West Seattle Garden Tour Art Competition Rules

Please read competition rules before submitting your artwork. You'll find a link to the entry form following the Terms & Conditions.


Prize: $500.00 cash will be awarded to the artist for the winning submission. Winning and honorable mention artworks will be featured at West Seattle Windermere Real Estate, courtesy of Kim Tingley, Realtor, during West Seattle Art Walk on May 9 and June 13, 2019 (second Thursdays). 

Eligibility: All artists residing in Washington State are eligible to enter the competition, except active West Seattle Garden Tour (WSGT) committee members or their immediate family members.

Theme: Submission(s) should be an interpretation of the theme “The Art of Gardening,” focusing on color, design and texture in the garden.

Specifications: Artwork submission(s) may be created in any fine arts medium. The original work must have been completed within the last five years and not have been previously published or reproduced. Minimum size 12 inches (longest side). Computer clip art, pictures copied from magazines, and other copyrighted images will not be accepted.

Criteria: Artwork will be evaluated for creative application of the theme “The Art of Gardening,” as well as style, composition, originality, technique and skill. Reproducibility and broad appeal will also be considerations.

Entry: For first round, digital files of the artwork will be reviewed by the WSGT art competition sub-committee. All work must be well photographed or scanned. Work not suitably photographed or scanned will not be considered. The first round will end with a list of finalists. The sub-committee will request finalists submit original artwork for judging in the final round. All original artwork will be returned to artists, with exception of winning artwork, which becomes property of WSGT.

Jury: Finalist entries will be evaluated by a panel of active members of WSGT. 

Round 1 Submissions: Only digital copies of artwork (photographs or scans) submitted through WSGT’s website (westseattlegardentour.org) will be accepted. We will accept two submissions per artist each year. Submit one (1) piece of work at a time: one (1) digital photo of the full piece and up to three (3) additional detail photos for a maximum of four (4) photos.

Please format your images as follows:

  • File format: JPEG only
  • File size: 10 MB maximum
  • Scan resolution: 150dpi minimum
  • Name files with artist’s name, last name first, artwork title, and image number.  For example: Doe-Jane_Art-Title_01.jpg, Doe-Jane_Art-Title_02.jpg.
  • Please ensure that image is in correct viewing orientation. 

Round 1 Entry Period: Digital submissions accepted online beginning 12:01AM Pacific on Saturday, September 1, 2018 until 11:59PM Pacific on Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

Round 2 Submissions: Round 1 finalists will be contacted by Friday, November 30, 2018 and asked to submit original artwork for final judging. Two dimensional art must be framed, wired, and ready to hang. All artwork must be labeled and securely packed.

Round 2 Entry Period (by invitation only): Original submissions will be accepted Saturday, December 1 to Friday, December 7, 2018. Drop-off location and hours will be provided to finalists.

Notification: The winning submission and honorable mention artists will be notified by email or telephone by Tuesday, December 11, 2018.

Use of image: Winning artwork becomes the property of WSGT and may be used for publicity purposes, including marketing materials. Original artwork will not be altered in any way; however, WSTG reserves the right to modify art reproduction during design of marketing materials. Artist retains the right to use photographs of the artwork in his or her portfolio or website.The original artwork will be auctioned during the 25th annual West Seattle Garden Tour on Sunday, June 23, 2019. Proceeds will benefit WSGT.

Liability: All work will be handled with the utmost care. However, WSGT does not carry insurance for artists’ work and will not be responsible for loss or damage. Entering the competition implies your consent for WSGT to use your name and images of your art for publicity purposes, in print or online.

Disclaimer: The artist, by submitting an application, agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless WSGT from and against any and all claims, demands or expenses (including attorney fees) for libel, slander, invasion of privacy, infringement of copyright, personal injury, damages, or any other claims, demands or expenses resulting from the artist’s performance in connection with this agreement. WSGT is not responsible for any costs associated with submission of artwork or its return to artist.

If you consent to these Terms & Conditions and would like to submit your artwork for consideration, complete an entry form.