FAQ

WHAT IS ARTISAN SERIES?

The Artisan Series is an art competition created by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® that provides emerging artists with an international platform to showcase their work to a broader audience. Now in its 9th year, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series will work in partnership with Artsy and SCOPE Art Fair to help share artists' work with some of the best curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts in the world.

HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?

During the submission period, artists submit an original piece of artwork online. Judges from across North America will select a group of regional finalists to be featured in each of the regional gallery events. For artists outside the regional locations, judges will select up to 100 online finalists to be featured in an online competition. Artists who participate in the regional gallery events, but are not selected to advance onto the Finale at SCOPE, will then be placed into the online competition, along with the 100 online-only finalists.

WHAT IS ARTSY'S ROLE IN THE COMPETITION?

Artsy is the world's #1 online publication and marketplace for discovering and collecting art. Artsy and the Artisan Series Grand Prize winning artist will collaborate on a public art installation set to debut in 2019. The Grand Prize Winner, Second Place Prize Winner, and People’s Choice Winner will all receive custom artist pages on Artsy. To learn more about Artsy visit www.artsy.net.

WHAT IS SCOPE ART FAIR'S ROLE IN THE COMPETITION

The 13 regional finalists and the 2 online Winners will showcase their work from December 4-December 9, 2018 at SCOPE Miami Beach, one of the premier art fairs during Miami Art Week.

WHAT HAPPENS AT THE REGIONAL GALLERY EVENTS?

Artists compete in a juried exhibit at one of the 13 Regional Gallery events. Artists and guests are invited to attend each event where one (1) artist will be selected as the Regional Winner by a panel of judges and will advance to showcase their art at SCOPE Miami Beach.

HOW MANY REGIONS ARE THERE?

There are 13 regions across North America – Atlanta; Chicago; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Los Angeles; Miami; Montreal; New York; Philadelphia; San Francisco; Toronto; and Vancouver. One Regional Winner is selected from each region.

WHAT ARE THE ARTWORK AND ENTRY REQUIREMENTS?

Submitted artwork should be an original piece of visual art that’s inspired by your imagination. All visual art will be accepted, except film and video. You must be at least 25 years old at the time of entry. Information about artwork and eligibility specifics can be found in the Official Rules.

HOW DOES AN ARTIST SUBMIT THEIR WORK?

Artists submit their work online at www.bombaysapphire.com/artisanseries. Once your art is ready for submission, click ‘LOGIN TO SUBMIT YOUR ART’ at the top of the page. Artists must be 25 years of age to enter. Additional artwork and entry requirements can be found in the Official Rules.

ARTWORK CRITERIA

Artwork cannot; (i) be targeted to people under twenty-one (21) years old; (ii) feature people who are under twenty-five (25) years old; (iii) encourage, condone, promote, or glamorize under-age, excessive, or irresponsible consumption of alcohol products, drunk driving, or any behavior considered to be anti-social, illegal, or immoral or suggest that the consumption of beverage alcohol will lead to social or sexual success; (iv) violate anyone else’s rights, including their copyrights, trademark rights, or rights of privacy or publicity; or (v) contain any defamatory statements or threats. Additional Submission criteria can be found in the Official Rules.

CAN ARTISTS SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE PIECE OF ARTWORK?

Yes, more than one entry is allowed per artist and we encourage uploading a body of work.

CAN AN ARTIST SUBMIT A REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL PAINTING TO EXHIBIT AT ANY ARTISAN SERIES EVENT

No. The contest is for original works of art only. The original work must be available for display during the Regional Finals, SCOPE Miami Beach and at the Artisan Finale event.

ARE COLLABORATIVE WORKS OF ART ACCEPTED?

No, submissions of artwork created by one artist only are accepted.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THEME BASED ARTWORK?

No, submit what you think is your best and most inspiring artwork.

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ARTWORK INSPIRED BY BOMBAY SAPPHIRE?

No. Your work does not have to be inspired by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE.

IF ARTWORK SELECTED IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE, IS THE ARTIST DISQUALIFIED?

