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The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
Author: Big Fat Prize
Category: Arts > Architecture
Date: 03/13/2012
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Location: United States, New York, Chelsea
Address: Agora Gallery, Chelsea , New York City.
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Prizes :
1 place: 1,000 USD


Agora Gallery proudly hosts the annual Chelsea International Fine Art Competition, a renowned art contest that is juried by prominent museum curators and art experts. It is a great opportunity for the juror-selected artists to gain exposure by exhibiting their work in the famed Chelsea Art Gallery District as well as be part of online and print promotions.

The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is open to visual artists from anywhere in the world and at all stages in their career. In previous years the juror has selected artists working in painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media and print.

Competition Guidelines

2012 Calendar

  • February 7, 2012 - Competition opens
  • March 13, 2012 - Submission deadline
  • March 27, 2012 - Results announced
  • August 24th through September 9th - Exhibition for the selected artists

Accepted Media

All media is accepted with the exception of video art, film, performance art, jewelry and crafts.


All visual artists worldwide above the age of 18 are eligible to participate. Click here to view the complete competition terms.

Entry Fee

There is a $35 entry fee for up to 5 images; $5 for each additional image.

The following payment methods are accepted:

  • Credit Cards/Debit Cards- Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover and Diners
  • PayPal - Send the payment to
  • Check - US Banks Only, Payable to Agora Gallery
  • Money Order - US Banks only in US dollars
  • Money Wire - US dollars

Submitting Images

All competition entries are processed through our online entry system. Printed Call-for-Entry forms are no longer used.

Before you begin the process of entering the competition, please have the following information and materials ready:

  • Your contact information for registration and notification
  • Title, dimensions and medium of each artwork
  • High quality image files of your work in JPG format


Awards will be distributed as follows:

  • Exhibition - 15-20 artists will participate in a collective exhibition at Agora Gallery 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, New York.
  • Cash - $1000 will be awarded to three (3) artists; each receiving $500, $300 and $200 respectively.
  • Internet Promotion - Six (6) artists will be awarded placement of 6 images on ARTmine for a period of one year.
  • Review by an art critic - One (1) artist will be awarded a one-page review with two (2) color images in ARTisSpectrum Magazine.

By entering this competition you hereby agree to the following terms and represent and warrant that:

1 - Age - All registration information you submit is truthful and accurate. You further represent and warrant that you are 18 years of age or older and that your use of does not and will not violate any applicable law or regulation.

2 - Copyrights - All of the images that you will be submitting are images of original artwork created by yourself or it is artwork created by an artist who authorized you to submit the images on his/her behalf and the images do not violate the privacy rights, publicity rights, copyright rights, or other intellectual property rights of any person or entity. You may not post, distribute, or reproduce in any way any copyrighted material, trademarks, or other proprietary information without obtaining the prior written consent of the owner of such proprietary rights. It is the policy Agora Gallery to terminate all relations with any artist who infringes copyright upon prompt notification to Agora Gallery by the copyright owner or the copyright owner's legal agent without limiting the foregoing.

3 - What to do if someone submitted your images to us without your permission: If you believe that your work has been copied and posted on our website in a way that constitutes copyright infringement, please provide us with the following information: an electronic or physical signature of the person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyright interest; a description of the copyrighted work that you claim has been infringed; a description of where the allegedly infringed material is located on our website; your address, telephone number, and email address; a written statement by you that you have a good faith belief that the disputed use is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law and a written and signed statement by you, made under penalty of perjury, that the information in your notice to Agora Gallery is truthful and accurate and that you are the copyright owner or are authorized to act on behalf of the copyright owner.

4 - Artwork - The artwork which will be uploaded by you will not include pornographic, sexually explicit or suggestive material, violence or gore and/or racist material.

5 - Selected Artists - If your work is selected it will be your exclusive responsibility to deliver the actual artwork to the gallery and make sure it is framed and/or gallery wrapped and ready to be displayed. You agree that you will follow all of the gallery's procedures for promotion and exhibitions and that the gallery has the exclusive right to revoke your participation if those instructions are not followed

6 - Fee - you agree that all competition fees are mandatory and non-refundable.

7 - Limitation of Liability - In the event that you bring a lawsuit or assert in any forum any claim whatsoever against Agora, it's agents, employees, representatives and/or officers, in connection with and/or arising from any claims that are in any way related to your entry to the competition and/or any acts or omissions arising from Agora's representation of you and/or Agora's relationship with you in any manner whatsoever the maximum amount of damages to which you shall be entitled on all of your claims in the aggregate shall be the greater of either (a) the insurance proceeds received by either you or Agora in connection with your claim or (b) in the event that your insurance claim is denied for any reason whatsoever and/or is not covered by the insurance policy, no more than the total amount actually paid by you to Agora in connection with your entry.

In the event that any party commences a lawsuit or other legal proceeding to enforce its rights under this Agreement or in connection with and/or arising from any claim whatsoever against Agora, its agents, employees, representatives and/or officers, in connection with any claims that are in any way related to this agreement and/or any acts or omissions arising from Agora's representation of you and/or Agora's relationship with you in any manner whatsoever; a) you hereby unconditionally consent to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of the state of New York, New York County, and New York law shall apply for the adjudication of any such claim and b) , Agora shall be entitled to recover from you all of its costs and expenses relating to any such proceeding including, without limitation, its attorneys' fees.

8 - Indemnity - You agree to indemnify and hold harmless Agora Gallery, its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, and other partners and employees, harmless from any loss, liability, claim, or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of your use of our website in violation of this Agreement and/or arising from a breach of this Agreement and/or any breach of your representations and warranties set forth above and/or any acts or omissions arising from Agora's representation of you and/or Agora's relationship with you in any manner whatsoever.

Previous Winners

2011 selected artists

Participation in a Collective Exhibition:

Goseong Choi, Juancho Arregui Lopez, Marisa Ollero, Lyn Ashby, Beth Kamhi, Andreas Tschersich, Christian Weber, Vlad Antonov, Panagiota Bakouti, Len Bernstein, Olivia Coffey, Alfredo De Matteis, Mark Hedengren, Yohei Kichiraku, Emma Topping, Chloe Vallance, William Tarnowski, Carlo Piemonti, Jorge Rivas, Filip Matic, Judi Lederman, Jessica Houston, Sarah Intemann, Mio Garcia, Romulo Goncalves, Petra Fohringer, Matthew Condron, Matthew Allen, Ilse Bormann, Barbara Groot .

Annual Internet Exposure on ARTmine:

Nadia Garcia Porras, Cheng Halley, Yiyun Chu, Marcus Günther, Antonia Sanke, Masumi Nyui.

Review in ARTisSpectrum Magazine:

Becky Franco

Monetary prizes were awarded to the following artists:

$500 to Angie Zielinski, $300 to Trey Gossett and $200 to Carmen Celentano

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