Call Detail
Entry Deadline: 1/14/19
Application Closed

Entry Fee (PORTFOLIO PRIZE 2018 ENTRY FEE): $45.00
Work Sample Requirements
Images | Minimum:Min. 7, Maximum:Max. 10
Total Samples | Minimum:Min. 7, Maximum:Max. 10
Call Type: Festivals
Eligibility: International
State: Virginia

Specto is excited to announce our Portfolio Prize 2018 Awards! This prize offers artists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their work at a world class fine arts fair, Superfine! DC!

Specto believes every artist should have the opportunity to have their work put in front of the right audiences, without the costs normally associated with such endeavors! Specto offers risk free options for emerging artists to show their art in a meaningful setting.

Specto takes the risk out of selling your work.



***Due to some technical difficulties on our site, we are extending the deadline***

Show Dates:  October 30th - November 3rd, 2019

Where: Union Market, Washington DC

What: Superfine! DC 2019


Entry Fees:

$45 for up to 10 entries

Media Accepted:

  • Photography

  • Digital Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Scanography

  • Painting, watercolor, drawing

  • Sculpture

  • New Media

  • New things that blow our minds! 

Show us the best of the best that you have to offer! We're looking for a cohesive body of work that represents who you are as an artist. The works you apply with do not have to be what is sold at Superfine, we will work with you to find a curation plan for your wall space that is engaging, informative, and successful. 


YOUR WORK at Superfine! DC 2019 - DC’s Fine Art Fair


Grand Prize winners receive a 36”x36” square space on our wall at Superfine! DC 2019!

Specto will help you decide what to put in the square, how you want to present, and how to pitch yourself to new audiences.

Grand Prize winners also receive a limited edition print run of their work, which specto will print and package at no cost to you, for sale during the fair.

For artists who would not want limited edition prints, Specto will work with you to provide promotional takeaway materials to further the reach of your work, at no cost to you.

Artists are welcome to attend Superfine! DC 2019, artists who wish to attend will be assigned booth hours during which they will be a representative of their work, and Specto, for whatever period of time they would like to attend.

Honorable Mention Winners - 4 Artists will be included in a print rack inside our booth at Superfine! DC 2019. Specto will print and mat a limited edition run of your work which will be included for sale to visitors. 

Three (3) artists are awarded with free entry to our next annual portfolio prize application.


Additional Information

Notification of Acceptance:

10-14 Days after Deadline

Specto will notify all artists 10-14 days after deadline of the results of their application. Accepted artists will have 7 days to provide print ready files, after that point waitlisted artists will be substituted in. Specto will help with this process, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask!

Print Info:

Specto creates your prints using an Epson SureColor P6000 archival printer, everything is color calibrated to offer the best possible, professional printing for your work. For an additional cost for the buyer, we mat your work using archival matboard, cut to your work’s specifications. The works are mounted using photo corners, so that there is no damage to your print. Specto also offers framing of works for our customers. Specto offers exhibition prints up to 16” on the smallest side.


After each show every work is cataloged in an archive to create a resource for other galleries, curators, or purchasers to utilize. This allows Specto to continue to promote each artist on a continual basis, so that your work is being seen well beyond the dates of each specific show.


Artists will always retain copyright of their works. We will use your work in promotional materials to advertise for shows you're involved in, but only with your permission. Specto will never print, distribute, or sell your work without your consent. We also don't utilize clauses to require you to not show your work again for a certain amount of time or anything tricky like that. Remember, we're artists too, so we will always treat your work how we would want someone to treat ours. 


All sales at Specto will include a 35% commission, which means 35% of the sale price will go to Specto with 65% going to the artist.

Find any of this confusing?

It can be a little daunting at first, and we totally understand that. Please don't hesitate to contact us! No question is a dumb question, everyone has to start somewhere!