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Washington State Fair announces fine art contests, incorporates new name into special category

Post by Kari Plog / The News Tribune on July 8, 2013 at 10:23 am with No Comments »
July 8, 2013 10:23 am

Regional artists are invited to enter the Washington State Fair’s fine art contest in several categories, according to a Fair press release.

Online registration must be completed by Sunday, Aug. 4, and entries are due Aug. 6-8 at the fairgrounds. A total of $4,300 will be awarded to winners in several categories, according to the release, including water media, oils, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, digital art and miniature categories.

A separate, special competition this year invites people to participate in the “Our State Fair” themed category, and art pieces must capture the artist’s view of the State Fair experience, the release says.

The work must first be submitted in one of the regular divisions, excluding miniature, to be eligible in that competition and the winner will receive a $250 prize.

For contest rules and more details, visit the contest entries page at thefair.com.

Below is a list of categories and entry dates:

Submit entries on the following days at the Washington State Fair Events Center Pavilion: 

Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2 – 8 p.m.


Water Media – Watercolors, acrylics, sumi-e. Acrylic entries must be done in watercolor techniques.

Oils – Oils and acrylics. Acrylic entries must be done in oil techniques.

Drawing – Pen/ink, pencils, charcoal, pastels, etc.

Mixed Media – Collage, montage, lithograph, batik, assemblages (encased) or one of a kind original prints, for example: mono prints, etching reduction printing and lithographs. No machine or photo copies.

Sculpture – Three-dimensional artwork. No work that would be more appropriate in the Home Arts or Hobby Hall Departments. Artist will be responsible for handling heavier pieces. No unfired clay will be accepted.

Computer Art - Two-dimensional art created partially or totally through the use of a computer. Components such as photos and graphics should be the original work of the submitting artist.  Eligible artwork may include photographs enhanced and artistically altered by computer manipulations or by over-painting, drawing or other creative means. For purposes of judging and awards consideration, a brief written description of the general techniques and programs utilized is necessary (except miniatures), including printing process and/or hand applied enhancements.

Miniatures – All mediums accepted in the above categories. Maximum size is 35 square inches outside frame measurement. Miniatures must have hangers. All miniatures must be for sale. No pieces priced over $200 will be accepted.

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