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National Purebred Dog Day Fine Art/Poster 2019 Competition
P.O.Box 630423,
Littleton, CO 80163
United States

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: Colorado
Event Dates: 6/29/18 - 11/1/18
Entry Deadline: 11/1/18
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 2
Entry Fee (National Purebred Dog Day Fine Art/Poster 2019 Competition): $35.00

National Purebred Dog Day

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National Purebred Dog Day is pleased to announce its third annual Fine Art/Poster competition. One "Best in Show" winner as determined by the juror will receive $2,000, their winning image made into a poster representing National Purebred Dog Day for 2019.

The Challenge: Over 300 dog breeds exist in the world today, some at risk of vanishing in our lifetime. To honor these purpose bred dogs, the theme of National Purebred Dog Day's 2019 competition is "Form Follows Function." Artists are encouraged to include different breeds in their image that represent the AKC dog groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Herding, Toy, and Non-Sporting, and Miscellaneous (to see the breeds from each group, visit

Criteria: Art will be judged according to the following standards:

  • Does the image address the theme?
  • Does the image demonstrate creativity, originality, and craftsmanship?
  • Does the artist demonstrate skill in their use of the material?
  • Would the artist's interpretation hold its integrity when translated into a poster?   

Juror: Ms. Tilly Grassa 

Tilly Grassa has been a designer and photographer for most of her life, having graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
After a career in magazine publishing she became the Creative Director at the AKC (American Kennel Club) where she designed the print version of the AKC Gazette and AKC Family Dog. She was also the original designer of the AKC Breed poster that has been seen by millions of people on countless number of walls in veterinary clinics, training facilities, and professional centers.
Presently, Tilly is the the owner of TGCreative Services, a design and photography business. Additionally she is the Photography Manager for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, as well as their graphic designer. She created the annual Westminster Kennel Club Media Guidebooks and currently creates their, "Road to Westminster" and “Westminster Times” ads.  
Tilly bred and showed Great Danes for over 20 years, including the Number One Great Dane in the US. She is an active member of Ramapo KC, its Corresponding Secretary for over 10 years and designs and publishes its monthly newsletter, The Growl. She and her husband, Jack, live in Northern NJ. 


Competition is open to all artists over 18 years of age who have no affiliation with any animal rights group;

Entries must be original artwork in both concept and execution, and no portion may be of another artist's published or copyrighted work;

Media: Submitted work may be in oil, acrylic, watercolor, graphite, colored pencil, pastel, water soluble oils, casein, charcoal, mixed media, gouache, egg tempura, or ink. Photographs, sculptures, digital or fiber art is not accepted;

A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 covers one submitted image per artist; Artists may submit two works.

Size:  Original size is left to the artist's discretion, but the finished poster size of the winning piece will be 18 x 24";

This is an on-line competition. Each entrant is required to submit one digital image of his or her entry.  Images must be in JPEG format. Please take care in photographing your work to ensure a quality image because entries will be juried by JPGs, and the strength of a submission partially rests on the quality of the jpg file; Be sure that each submission includes the name of the piece, its price, medium, and the artist’s name;

The winning artist will be notified via email on November 8, 2018

Sale of Work: Though it is not mandatory, all entries are encouraged to be made available for sale on National Purebred Dog Day's website where images will be posted after a winner has been chosen and announced. National Purebred Dog Day will retain 25% of sold pieces. This presents an opportunity for artists to showcase their talent and sell their work to a concentrated audience of purebred dog enthusiasts;

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Terms & Conditions

The receipt of an entry in this competition constitutes agreement by the artist to fully comply with the conditions and terms set forth.  The winning artist consents to having his or her winning work of art made into any number of posters that will be sold by National Purebred Dog Day. The winning artist further agrees not to generate electronic or digital images or reproductions of the winning piece of art, or sell images of that piece independent of National Purebred Dog Day for three years from the date of winning the competition.

National Purebred Dog Day reserves the right to use any or all submitted images for educational and promotional purposes through social media, but only the winning piece will be made into a physical poster. All images shared through social media will be given full attribution, and one link (provided by the artist) through which interested parties may reach the artist will be included;

No late entries will be considered. No refunds will be made on unaccepted, late, or pulled entries, nor to those who have not complied with submission guidelines;

The price assigned by the artist to artwork in the online entry process is the price National Purebred Dog Day will use when posting their work on National Purebred Dog Day’s website, and price changes will not be allowed once a piece has been accepted. In the event a piece of art is sold, artists are responsible for making arrangements with the buyer, and that includes shipping and insuring their work; National Purebred Dog Day is not responsible for the handling of sales of art work;

By your entry, you agree to the rules, terms and conditions set forth by National Purebred Dog Day;

Winner agrees to give permission to National Purebred Dog Day to use their image as a poster, and for sale and marketing purposes. All other submissions also agree to allow National Purebred Dog Day to use their image for marketing purposes.

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