15th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition

Fusion Art is very pleased to announce the return of its Artist Spotlight Series with the 15th Artist Spotlight Solo Art Competition. The gallery created this monthly solo art exhibition series as an outlet for emerging, mid-level and professional artists to gain more worldwide online exposure.

The art world has changed in the last 2 decades. With the introduction of Facebook in 2004, Twitter in 2006, and Instagram in 2010, the way artists and their collectors/buyers find each other has changed. Through online and social media exposure, artists and collectors who may have never found each other previously, can find, buy and sell art to each other.

The Artist Spotlight Series is designed to assist artists gain exposure through the promotion of solo art exhibitions on the Fusion Art website, through online press releases and articles, and social media promotion.

Artist Spotlight will highlight individual artists who have an overall cohesive body of work to showcase.  Each month, Fusion Art selects one traditional artist, one digital & photography artist and one 3-dimensional artist (if the gallery receives 3-dimensional entries) to promote by providing the artists with individual solo art exhibitions. 

To qualify for Artist Spotlight artists must have a cohesive body of work to showcase with a minimum of twelve and a maximum of twenty pieces of art. 

The Artist Spotlight competition is an open competition. There is no theme and any subject matter and any media are acceptable. Artist Spotlight will be a more competitive environment than our monthly and quarterly themed competitions.  While the overall quality, originality, creativity, composition and presentation of an artist’s work is always an important consideration in all Fusion Art’s competition, Artist Spotlight is designed to highlight those artists who have a cohesive, quality, body of work to showcase. The artwork included in the Artist Spotlight Solo Art Exhibition does not need to be for sale.

In addition to the evaluation of the artwork the artist must submit an artist’s biography and/or artist’s statement. A well-written biography and/or artist’s statement is required for the Artist Spotlight Solo Exhibition Series.  A listing of exhibitions the artist has participated in does not constitute a biography or artist’s statement. Although only one is required, it is strongly recommended that an artist submit both.

A well-written artist biography and statement are essential for artists.  Artsy.net has written an exceptional article on how to write an artist biography. Also below are some helpful articles on how to compare an artist statement and artist biography, the top common mistakes artists make when writing a biography and how to write the perfect artist statement:

https://www.artsy.net/article/elena-soboleva-what-we-learned-from-writing-7-000-artist-bios

https://www.fusionartps.com/making-your-unknown-known-the-importance-of-an-artist-statement-and-bio/

https://www.fusionartps.com/common-artist-biography-mistakes/

https://www.lightspacetime.art/comparing-an-artists-biography-to-an-artists-statement/

https://www.lightspacetime.art/how-to-write-the-perfect-artist-statement/

These suggested resources are only suggestions for formats to follow. Fusion Art is not advocating that artists need to hire someone to write their bios and artist’s statements for them. An artist does not have to be an accomplished writer to create a well-written biography and artist’s statement. However, please note that the artist’s statement and/or biography will be part of the overall evaluation of an artist’s entry for Artist Spotlight and excerpts from either one may be included in the official press release and/or article announcing the artist’s solo art exhibition.

The 15th Artist Spotlight competition opens September 23, 2022 and will close on November 20, 2022.  Twelve winners will be selected and notified of their acceptance as an Artist Spotlight winner by December 10, 2022. This round of Artist Spotlight exhibitions will open on January 1, 2023 and continue for four months.

The selected winning artists will be given the opportunity to submit additional works for inclusion in their solo art exhibition up to a maximum of 20 images in the exhibition. The artists will have one week from the time they are notified they have been selected for Artist Spotlight to submit the images - otherwise only the works included in the submission will be included in the exhibition.  There will be no exceptions or late additional works allowed.  All submitted images are not guaranteed to be included in the Artist Spotlight solo exhibition.

Artist Spotlight winners will receive a one-month solo art exhibition on the Fusion Art website. They also receive an invitation to the annual group show to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico starting in 2024. The gallery and artist will select one available artwork from the solo exhibition to participate in the group show. 

Artists may only be selected as an Artist Spotlight winner once in a 12-month period. After 12 months, artists may submit to be an Artist Spotlight winner again, but only with different body of work.


