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The Gateway International Painting Competition - Juried with Monthly and Annual Awards

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Event History

NOW IN ITS 5TH YEAR, this international online JURIED painting competition, exhibition and artist promotion is fully sponsored and managed by Victoria Oldham and Tim Ernster of Range Dog Publishing. A labor of love, the ultimate goal for proceeds is to make and send art kits to students who do not have access to art supplies or art education. This competition was first launched as "The Gateway To Sedona Artist Competition," then called "The Sedona Art Prize" and today is known as "The Gateway International Painting Competition" due to the fact than anyone anywhere on earth can participate, so long as they have Internet access.

What Makes this event different?

This online, monthly and annual JURIED painting competition is open to all artists worldwide who are over 18 years of age. Cash prizes are awarded each month to Best in Show winners while certificates and free promoted entries are awarded to all Finalists, including Best in Show. All painting media is accepted, including, but not limited to acrylic, oil, watercolor, ink, pastel, pencil, and mixed media.

Copyright Policy

Artists keep 100% rights to their work. Artists may offer paintings or print reproductions for sale directly from their entry pages at PaintingContest.Org and keep 100% of their sale (no commission ever!).

Image Usage Rights

Artists keep 100% rights to their work — always!

The Gateway International Painting Competition is an online monthly and annual juried painting competition at www.PaintingContest.Org. This competition is open to all artists worldwide who are over 18 years old. Up to 18 Finalists are selected each month from among 3 categories: up to 6 from Representational Professional, up to 6 from Abstract Professional, and up to 6 from Novice/For the Love of Painting. Cash prizes are awarded to the Best in Show winners from each of these 3 categories; Certificates and free promoted painting entries are awarded to all Finalists, including Best in Show.

All traditional painting media is accepted including but not limited to oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, pencil, ink, and mixed media. Two professional master artist judges provide a written critique for each Finalist painting. Judges working in the representational style judge the representational paintings; judges working in the abstract style judge the abstract paintings.

Monthly Finalists and Best in Show winners are announced on or shortly after the 20th of the following month. This gives the judges time to make their selections and write their critiques. Finalists from all months of the competition contend for Annual Grand Prizes (cash prizes) awarded in August. See the website for rules.  

This painting competition supports fundraising efforts to make and send art kits to students who have limited access to art supplies and/or art education; entry fees significantly contribute to this goal. See more information at www.PaintingContest.Org/artkits.


Monthly Competitions: Opens at 12:01 am the first day of each month and closes at 11:59 Arizona USA time on the last day of each month. Each painting is date stamped for the record of entry. All Finalist paintings from monthly competitions are entered into the annual competition, running from August 1st to July 31st.

For more information about this opportunity for Artists and to enter, please visit the Event Website.


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