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National Purebred Dog Day Fine Art/Poster 2021 Competition
P.O.Box 630423,
Littleton, CO 80163
United States

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Call Type: Competitions
Eligibility: International
State: Colorado
Entry Deadline: 11/2/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Total Media - Minimum: 1, Maximum: 3
Entry Fee (National Purebred Dog Day Fine Art/Poster 2021 Competition): $35.00
Media Fee (per sample over minimum):$35.00

National Purebred Dog Day

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National Purebred Dog Day is pleased to announce its fifth 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 2021.

The Challenge: Over 400 dog breeds exist in the world today, some at risk of vanishing in our lifetime. This competition honors these purposefully bred dogs. Artists are strongly encouraged to include different breeds in their image(s) that represent the AKC dog groups: Sporting, Hound, Working, Terrier, Herding, Toy, Non-Sporting, Miscellaneous and FSS (to see the breeds from each group, visit

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

  • Does the image positively address the heritage, diversity and/or predictability of purebred dogs?
  • Does the image demonstrate creativity, originality, and craftsmanship?
  • Does the artist demonstrate skill in their use of the medium?
  • Will the artist's interpretation hold its integrity when translated into a poster?   

Juror: Mr. Alan Fausel

Alan Fausel is the Executive Director of the AKC Museum of the Dog, and brings 30 years of experience as a scholar, curator, and appraiser in the world of art. 

He has worked at the Fine Arts Museums in San Francisco, and was curator at the Frick Art Museum in Pittsburgh. He has also served as the Director of Fine Arts and Museum Services for Bonhams. He holds an M.A. in Art History from Stanford University,  and has been with the auction houses Butterfields in San Francisco, as well as Doyle, and Bonhams. He has also been a regular contributor to the Antiques Roadshow on PBS. Mr. Fausel has taught at New York University in the Graduate School of Arts Education, and has been a frequent lecturer to groups such as the Appraiser's Association of America.


Competition is open to all artists over 18 years of age who have no affiliation with, nor support any animal rights group; National Purebred Dog Day most vigorously supports animal welfare. 

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, conte crayons, mixed media, gouache, tempura, or ink. Photographs, sculptures, digital or fiber art are not accepted;

A non-refundable entry fee of $35.00 covers one submitted image per artist; Artists may submit three 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 or telephone on November 9, 2020

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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