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The BoldBrush Painting Contest - Overview and Qualifications

Overview

The BoldBrush Painting Contest is a monthly online juried art competition sponsored by FASO Artist Websites. Our mission is to help fine artists around the world to grow and progress in their craft. We provide fine artists with the opportunity to compete against their peers, gain valuable feedback from the art community, and gain exposure to collectors and galleries who are eager to discover new and emerging talent.

Winners are announced every month through our Informed Collector newsletter and our social media channels. Combined, these channels reach over 36,000 collectors and art enthusiasts. In addition, we award over $23,625 in cash and prizes every month.

The BoldBrush Painting Contest is a tiered art competition that provides artists across a range of skill levels the opportunity to compete against their peers. We offer three tiers of competition: Beginner, Emerging and Professional. Each has it’s own respective qualifications for entry, which are described below:

Beginner Qualifications

  • You are currently taking art classes or workshops frequently
  • You are not actively trying to sell your artwork
  • You are not represented by a gallery
  • You do not participate in juried art shows or events

Emerging Qualifications

  • You are not actively taking art classes or workshops
  • You may or may not be actively trying to sell your artwork
  • You may or may not represented by a gallery
  • You may or may not participate in juried art shows or events
  • You may or may not have won an award(s) at a local art show
  • You feel that your artwork is good but cannot compete with professional artists who have more than 15 years of experience

Professional Qualifications

  • Are not actively taking art classes or workshops
  • Are actively trying to sell your artwork
  • Are represented by a gallery
  • Have participated in juried art shows or events
  • Are a signature member of one or more art groups
  • Have won an award(s) in a national show or have won first place in a plein air event
  • Know your artwork is strong and a cut above most other artists

Detailed Qualifications

Qualifications
Beginner
Emerging
Pro
Production
You are still working on achieving consistently competent artworks.
Your work is consistently competent but not yet masterful enough to compete with professional, full-time artists.
You have achieved mastery of your craft and consistently create great, professional artworks.
Learning
Currently developing your basic skills by taking classes, workshops, online tutorials or reading books.
You are not likely taking regular classes, but may take an occasional workshop with a master.
You are not regularly taking workshops or classes.
Teaching
You do not teach.
You may or may not teach workshops and/or classes to beginners.
You are likely teaching regular workshops and/or offering regular classes.
Marketing and Sales
Not actively marketing and selling your art.
Likely actively marketing and selling your art
You have sold and regularly sell your artwork.
Secondary Market Sales
Your artwork has not sold on the secondary market.
Your artwork has not sold on the secondary market.
Your may or may not have sold a few pieces on the secondary market.
Gallery Representation
Not represented by a brick and mortar gallery.
Likely have or are seeking brick and mortar gallery representation.
You are represented by a nationally recognized brick and mortar gallery.
Gallery Shows
You have not been in a gallery show.
You may have been in a group gallery show or a one person show in a local or regional gallery.
You have likely had a one person show in a nationally recognized gallery.
Juried Exhibitions
You have not participated in a juried art exhibition.
You are likely to have participated in a juried art exhibition.
You are likely to have won awards at national juried art exhibitions.
Signature Membership
You are not a signature member of any national art associations.
You may or may not be an associate member (not a signature member) of a national art association.
You are a signature member of a national art association.
Mastery Of Craft
You have not mastered all the foundational areas of painting: drawing, values, edges, composition, color and paint manipulation.
You have achieved competency in the foundational areas of painting.
You have achieved mastery of the foundational areas of painting.
Recognition
You have not garnered local, regional or national recognition for your work.
You have garnered some local or regional recognition for your work.
You have garnered national recognition for your work.
Press
You have not been featured in an art publication.
You have likely been featured in a group article (i.e. 30 Under 30) or featured in a regional publication.
You have likely had a feature article in a national art magazine.
Museums
You have not been invited to participate in museum group invitationals.
You have not been invited to participate in museum group invitationals.
You may have been invited to participate in some museum group invitationals.
Merchandising/Books
You may or may not buy books and videos from other more influential artists.
You are more likely to buy books and videos from other more influential artists.
You may or may not have written a book and/or videos about art.
Artist Following
No one has cited you as an influence.
No one has cited cited as an influence.
Other emerging artists are likely to cite you as an influence.

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