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    The Gateway International Painting Competition 2017-2018 online painting contest runs for 12 months, beginning August 1, 2018 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. For the 2017-2018 competition, 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 2017-2018 competition contend for the Grand Prizes awarded in August 2018. Winners are paid promptly following winner announcement.

    Known as the Sedona Art Prize in 2016-2017, and The Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition in 2014-2015, this international online painting competition, exhibition, and artist promotion is open to all painters over 18 years old 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.

    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 students who have no access to art programs or supplies. 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;
    • 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 here.

    Please call us (Tim or Victoria) with any questions: 928-201-5082 or 928-282-4326. We look forward to your participation and success!

    Your hosts,

    Tim Ernster, Victoria Oldham

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    Cash award to monthly Best in Show winner. All monthly finalists win a free promoted painting entry, are chosen and critiqued by a different professional artist judge each month, and compete for Grand Prizes awarded in August. Artists may offer to sell their paintings or print reproductions and keep 100% if sold.
    >> Click here to learn how your entry fee supports artists without access to art supplies or art instruction.
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    Latest Artists Choice Reviews


    This painting is so fascinating and really does illustrate the concept of entropy from high energy to an final stage of existence. I think of elements like life forms and atomic particles spiraling into rest and final dissolution. But what mysterious force energized elements into life in the first place? I know the easy answer, but what about the difficult one?

    Interstellar DNA

    I love this painting because of the ideas it inspires. It is always mind blowing how the ultimate macrocosm embodies the microcosm, as well as the tiniest building blocks where laws of physics defy intuitive expectations. Things we think of as non living are shockingly intertwined with what we call living and the beginnings -- and ends -- of all elements in the universe are the same. There was a discovery reported on the other day about a very strong non-regular deep space burst. In the past these were resolved to be pulsars, quasars, etc, but this one is unknown. This painting makes me wonder about all these amazing things.


    This is so beautiful, everything about it is perfect. If a painting stays with me after I've viewed it is great in my view and this certainly does that, one of the best in July for sure.


    Love the composition and exaggerated color. Beautiful!


    You can definitely see the dappled sunlight effect on the rocks. The use of soft and hard edges and loose brushstrokes defines the objects and lets to viewer mentally fill in the detail.