Artists 18 years and older, currently residing in North Carolina, or a member of a North Carolina artist league, council or similar member-based organization if not a NC resident.
Contest entry is free and limited to two entries per artist
Artists must agree to donate their entry to A Stroke of Patriotism
Contest entry opens on January 12, 2018 and closes on June 15, 2018
Images and artist profiles can be submitted for online voting at any time during this period
Voting and Judging
The winning entries will be determined by a combination of online voting, Fair Barn "People's Choice" voting and judge's scoring.
Online voting will start on June 18, 2018 and end on July 1, 2018. Online voting is a key element of the fundraising campaign and artists will be given the ability to easily invite family and friends to vote via email and social media. Voting will require a small donation by each voter and artists are encouraged to promote the event and their artwork.
The Fair Barn Event
The final event at the Fair Barn will take place in October, 2018.
All participating artists will be invited to attend at a discounted price.
Contest entries will be offered for sale in a silent auction at the event.
Attendees will enjoy live music and a three course meal with wine accompaniments.
Any artwork that is not offered for sale, or is not sold, will either be used in future Stroke of Patriotism events or will be donated to veterans and active military to hang in their homes.
Artists may submit up to two entries that are completely original by the submitting artist.
Art should be a personal expression of “My America” and must be no larger than 36" x 48".
The following mediums are acceptable - oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, reduction printing, mixed media, fiber art and photography.
Basic editing, including color enhancement, the use of filters, and cropping of photographs is acceptable, provided any such editing does not affect the authenticity and/or genuineness of the photograph. Advanced editing used to create illusions, deceptions and/or manipulations, and the adding and removing of significant elements within the frame is prohibited.
The simple rule is "if it is designed to hang on a wall, it can be entered."
Canvases must not be framed. All other artwork should be in clear protective sleeves.
Artists must submit an image of their entry, its title, the story behind the entry and a personal profile.
When submitting the image, please ensure that there are no surrounding images or text.
Artists must ship or deliver their entries to A Stroke of Patriotism by no later than July 15, 2018. Shipped artwork must be insured by the artist. Hardcopy of photographs must be no smaller than 8" x 10".
A Stroke of Patriotism is not responsible for damaged art.
The artist who wins the First Prize agrees to sign and number thirty prints that will be sold by A Stroke of Patriotism. The artist will receive 25% of the proceeds.
All artists grant permission to A Stroke of Patriotism to photograph and reproduce any art for publicity and fundraising purposes, including the sale of originals and prints. A Stroke of Patriotism reserves the right to refuse, remove, or reject any art. Entry of art constitutes agreement with conditions described herein.