Monthly Competition Rules
The monthly competition is open to all members in good standing of the Orange Art Association.
Members may submit two entries at each meeting. You must be present to win. The categories
NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE – This category is intended for beginning artists, workshop students and
non-professional artists. Work must be original, (no copies, but painting from photographs you own
is allowed) and may have been done with instructional guidance. Note: Artist accumulating a total of
21 points or more during the calendar year, in this category will be moved to advanced category at
the beginning of the following year.*
ADVANCED – intended for advanced and professional artists which includes, but not limited to,
artists who have had extensive training in their medium, are working artists and sell their art
frequently, make art (of their medium) for a living, and art teachers (of their medium)
All work must be original.
HALL OF FAMERS - any member, past or present, which has won Hall of Fame, may bring as many paintings as they wish to show. Each person will receive 5 raffle tickets for participating. If two or more Hall of Fame winners are present, there will be a 1st place ribbon awarded to one of the artwork amongst the Hall of Fame entries.
*You do not have to start in the NOVICE/INTERMEDIATE category. You may start or move to the
ADVANCED category anytime. Upon entry to the ADVANCED category, your point score will
begin at zero.
The speaker/demonstrator of the month shall be the juror, and awards will be as follows for
Novice/Intermediate and Advanced categories:
First Place – Blue Ribbon 7 points
Second Place – Red Ribbon 4 points
Third Place – White Ribbon 3 points
Honorable Mention – Green Ribbon 1 point
The number of winners in each category depends on the number of entries in that category.
3 entries First place only
4 entries First and Second place only
5 or more entries First, Second and Third and Honorable Mention
All mediums will be judged together in each of the two categories with the exception of one rule. If
there are five or more pieces within the same medium in a category, then that medium will create its
own category of 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. For example: In the Novice/Intermediate category if
there are 5 oil paintings submitted, 1 sculpture, 2 watercolors and 1 pastel, the OIL category for
Novice/Intermediate will come into effect and the balance of the pieces will be judged together with
only 1st and 2nd place winners because there would only be 4 pieces in it.
All entries must be in by 7:00 to be accepted, as judging will be promptly at 7:30.
If you bring your painting in after the judging has started, your painting will not be entered.
Framed, unframed, wrap around canvases or matted work is acceptable. If a painting receives
no award, it may be entered again. Paintings that do win awards are not eligible for future entry.
Points associated with the award are accumulated during the calendar year for awards presented at
the end of the year and advancement to other categories. In the case of a tie on any cash awards,
the money awarded will be split among the winners equally.
“ARTIST OF THE YEAR” award – An artist of the year award will be presented at the December
meeting to the Advanced category artist winning the most 1st, 2nd or 3rd place points during the
calendar year. Only points earned while in the Advanced category can be counted towards this
award. A monetary award will be presented. Any member who becomes “Artist of the Year” for two
years will be elevated to the “Hall of Fame”.
“First Place Novice/Intermediate” award – A first place award will be presented at the December
meeting to the Novice/Intermediate artist accumulating the most points in this category during the
calendar year. A monetary award will be presented.
“MEMBERS CHOICE” award – Any artist who has won a 1st place ribbon in any category during the
year is invited to win this award. At the December meeting, all pieces that received a blue 1st place
ribbon are invited to come back for a December display and the general membership will vote via
ballot for a “Member Choice” award. The winner will receive a monetary award.