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

    $1,000.00 Monthly Cash Prize!

     The Gateway International Painting Competition, begins August 1, 2017 and runs through July 31, 2018.

    We’re excited to announce the start of The Gateway International Painting Competition on August 1, 2017. Formerly the Sedona Art Prize), our new international online painting competition, exhibition, and artist promotion is open to all painters using traditional painting media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, pastel, or mixed media. This is the third year of the competition organized, published, and managed day-to-day by Victoria Oldham and Tim Ernster.

    Besides promoting artists to collectors, our ultimate mission is the support of artists and art education projects as well as our Peace Through Art initiative, “Make Art Not War.” The exhibition is online, so artists can participate from anywhere in the world.

    The new twelve-month long competition includes the following:

    • Monthly cash prize of $1,000.00 for the painting selected as Best In Show, plus a press release to the newspaper of the winner’s choice;
    • Monthly $100.00 cash prize for the Artists Choice Award, the painting selected by other registered artists;
    • Twelve finalists selected each month, with written critiques by a different professional artist judge each month;
    • 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 (such as Art Collector Magazine, a $4,000.00 value);
    • Grand Prize cash awards: $1,000.00, $750.00,and $500.00 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively;
    • Publication of your promoted painting in social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter; Multiple painting entry packages at reduced rates;
    • "Buy Now" and auction selling features if desired (and artists keep 100% of all their sales!);
    • Artwork stays on the website for the entire competition year and beyond;
    • Promotion of your shows, workshops, or other events at any time in our event calendar, available for posting by members only.

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

    >> Register for the new competition here.

    You can find us at www.SedonaArtPrize.com, which will soon change to www.PaintingContest.org; however, you can still find any time us by visiting SedonaArtPrize.com which will forward to our new address.

    Please call us with any questions: 928-201-5082 or 928-282-4326. Stop by often 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

    Email us: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



    Latest Artists Choice Reviews

    Are you kidding me?

    Needs more work and discipline. Keep painting but learn foreshortening and composition skills. Skies run from back to front and front to back.....not top to bottom. I'm not preaching, I'm just educating.


    I love the light in this piece. Watercolor is such a beautiful medium when executed properly like this. Kudos to Chris on this piece. Love the folding of cloth with the black and white pattern. Great job!

    Those Gleams

    These mandarins look good enough to peel and eat and the gleams make them highly realistic. Against the colorful quilt, they just pop!


    Very unique. I like it the more I look at it. I am very intrigued by the fact it's glow-in-the-dark


    I love the way you created the sense of distance in this painting. Depicting the horizon line on a slight curve is very effective!

    Featured Paintings - Gallery 3