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FAQ – Categorizing Your Artwork for the ArtSlant Prize

 
When you submit artwork to the ArtSlant Prize, you will notice that you must choose a medium or category for your work. We know it can be hard to categorize your work, but here are some pointers for how to pick the right category for the competition.
 
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 artwork demonstrates. However, this sometimes makes categorizing works for competitions a bit difficult. 
 
So, how do I categorize my ArtSlant Prize entry?
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 double-checks 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 when submitting work to the ArtSlant Prize is to ensure that your work is categorized appropriately and by completing the caption on your image accurately and in detail. This way, our jurors will have the best information with which to make their decision.
 
For example: Once an image of your artwork is uploaded to your profile, you can include information such as 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. By clicking complete artwork details, you can add even more information, including a description.
 
Note: Where it says "Medium," please accurately list the materials used to complete the original work. Do not put that the work is a photograph or digital reproduction if it was originally a painting or drawing that you have now photographed. The work needs to be considered as it was originally conceived.
 
ArtSlant Prize Categories
We know choosing a single medium or category can be difficult, and often subjective. Here are some suggestions for how to tag your artwork:
 
• Painting: 2D work on canvas or board. Materials can include a mix of media such as oil, acrylic, graphite, varnish, glue, and paint medium.
• Drawing: 2D work on paper. Materials can include a mix of media such as graphite, watercolor, ink, gouache, glue, collage.
• 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.
• Mixed Media: Assemblage, collage, wall sculpture. Materials can be mixed.
• Installation: A site specific work 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.
• 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 graphic design or post-production software, please tag your piece as New Media.
• 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. If you are submitting video work, please include a still from the video and a link to where we can find the video online.
• Abstract: 2D work on canvas, paper, or board. Materials can include a mix of media such as oil, acrylic, graphite, varnish, glue, and paint medium. The subject matter must be abstract in nature, not figurative. 
 
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, we sometimes receive 200 Painting entries versus 13 in Sculpture). We have set up the artwork categories to spread the competition more evenly and provide more opportunities for your work to get evaluated by our jurors.