Art Competitions

National Art Chair:
Rosie Eylens, email:
Pikes Peak Pen Women
Colorado Springs, Colorado

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Biennial Competitions

Next Biennial: 2018

NLAPW Biennial Juried Arts Competition Guidelines:

Eligibility: Open to all active Artist members of Pen Women. You may submit up to Two (2) entries. All work must be original, completed in last three (3) years for two-dimensional work and pottery, and five years (5) for sculpture. Entries must NOT have been previously submitted to the NLAPW Biennial Exhibit, nor the Vinnie Ream competition.

Fee: $35 per artist – this fee includes BOTH entries if you enter two pieces. The fee is payable to NLAPW and should accompany the entry form.

Deadline: Applications will be accepted from October 1, 2017 to January 31, 2018, and must be postmarked no later than January 31, 2018. Late entries cannot be accepted.

Categories: Entries may be in any of the Art categories that can be hung or displayed in a gallery, such as: painting – all media, including oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media; drawing and Graphics – all mediums; Photography, Printmaking (original prints only–NO GICLEE or other reproduction prints of work done in other media. 3-dimensional work, such as pottery (hand-formed or wheel-thrown), jewelry, fiber arts, or sculpture.

Size: Maximum dimensions of 2-D work (including frame) are up to 40 inches high, 36 inches wide, and under 20 pounds. All 2-D works must be framed and ready to hang with D-rings no more than 3” from the top. Heavier pieces should have D-rings as close to the top as possible. Gallery wrapped canvas does not have to have frames. No sawtooth hangers please.

Submissions: All entries must be in entered in advance as .jpg digital format at 300 dpi on a CD. The file name should be the title of the piece. Submit one image of 2-D work, and up to 3 images of 3-D work (front, back, sides). CD must be labeled with artist’s name, title of each piece, medium, outside dimensions, weight, and price. These CDs will not be returned and should have ONLY the entries for this exhibit on them.

Accepted Art Applications for pieces that will go into the show will be jurored. Artists will be notified if their art is accepted for the Biennial Exhibit in February 2018. Shipping instructions will be sent with acceptance notification.

Shipping: Artists will pay for shipping of their accepted pieces to Des Moines, Iowa. Return shipping of unsold pieces will be paid by the BEAF – Biennial Exhibiting Artist Fund. (Donations to this standing fund are always gratefully accepted.)

Sales: Pieces may be for sale or marked NFS-Not for Sale. Commissions will apply, as determined, and the balance of amount for each piece sold will be sent to the artist after the show. Sold pieces must remain until the end of the show. Buyers who cannot take personal delivery will be asked to pay for shipping.

Sample Artist application for the NLAPW Biennial Juried Arts Competition

Your application will consist of this completed form, a CD of photos of your art, and $35 entry fee.

Name __________________________________________________________________________

Branch _________________________________________________________________________


Phone __________________________________home __________________________cell

City _______________________________ State _____________ Zip _____________

Email ________________________________________________________________

Entry #1
Title _________________________________________________________
Medium _______________________________ Weight (if 3-D) _________________
Size (outside dimension, including frame) ____________________________________
Price or NFS _____________________________________

Entry #2
Title _________________________________________________________
Medium _______________________________ Weight (if 3-D) _________________
Size (outside dimension, including frame) _____________________________________
Price or NFS _____________________________________

Your signature indicates acceptance and compliance with rules and the understanding that all physical entries are submitted at your own risk. All care will be taken with artwork that is accepted for the Biennial show; however any damage incurred in transit will not be the NLAPW’s responsibility. Insure your art before shipping it!

Sign here____________________________________________________________

Pix and Paint Art Contest

The photography contests during our Biennials have been a hoot. The contest will be open to ALL Pen Women (Art, Letters, Music). The subject to be announced.

Photos can be taken at any time, previously or during the Biennial. They must be your own photos.

You can work from life, your own photos or sketches, Google Earth images. Your art can be any size, from murals to miniatures. Interior and exterior scenes, close-ups of details – your choice. Paintings can be any media: oil, watercolor, pencil, collage, etc.

All art and photos remain your property.
Photographers and Artists – send up to THREE entries (density 1mg or larger). Entry is free.

Deadline for both categories to be announced, but early submissions will be accepted. Judges will be members of the National Art Committee. All entries will be shown and winners announced before the end of the Biennial. Entrants do not have to be present at the Biennial to win, but those who are present will receive an extra $25 prize money.

Prizes for each category – first prize $100, second $60, third $40. The editor of The Pen Woman magazine may contact you to ask for permission to use your image in the magazine.

Please copy/paste and include this form with EACH submission

Name __________________________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone ______________________ Address ____________

Title of piece _____________________________________

Medium _________________________________________

The Art Committee of NLAPW has my permission to:
(__)showcase my work, at low density, on Website.
(__) Include my work in a slide show during the Biennial.
(__) use my entry for free in a future issue of The Pen Woman magazine

Signature ________________________ Date __________