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These FAQ’s may be updated from time to time so please be sure to read them in their entirety as they may have changed since the last time you read them.

1What is Fusion Art?

Fusion Art is also an online art gallery website where new, emerging and professional artists can enter online juried art exhibitions, obtain competition experience, as well as gain exposure to art collectors and art professionals.

Fusion Art conducts monthly and quarterly themed online solo and group art competitions. The winning artworks are promoted on the gallery’s website with the Best in Show winners, for the monthly themed exhibitions, and the Artist Spotlight winners featured for one month, while the quarterly exhibition winners are featured for three months.

Best in Show winners are also featured on the Featured Artists page. Second through Fifth Place winners also receive special recognition and are featured on the Monthly Winners page, and Exhibition page, above all the other entrants selected for participation in the exhibition.

2Who is Fusion Art?

Chris and Valerie Hoffman are the owners of Fusion Art.  Chris is an award winning Fine Artist who has been painting professionally for over 20 years and Valerie is an award winning film producer and writer. Chris’s work can be found in private collections around the world. Early in his career, Chris entered and participated in numerous juried art exhibitions in Boston, Providence and New York City. He has now chosen to share his knowledge to assist other artists in gaining experience and exposure to new and seasoned art collectors and art professionals.

3Does Fusion Art Sell Artwork?

Fusion Art does not engage directly in selling the artwork featured in any of its online exhibitions on the Fusion Art website.  Fusion Art does not represent artists in the online exhibitions on its website. All inquiries from potential buyers who see the artwork on the Fusion Art website will be directed to the artist for negotiation.

In addition, each year Fusion Art hosts an annual group show in Palm Springs, or another city chosen by the gallery, that includes all the Best in Show and Artist Spotlight winners from the previous twelve months of online exhibitions. For sales that occur during the annual group show, Fusion Art will take the standard industry 50% commission on any sale.

At all times, the copyright to all the artwork shown on the Fusion Art website remains with the respective artist. None of the artwork may be downloaded or reproduced without the written consent of the artist.

4Why Should I Enter Fusion Art’s Online Juried Art Competitions?

There are numerous benefits to artists for participation in Fusion Art’s online juried art competitions. First and foremost, it provides exposure for the artists by showcasing their art work and artistic talents. Fusion Art promotes the winning artists each month through its website, in hundreds of local and international press releases, online event calendars, art news websites, direct email campaigns and through the gallery’s social media outlets.

In addition, each year Fusion Art hosts a group exhibition in Palm Springs, California (or another city chosen by Fusion Art) featuring the Best in Show and Artist Spotlight winners from the previous twelve months of online exhibitions. This annual show will give artists an opportunity to display their winning artwork in a “brick and mortar” gallery. The exhibition will last for approximately one month.

5What Happens to My Artwork after the Online Exhibition is Over?

Fusion Art’s online art exhibitions are retained in the gallery’s archives for 3 years. Each exhibition’s archive preserves all the artwork selected for participation in the exhibition. Each piece of artwork is clearly marked with the artist’s name, title of the work and the artist’s website and contact information as provided by the artist.

6How Does Fusion Art Promote My Art & the Exhibition?

The winning artists and artworks are promoted on the gallery’s website with the Best in Show winners, for the monthly themed exhibitions, and the Artist Spotlight winners featured for one month, while the quarterly exhibition winners are featured for three months.

Best in Show winners are also featured on the Featured Artists page. Second through Fifth Place winners also receive special recognition and are featured on the Monthly Winners page, and Exhibition page, above all the other entrants selected for participation in the exhibition.

Fusion Art will also promote the exhibition through its website, in hundreds of local and international press releases, online event calendars, news websites, on the gallery’s social media outlets, and through direct email campaigns to art collectors, art professionals and art gallery owners.

7How Do I Enter the Competitions?

Fusion Art uses the Submittable platform to receive and process all of its art competition entries. Founded in 2009 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.  Visit Fusion Art’s Submittable Page HERE.

8What are the Benefits of Using Submittable?

Submittable provides artists with a free, secure and easy-to-use system to apply to a wide variety of national (and international) juried art exhibitions. 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 and artists can submit entries 24 hours a day.

More information on Submittable can be found at www.submittable.com.

9Does Fusion Art Ever Feature/Represent Individual Artists?

No, at this time Fusion Art does not represent any individual artists.  However, starting in May 2020, the gallery is introducing a “Fusion Gallery Artist Membership” option to artists. Please visit the Fusion Gallery Artists page for more information on this exciting new opportunity.

