Frequently Asked Questions

Artist Eligibility

What are the eligibility requirements to enter the competition?
You must be a legal resident of Texas and at least 18 years of age or older by August 1, 2015.

Submitting Your Work

How do I enter the competition and submit my work?
Go to and sign up using the electronic form. As part of this process, you must upload a digital file that represents the piece you are submitting. This file must be in JPEG format — no less than 1MB and no greater than 2MB in size. The file must be uploaded at the time you sign up for the competition.

What is the deadline for submissions for the 2016 prize?
All entries must be submitted by midnight on Monday, November 30, 2015.

How many pieces can I submit?
Each artist can submit only a single entry, and the entry must represent a single work — no multiple pieces or series of pieces. Diptychs and triptychs are allowed, but the pieces must be attached as a single unit.

Are there any time limitations regarding when the submission was completed?
Yes. All work must have been finished within three years prior to submission. Work submitted for the 2016 prize must have been completed after November 30, 2012.

How do I get a high-resolution digital file of my artwork?
You can use a digital camera at the highest quality setting to take a photograph of your work; hire a professional photographer to take digital photos of your artwork; or scan a slide into a digital format (a photo lab can also scan the slide).

How will I know that my entry was received?
You will see a "Thank You" web page upon successfully uploading your information.

What if there is an error when signing up and uploading my digital file?
An error message will appear alerting you of a problem. You can also email any questions to

Will the Hunting Art Prize accept slides?
No. Only digital files will be accepted. You may convert your slide to a digital file at a local photo lab.

Eligible Artwork

What kinds of work are eligible for submission?
The 2016 prize is exclusively a painting and drawing competition and is limited to two-dimensional paintings and drawings. No printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, relief, found object, or computer-generated works will be accepted.

What types of media are allowed for paintings?
Two-dimensional paintings must be created with traditional paint media: oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastels, or some combination of those media. No printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, relief, found object, or computer-generated works will be accepted.

What are the acceptable surfaces or formats for paintings?
Work should be painted on canvas, linen, panel, paper, board, or similar flat formats. It must also be secured on stretcher bars; framing is optional. However, if the painting is on paper, the work must be framed with glazing: i.e., glass or Plexiglas. Loose, exposed, or unprotected paper works cannot be accepted.

What types of drawing media are allowed?
Two-dimensional drawings must use traditional media: pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, or some combination of those media.

What are the acceptable surfaces or formats for drawings?
Work should be drawn on paper, panel, or board. Drawings submitted on paper must adhere to the same framing guidelines outlined above for paintings. No printmaking, photography, collage, assemblage, sculpture, relief, found object, or computer-generated works will be accepted.

Are there any limitations on the size of the work submitted?
Submissions cannot exceed 72 inches on any side (including frame, if any).

Selection Process and Finalists

How is the winner selected?
After submissions have been reviewed to ensure compliance with contest rules, a panel of jurors will evaluate the digital files and select artists to move on to a second jury.  Those chosen artists will then be asked to submit the original artwork represented by the digital file included in the sign up process. The second jury selects the winner from these finalists.

How will I be notified if I am selected as a finalist?
You will receive an email and be given detailed instructions on how to proceed — including shipping and crating your artwork.

Am I responsible for shipping costs and insuring my work?
Yes. The artists bear all costs for crating and shipping work to Houston for final judging; they are also responsible for costs related to picking up or otherwise retrieving their submissions after the gala, according to specifications set by the Hunting Art Prize. While the Hunting Art Prize and its contractors and subcontractors will use care in handling the work, none are responsible for losses or damages. As such, artists may want to consider insuring their work based on its value.

If I am a finalist, how should my work be prepared for viewing?
All finalists’ work should be suitably framed as needed; should have D-rings and wire; and should be able to be installed and hung as a single unit. Work on stretched canvas does not need to be framed. The artwork must be stable; no loose or fragile pieces will be accepted. Additionally, original work must have the artist’s name, address, Hunting Art Prize entry number, and title on the back.

When will the winner be announced?
The winner of the 2016 Hunting Art Prize will be announced during the Hunting Art Prize gala on April 30, 2016.

Will I have the opportunity to exhibit and sell my work?
All finalists will have their work exhibited at the gala and may sell it at that time. Hunting plays no role in sales. All transactions are between the artist and the buyer.