In the event that the artwork selected is no longer available at any point during the competition, we will allow an artist to substitute another work that comes from the same thematic body of work using the same medium with similar dimensions.

WHO JUDGES THE ARTWORK SUBMITTED?

We collaborate with Artsy to select a reputable panel of judges that includes local and nationally recognized curators, artists, gallery owners and collectors throughout the competition. Representatives from a pool of respected candidates are selected as judges.

WHAT WILL MY ART BE JUDGED ON?

The Artisan Series celebrates artists whose creativity push the boundaries of our imagination. A panel of judges will review entries with the following criteria in mind: Line, Composition, Creativity & Uniqueness, Execution of Medium & Difficulty of Process and Original Work.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE ONLINE VOTING PHASE?

All Regional Finalists (excluding the 13 Regional Winners) and up to 100 Online Finalists, will be featured in the online voting pool. Voting is open to the public between 12:00:01 AM ET on August 22, 2018 and 11:59:59 PM ET on October 26, 2018, the two (2) entries with the highest number of votes will be deemed the Online Winners. The two (2) Online Winners will advance to SCOPE Miami Beach to exhibit their work.

HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE CHOSEN FROM ONLINE VOTING?

The two (2) entrants with the highest number of votes shall be deemed the online Winners.

HOW MANY TIMES CAN I VOTE?

There is a limit of one (1) vote per person, per entry, per day, and a person may only use one e-mail address to vote.

IS THERE A WINNER?

Yes, one artist will be named the The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series Grand Prize Winner. There will also be a Second Place Winner and People’s Choice Winner selected during the finale in December.

HOW ARE THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER, SECOND PLACE PRIZE WINNER, AND PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER SELECTED?

During SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2018, a panel of judges will review all of the Artwork at the event according to the Judging Criteria and select one (1) Grand Prize Winner, one (1) Second Place Prize Winner based on the highest scores. In addition, attendees will be given an opportunity to select a People’s Choice Winner by votes.

ARE THERE CASH PRIZES FOR THE WINNERS?

Yes, the Grand Prize Winner will receive a $10,000 USD (approximately $13,380 CAD) stipend to complete the public art installation. The Second Place Winner and People's Choice Winner will each receive a $3,000 USD (approximately $3,777 CAD) stipend to create an exhibit in their region.

ARE THERE OTHER WINNERS?

Yes, there is a Second Place Winner and a People's Choice Winner.

CAN AN ARTIST WIN CONSECUTIVE YEARS?

No. Regional Winners and Online Winners in any of the 2014-2017 Artisan Series Contests are not eligible to enter.

DOES THE ARTIST NEED TO BE PRESENT AT THE REGIONAL SEMIFINALS?

No, but the artist is required to send a representative to attend the event to accept the award on their behalf.

DOES THE TRAVEL PRIZING INCLUDE A PLUS ONE?

No.

DOES THE GALLERY OR MUSEUM PARTNER TAKE A COMISSION ON SOLD WORK?

Yes. The Regional Gallery/Regional Partner may take a 50% commission split. This fee is dependent on the partner gallery and its normal rules for exhibiting and selling artist work. Artists are not required to sell their work throughout the competition. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and the Artisan Series do not share in the commission of the sales.

WILL BOMBAY SAPPHIRE USE THE IMAGES SUBMITTED BY THE ARTISTS?

All competing artists maintain full ownership and rights to their artwork. You do not transfer ownership of your artwork by entering the contest. BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® may use the photo of your Artwork/Entry for the purpose of promoting you and the Artisan Series. Promotion may include online and printed imagery in support of the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE® Artisan Series. For more information, please visit the Official Rules.

CAN AN ARTIST HAVE MORE THAN ONE PIECE IN THE REGIONAL FINALS?

No.

HAVE ANY OF THE PAST WINNERS SOLD ARTWORK?

Yes. Artwork from winning artists has been sold throughout the competition. Some work has been sold to music and movie moguls, as well as prominent national collectors.

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