10What are the Rules for Fusion Art’s Online Art Competitions?

Please read the Fusion Art Rules HERE. If you have any questions regarding any competition’s theme and its interpretation, please Contact Us and we will help you with the application process.

11Where Do I Submit My Entries for the Current Competition?

You can submit your entries to the current competitions HERE.

12What Awards are Provided for Each Art Competition?

  • Best in Show will be awarded to one artist in each category – Traditional, Digital & Photography and 3-Dimensional (if the gallery receives 3D entries).
  • 2nd through 5th Place awards in each category will also be given.
  • The Best in Show winners will be the “Monthly Featured Artists” on the website for the duration of the exhibition. The Best in Show winners will also receive an invitation to participate in Fusion Art’s annual group show.
  • Depending on the number and quality of all submissions received, Honorable Mention and/or Special Recognition awards may also be given.
  • Artist Spotlight winners are awarded a one-month solo art exhibition on the website. Please see the Artist Spotlight prospectus for more specifics of the awards for the competition.
  • The quarterly competition winners will receive a three-month long group exhibition on the website. Please see the current quarterly competition prospectus for the specific details of the awards for the competition.
  • All award winning artists will receive a digital award certificate, digital event postcard and a digital copy of the press release for their art portfolio.
  • The exhibition and winning artists will be marketed and promoted extensively through the gallery’s website, in hundreds of online press release announcements, email marketing campaigns to over 4000 buyers, collectors, galleries and art professionals, online event calendars, through art news websites including ARTFIXdaily, Artweek, Art Guide and Art.base.co and through our extensive and continually growing social media network.
  • 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.
  • Links to the artist’s website (or email if the artist does not have a website) will be listed on the exhibition page and should result in increased traffic to the artist’s website.
  • Each exhibition will have a YouTube Video created and included on the Fusion Art website and on the gallery’s YouTube channel.
  • After each exhibition closes, it will remain in Fusion Art’s Archive for 3 years to be viewed by website visitors and be available to be promoted by the artist through their personal art portfolio.
  • VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW

13What are the Entry Fees for Each Art Competition?

  • A nonrefundable entry fee of $35 for up to 5 images (average of $7 per image).
  • A nonrefundable entry fee of $20 for 1 image.
  • Artists are encouraged to enter the maximum number of images allowable for the entry fee. All images entered are not guaranteed to be accepted.
  • Payment is required through Submittable at the time of entry.
  • ENTRY FEES ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.

14What are the Eligibility Requirements?

  • All Fusion Art competitions are open to artists worldwide over the age of 18.
  • Entries must follow the competition theme. Artist Spotlight is an open competition with no theme – any subject matter or medium is acceptable, including both 2D and 3D.
  • Work must be the original creation of the artist and completed within the past 5 years.
  • 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.
  • There are no size limitations for any of Fusion Art’s competitions.
  • Artwork does not have to be for sale to be entered into the competition.
  • Effective April 2018: All 3D entries now require front, back and side views for it to be considered and properly juried.  There is no additional fee for these additional images.  Please see entry form for instructions.
  • You may submit the same artwork in different competitions, as long as it follows the competition theme, unless it has won a top award previously.
  • You may enter works of art that have won art competition awards in other shows.
  • All Best in Show and Artist Spotlight winners will be invited to show their artwork in the annual show to take place in Palm Springs, California (or another city chosen by Fusion Art). Participation in this group show is voluntary and the artist is not required to accept the invitation. However, if the artist does accept the invitation, the artist agrees to send the artwork (or if the artwork has been sold, have the collector send the artwork) for the exhibition.  Although highly encouraged, the artist does not have to be present at the annual group show. The artist is responsible for insurance and shipping of the artwork to and from the exhibition.

15What are the Image Requirements?

  • Image should be in jpeg format, 72 dpi, highest compression quality of 12.
  • Image should not exceed 3MB.
  • Image should not contain any frame, mat, or watermark.
  • IMAGE LABELING GUIDELINES: Image should be labeled as Title_FirstName_LastName.jpeg (Example: Untitled_John_Smith.jpg). Do not include special characters such as #,!, * or stray spaces in the file name.  Doing so may prevent the file from uploading.
  • Image should be clear and in focus. Please remember that this image represents your work.
  • Fusion Art may crop or color correct your images in order to enhance the overall presentation and/or for formatting purposes for use on the website, YouTube videos, Fusion Art presentations and marketing materials, and for other areas where your images may appear.

16Do I Need to Submit an Artist Biography and/or Statement?

It is required that the artist provide a short Biography (written in the 3rd person) or Artist Statement (written in the 1st person). This is your opportunity to tell us a little bit about yourself, including your artistic training, inspiration, media choice, any special techniques used or anything that you might like people to know about you and your art. If you have a website, please include your website URL and/or email address so we can refer collectors and buyers to you. Please note that any bios that exceed the word limit will be edited.

For Artist Spotlight a Biography or Artist Statement will be included in the overall evaluation of the artist’s entry and artists who neglect to include a Bio or Artist Statement will automatically be disqualified.  Entry fees are not refundable even if an artist is disqualified for any reason. Although only one is required, it is strongly recommended an artist include both a bio and artist statement and excerpts from either one may be included in the official press release or article announcing the exhibition.

17What are the Judging Criteria for the Submitted Art?

Artwork will be judged based on the following criteria: creativity, originality, interpretation, quality, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of your chosen medium.

18Who are the Judges of the Art Competitions?

Selections will be made by Fusion Art owners Chris and Valerie Hoffman, and/or invited guest jurors who are prominent in the art world, including other artists and art professionals.

19By Submitting my Artwork for Consideration, Does that Mean I am Automatically Accepted into the Online Exhibition?

By submitting your artwork, you will be considered for possible participation in the online art exhibition, but this does not guarantee acceptance. Acceptance is at the sole discretion of Fusion Art. Entry fees are not refundable even if you are not accepted into the exhibition.

20How can I get into Fusion Art’s Annual Group Show?

If you win the Best in Show prize or Artist Spotlight, your artwork will be eligible for participation in the annual group show in Palm Springs, CA (or other city chosen by Fusion Art).

21If I don’t get into the Exhibition, Can I get a Refund?

Entry fees are non-refundable.

22When and How will I be Notified if I am Accepted into the Exhibition?

Both artists who are and are not accepted into the show will be notified via email by the opening of the online exhibition.  All artists will receive the monthly newsletter announcing the opening of the exhibition.

23How Long is the Online Art Exhibition?

The monthly themed and Artist Spotlight exhibitions will be featured on the website for approximately one month. The quarterly exhibitions will be featured on the website for three months. Then the exhibitions are moved to the website archives where they will remain for 3 years.

24What happens if someone wants to purchase my artwork from one of Fusion Art’s online exhibitions?

All inquiries from potential buyers who see the artwork on the Fusion Art website will be directed to the artist for negotiation. For sales that occur during the annual group show, Fusion Art will take the standard industry 50% commission on any sale. The artwork does not need to be for sale to be entered into or win any Fusion Art. 

25What Rights Does Fusion Art Have to My Artwork?

Artists who submit their artwork to the Fusion Art website for an art competition and have any of their submitted artwork chosen for participation in the subsequent art exhibition agree to the following:

  • Fusion Art is granted usage of the chosen artwork, for display, marketing and promotional purposes for that art exhibition and for any future Fusion Art themed art competitions and exhibitions. Usage of the image(s) is limited to any Fusion Art publicity including, but not limited to, ads, press releases, event presentations, articles, compilation slide shows and videos, brochures, catalogs, event mailers, and for use on the Fusion Art website and on the gallery’s social media pages.
  • Fusion Art can maintain an archive of the chosen artwork and display your entry for posterity as part of a historical site record of past themed shows. This archive will be available for public viewing and be limited to the Fusion Art website. Fusion Art will provide credit for each image with their Artist Name, Title and the Artist Email/Website, if applicable. The artist shall retain all copyrights of any images that are submitted to Fusion Art.
  • Fusion Art does not claim ownership of the artwork you submit for consideration. All images attached to this website are the property of the respective artist and the artist retains the sole copyright and all other applicable rights to said images.
  • No resale or exchange of images will occur by Fusion Art. No images may be copied or downloaded from this website.
  • Artists should read the website’s Terms of Service & Use and Privacy Policy pages. By entering into any art competition conducted by Fusion Art, the artist is agreeing to the Terms of Service & Use, Privacy Policy and Competition Rules

26How can I Follow the Gallery on Social Media?

Please visit us on all our social media sites by linking from the buttons in the footer of the website. 

27How can I Contact the Gallery?

Our mailing address is:

Fusion Art Gallery

PO Box 4236

Palm Springs, CA 92263

Email:  info@fusionartps.com

Tel: 800-490-3530

These FAQ’s may be updated from time to time so please be sure to read it in its entirety as it may have changed since the last time you read it.

*Updated March 1, 2020

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