The PleinAir Salon has its next deadline on September 30, and artists — often slightly prone to procrastination — are entering the competition in increasing numbers. A previous winner talks about why painters should throw their hats in the ring for these types of things.
“For me, the primary reason to enter is to see how a respected artist/judge thinks my work stacks up to that of my peers,” says Kim Casebeer, winner of the January/February edition of the PleinAir Salon competition. “The spirit of competition forces me to take a critical look at my work when deciding what to submit.”
There are many reasons to enter online competitions. It can increase your exposure among collectors and arts writers. It helps build your resume. It is one of the pieces some gallery owners look for in artists. It forces you to critically examine your work. It can evoke an honest appraisal from an astute judge. (The August/September contest for the PleinAir Salon has Skip Whitcomb as the juror.)
And, at least in the PleinAir Salon, you can be among the winners of a total of $21,000 in prizes.
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