• 928-282-4326
  • gatewaypaintingcontest@gmail.com

    $1,000.00 Monthly Cash Prize!


    "Make Art Not War" is our slogan, expressing the concept that art promotes peace through teaching and sharing the excitement and passion for visual arts among all people and cultures. Entry fees from PaintingContest.org contribute to our mission to discover and support emerging artists living in countries without access to art supplies or art education. How? We create and donate art kits which include a quality paint set, brushes, paper, and an instructional guide.

    The Gateway International Painting Competition online painting contest runs for 12 months, beginning August 1, 2017 and ending July 31, 2018. Each month is conducted as a separate competition, beginning on the first day of the month and ending at 11:59 pm the last day of the month, Arizona USA time. Twelve finalists are selected and critiqued each month by a changing professional artist judge, including ONE Best in Show winner who is awarded $1,000.00 Cash (USD). Finalists and Best in Show winners are announced on or after the 20th of the following month. 144 Finalists from all months of the competition contend for the Grand Prizes awarded in August 2018. Winners are paid promptly following winner announcement.

    Formerly known as the Sedona Art Prize (2016-17) and The Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition (2014-15), this international online painting competition, exhibition, and artist promotion, now in its third year, is open to all painters using traditional painting media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, pastel, or mixed media. The competition is organized and managed day-to-day by Victoria Oldham and Tim Ernster. Victoria is a life-long professional artist and publisher, and Tim has been a City Manager for a number of cities in Arizona, including Sedona.

    Both representational and non-representational paintings may be entered. Judges selected for this competition are accomplished, professional artists versed in all styles of painting.

    Our mission is helping talented youth who have no access to art programs or supplies realize the possibility of a career in art. Entry fees fund art projects with guided lessons which are shipped to schools in countries like Belize, Central America.

    The twelve-month long competition includes the following:

    • Monthly cash prize of $1,000.00 for the painting selected as Best In Show;
    • Twelve finalists (including the Best in Show) selected each month along with written critiques by a different professional artist judge each month;
    • Monthly $100.00 cash prize for the Artists Choice Award, the painting selected by other registered member artists;
    • In August 2018,144 total finalists compete for the year-end Grand Prizes: Winning paintings promoted with a full color page in a top art collector publication (est. $4,000.00 value);
    • Grand Prize cash awards in August 2018 after the close of the competition, selected from among 144 finalists from all months of the 2017-2018 competition: $1,000.00, $750.00,and $500.00 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively;
    • Publication of "special" promoted paintings in social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter;
    • Multiple painting entry plans at reduced rates;
    • Ability to sell your paintings and keep 100% of the sale. "Buy Now" and auction selling features if desired (promoted painting plans only);
    • Artwork stays on the website for the entire competition year (and beyond);
    • Promotion of your events: workshops, shows and gallery opening in our event calendar (available for posting by and for members only).

    >> Register for the new competition here.

    Find us online at www.PaintingContest.org; and, you can still find any time us by visiting our previous address, SedonaArtPrize.com, which will forward to PaintingContest.org.

    Please call us (Tim or Victoria) with any questions: 928-201-5082 or 928-282-4326. Check back here to see the painting exhibition ongoing as well as social media posts. We look forward to your participation and success!

    Your hosts,

    Tim Ernster, Victoria Oldham

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    Monthly Best in Show wins $1,000.00 cash. All 12 monthly Finalists win a free promoted painting entry. Finalists chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month. All 144 monthly finalists from 12 months compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August.
    >> Click here to learn how your entry fee supports artists without access to art supplies or art instruction.
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