Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Which category should I enter?

A: Use our Skill Levels page to determine which category best describes you or which category you meet most of the criteria in (please don’t ask us, that’s a can of worms we will not to open). We are not the painting police and submission to this competition is on the honor system.

Q: What does it cost to enter Art Muse Contest?

A: Category entry fees are –

2 Entries for $25 or 3 Entries for $35

Q: What are the prizes?

A: Each category awards different prizes as follows –

Budding Artist winners receive: $100 cash prize, an art supply award (to be determined each month), promotion on our website and social media channels and a 1 hour marketing consultation with Kelley Sanford, Artist BFF Services.

Emerging Artist winners receive: $400 cash prize, inclusion in the Jack Meier Gallery Show of Art Muse Contest Winners, one entry into the 6 month Gallery Representation Award Competition and promotion on our website and social media channels. See the Contest Rules for more information.

Emerging Artist, Finalist: One finalist will be chosen each month from the Emerging Artists entries. This finalist will compete alongside the Emerging Artist winners at the end of the year for the opportunity for 6 months of gallery representation. See the Contest Rules for more information.

Master Class winners receive: $500 cash prize, inclusion in the Jack Meier Gallery Show of Art Muse Contest Winners, one year Premium Membership to Art Cantina to market your workshops and classes, promotion on our website and social media channels and one entry into the Master Class Annual Art Supply Award. See the Contest Rules for more information.

Merit Award winners will receive a special prize (each month will be different) and will be promoted on our website and social media channels. See the Contest Rules for more information.

Q: How are the winners chosen?

A: Winners will be chosen by a judge who is a respected and established member of the art community such as (but not limited to), award-winning artists, magazine publishers, gallery owners and museum curators. Judging criteria is based on skill with the judge evaluating aspects of 2d art such as (but not limited to), drawing ability, composition, design, use of motif, edges, originality, mastery of medium and use of color/value.

Q: How many times can I enter in a month?

A: Enter as often as you like. See above for entry fees.

Q: Does artwork I submit to Art Muse Contest have to be available for sale?

A: No. The artwork you submit to Art Muse Contest does not have to be available for sale. However, if you are in the gallery show of Art Muse Contest Winners or are selected for 6 months of representation by Jack Meier Gallery at the end of the year then the artwork you send to the gallery must be available for sale. That artwork may be different than the artwork you submit to the monthly Art Muse Contest and is subject to approval by the gallery.

Q: How old can my artwork be to be eligible for submission to Art Muse Contest?

A: Unlike Social Security, there is no age limit for a piece of art submitted to Art Muse Contest. You may submit old work or current work, it is up to you.

Q: Is there a size limit for my artwork?

A: Your original artwork can be any size however, the photograph you submit of your artwork must follow our submission rules as follows –

  • When naming the photographs of your artwork on your computer (this is different than the title), label your images with first and last name, title and category. Lower case letters, no spaces or symbols. Example – suesmithsunnydayemerging.jpg
  • Images must be 72 dpi, 1000 pixels on the longest edge and must be JPG.
  • Images must be photographed without matting or frames. Only the image must be shown, no view of your dog in the background, regardless of the cute factor.

For troubleshooting image resizing, click here and for a free website to resize your image, click here.

Q: I accidentally submitted the wrong image of my art, can I change it?

A: Please email for help with that. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to make any changes on your own. Absolutely, no changes will be made after the submission deadline has passed and the contest is in the judging phase.

Q: My artwork won a prize in last month’s Art Muse Contest, am I allowed to enter that same piece into the next Art Muse Contest?

A: We know you’ve got a hot piece of artwork on your hands, however, if that piece of art has already won an award in Art Muse Contest it is not eligible for another award. You are an awesome artist, please submit a different piece.

Q: May I enter all 3 categories in the same month to increase my chances of winning?

A: No. That is called cheating and will disqualify you from the contest and all future contests. Remember, the art world is a small community and you really don’t want to tarnish your reputation like that.

Q: The Master Class category best describes me but, my chances of winning against the Emerging Artists is better, may I enter the Emerging category instead?

A: We are not the painting police and submission to this competition is on the honor system. We do however, reserve the right to move your artwork into another category should we feel that you have submitted work in a category below your skill level.

Q: How will I be notified if I win?

A: Winners and finalists will be notified via email by the last day of the month following the previous month’s entry.

Q: I won! Now what?

A: Cash awards will be deposited through PayPal by the 8th of each month. Cash prizes will be deposited directly into your PayPal account. Your email address must be linked to your PayPal account. Cash award winners will receive a 1099. Physical prizes will be mailed by the 8th of each month via USPS.

Q: Is this restricted to U.S. residents only?

A: No, you may enter for anywhere in the world. Standard shipping in the U.S. is covered as part of the art supply award. Any special, international delivery, duties, taxes or customs clearance costs will be the responsibility of the winner.

Q: How old must I be in order to enter?

A: You must be 13 years of age or older to enter.

Q: I’m a sculptor, photographer, digital artist, performance artist, etc. can I enter the Art muse Contest?

A: Not at this time, however, we have plans for the future to open new categories so stay tuned.

Q: Will you use my artwork for anything?

A: Upon submitting an entry, you grant Art Muse Contest a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce your artwork images for promotional purposes only. In other words, we want to show the world your amazing artwork and tell them how talented you are!

Q: I’ve been entered into the Gallery Representation Award Competition but I have questions for the gallery, may I contact them directly?

A: If you are chosen as a winner or finalist, you are not permitted to contact the gallery. Any communication will disqualify you from the competition and from all future entries.

Q: I’ve won the Gallery Representation Award, now may I contact the gallery?

A: Art Muse Contest will notify the winner when they are authorized to contact the gallery representative. You are not permitted to contact the gallery otherwise.

Q: Will Art Muse Contest ship my artwork to the gallery?

A: The winner will be responsible for all shipping costs to and from the gallery. Artists should insure their hand-delivered or shipped work, as Jack Meier Gallery and Art Muse Contest are not liable for damage to artwork in transit or during display at Jack Meier Gallery. Artists must include a pre-paid return label or credit card for return shipping costs.