Micah Condon’s web site, www.dailypainters.com, has no shortage of aspiring artists waiting to post their work in his galleries. In fact, he’s basically got an embarassment of riches.
“We’ve always had a big waiting list,” he said. “So this time, we decided to hold a competition to see who the next artist to join us would be.”
About 260 artists submitted their work. Out of those, an internal review narrowed the entries down to twenty. This week, voting was opened up to the public. On Monday and Tuesday, Micah recorded more than 6,000 visits.
The ten artists with the highest votes on May 30 will be promoted to the next round of voting. The artist with the most votes on June 18, 2010 will win acceptance to the Daily Painters Gallery, including one year of free membership, plus a $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials.
“We decided to do the competition because it would be a fun opportunity for one artist to get in,” he said. “With so many artists wanting to join us, we didn’t want to grow too fast. It’s also is a great way to generate publicity for all these artists.”
The incentive for an artist to join the online gallery is substantial. A number of very active collectors monitor the site and purchase artwork, and galleries pay attention too – with the site’s artists being featured in their shows. And there’s also the camaraderie and support among fellow artists.
To vote in the daily painters competition, go to http://www.dailypainters.com/blog/contest
For more on Blick Art Materials, go to http://www.dickblick.com/