Thank you to everyone who submitted in 2019. The Art Folio 2020 Call for Entries is now closed. Art Folio will accept Call for Entry submissions for Art Folio 2021 through this online form in the first quarter of 2020.


Art Folio Submission Policies

Entry Details

The Art Folio Call for Entries opens on February 3, 2020. This is an invitation for all artists to submit work to be included in the 2nd Annual Art Folio International Competition of Abstract & Contemporary Art. Art works in all mediums that are considered abstract, abstract expressionism, and contemporary are eligible for this publication.

Work chosen by the jury will be printed in full color in the Art Folio 2021 coffee table book, the peer-selected "best of the year" collection for the abstract and contemporary arts.

Eligibility and Eligible Media

Any work in any medium (see Categories) that is considered abstract and contemporary is eligible for submission. 

We will accept all art submissions that clearly employ and represent the theme of contemporary and abstract expressionism. Eligible media include, but are not limited to: drawing, illustration, painting, pastels, block/ink print, digital, photography, pottery, sculpture, assemblage, metal and wood work. 

Works that will not be considered include traditional/photorealism portraiture, landscapes, illustrations, and craft art.

The Basics

All artwork must be submitted digitally through the website. No original art or prints sent through the mail will be accepted.

The jury will select works from the entries for inclusion in the Art Folio annual; the act of entering art in the competition does not guarantee inclusion in the book. If your entry is accepted, a reproduction-quality digital file (400dpi, Tiff file at 9" wide or 12" tall) will be requested to ensure the finest quality printing in the Art Folio annual. Failure to provide reproduction-quality material by the deadline given in an acceptance email will cause the forfeiture by the artist of acceptance to have their work published in the book.

The appropriate fee must accompany the entry, and the entry forms must be filled out correctly with all pertinent information so we may contact you. (Information for publication in the book and for correspondence will be drawn from the entry forms.) The person submitting work for this competition warrants that he or she is the copyright holder or has the permission of the copyright holder to enter said work and by so doing grants permission for publication in the Art Folio annual and in the promotion of same. No other rights, either for print or electronic mediums, are granted to Art Folio (Day III Productions, Inc. and its agents), and copyrights will be acknowledged to the respective copyright holders within the content of the Art Folio annual.

Each accepted entry will be reproduced in full color and given complete credit in the Art Folio annual; the contact information for all artists or their agent/representatives will be printed in the artist index. The person who has submitted an accepted entry will receive a complimentary copy of the publication. International residents are required to pay shipping. Tear sheets are not available. Additional copies may be purchased at a discount.

Entry Fees

To submit up to five images the entry fee is $35. The jury may select any art it deems worthy and is not obligated to select all works from a entry.

All payments must be made online at the Art Folio Annual website after submitting your art. Instructions are provided. Entry fees may be paid with a credit card or Paypal payment. We do not accept bank transfers or checks.

There are NO additional fees or charges.

Deadline for Entries

Entries must be received and paid for no later than March 31, 2020. The judging will take place shortly after the deadline. Email with questions.

Notification for Accepted Work

Only entrants whose works are selected by the jury for inclusion will be notified by email. This email will provide additional information regarding the submission of the reproduction-quality digital file (400dpi, Tiff file at 9" wide or 12" tall) and accompanying text (Name of artist, Title of work, Size, Medium, Contact info—phone, email, URL, Instagram handle as well as a 150-word Artist Statement). Please note, we are not asking you to change the aspect ratio or crop your art to fit the 9" wide or 12" tall page size. WE WILL NEVER CROP OR MODIFY YOUR WORK IN ANY WAY. Please submit the work to the largest size possible in its original aspect ratio.

A list of accepted entrants will also be posted on the Art Folio page at Please check to see if your name is on the list before contacting us to inquire as to if you were selected. We will not be notifying entrants who did not have work selected. Only artists with work selected by the jury for inclusion in the annual will have their names listed on the website and will be notified by email. 

We do not provide feedback or critique of art and will not respond to requests for explanation why an artist was not selected.


Entries will be divided into five categories. Members of the jury will judge each category objectively, keeping in mind the work's intent and purpose in their decisions. All submissions will be considered equitably. Each entrant is responsible for placing his or her work in the appropriate category when submitting online. Please email us at if you are not sure of the proper category for your entry.

All artwork must be contemporary or abstract expressionism.

Painting - Traditional- Abstract

Please use code A. Suggested entries include art created with oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, pencil, or any traditional medium on canvas, paper, linen, wood or other physical material. This category will also include the use of other media such as fabric, collage, gold leaf, beads, etc.

Painting - Traditional - Contemporary

Please use code B. We are defining “contemporary art” as work that may be figurative or representational but modern in its method and technique. PLEASE NOTE: WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR TRADITIONALLY PAINTED LANDSCAPES OR PORTRAITS. Work must represent a unique vision of the subject that challenges traditional boundaries. Suggested entries include art created with oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink, pastel, pencil, or any traditional medium on canvas, paper, linen, wood or other physical material. This category will also include the use of other media such as fabric, collage, gold leaf, beads, etc.

Painting - Digital

Please use code C. Suggested entries include art created in a digital program such as Photoshop, Procreate, ArtRage, ZBrush, Maya, 3DS Max, etc. All work must still conform to the main theme contemporary or abstract expressionism.

Sculpture/ Dimensional

Please use code D Suggested entries include any work created in traditional 3-dimensional form. This made include, but not limited to, wood, plaster, concrete, clay, wire, and metal. All work must be contemporary or abstract expressionism. A maximum of three photos of a single entry (to show detail) may be sent for no additional fee under separate email. If you wish, please send up to five individual pieces of work to maximize your entry.

Photography – abstract only

Please use code E. Suggested entries include work created with a camera but heavily manipulated through exposure, digital means, or any other method that creates a final image that is contemporary or abstract expressionism.

Submission Technical Guidelines

Entry files can a minimum of 72 dpi RGB jpg at 2000px Max width/height. The file size must be less than 10MB.

File naming convention: Please make sure that each file includes artist’s name and artwork title. i.e. JaneSmith_Title.jpeg.

ONLY SUBMIT ARTWORK THAT YOU CAN PROVIDE 400 DPI IMAGES OF IF SELECTED. It is fine if the art submitted has been sold, but you must be able to provide a high-resolution image upon request.

Submit the best-quality representation of your art possible. Make sure your photographs are:

  • In focus;

  • No shadow or highlights on the art;

  • Image is straight in the image. No Dutch angles or perspective distortion;

  • The proper color;

  • DO not show work framed or hanging in a room. WE DO NOT PUBLISH VIGNETTES; 

  • Send a large image so we can properly review the work. Make sure the submission isn't the size of a postage stamp.

A 150-word artist statement MUST accompany the submission. File must be Microsoft Word document. Text and PDF files are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Statement should be about your philosophy about your art, not a resume of past exhibits.


Art Folio will announce one Best in Show winner and a winner in each category. Additional Honorable mention awards will also be presented. Winners will be specially called out in the Art Folio and awards will be presented in the book release event (details to come). All artists accepted for publication will be invited to the event. All travel and hotel arrangements are the responsibility of the artists. Winners will be notified in advance so that they can make their best effort to attend. 


A panel of art professionals will be announced prior to the close of the Call for Submissions. 


The exhibition will be publicized locally, regionally and nationally via our social media platforms, email, and press release. Art Folio reserves the right to use photographs and/or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity for either the exhibit or the artist. 


February 3, 2020 | Submissions OPEN (12:00 PM)

March 31, 2020| Submissions CLOSE (11:59 PM)

April 30, 2020| Artists notifications