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Art Excellence Awards

Art Excellence Awards Rules

Submission Deadline: May 28, 2018

Award Announcement: July 8, 2018 at 2:00pm

Acceptable Submissions

Any form of tasteful art is acceptable for this competition.

For ease of submission, digital images and recordings may be submitted as a substitute for the original work. Verification of original work may be requested.

To ensure that your submission can be interpreted properly by the judges, please submit appropriate media. For example, if you are submitting a music composition, please submit a recording of that composition. If submitting a short play or dance, include a video recording of a performance. If submitting a large scale artwork, include photographs of the piece.

Online Submissions

To submit your work online, please complete the online Art Excellence Awards Submission Form. Remember to attach a digital representation of your work (if under 8MB) or follow the instructions provided on the form for submission of large files.

Submission Requirements

  • Must be submitted by original artist(s)
  • Artists must live, attend school, or own residence in the townships of the county of Essex
  • Work must be submitted on a reviewable medium.
  • Winning works must be available for presentation during the Essex Fun Fest. July 5 to 8th.
  • A brief summary outlining how the artist’s shows a dedication to their art through their submission. Summary will not be longer than 250 words.
  • Only one submission per artist.

Acceptable Media

  • Visual works should be submitted on a clear 5 x 7 photo. Multiple angles are allowed at the discretion of the artist.
  • Music, spoken word, or any other audio work should be submitted in .WAV or .MP3
  • Dance or performance based works should be submitted in video format.
  • Written work should be submitted in .PDF format.

Winning Works

Three awards ranked 1st, 2nd and 3rd are available through this program:

  • 1st place: $1000
  • 2nd place: $650
  • 3rd Place: $350

Works will be judged based on the artist's dedication to their art, and the aesthetic appeal to the judges.

There will be no fewer than three judges for each work. Judges may ask others for insight into interpretation for their field.

Award Presentation and Public Exhibition

Awards will be announced and presented to the artists during the Essex Fun Fest on July 8, 2018. During the judging, if there are any honourable mentions that were in close contention for one of the awards, the organizers will reach out to these artists to offer the chance to showcase their art as well.

The winning works will be also displayed at a public exhibition during the Explore the Shore event, happening Saturday, July 28.

Damage or Loss

While we will take the utmost care with original works of art, the Town of Essex and the ACT Committee are not responsible for any damage or loss of art during transit or storage.


If you have questions about the Art Excellence Awards, please contact Cynthia Cakebread, Manager, Recreation and Culture, by phone (519-776-7336 ext. 1352) or email: ccakebread@essex.ca