Calling All Artists: Crayon Cover Competition

We are thrilled to announce a golden opportunity for artists worldwide. The first edition of Litro’s sister platform, Crayon Magazine, is seeking a pioneering piece of art to grace its cover. This international competition is not restricted by geography or tradition, echoing the magazine’s commitment to transcultural dialogue and the exploration of creative boundaries.

The theme is BEAUTY. What does beauty mean to you? What does beauty look like? How can we respond to beauty? Does beauty have a place in art? These are the questions we ask you to consider when you submit to our inaugural cover competition. We are looking for exciting and innovative interpretations of the theme.

The competition is open to all living artists over the age of 18 as of June 19th, 2023, transcending nationality. The window for submissions will stay open until the end of August. Take note, dear artists, punctuality is of the essence. Any entries submitted after the closing time will not be accepted.

The judges comprise a diverse panel of renowned gallery owners, art critics and artists, who will bring their unique perspectives to the adjudication process. We are also joined by a young artist from the fine art world, Dan Bunn, who will helping with the judging process, and will be running our first-ever Crayon Masterclass. More to follow on that soon. 

To enter, complete an online application form via Submittable and follow the detailed instructions. The competition is entirely free, embodying Crayon’s belief that art should be accessible and unimpeded by financial barriers.

Your submission should be a completely original piece, crafted in any medium except videography and sculpture. The dimensions and orientation of the artwork are flexible, offering an inviting space for artistic innovation and interpretation. However, it must resonate with the theme of the competition, a challenging yet rewarding task that truly pushes artistic creativity.

Follow our Instagram and Twitter handles for more updates. We’re excited to see what beauty means to all of you. See your art on the cover. Submit now.

How to Enter: SUBMIT HERE

Terms and Conditions

Judges 2023

Ronni Anderson, a Manhattan-based art dealer known for her discerning eye, is the owner and director of Anderson Contemporary, an art gallery and cultural hub situated within the serene, public, tree-lined atrium space of 180 Maiden Lane in New York City. The gallery represents a vibrant community of visionary artists from various disciplines, including painting, photography, mixed media, animation, and performance art. With a personalized approach, Anderson fosters meaningful connections between artists and art enthusiasts. The gallery’s mission is to provide unwavering support to their talented artists, ignite passion in private and corporate collectors, and create indelible impressions that endure.

Robert Simon is an art historian and art dealer in New York, specializing in Renaissance and Baroque paintings. He received his doctorate at Columbia University with a dissertation on the portraits of Bronzino. He has published and lectured widely on both art-historical matters and on broader concerns relating to the authenticity, valuation, conservation, and commercial trade of works of art. As a dealer he has been responsible for several discoveries, including important paintings by Guido Reni, Parmigianino, and, most recently, the Salvator Mundi of Leonardo da Vinci. Significant paintings, drawings, and sculpture from his New York gallery, Robert Simon Fine Art, are to be found in major American museums, as well as in private collections worldwide. He was formerly the President of the Appraisers Association of America and currently serves as Vice-President of the Art and Antique Dealers League of America.

Dan Bunn is a painter based in Brooklyn, NY. After becoming enthralled with fantasy art as a child and masterworks of the past as a teenager, he studied art in various ways until he found his way to Grand Central Atelier to study with Jacob Collins and the crew of notable painters and instructors in NYC. He is now teaching in the core program at GCA and showing new works with multiple venues. He works primarily in oil paint, conjuring mysterious scenes replete with fruit, animals, people, and objects of curiosity. Observations of nature meet a wandering imagination, as fantasy and truth melt into one.

Competition opens: 19th June 2023

Closes: 31st August, 2023

Winners announced in Fall. More information to follow soon.

Submit Here

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