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

    Judges selected for The Gateway International Painting Competition are career art professionals with established credentials, significant accomplishments and or awards, popular workshops and/or publications related to fine art painting. As compensation for judging, which includes expertise, evaluation, selection, and written reviews on each finalist painting,

    • Free registration (normally $25, refund following serving as judge), free special publicity page with link to website;
    • Free 6-painting entry "special" social media-promoted plan to be used at any time during the current competition;
    • Optional "exhibition only" the month of serving as judge; competition entry any of the other months;
    • Judge’s press release to local newspaper of choice (following receipt of publicity photo, current details).

    Special Rule #1 for Judges: If ARTIST A is awarded a cash award by a judge who is ARTIST B, and ARTIST A is later a judge, then ARTIST A may not award a cash prize to ARTIST B in any time period within 12 months.

    Special Rule #2 for Judges: If a judge uses his or her free entries in the competition but for any reason later can not serve as a judge in the month scheduled, either (1) reschedule if there's an opening, or (2) be invoiced for the portion of the free 6-painting entry package already used. This is to ensure fair and equal entry fees for all members if not serving as a judge.

    Special Rule #3 for Judges: In choosing finalist paintings, Judges may choose only one painting by an artist in a given month. Judge is encouraged to choose up to 3 potential Best in Show winners prior to final selection; paintings are scrutinized to ensure adhering to the rules of this competition prior to announcement of winners.

    JUDGING CRITERIA: Paintings will be judged according to excellence in the following areas: color, values, composition, treatment of subject matter (mood), creativity/originality, and overall execution/presentation. Drawing competence is also considered when viewing representational works.


    • Best In Show: $1,000.00 cash. Cash prize in USD (US dollar) paid promptly to winner via PayPal or check.
    • Press release sent to local newspaper of choice with photo of artist (photo of artist required to complete PR release);
    • All 12 Finalists (including Best in Show) receive 1 free painting entry credit with special promotion;
    • Gold-border certificate mailed to all finalists acknowledging finalist status.

    (If over 300 paintings entered that month, work with monthly judge to narrow. Segmenting competition into representational/non-representational future consideration.)

    ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE WINNERS (144 paintings compete for 1st, 2nd, 3rd)

    • Inclusion in full page ad in major art collector publication such as Art Connoisseur Magazine;
    • Special recognition award;
    • Cash Awards: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, $1,000, $750, $500 respectively.

    Tim Ernster, 928-201-5082, and Victoria Oldham, 928-282-4326

    MISSION: Portion of proceeds go to our Peace Through Art program, creating art kits for kids in countries like Belize, Central America, where art education and supplies are not available. “Make Art Not War” is our slogan for donated art kits and educational programs, with the message that art is the language that brings all people and cultures together around the world.


    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. Entry fees support artists without access to art supplies or art instruction. Sign up here to stay informed.



    Latest Artists Choice Reviews

    A cappella

    This is another fine piece from a great artist. Valeria, 'the pianist' is such a beautiful piece and this has that same moving quality with the subject captivating the viewer. Great job.

    Sunlight Shower

    This is amazing and beautiful. Truly specific instead of generic tree treatment, with a perfect focal point with the light. Composition is also excellent, overall intriguing, moving and so skillfully done. this is a winner.

    Dynamic Action

    Expressive brushwork and a variety of textures add to the feeling of movement in this well-executed wildlife painting.

    The Critics

    Great capture of the interesting facial expressions of the visitors. This is just so natural and real life. i like the treatment of the lighting in the background environment.

    Cave Springs

    This is a beautiful piece, the treatment of the grass, sky, color choice for the mountains and the shade vs sun areas, all is excellent. The hay bale arrangement is also wonderful.