Contact Art in the County at the Prince Edward County Art Council 613-476-8767 artinthecounty@countyarts.ca

How to Enter

For 2021, artists are asked to submit digital images of their artworks which will be judged by our three jurors based from their homes. The artworks selected by the jurors will be included in an online show that the public can access from this website. Jurors’ Choice and Honourable Mention Awards will also be chosen by the jurors. Online shows have the potential to reach a wider audience; last year, work sold to buyers living in Toronto, Hamilton, Owen Sound, Kingston and beyond..

If the information below does not answer all your questions, please contact Art in the County at artinthecounty@countyarts.ca.

Eligibility


The 28th Annual Art in the County (AITC) show is open to artists who meet both the following conditions:

  • Are residents or ratepayers of Prince Edward County.
  • Are members of the Prince Edward County Arts Council. Click here for membership info.

Entry Rules


Artworks must have been created since Art in the County 2020 and be original, unaided work except where work is a collaboration. All works must be for sale and remain on view for the duration of the show.

Digital images of artwork may be published as part of AITC promotional material, including on the AITC website. Entry in the show constitutes acceptance of this.

All artworks chosen by the jurors to be in the show will be available for public viewing through the Art in the County website. The Prince Edward County Arts Council is not responsible for any damages resulting from third party download of images that may occur.

Digital images of a maximum of two (2) pieces in any medium may be entered. Entry deadline for submitting the registration form, digital images and registration fee is June 4, 2021 at noon.

The price established for the artwork at submission remains for the duration of the show. When a work is sold, a 25% commission is deducted from the selling price. The balance will be forwarded to the artist as soon as possible following the show.

Jury Process


The jury, working from home, will review the digital images of all submissions and decide which artworks will be included in the show and which will receive awards. Inclusion in the exhibition is at the sole discretion of the jurors and their decision is final. Works that do not meet the conditions for entry as outlined in the Entry Rules will not be adjudicated.

In selecting works, jurors will ensure the body of works selected represents the depth and diversity of the Prince Edward County artistic community.

The jurors will collectively prepare a comment on each of the works selected for Jurors’ and Honourable Mention Awards.

Awards


Jurors’ Choice and Honourable Mention Awards

The jury will select, without ranking, five Jurors’ Choice Awards and five Honourable Mention Awards. In selecting works, the jurors will consider the following criteria:

  • Creativity and uniqueness
  • Consistency of thought and style
  • Technical competence in using chosen media
  • Successful handling of elements such as colour, value and composition
  • Emotional reaction/interest from viewer

Registration | Payment of Entry Fee | Submit Image(s)


Registration is between Thursday, April 22, 2021 and Friday, June 4, 2021 at noon.
Artists may complete the online registration form and pay early in this period and then send the digital images of artwork later – up to June 4th at noon.

Step 1 – Complete online registration form by June 4th at noon

Click here to complete the online registration form using upper and lower case, not all capitals. Before submitting the online registration form, please review it for accuracy. In particular, be sure that information about the artwork (title, medium, selling price, etc.) is accurate.

A copy of the submitted form will be emailed to the address provided. Please keep this email as a record of the information on the registration form so you can ensure that the label(s) on the digital image(s) you send match your registration form.

Step 2 – Pay registration fee by June 4th at noon

Pay the registration fee using PayPal or major credit card.

  • One submission, entry fee is $30.00
  • Two submissions, entry fee is $45.00

Note: The entry fee is non-refundable. Limited subsidies are available for first-time applicants. For more information, contact Janna Smith at janna@countyarts.ca.

Please select the number of submissions to be entered and then click Pay Now.

Number of Submissions



Step 3 – Photograph artwork and submit by June 4th at noon

For those not familiar with photographing artwork, the following websites may be helpful.

Image size: Images should be a minimum of 1000 pixels along the shortest side (or 1000 x 1000 pixels if the images are square) at 200 KB saved as a JPG. If needed, we can accept larger files and resize on your behalf. However, if you wish to crop or resize your image while maintaining aspect ratio and quality, we recommend this free tool: https://resizeimage.net/.

Image colour: For those artists with the knowledge, please colour correct, balance and sharpen your own images; instructions are provided in the photographing artwork websites above.

Video for 3D work: An image of the artwork is required for the online store/gallery. Artists submitting sculpture may send a short video of their sculpture for the jurying process.

Label your image or video (for 3D work): The name of the file containing the image or video of the artwork should include your initials and the title as it appeared on the registration form. For example: JS_Beautiful_Day.jpg. Artists should not use their full name – this will ensure anonymity with the jurors.

Submit image(s) and video (for 3D work)
To avoid unwanted compression of images, use the free tool www.wetransfer.com instead of email and send to info@countyarts.ca. In the message field, indicate your first and last name. For example: Art in the County Submission by Janna Smith.

Important Dates for Artists


Thursday, April 22, 2021
Registration OPENS. Press release announcing the beginning of the period for artist registration and artwork submission.
Friday, June 4, 2021 by 12:00 noon
Registration CLOSES. In addition to completing the online registration form and sending digital images, artists must pay the registration fee.

Thursday, June 17, 2021
Award winners announced.

Friday, June 18, 2021
The show OPENS.

Sunday July 4, 2021
The show CLOSES.

Entry Checklist


  • I’m a member of Prince Edward County Arts Council for 2021-22.
  • I’ve completed and submitted the online registration form. (by June 4, 2021 at noon)
  • I’ve paid my online registration fee. (by June 4, 2021 at noon)
  • I’ve sent digital images of my artwork(s) to Art in the County using wetransfer.com (by June 4, 2021 at noon)

Enquiries


Please send technical questions about this process to info@countyarts.ca.

For all other enquiries, contact artinthecounty@countyarts.ca

613-476-8767