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    The Gateway International Painting Competition is an online, monthly juried painting competition open to all artists world wide over 18 years old. Cash prizes are awarded each month to Best in Show winners while certificates and free promoted entries are awarded to all Finalists, including Best in Show.

    All painting media is accepted, including but not limited to oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media. Artists may enter paintings by uploading quality images (photos) of their paintings using their Internet access; there is no need to ship the physical painting or travel to a specific location. However, the painting must be created using physical painting media. Digital or computer creations are not accepted.

    Professional master artist judges provide written critiques for each Finalist painting. There are three categories of entry: Representational, Abstract, and Novice/For the Love of Painting. There are two new judges each month, one who works in representational to judge representational paintings; one who works in abstract to judge abstract paintings.

    Monthly Finalists and Best in Show winners are announced on or after the 20th of the following month. This gives the judges time to make their selections and write their critiques. Finalists from all months of the competition contend for Annual Grand Prizes awarded in August. See the RULES HERE.

    This painting competition supports our fundraising effort to make and send art kits to students with limited access to art supplies or art education; entry fees significantly contribute to this goal. See more information at www.PaintingContest.Org/artkits.


    THREE CATEGORIES OF ENTRY (same rules and entry fees apply to all categories):

    1. REPRESENTATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL: (realism, impressionism, etc.)

    • 6 monthly finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.
    • Different professional artist judge each month, one whose own work is REPRESENTATIONAL.

    2. ABSTRACT, PROFESSIONAL: (abstract, expressionism, surrealism, other nonrepresentational, etc.)

    • 6 monthly finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.
    • Different professional artist judge each month, one whose own work is NONREPRESENTATIONAL.

    3. NOVICE and/or FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING: Any style painting. For our purposes, this is anyone who is new or returning to painting from a long absence, from those just beginning to those in a developing stage, and artists who are learning, or hoping to develop a career in painting. IMPORTANT: EXCLUDES artists who are recognized full time professional artists or artists who are represented.

    • 3 monthly finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.
    • Multiple Jurors: PaintingContest.Org and consulting professional artist judges.



    ALSO... PLEASE NOTE THE ADDITIONAL VIEWS "SPECIAL" PROMOTED PAINTINGS RECEIVE. This is because we pay extra for social media advertising for a "Special" promoted painting, targeting the ad to reach a new audience focused on painters and art collectors. A "Special" promoted painting has a small yellow star to the right of the thumbnail image on the Entries page, where you can also see the number of views: https://www.paintingcontest.org/entries/paintings-latest-entries


    BEST IN SHOW CASH AWARDS (based on total entries per month from all entering artists):

    • REPRESENTATIONAL, PROFESSIONAL: from 50 to 100 entries: $250 cash; 100 to 200 entries, $500 cash; over 200 entries, $1000 cash.
    • ABSTRACT, PROFESSIONAL: from 10 to 25 entries, $50 cash; 25 to 50 entries, $100 cash; 50 to 100 entries, $250 cash; 100 to 200, $500 cash; over 200 entries, $1,000 cash.*
    • NOVICE, FOR THE LOVE OF PAINTING: from 10 to 25 entries, $50 cash; 25 to 50 entries, $100 cash; 50 to 100 entries, $250 cash; 100 to 200, $500 cash; over 200 entries, $1,000 cash.*

    All finalists receive a certificate of recognition (either downloadable online ready for printing, or upon request, mailed to any country in the world where they live), and 1 free promoted entry with social media paid promoted post. All finalist winners from all 12 months of the competition also compete for Grand Prizes (cash prizes) at year's end.

    * Note: We project the number of entries to increase over time as artists become aware of the new categories.


    One Year Membership — Membership registration fee $25.  Thereafter, $15/annual membership. In addition to your one-year membership registration fee, each painting entry is AN ADDITIONAL $10 (or less with purchase of a discount entry plan). ENTER AS MANY PAINTINGS AS YOU WISH DURING THE TERM OF YOUR MEMBERSHIP.


    Monthly Competitions: Opens at 12:01 am first day of each month and closes at 11:59 Arizona USA time on the last day of each month. Each painting is date stamped for the record of entry.
    All Finalist paintings from monthly competitions are entered into the annual competition, running from August 1st to July 31st.




    We are now in our fourth year! Formerly known as the Sedona Art Prize (2016-17) and The Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition (2014-15), The Gateway International Painting Competition is also a painting exhibition and artist promotion. The website, www.PaintingContest.Org, is a publication of Range Dog Publishing Inc which is owned, operated, and managed day-to-day by Victoria Oldham and Tim Ernster.

    Victoria is a life-long professional artist, commercial sculptor, graphic and web designer, and publisher. Tim has had a 39+ year career as senior manager in municipal government, and is currently an instructor at Arizona State University. He serves as the PaintingContest.Org business manager.


    • Grand Prize cash awards in August after the close of the competition, selected from among finalists from all months of the competition.
    • Publication of "special" promoted paintings in social media paid posts.
    • 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.
    • Promotion of member artist's events: workshops, shows and gallery openings in our event calendar.


    Please call us (Tim or Victoria) with any questions: 928-201-5082 or 928-282-4326.

    Email us with questions, any time: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     We look forward to your participation and success!

    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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    FASO Artist Websites

    Fine Artist Studio Online (FASO) provides professional websites and marketing expertise for artists. Many top member artists participating in this competition have their primary website hosted with FASO.