GALLERY RING

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OPEN
SEPTEMBER 2021
PROSPECTUS

DEADLINE: MONDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 2021


PROSPECTUS

Artist eligibility:
- must be 18 years or older
- can be emerging or established
- must be able to communicate in English or Spanish

Fee:

-  $20 USD for 1-3 images of separate artworks
-  artist can submit more than once if he or she would like more than 3 artworks to be considered
-  entry fees are NOT refundable and do NOT guarantee entry into the exhibition

"Best In Show" winners must have a Paypal account to receive cash prizes. (Free and easy to create an account)
Prizes must be claimed within three months of being awarded.


Artist notification of results:
- all artists will be notified about the results regarding their submissions via email when the show is posted online (approximately between one and two weeks after the respective deadline)
- this is when artists will receive their digital Award Certificates, Award Pages, Plaques and Vouchers

All accepted works of art will be displayed with artist name, title of work, medium and dimensions.  Artist's contact information will be published only if requested.

Media:
-  two-dimensional works done by hand are eligible such as paintings and drawings  
-  photography, digital, mixed media, printwork and collage are eligible
- sculpture, crafts, jewellery, fabric art and similar media are ineligible
-  video and sound are ineligible

Criteria:
Gallery Ring looks for originality, mastery of medium, strong overall design and composition, creative and clear interpretation of theme and a solid, arresting impression and intention in each artwork.     

Image requirements:
-  only 1 artwork and 1 frontal viewpoint per image is permissible   
-  cannot exceed 2MB
-  in jpg format (NOT JPEG OR PNG PLEASE -- They are incompatible with the software used for the website.)
-   files must be labeled as Last name-First name-Title of Art.jpg  (example:  Jones-Rosa-Sunrise.jpg)
-  cropped to show only the artwork - frames, mat, other backgrounds and watermarks are unacceptable
-  clear, without glares and in focus  

Artist Statement : (recommended but not required)
- maximum 150 words
An artist statement is written in the first person and explains the artist’s purpose and inspiration for his or her overall practice or for the pieces submitted.  It does NOT give the life story of the artist - that is a biography.
- will not be a factor during the jurying process but will be displayed in the exhibit for the award winners
- will be edited if they surpass the word limit or if they are structurally and/or grammatically incorrect

Sales:  
Artwork does not have to be for sale.  Gallery Ring does not handle sales of art or take a commission but will direct inquiries to the artist.

Newsletter subscription:
Upon submission, artists will automatically be added to Gallery Ring’s email list and will receive future announcements and newsletters.  If the artist prefers not to be on this list, he or she can email Gallery Ring and be removed.  

Policy:
-  once the submission deadline has been reached, no image substitutions or changes will be permitted
-  all artwork must be original and not done with help from teachers or be copied from work by other artists or photographers
-  artwork that's offensive, violent, vulgar, distasteful or negative in any way against humans or animals is unacceptable
-  artwork that is political is unacceptable
-  artwork must not have been previously shown on this site
-  all decisions regarding exhibitions and winners are final
-  all selected artwork must remain in the exhibition for the entire duration - early withdrawals are not permitted
-  artists' contact information will not be shared with external parties or groups
-  Gallery Ring reserves the right to cancel, extend or change exhibition dates or content at any time


AWARDS
Aside from "Best in Show, Ruby, Sapphire and Emerald", all awards are only bestowed as merited.  The number is dependent on how many submitted artworks are worthy of the respective distinction therefore the rest of the awards listed below are always available but may not be presented each time. This allows the contest to focus on the artistic merit of individual artworks independently of each other hence making room for the inclusion of a variety of styles and media that are inherently difficult to compare.  

*BEST IN SHOW
- reserved for the single artwork that exhibits skillful execution plus artistic and creative supremacy over the rest in the interpretation of the specific theme
THE WINNER RECEIVES:
- a written commentary by the juror, about the winning piece, which will be prominently displayed in the exhbition
- small, cash prize (amount determined by number of entries)
- a free-submission voucher valid for a future, "Theme" show to be used at the artist's discretion - it does not have a cash value
- a digital Award Certificate
- a special Award Page which announces the news and is ideal for use in an artist portfolio and for sharing on social media and websites
- includes an invitation to participate (free of charge) in the annual "Best In Show Event" which takes place every January
- includes Instagram promotion during the event and again during the "Best In Show Event"

*DIAMOND AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

- reserved for high-caliber artworks that demonstrate a solid mastery of skill and provide an outstanding and arresting, overall impact and impression that surpasses expectations
THE WINNER RECEIVES:
- a digital Award Certificate
- a special Award Page which announces the news and is ideal for use in an artist portfolio and for sharing on social media and websites
- includes Instagram promotion during the event

*RUBY, SAPPHIRE AND EMERALD AWARDS
- reserved for the top three, outstanding artworks of extremely high quality (after the awards listed above)
- do not indicate any superiority over each other such as 1st, 2nd and 3rd place but rather they are equal but different - each jewel has its own distinctive personality and brilliance which is matched to the artwork that is most suited to it in character, mood and presence
- are equal and listed in random order
- maximum of one of each is awarded per show
THE WINNERS RECEIVE:
- a digital Award Certificate
- a special Award Page which announces the news and is ideal for use in an artist portfolio and for sharing on social media and websites
- includes Instagram promotion during the event

*CRYSTAL AWARDS
- reserved for artworks of superior quality which demonstrate mastery of skill and an excellent sense of artistry (after the awards listed above)

- are equal and listed in random order
THE WINNERS RECEIVE:
- a digital Award Certificate
- Instagram promotion during the event

*AWARDS OF MERIT
- reserved for artworks that demonstrate strong artistic skills combined with a creative sensibility that results in powerful, exciting and interesting compositions
THE WINNERS RECEIVE:
- a digital Award Certificate
- Instagram promotion during the event

*HONOURABLE MENTION
THE WINNERS RECEIVE:
- a digital Award Certificate
- Instagram promotion during the event

*FINALISTS
- receive a standard, official digital plaque with the date and name of the show
- random Finalists will be promoted on Instagram during the show


Click here to submit.
galleryring@gmail.com
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