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This is...
          a) a painting
          b) a sculpture
          c) an installation
          d) a mixed-media work
One of the exciting things about contemporary art is its interdisciplinary, cross-media experimentations, as this Robert Rauschenberg piece demonstrates.  However, this sometimes makes categorizing works for competitions a bit difficult.
How do I categorize my entry?
The ArtSlant team would like to offer our Showcase artists some help on tagging their entries appropriately. When you enter your work, you will notice a range of "tags" that can be selected to categorize your work. You should only select one tag. This determines which area your work will be judged in. Our team will be correcting tag categories, and we reserve the right to place your work in a category as we deem necessary.  We try at all times to place each artist's work in the category that best serves their work and gives them the best possible chance for winning.
How does the caption of my work affect my entry?
ONE OF THE MOST EFFECTIVE things you can do as a Showcase artist to ensure that your work is categorized appropriately, and that our judges are able to consider your work to your advantage, is to complete the caption on your image accurately and in detail.
For example: Please include the title of your work, the medium (of the original work), the size (of the original work), the date of completion, and any Copyright information.
Of primary importance: Where it says "Medium", please accurately list the materials used to complete the original work. Do not put that the work is a digital reproduction if it was originally a painting or drawing that you have now printed.  The work needs to be considered as it was originally conceived.
Suggestion for Showcase Categorization
1)  Painting - 2D work on canvas or board.  Materials can include a mix of media such as oil, acrylic, graphite, varnish, glue, paint medium.
2) Drawing - 2D work on paper.  Materials can include a mix of media such as graphite, watercolor, ink, gouache, glue, collage.
3) Sculpture - 3D object that can be exhibited independently, not site specific.  Materials can be a mix such as found object, wood, clay, metal, stone, paper, natural products, plaster.
4) Mixed Media - Assemblage, collage, wall sculpture.  Materials can be mixed.
5) Installation - site specific piece including sculpture, painting, drawing, mixed media, performance, photography, video, computer, or film.  While installation work can be shown in many different settings, the actual site will always alter its presentation.
6) Photography - Digital or otherwise.  Slight enhancement in a computer-based software is OK.  But if you greatly alter the original image through Photoshop, Illustrator or other graphical software, please put your piece in Computer Art.
7) New Media - Work developed on the computer (including animated .gifs, glitched .jpegs, artware, "digital painting" work in which an original photograph or 2D image has been highly altered through graphics software). Look to next year's showcase to be able to submit video work!
8) Abstract - 2D work on canvas or board.  Materials can include a mix of media such as oil, acrylic, graphite, varnish, glue, paint medium however the subject matter is abstract in nature, not figurative. 
9) Student - This category is only to be selected by entrants currently enrolled in a BFA or MFA program. 
Reasons for grouping mediums under one category
You may wonder why we split 2D works into different categories, but seem to lump a lot of different styles into the Installation and Mixed Media categories.  The rationale for this is that we receive many, many more entries for 2D works than any other categories (for example 400 paintings vs. 13 sculptures).  So we have set up the categories to spread the competition more evenly.

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