Choose the skill level that most closely represents
where you are in your art career. 

In the spirit of all that is fair and good in the world, we realize that the qualifications for each category aren’t perfect, they should serve as guidelines for you to gauge where your work would fit best in this contest. We are not the painting police and submission to this competition is on the honor system. (We do however, reserve the right to move your artwork into another category should we feel that you have submitted work in a category below your skill level.)

Our goal is to give artists in each category a level playing field where they are competing against peers of their approximate skill level. We offer awards that help budding artists continue on their journey to becoming professionals, help emerging artists gain recognition to grow their careers and offer master class artists prestige and an award(s) that will enable them to continue to build on their success.

To qualify as a Budding/Apprentice artist you meet most of the criteria

  • Are currently taking art classes or workshops frequently
  • Are not actively trying to sell your artwork
  • Are not represented by a gallery
  • Do not participate in juried art shows or events

To qualify as an Emerging artist you meet most of the criteria

  • Are not actively taking painting classes or workshops (with the exception of drop-in model sessions and the occasional workshop every few years)
  • May or may not be actively trying to sell your artwork
  • May or may not be represented by a gallery
  • May or may not participate in juried art shows and events
  • May or may not have won an award(s) at a local art show
  • Feel that your work is good but cannot compete with professional artists who have more than 15 years of painting experience.

To qualify as a Master Class artist you meet most of the criteria

  • Are not actively taking painting classes or workshops (with the exception of drop-in model sessions and the occasional workshop every few years)
  • Are actively trying to sell your artwork
  • Are represented by a gallery(s)
  • Have participated or are currently participating in juried art shows and events
  • Are a signature member of one or more art groups
  • Have won an award(s) in a national show (Oil Painters of America or American Impressionist Society, for example) or have won first place at a Plein Air event
  • Know your artwork is strong and is a cut above most other artists

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