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Strokes of Genius Artist Competition

Queen of Butterflies by Olga Shvartsur

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Here at Fine Art America, we are all about celebrating artists. After all, artists are the reason we even exist at all. We know that art brings beauty into the world. For that reason, we love to find art competitions that allow artists to really shine.

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The Competition

The Strokes of Genius Artist Competition happens each year with a theme for artists to get inspired by. The competition was first arranged by artists and art lovers who felt there were plenty of competitions for painters and graphic designers, but not as many for illustrators or people who love to sketch and draw. This is the eleventh year for the competition. The theme for this year’s competition is Finding Beauty, but as with most art competitions, the theme can be broadly interpreted.

The artwork for the competition is allowed in any dry medium that could be considered a type of drawing. Examples of mediums included in the contest would be pencil, charcoal, Conté crayon, pen and ink, scratchboard, silverpoint, colored pencil, and pastels. Wet paint mediums can also be used if they display a linear or sketch format.

The early bird deadline for the competition is September 7, but you have until October 1 to get your entry in. If you can get your work in by September 7, you will pay $35 for your first entry, and $30 for each additional entry. You can enter as many times as you want. If you wait to enter until the last minute, you will pay $45 for your first entry, and $40 for each additional entry.

The grand prize winner receives $1000 in cash and publication in Artists Magazine. The first place winner, second place winner, and third place winner also receive cash awards and publication.

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Specific Requirements

The contest does have some specific requirements. Artists must enter their work or works as a digital file online, which is usually the standard submission format. However, you may need to submit a print-quality file if your entry is selected as one of the winning entries, which should be able to be printed in an 8 x 10 format. You will also be required to submit some biographical information via email. The entries will be judged by a juried international artist, Steven Assael. Of course, the contest is open to anyone, but the work needs to be original. In the past, the contest has received entries from all over the world.

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So if you love to draw, why not go ahead and enter the Strokes of Genius contest? There is nothing to lose, and you may find yourself $1000 richer. So many of our visitors here have a talent for drawing, but they do not share it, which is a shame because the world is full of talented people whose work needs to see the light. Go ahead, why not share your talent with the world that needs some more beauty in it. After all, how do you think some of our artists got their start?

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