International Art Festival, Inc. is proud to announce the first in a series of curated art exhibitions that will be held at a Manhattan gallery in October 2015.

We will finalize and announce the exhibition location in the coming weeks. At the present time we are deciding among a gallery in Chelsea, a newly-renovated midtown gallery just off Fifth Avenue, and a beautiful space near Sotheby's auction house as the best venue for the launch of this series.

We invite you to apply and submit your works free of charge for consideration and selection to be part of this exhibition and the catalog.

Exhibition at Highline Loft Gallery, Chelsea, New York / October 8, 2014

2014 Opening Reception

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Each artist will be allotted a wall space of approximately 10 feet by 10 feet, enough room to hang five or six works.

If your works are accepted, you will receive an invitation letter and detailed instructions. Depending on the space in the gallery, each exhibition in the series will host about 20 artists.

The fee for the exhibition and catalog (one page) is $790.

It is payable in 2 installments:

  • $150 upon accepting our invitation to reserve your spot (non-refundable).
  • $640 by October 1, 2015 (refundable before August 30, 2015).
  • The fee is fully refundable (including the acceptance fee) if for any reason the exhibition and the catalog will not take place.




    • Monday, October 5, 2015 - Deadline to accept the shipments.
    • October 15 - October 18, 2015 - Exhibition days!


    All artists will receive an online certificate of participation from IAF.


    A selection of work by the five category winners will be displayed on the IAF website for one year. Journalists who cover art are invited to attend all our events, and regularly feature information about the competition and about individual artists they admire.

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The 10"x10" high-quality catalog will be printed to accompany the series of exhibitions.

This catalog, which is intended for use as a marketing tool for featured artists, and which we will promote and distribute at art fairs, galleries and collectors.

Artists participating in the exhibition will be eligible for one (1) full page in the catalog.

For Artists who decide to participate in the catalog only, the fee is $200 for the first page, with additional pages available at $160 per page.

For every page you purchased you will receive a copy of the catalog.

The catalog fee is also fully refundable in the event your work is not selected to appear for any reason or the catalog is not published.

During the past four years, International Art Festival, Inc. has sponsored annual competitions and sales exhibitions of work by leading figures among emerging contemporary artists. These took place at venues in prime New York City and New York area locations, and generated a warm response and great excitement among trend-setting members of the New York community who support and patronize contemporary artists. We want to work with you on facilitating your access to the New York art market, which is currently in the midst of an incredible revival, and on enhancing your profile with the public and among your peers.

The submission for the exhibition and catalog is free of charge. You can submit as many artworks as you wish.

Please Note:
We respect artists' copyrights and if the artwork is featured on our website we do our best to give the proper credit to the artist.

Apply and submit the images of your works online. We accept JPEG images with sizes up to 6MB, good for publication in the catalog.

Return postage must be included with winning entries, or they will become a donation to the gallery 15 days after the end of the show. Please take care to ship your artwork carefully with proper padding, and we will return it to you in the same box with the same padding if possible. In the event that the original packaging is inadequate for whatever reason, we will notify the artist of the option to contract for the services of an art handling company in order to prevent damage to the work. The return postage can be a label or a bill of lading from either FedEx or UPS only and included with your artwork.

All artworks must be suitably framed and ready for hanging. We reserve the right to refuse to hang a piece of art that is not presented in exhibition quality with a gallery in mind.

Damage to artwork or framing is not the responsibility or liability of the gallery or IAF. We care about your artwork and will handle it appropriately, but cannot accept liability.

All artwork must be labeled on the back with the artist's name, name of piece, and the price (or "NOT FOR SALE").

All artwork must be delivered by the date on the call for entries page. Artists are responsible for shipping their work to the gallery in sturdy, reusable boxes. Return shipping must be prepaid and enclosed with artwork.

Making artworks available for sale is encouraged, but not required. A commission of 25% will be taken on all works sold as a result of this exhibition, with payment mailed to the artist within 30 days of the exhibition closing. Works are insured while in the gallery. Artists are required to sign a Loan Agreement and a Terms & Condition Agreement if accepted. The International Art Festival will keep a digital library of accepted works and reserves the right to reproduce the images for all media and publicity purposes. The artist maintains copyright.

All entrants give the International Art Festival the right to use or publish images of their work to promote the art exhibits and the gallery. All accepted entries will be placed on this website or blog.

All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. The entrants must be the sole owner of copyright in all photographs and/or videos entered and must have obtained written permission of any people featured in the entries.

Dr. Margaret Dikovitskaya

A graduate of the Repin Institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture (St. Petersburg, Russia), obtained her Master's and PhD degrees from Columbia University (New York, USA). Her first book, "Visual Culture: The Study of the Visual after the Cultural Turn" was published by The MIT Press in 2005. She has lectured in Europe, North America and Asia, and directed three Summer Institutes in Art History and Visual Culture at the Central European University, Soros Foundation (Budapest, Hungary). Currently she is writing on the image of Central Asia in early color photography.

Nancy Engstad

Lives and works in San Francisco. Her work includes drawing and works on paper, painting, sculpture, artists' books as well as textile design and jewelry. Since 2005 digital photography has become an important medium as well. Her work has been exhibited and collected in the United States, Japan, Europe, and Africa.

Jamie Ellin Forbes

Is editor and publisher of Fine Art Magazine, one of New York's leading publications focusing on the lives and work of artists, collectors and exhibitors.

Grigory Gurevich

Is an accomplished painter, sculptor, graphic artist, photographer, illustrator, book maker, arts educator, mime and inventor. He holds a Master of Arts Degree from the Academy of Fine and Industrial Arts of Sankt Petersburg, where he studied visual arts, theater and music. Since his arrival in the United States, he has had more than 300 exhibitions and conducted more than 200 sculpture and many pantomime workshops. He has published several books on his work, which has also been featured by leading publications, including the New York Times, Metro Newark, Who is Who in America, American Artist, Geraldine R, Dodge Foundation Catalogue and many others.

Darren Jones

A leading New York-based Scottish artist, is well known for his collaborative work with Ryan Roa. His work, which runs the gamut from minimalism to performance art to photography, has been exhibited in leading European and US galleries and public collections.

Sam Omans

Is currently completing his MA dissertation in Art History at University College London. Previously he was a U.S. Fulbright Fellow. He was graduated with a degree in architecture from The Cooper Union in 2008.