazine.

Winners in each monthly competition may receive recognition and exposure through PleinAir magazine’s print magazine, e-newsletters, websites, and social media. Winners of each competition will also be entered into the annual competition. The 12th Annual Awards will be presented live at the Plein Air Convention & Expo in May 2023.

Requirements: Digital Images
Price: $38 + $16 each addition image

ONLINE JURIED SHOWS
Resources for upcoming shows

UK AND INTERNATIONAL ENTRIES WELCOME:
For a far larger and more exhaustive list of smaller and more specialized UK opportunities here:- UK Art Competitions 2022 - Over 100 Art Prizes | MoMa UK

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF OIL PAINTERS
TBA - 2022
The exhibition offers several prizes and awards, open to all participating artists.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £TBA

ROYAL SOCIETY OF PORTRAIT PAINTERS
DEADLINE FEBUARY 11, 2022
The Society welcomes paintings, drawings and original prints including digital/ipad prints from artists over 18, from the UK and internationally to be shown alongside members of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters at their Annual Exhibition. Selected artists will have their work exhibited in a prestigious showcase at The Mall Galleries in Central London at which a number of works will sell and a number of commissions will be placed. Various prizes and awards totaling over £20,000.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £20

THE PASTEL SOCIETY OPEN EXHIBITION
TBA - 2022
The Pastel Society seeks the best in contemporary dry media, combining traditional skills with creative originality for their Annual Exhibition. Several prizes and awards available, open to all.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £18

ROYAL SOCIETY OF MARINE ARTISTS
DEADLINE JULY 8, 2022
The Royal Society of Marine Artists seeks submissions of art inspired by the sea and marine environment, including harbours and shorelines, traditional craft and contemporary shipping, creeks, beaches, wildlife - in short anything that involves tidal water.
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £TBA

SOCIETY OF WILDLIFE ARTISTS
DEADLINE AUGUST 19, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £TBA

ROYAL INSTITUTE OF PAINTERS IN WATER COLOURS
DEADLINE JANUARY 28, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £TBA

ROYAL SOCIETY OF BRITISH ARTISTS
DEADLINE DECEMBER 10, 2021
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £18

THE NEW ENGLISH ART CLUB
DEADLINE APRIL 1, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £20

JACKSONS PAINTING PRIZE 2022
DEADLINE MARCH 1, 2022
Requirements: Digital Images
Price: £5

THE LUXEMBOURG ART PRIZE 2022
DEADLINE SEPTEMBER 30, 2022
The Luxembourg Art Prize is an annual international artistic prize organized by the Pinacothèque, a private museum located in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Every year the Prize aims to discover talents, amateur or professional, regardless of age and nationality. Since it was created in 2015, the Luxembourg Art Prize aims to launch or boost the careers of artists at the international level by giving them a sound reference to add to their curriculum vitae.

Each year, 24 finalists are selected by the museum and 3 laureates are designated by an independent jury. The prize money is broken down as follows: €50,000 for 1st place, €20,000 for 2nd place, and €10,000 for 3rd place. The laureates are free to use this money however they please.

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