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    Prospectus - The Gateway International Painting Competition, August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020

    Every month a new competition with new judges and monthly cash prizes.
    Then, up to 216 finalists from all 12 months compete for $1000 Cash Grand Prizes every August.

    CLICK HERE to view GRAND PRIZE WINNERS AND FINALISTS in the 2018-2019 Gateway International Painting Competition.

    The Gateway International Painting Competition is an online monthly and annual juried painting competition at www.PaintingContest.Org. The competition is open to all artists world wide over 18 years old. There are up to 18 Finalists selected each month from among 3 categories: up to 6 from Representational Professional, up to 6 from Abstract Professional, and up to 6 from Novice/For the Love of Painting. Cash prizes are awarded every month to Best in Show winners from each of the 3 categories; Certificates and free promoted painting entries are awarded to all Finalists, including Best in Show.

    All traditional painting media is accepted including but not limited to oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media. Two professional master artist judges provide a written critique for each Finalist painting. The judge who works in the representational style judges the representational paintings; the judge who works in the abstract style judges the abstract paintings.

    Best in Show and Finalist winners are announced during or after the month following the close of the monthly competition, beginning any time after the 20th day. This gives the judges time—the much needed time to make their selections and write their comments on each finalist painting. Up to 16 separate comments are written for any given month. In addition, certificates are prepared for download and printing. Finalists from all months of the competition contend for annual Grand Prizes (cash prizes — see below) 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.)

    • Up to 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.)

    • Up to 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, gallery-represented professional artists (and those artists who make a living with their art).

    • Up to 6 monthly finalists, including ONE monthly Best in Show winner.
    • Multiple Jurors: PaintingContest.Org and the month's 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.


    BEST IN SHOW CASH AWARDS, EACH CATEGORY (based on total entries per month from all entering artists, PER CATEGORY): from 10 to 25 entries, $50 cash; 25 to 50 entries, $100 cash; from 50 to 100 entries: $250 cash; 100 to 200 entries, $500 cash; over 200 entries, $1000 cash.

    * Cash prizes paid via PayPal.com immediately following announcement and confirmation of email to use for payment. Under 10 paintings entered in a category, then finalists receive free entry and certificate of recognition only. Regardless of number of monthly entries, all Best in Show and Finalist paintings are entered into the year-end competition.

    All finalists receive a certificate of recognition (downloadable, online ready for printing), 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 Cash Prizes at year's end.



    Year-end Grand Cash Awards shall fall into two categories and include all 12 months of finalists in all categories (including Novice/For the Love of Painting):

    $1000.00 First Prize awarded to one representational painting;

    $250.00 Second Prize awarded to one representational painting;

    $1000.00 First Prize awarded to one abstract painting;

    $250 Second Prize awarded to one abstract painting.

    Please Note: Year-end cash awards may increase with growth of monthly entries. Please refer back to this Prospectus page for updates.


    One Year Membership — Membership registration fee $25.  Thereafter, $15/annual membership. IMPORTANT: 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.
    * Note: each painting you enter appears on its own dedicated page, including an enlarged view, full details, direct contact to you and link your website.
    Also, your membership year is separate from the actual competition year which begins in August... meaning, if you sign up any other month of the year, your membership is good for one full year... and you can enter the next competition without paying the member registration again if you're still within your annual membership period.


    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 FIFTH year! Originally known as the Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition (2014-15), and the Sedona Art Prize (2016-17) and 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 fully 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.

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     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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