June 9th 2016 - North America’s largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, Michaels, is partnering with Windsor & Newton and Liquitex Professional, to present the second annual Art Challenge – a fine art competition designed to cultivate creativity among both serious and aspiring artists.
“At Michaels, we are always looking for ways to recognize our customers’ talents and showcase creativity, and the Art Challenge allows us to do both simultaneously,” said Rich Gartman, Michaels Vice President Merchandising – Art Supplies. “With nearly 11,000 submissions in 2015, we hope to see the number of participating artists grow as they seek to expand their reach and challenge themselves creatively.”
“Our partnership with Michaels allows us to connect with both experienced and novice artists to help them progress and evolve in their art careers,” said Jeannie Bread, North American Liquitex Brand Director. “The Art Challenge as a whole helps artists to explore their craft and grow, which ultimately is the primary mission of our business.”
Artists can submit original artwork in oil or acrylic paint on canvas, watercolor on watercolor paper and fine art markers and acrylic paint markers on paper and canvas. Entries must be submitted to Michaels from May 31 through June 19 at www.michaels.com/artchallenge, or in Canada at www.canada.michaels.com/
All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of art experts with notable recognition in the fine art community. Judges include diversified professional artists, educators and authors representing all mediums including watercolor, oil, acrylic, drawing and illustration. The panel will select 10 semi-finalists based on each submission’s creativity, technique, subject usage and individuality. From this group of nominees, a public vote will determine three runners-up and the winner. Voting will take place from July 5 – 19, with a winner slated to be announced on July 27.
The grand prize winner will receive a trip to work alongside professional artists at prominent London art studio, Griffin Gallery, and will visit several art-related venues. The winner will also receive a $1,000 American Express gift card and a $1,000 Michaels gift card to further develop their craft.
The three runners-up will receive both a $500 American Express gift card and a $500 Michaels gift card, and the six other semi-finalists will receive both a $100 American Express gift card and a $100 Michaels gift card.
For more information and complete contest rules, please visit www.michaels.com/artchallenge.