Theme: Light

Blank Art Space encourages each artist to express a creative use of light in his or her work. Interpretations are endless and may range from daylight illumination to dim candlelight and deep shadows, or even involve the use of an actual light source. All other aspects of an artwork are open for the artist to determine.

First Place: $1,000.00Second Place: $250.00Third Place: $100.00

Artwork of winners and selected honorable mentions will be promoted and featured in a virtual art gallery exhibition! Exhibiting artists can add the exhibition to their résumé. Artwork of ANY entrant may be chosen for promotion on or social media. You are not required to win a contest award to be eligible. Promotion is optional and defined in the contest registration form.

Deadline: August 15th, 2017 (8-15-17)

Entry Fee: $15

One artwork per submission. Unlimited submissions.
Contest registration form must be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on the deadline date.
Winners and honorable mentions will be notified on August 22nd, 2017.

Accepting all 2D mediums such as acrylic paint, oil paint, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, pen, ink, graphite, charcoal, mixed media, ect. Accepting digital artwork as archival 2D prints that follow the image requirements. Accepting 3D mediums such as ceramics, wood, metal, mixed media, installation, ect.

  • Does the work display originality?
  • Does the work impact the viewer in relationship to the theme?
  • Does the work stand on its own as a complete work of art?
  • Is the work aesthetically pleasing? This may include details of the texture and form within a work, including physical and visual.
  • Does the work display fluent form and draftsmanship? This varies as some incorrect proportions are purposeful, but judges may consider them if they are distracting to the viewer and do not support the work.
  • Does the work articulate a balanced composition and fluent use of the medium?

Note: The quality of the images submitted will also play a role in the judging process.

  • The images are best represented at 1000px (no less than 600px) on the longest side and a resolution of 72dpi.  The acceptable file formats includes jpg, gif, and png.
  • Make sure that there are no glares or shadows on the artwork, although shadows may be necessary when photographing 3D artwork.  
  • If the work is framed, the frame may be considered when  judged.  Frames should not distract the viewers from the artwork. It is preferred to exclude the glass in a frame, as it may cause a glare or make it difficult to view the artwork’s details.
  • For 2D artwork, hang the work on a solid-colored wall, preferably white or grey because the color may be considered in the judging process; this is so the wall is not distracting or interferes with viewing the artwork. For 3D artwork, color requirement is the same for the background behind the work. For 2D and 3D artwork, a large piece of paper or poster board can be placed behind the work if your wall color does not meet the color requirement. Do not digitally edit the image of your work so that your background meets the requirement.
  • Place the camera in a position so that the work is not tilted or warped in the image. Using a tripod or placing the camera on a stationary surface may prevent blurry images.
  • Include 6-8 images of your artwork including the following:
    • centered front
    • centered front with minimal background (closer than image above)
    • approximately 30 degrees from center of artwork on the right side
    • approximately 30 degrees from center of artwork on the left side
    • zoomed detail of your choice
    • different zoomed detail of your choice

Check out the example images below: