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Art Competitions - A Morale Booster

May 2, 2008
Getting their art works exhibited is a difficult job for budding artists. An admirable way for an artist to get his works displayed is to participate in an art competition. His or her self respect will get a colossal boost just by getting accepted for a prestigious one. The road to success, for many a thriving artist, has been these contests.

People generally attend competitions, not necessarily on art. Most people would normally hesitate to put their foot into an art gallery, but would unfalteringly enter into a place where a competition event is taking place and even come out with some pretty bold statements.

One of the main factors that greatly enhanced the reputation of an art competition is the standing of the Judge who is going to preside over the function. Some competitions have a panel of Judges to grace the occasion. The more well known the Judge or the Jury, the more notable the event. Most of these contests are regular happenings, taking place once or twice a year. Some have an established history and these are the ones that create a center of attention.

The subject matter of an art contest can be specific or can be general in nature. If based on a specific theme, it can be either on the medium by which the painting is drawn (Acrylic Paint, Watercolor etc.); the media on which it is drawn (Canvas, Paper etc.) or content (Objects, Places and Spaces etc.). A frequent visitor to such events will notice that there are people who invariably turn up at these competitions.

The place where a competition is held also plays a great role in the success of the same. A competition in a art gallery or a museum rather than a sidewalk has more standing. So does the fact whether a catalog is published or not or whether prizes are offered or not. The more prestigious the contest the more the chances of the winner or the runner up or even an entrant to gain further exposure.

The odds of a particular work of art, whether it had won a prize or not, coming to the attention of a knowledgeable collector is possible. Even a favorable comment on it by the Judge or any member of the panel of Judges enhances the value of the work. The collector may or may not purchase it, but someone else might. Some painting may catch the fancy of another spectator who might not be a connoisseur, but who simply likes it. Experiencing art is on the personal level.

Leaving alone the aesthetic part of art competitions, participating and winning an art competition can be highly profitable business. Every year, quite a number of art competitions take place and the prizes offered could well run into five figures or more. For a serious artist, and more so for a budding one, entering his or her works into as many a competition as possible might result in a win and future fame. These contests symbolize an art world and an art market of their own.

The places and the dates of these competitions are readily available on the Internet. For a serious artist, and more so for a budding one, entering his or her works into as many a competition as possible might result in a win and future fame. The possibility of winning some great prizes and making a name for one's own increases with the number of competitions participated. The stepping stone to a gallery of reputation is the art competition.
About the Author
Kathy Austin is a writer for an online art gallery. Red Bubble organizes art competition, visit the site for more details.
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