33rd Chelsea International Fine Art Competition
Total awards: 5000 $
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Contest info


The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition celebrates 33 years of extraordinary art and artists, and invites submissions for 2018. CIFAC is open to visual artists from around the world, at any stage of their careers, working in: painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print. With a distinguished panel of jurors and more than $70,000 in valuable prizes, the 2018 Chelsea International Fine Art Competition is an event not to be missed. Thirty (30) artists will be selected for a collective exhibition. The 2018 competition exhibition is scheduled to take place at the street-level space of Agora Gallery at 530 West 25th Street, Chelsea, NYC, from 14 August to 25 August, 2018.

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Start date

7 March 2018  -  12 March 2018







Collective Exhibition
30 artists will be selected to exhibit in the collective exhibition, which will take place at Agora Gallery:

Artwork Display: Your work will be displayed at the gallery. If for any reason you are unable to send the work to the gallery we will provide a monitor to display your artwork at the exhibition.

Press Release: A unique press release will be written for each individual artist by one of the gallery's highly talented public relations writers.

Public Relations: The gallery's PR department will invite many attendees to the exhibition, including private art buyers, art consultants, corporations, nonprofit organizations, businesses, and members of the media.

Display Ad: An advertisement for the collective exhibition will be placed in a publication of the competition's choosing.
Opening Reception: An opening night reception will be organized for the artists, their invitees, and the New York art community at large. The event will be photographed and promoted on the gallery’s various social media channels.
Invitations By Email: Invitations promoting the exhibition and your artwork will be emailed to our mailing list.

Gallery Listing: The exhibition will be announced in a NY art magazine (such as Gallery Guide, M Magazine, etc.), as well as on our website and on various other art-related sites.

Catalog: An image of your artwork will be published in a color catalog specifically produced for the collective exhibition. The catalog will be distributed to the artists and art enthusiasts.

Social Media: Your artwork will be promoted on various social media channels, including Agora Gallery’s Facebook page, which has over 100,000 fans.

Agora-Gallery.com: Your artwork will appear in an exhibition page which will be part of the Agora Gallery website, and in addition, photos from the opening reception will appear on Agora-Gallery.com and on Facebook.

Cash Prizes - 5 artists will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 each.

ARTisSpectrum Profile
3 artists will be awarded a one-page review with 3 color images in ARTisSpectrum Magazine. Ten copies of this professional publication will be mailed to each of the artists to share with interested collectors, clients, and art lovers.

ARTmine Exposure and Personal Artist Statement
5 artists will be awarded one year of exposure on ARTmine.com, which includes an artist statement composed in ARTmine’s talented art writers. Frequented by art professionals, collectors, and consultants, this premiere resource for art lovers is an excellent tool to generate a greater degree of exposure for your art.

Honorable Mention and Complimentary Entry for Next Year's Competition
10 artists will receive an Honorable Mention and a complimentary entry to the 34th Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (Feb. 2019). We look forward to seeing the artwork you will have created throughout the coming year.

General rules


Participating artists must respect the following requirements:

The entry fee is $45 for up to 5 images. Each additional image costs $5.

Two-dimensional artwork dimensions cannot be larger than 75 x 85 inches (192 x 218 centimeters)
Three-dimensional artwork (i.e., sculptures) cannot be larger than 72 x 72 x 24 inches (184 x 184 x 61 centimeters)
The Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (CIFAC) is an ideal way to gain valuable exposure for your artwork and exhibit your talent to a wider international audience.


Age restriction: 18 /

Available for citizens: Worldwide