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Deadline: March 13, 2012
Winner is: Judged
Entry: Paid Entry
Entry Fee: $35 for up to 5 images; $5 each additional image

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The 27th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition

CHELSEAcompetition-artnow Since opening in 1984, Agora Gallery has established itself as a hub for innovative and talented emerging and established artists from around the world. Keeping with its tradition of discovering and nurturing artists new to the alluring but highly competitive New York art scene, Agora Gallery will sponsor The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition.

This well-known juried art contest is an annual event with prizes specifically designed to help artists advance their careers and to maximize their exposure to collectors. Not only will selected artists gain exposure by exhibiting their work in the famed Chelsea art community, the competition will be juried by an influential voice in the art world, Mr. Ira Goldberg, Executive Director of the prestigious Art Students League of New York.

Ilse Bormann, one of the selected artists from the 2011 competition, had this to say about her experience: “It was a pleasure to participate in the 2011 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition. It was the second time I took part and I was very proud to be selected this time. It was amazing to have the chance to show my artwork in the Agora Gallery and it was a great feeling to be a New York City exhibited artist. It has motivated me to work even harder and to go my own way in my abstract painting. I would definitely recommend participating in the competition to my friends who are artists.”

The awards available for selected artists include cash prizes, internet promotion on ARTmine, one of the most comprehensive contemporary fine art resources online, and a one-page review with two color images in ARTisSpectrum, a prominent New York art publication. In addition, Mr. Ira Goldberg, Executive Director of The Art Students League of New York, will select the work of at least 25 artists to participate in a group exhibition at Agora Gallery. Awards are valued at a total of $55,000.

Agora Gallery director Angela Di Bello feels strongly that there is more to be gained from entering competitions than prizes and awards. She states: “In addition to providing a valuable career building experience, fine art competitions challenge professional artists as well as art students to create some of their most innovative and finest work. The excitement generated by simply entering a competition and “thinking outside the box” leads to numerous new possibilities and to opening doors that may otherwise remain shut. You must fearlessly take control of your own destiny and experience a quantum leap into the future…Yours!”
2012 Calendar
• February 7, 2012 – Competition opens
• March 13, 2012 – Submission deadline
• March 27, 2012 – Results announced
• August 24th through September 9th – Exhibition for the selected artists

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition represents not just artists, but the countries and communities they hail from, each piece reflecting a little of humanity’s many faceted soul. Out of respect for this and in an effort to grant joy to children in need, 15% of Agora Gallery’s proceeds of sales resulting from the competition exhibition will be donated to Art Start, an award-winning, nationally recognized program. Art Start works with children and teens facing the daily uncertainties and instabilities of living in homeless shelters. Though these children face many obstacles, they have dreams. Art Start uses the arts to provide them with opportunities for success. It gives them the tools, structure, support and most importantly a chance to be heard.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Exhibition - At least 25 artists will participate in a collective exhibition at Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York.

Cash - $1000 will be awarded to three (3) artists; each receiving $500, $300 and $200 respectively.

Internet Promotion - Twelve (12) artists will be awarded placement of 6 images on ARTmine for a period of one year.

Review by an art critic - Three (3) artists will be awarded a one-page review with three (3) color images in ARTisSpectrum Magazine. ELIGIBILITY: International / 18+ Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: All of the images that you will be submitting are images of original artwork created by yourself or it is artwork created by an artist who authorized you to submit the images on his/her behalf and the images do not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright rights, or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity.

The artist retains the copyright USAGE RIGHTS: Selected Artists' images will be posted on our sites and used for promotion of the artist as stated per prize. They might also be used to promote the competition.

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