Congratulations to Jury's Choice Award Winners

Ozlem Habibe Mutaf Buyukarman
Yelena Lezhen
Samir Sammoun
Stanislav Goc
Yeon Ji Yoo
Cameron Neilson
Ksenia Golubkova

Exhibition at the Museum of Russian Art (MoRA)
January 17, 2015 - January 31, 2015

The Opening Reception: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5pm

Exhibition at Highline Loft Gallery, Chelsea, New York

Opening Reception

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The 2014 International Art Festival is a juried art competition that aims to identify, recognize and promote outstanding contemporary artists.

100 artworks will be selected by the Jury to take part in an international exhibition to be held October 8-11, 2014.

Up to 10 Top Artists will also be awarded an additional group exhibition at a New York area gallery to be determined.

The 2014 International Art Festival will take place at the Highline Loft Gallery, which is located in the trendy West Chelsea Arts Building. Far West Chelsea is an up and coming area best known for the institution of Thursday night art exhibitions, where there world's greatest contemporary artists present their works to the taste-making New York art public.

We strongly encourage artists to submit their works early, as some clearly outstanding works will be selected in the First Round of judging. Obtaining this Early Decision will facilitate planning for the exhibition and allows extra time for international shipping & customs clearance.




  • Friday, September 5, 2014 - Exhibition winners will be notified.
  • Monday, October 6, 2014 - Deadline to accept the shipments.
  • October 8 - October 11, 2014 - Exhibition days!

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The TOP 100 works will be exhibited at Highline Loft Gallery in Chelsea, NY City, the "Art capital of US" (508 W26 St).


The TOP Artists in each category will be invited to exhibit their art in a group show at a New York-area gallery (to be annouced later).


Each week of the competition, one work in each category and artist information will be promoted on the special ARTWORK of the WEEK page on the website. These works will be online for the duration of the competition. The earlier you apply, the better chance you have to get noticed!


The artists selected for EXHIBITON 1 and the artists who received an Honorable mention will be featured in our 2014 AIF Catalog. The catalog will be available for purchase.


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.

The entry fee is $35 for up to 3 artworks, $5 for each additional artwork.

Apply and submit the images of your works online. We accept JPEG images with sizes up to 6MB. The Judges will select the winning 100 works for the gallery show in October.

The maximum size of the actual artwork for the Exhibitions is 36 inches or 90cm in any dimension.

Return postage must be included with winning entries, or they will become a donation to the gallery 10 days after the end of the show. Please take care to ship your artwork carefully with 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, the competition 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 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.

After the jury selection, the winners will be asked to provide high resolution images of their artworks for publications.

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.

Entry fees are non-refundable.

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.

Elina Kotler

Is a New York-based artist and a member of United Scenic Artists, working on major television, movie and theater productions. Presently, she is a Charge Scenic Artist on Season 6 of the popular NBC sitcom 30 Rock.

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.