Art competitions have long held an important place in the art world. Through art contests, artists are able to display their work among their peers, have it reviewed by esteemed judges, secure important exposure, and sometime even gain access to future exhibition opportunities. Even better, art competitions are renowned for discovering and showcasing noteworthy emerging … Read more
Entering an art competition has the potential to be an enormously beneficial and valuable experience. If your work is selected, you’ll gain exposure, often to new markets that you would have had trouble reaching by yourself, and have something that you can always point to on your CV afterwards. You gain in confidence as an artist, and sometimes you make new contacts in the art world which can be useful later on.
Even if you don’t win, the experience can be very worthwhile. Making your entry the best that it can be requires you to evaluate and analyze your work to date, and practice the skills that allow you to present yourself well to others. In addition, the decision to enter says something positive about how you view yourself and your work. Don’t be discouraged if you are not chosen this time – between the variables of jurors, the other competitors, and the specific aims and preferences of the contest, you can be confident it doesn’t say anything about your chances next time!
If you do want to enter a competition, make sure to choose one that suits your goals – make sure that the prizes and any strings attached match what you are looking for. Also, make sure that your art is the kind of thing they want – don’t enter sculpture to a photography contest!
Take your time, choose your images carefully, and fill in all the details required. If you need further advice, check out our helpful article. Good luck!