The Gateway International Painting Competition begins August 1, 2017 and runs through July 31, 2018.

$1,000 Best In Show Cash Prize Awarded Every Month.

We’re excited to announce the start of The Gateway International Painting Competition on August 1, 2017. Formerly the Sedona Art Prize), our new international online painting competition, exhibition, and artist promotion is open to all painters using traditional painting media, including oil, watercolor, acrylic, pencil, pastel, or mixed media. This is the third year of the competition organized, published, and managed day-to-day by Victoria Oldham and Tim Ernster.

Besides promoting artists to collectors, our ultimate mission is the support of artists and art education projects as well as our Peace Through Art initiative, “Make Art Not War.” The exhibition is online, so artists can participate from anywhere in the world.

The new twelve-month long competition includes the following:

  • Monthly cash prize of $1,000.00 for the painting selected as Best In Show, plus a press release to the newspaper of the winner’s choice;
  • Monthly $100.00 cash prize for the Artists Choice Award, the painting selected by other registered artists;
  • Twelve finalists selected each month, with written critiques by a different professional artist judge each month;
  • In August 2018,144 total finalists compete for the year-end Grand Prizes: Winning paintings promoted with a full color page in a top art collector publication (such as Art Collector Magazine, a $4,000.00 value);
  • Grand Prize cash awards: $1,000.00, $750.00,and $500.00 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place respectively;
  • Publication of your promoted painting in social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter; Multiple painting entry packages at reduced rates;
  • “Buy Now” and auction selling features if desired (and artists keep 100% of all their sales!);
  • Artwork stays on the website for the entire competition year and beyond;
  • Promotion of your shows, workshops, or other events at any time in our event calendar, available for posting by members only.

Both representational and non-representational paintings may be entered. Judges selected for this competition are versed in all styles of painting.

Full prospectus here:

Monthly judges’ profiles here:

Previous Best in Show and Finalists:



Organization/Company: Range Dog Publishing (Gateway To Sedona
Location: Sedona, AZ
Deadline: Monthly, August 1, 2017 to July 31, 2018
How to Apply: Register here: