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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 8th year, the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series will partner with Artsy and SCOPE Art Fair to help share artists’ work with more curators, collectors, and art enthusiasts than ever before.
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.
Artsy is the leading resource for learning about and collecting art. Artsy and the Artisan Series Grand Prize winning artist will collaborate on a public art installation set to debut Spring/Summer 2018 in New York City. 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.
The 14 regional finalists and the 2 online winners will showcase their work from December 7th – December 10th at SCOPE Miami Beach, one of the premiere art fairs during Miami Art Week.
Artists compete in a juried exhibit at one of the 14 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.
There are 14 regions across North America – Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Montreal, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Denver, Toronto and Vancouver. One Regional Winner is selected from each region.
Submitted artwork should be an original piece of visual art that’s inspired by your imagination. All visual art will be accepted, except film. 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.
Artists submit their work online at http://www.BombayArtisan.com/ 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 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.
Yes, more than one entry is allowed per artists and we encourage uploading a body of work.
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.
No, submissions of artwork created by one artist only are accepted.
No, submit what you think is your best and most inspiring artwork.
No. Your work does not have to be inspired by BOMBAY SAPPHIRE
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.
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.
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.
All Regional Finalists (excluding the 14 Regional Winners) and up to 100 Online Finalists, will be featured in the online voting pool. Voting is open to the public from September 14 – November 7, the two (2) entries with the highest votes will be deemed the Online Winners. The two (2) Online Winners will advance to SCOPE Miami Beach to exhibit their work.
The two (2) entrants with the highest number of votes shall be deemed the online winners.
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.
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.
During SCOPE MIAMI BEACH 2017, 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.
Yes, the Grand Prize winner will receive a $10,000 stipend to complete the public art installation.
Yes, there is a Second Place winner and a People’s Choice Winner.
No. Regional Winners and Online Winners in any of the 2014-2016 Artisan Series Contests are not eligible to enter.
No, but the artist is required to send a representative to attend the event to accept the award on their behalf.
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.
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
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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