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Art Preservation Initiative Inc
2021 Curator's Juried Art Competition


Presenting the 2021 API Curator’s Juried Competition and Online Exhibit 

Overall Summary 

Our goal is to select up to 50 artworks for inclusion in our online exhibit hosted by From that group of 50, we will select up to 15 Award Winners (see below) for inclusion in our Curator’s Collection of fine art. Artwork in our Curator’s Collection is made available to our collectors, sponsors and corporate donor groups, many of whom utilize artwork in their advertising and promotional campaigns. Our secondary goal is to provide funding for our Artist Grant Program, dedicated to helping full-time studio artists in need of financial help. 

Our mission is to provide artists, galleries and museums with meaningful financial and promotional support in under-served art communities. You can learn more about us and our mission here

The artworks selected will be exhibited and offered for sale by through March 31, 2021. Any artworks sold are subject to a commission of 15% of the sales price, plus a handling fee of $7. Artwork is offered for sale unframed, shipping included. All costs of shipping and handling the artwork is borne by the Artist. 

Artists establish the selling price of their artwork during the application process. Shipping and handling costs are borne solely by the Artist. Artwork will be sold unframed. Artists should consider these factors in their pricing structure. OnlineGalleryShows requires an electronically signed contract (furnished via DocuSign) from each Artist prior to their participation in the online exhibit. 

Entry fees are $55 for the first image, $65 for two images and $75 for three images. The entry fee includes a complementary membership in the Art Preservation Institute as an Artist Associate Member. Winning artists are automatically upgraded to Juried Artist Member status. 

Minimum awards have been established as follows: 


First place (one awarded) $300
Second place (one awarded) $200
Third place (one awarded) $100
Honorable mention (up to 12 awarded) $ 50


Minimum awards may be increased based upon the number of entries received. The more entries, the bigger the awards. In addition, the top three award winners will receive a free full-page ad in our online magazine beginning with our 2021 Spring Edition and quarterly thereafter through December 31, 2021. 

In consideration of the cash awards, winning artists grant to API the right to make and sell prints of their winning artwork to collectors, sponsors, patrons and corporate members. Artists will receive a 75% commission on all prints sold. API will provide shipping for any prints that it sells. 

The total minimum awards will consist of cash and free advertising in our newsletters, calendars and other publications. Cash awards are paid in exchange for a license for our use of your accepted images. 

The jury pool will be comprised of API staff. The jurors will first select the pool of participants in the online exhibit and then select the Award Winners from that pool. Artists will be notified by email, on or before February 15, 2021, whether their artwork was accepted or declined for the online exhibit. Award winners will be announced by separate email on or before February 20, 2021. 

Artists eligible to compete are representational artists in the fields of painting and drawing who are at least 21 years of age. There is no residency requirement except we reserve the right, in our sole discretion, to disqualify any artist residing in a country that is in violation of United States laws or regulations. API directors, officers and staff are prohibited from entering. 

Image sizes for submitted artwork should be between 1400 to 1900 pixels on the longest side at 72dpi. File size must be less than 4MB in JPEG format. 

Entry Guidelines 

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Friday, November 20, 2020. 

This is an online exhibit so there is no minimum or maximum canvas size.

Images should be between 1400 and 1900 pixels on the longest side, 72 dpi, less than 4MB.

Artists agree to be bound by our prospectus and Terms of Service and other provisions of the

All entries must be submitted through OnlineJuriedShows. Do not send or email images to API.

The Jury process begins on February 11, 2021 and ends on February 15, 2021. Selections to be
included in the online exhibit will be announced on or before February 15, 2021.

Award winners will be announced on or before February 20, 2021.

Artists may submit up to three (3) images. Only one (1) image may win a prize.

The original artwork must be created on one singular flat substrate. No triptychs or multi-
paneled work.

Copyright infringement of any kind is unacceptable.

We will accept representational paintings or drawings that are created using traditional materials
such as oils, acrylics, watercolor, alkyds and gouache or traditional drawing materials including
pencil, ink or charcoal. Digital art and photographs are not acceptable.

Paintings created in an open studio where artists share the model are acceptable provided there
was no instruction being given of any kind.

Paintings must have been created within the last 3 years.

An artist may not submit a painting that has previously won a prize or award from API

Artists retain copyright to their image(s). All images submitted become part of our archives and may be used for future API event promotions.

Paintings need not be for sale to be accepted.

Paintings that do not reflect the artist’s current pricing structure may be disqualified from the competition. 

If an Artist accepts an award, he/she agrees to provide a limited license to API to sell prints of the artwork, and use images of the artwork, in accordance with the provisions discussed herein. Artist will receive a 75% commission on all prints sold. API will cover the shipping and packaging costs of prints sold hereunder.

Artists understand and agree that artwork offered for sale in the online exhibit are subject to additional terms and conditions established by OnlineGalleryShows. OnlineGalleryShows requires an electronically signed contract (furnished via DocuSign) from each Artist prior to their participation in the online exhibit.

SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Artists will be notified if they qualify for the exhibition with OnlineGalleryShows on or before February 15, 2021.

Award winners will be notified on or before February 20, 2021.



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