Monday, July 20, 2015

Enter our 2015 Portrait Sketch Competition!

Dear Painters,
We are pleased to announce a second three-day portrait sketch competition running October 21-23! Applications are due September 1. The final sixty portraits will be displayed in a month-long exhibition in GCA's Eleventh Street Arts.  The Awards Party and Exhibition Opening is October 23, 7-9pm - Save the date!

2013 Competition Sketch By Cesar Santos
Ten finalists selected from online applications will paint six different portraits in three days at GCA in our LIC Studio. The participants will paint together in the same studio from the same model -- a live competition modeled on the concours of the 19th century. Two single-session, four-hour portraits will be painted each day, 9am-1pm, 2-6pm. The portraits will be judged as a group. First Place is $1,500 and Second Place is $500. Application fees are $25 to apply, $75 to participate.

Last time this competition was held in 2013, Judges Michael Klein and Colleen Barry awarded 1st place to Cesar Santos and 2nd Place to Joseph Todorovich. The judges created a 3rd place for Daniel Bilmes who walked away with a delicious bottle wine. Also competing were Matthew James Collins, Kerry Dunn, Danny Ferland, David Gray, Greg Mortenson, Rick Piloco and Matthew Tarini.

Ten guys painting two four-hour portraits a day mixed in with rapid fire brushstrokes and wisecracks made for high points and low points...

Ladies, please apply and join the fun! 
Click for more 2013 images!

Check out all sixty portraits on the daily Facebook postings!
Competition Day 1, 2013
Competition Day 2, 2013
Competition Day 3, 2013

To read more, visit our website!
To submit an online application now, click here!

Dates: October 21, 22 and 23
Application Deadline: September 1. Apply now!
Location: GCA Studio, 46-06 11th Street, Long Island City, Queens 11101
Public Events:
-Daily lunch-hour viewings, 1-2pm, October 21-23
-Awards Party/Exhibition Opening, October 23, 7-9pm.
Click here to RSVP to the party.
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