About Art Muse Contest

Welcome to Art Muse Contest, a different type of art competition. This contest is run by Kim VanDerHoek and Kelley Sanford. Kim is an artist and art instructor. Kelley is an artist, instructor and has her own business, Artist BFF, which provides marketing and consultation services for artists. While there are a lot of great online art competitions, we want to bring something different to the table. Many of these competitions have artists competing against a wide range of skill levels. We have a different approach.

Art Muse Contest holds 12 monthly online art contests with cash prizes awarded each month and a new judge each month.

Our goal is to give artists of every skill level an even playing field where they are competing against peers of their approximate skill level. We offer awards that help budding artists continue on their journey to improving their skills and becoming professionals, help emerging artists gain recognition to grow their careers by including an opportunity for gallery representation as well as a gallery exhibition and offer master class artists prestige, a gallery exhibition and an award(s) that will enable them to continue to build on their success. We also have a firm commitment to promote, highlight and celebrate the winners each month on all our social media channels.

There are 3 skill levels with guidelines to help you determine which is the appropriate one for your work. Choose the skill level that most closely represents where you are currently in your art career.

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.

Entry Fees

  • Master Class – 2 entries/$25 per artist
  • Emerging Artist – 2 entries/$25 per artist
  • Budding Artist – 1 entry/$15 per artist

Prizes include

  • Monthly cash awards of $500, $250, $100
  • Opportunity for gallery representation
  • Opportunity for a gallery show
  • Marketing consultation with Artist BFF
  • Membership to Art Cantina
  • Annual advertising award
  • Art supplies
  • Social media promotion
  • Monthly giveaways for entrants or Facebook followers

We offer awards beyond cash prizes. We want to support you along your career path with special awards that contribute toward that goal, in other words, we want to help you make your mark.

Click here to read the Contest Rules.