Dates and Deadlines

  • Call for Artists Announced: September 23, 2022
  • Deadline for Entries:  November 30, 2022
  • Opening of the first Artist Spotlight Solo Exhibition:  January 1, 2023
  • Opening of the second Artist Spotlight Solo Exhibition:  February 1, 2023
  • Opening of the third Artist Spotlight Solo Exhibition:  March 1, 2023
  • Opening of the fourth Artist Spotlight Solo Exhibition:  April 1, 2023
  • Like all the online exhibitions – once the solo exhibition closes it will be archived on the site under Archived Exhibitions for 5 years.

Entry Fees

  • A nonrefundable entry fee of $40 for up to 8 images. 
  • Artists are encouraged to enter the maximum number of images allowable for the entry fee so as to show they have an overall cohesive body of work to be juried and available for a solo exhibition.
  • Once selected as a winner the Artist Spotlight winning artists will be allowed to submit additional images (up to a maximum of 12 additional images) to include in the solo exhibition for no additional fee. All submitted images are not guaranteed to be included in the Artist Spotlight solo art exhibition.
  • ENTRY FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE
  • Payment is required at the time of entry. Entry fees are inclusive of New Mexico Gross Receipts Tax.

Acceptable Mediums & Sizes

  • "Traditional" is open to the following 2D media:  painting, drawing, pastels, inks, pencil, printmaking, encaustic, fiber, and mixed media.
  • "Photography & Digital" is open to the following media: analog photography, digital photography, digital photo artwork, digital painting, digital manipulations, digital collage, photopainting, vector drawing, digital mixed media (integrated art). Digital Art that is a derivative work, created from another original artwork, must be significantly different as to constitute a new original work. The gallery reserves the right to request a copy of the original artwork if copyright infringement is suspected.
  • "3-Dimensional" Art is acceptable in this competition and is open to the following media: relief, pottery, sculpture, installation, kinetic, and conceptual 3-D artworks created in metal, paper, wood, stone, fiber, plastics, glass, ceramics, or any other material which can be used to create 3-dimensional art.
  • There are no size limitations on the artwork submitted.
  • Artwork that has previously been entered into and/or won a Fusion Art competition may be entered into Artist Spotlight.

Awards

  • Artists will receive a one-month solo art exhibition on the Fusion Art website
  • Artist Spotlight winning artists receive an invitation to the annual group each year to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico starting in 2024. The gallery and artist will select one available artwork from the solo exhibition to participate in the group show.
  • Artist Spotlight winners will be allowed to upgrade their month-long Solo Art Exhibition to a Featured Artist Membership by paying the difference between the Artist Spotlight entry fee and the Featured Artist Membership fee, as long as they meet the eligibility listed HERE.
  • Artists will receive a digital award certificate, event announcement postcard and a copy of the press release for their art portfolio.
  • A video of the Artist’s exhibition will be created and available on the exhibition webpage and Fusion Art's YouTube channel.
  • Links to the artist's website will be listed on the exhibition page and should result in increased exposure and traffic to the artist's website.
  • Fusion Art's objective is to promote the artists, worldwide, to art professionals, gallerists, collectors and buyers.
  • All inquiries from potential buyers who see the artwork on the Fusion Art website will be directed to the artist for negotiation.

Fusion Art utilizes the Submittable platform to receive, process and jury all competition entries.

Submittable is an international platform that is used for administrative processing by over 9000 organizations that specialize in art, photography, publishing, music, film-making, education and grants. It provides artists with a free, secure and easy-to-use system to apply to a wide variety of national (and international) juried art exhibitions 24 hours a day. There is no cost to the artist to register on the site and all payments processed through Submittable are secure. Submittable accepts both credit cards and PayPal.

Artists who submit an entry and images to Fusion Art must agree to Fusion Art's Terms of Service and Use, Privacy Policy and Competition Rules.

Please note that Submittable is a 3rd Party Submission Management Platform. Therefore, if you have any issues submitting and/or technical issues with the platform, including password resets, please reach out to Submittable Support directly at submittersupport@submittable.com. Submittable Customer Support hours are Monday-Friday 9am-5pm MT (Mountain Time). Thank you.

Read the full Competition Rules on the submission page. Click the button below to submit:

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