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2nd Annual International "Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition"
October 27, 2011 to February 29, 2012
Indianapolis, IN
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Application Dates:
Mar 3, 2011 - Sep 7, 2011
Application Fee:
$50.00 ($60.00)
Late App. Dates:
Sep 8 - Sep 15, 2011
Additional Late Fee:
$30.00 ($20.00)
Notification Date:
Sep 27, 2011

2nd Annual International "Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition"

The National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS), the nation's premier collection of fine art depicting sport, was founded in 1959 in New York City by the late Germain G. Glidden, a portrait artist and champion squash player. In the years since, NAMOS has carried out a two-pronged mission: to encourage sports artists, and to collect, preserve and share through exhibits the best in sport art. NAMOS has been housed at University Place on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis since 1994 where it viewed by 136,000 people each year. Visitors can see great artist like Bellows, Homer, Pleissner, Rosenfeld and more. For more about NAMOS, see www.namos.iupui.edu 

NAMOS, in collaboration with Juried Art Services, is presenting the opportunity for artists to be a part of this collection through the 2ND Annual International "Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition" and exhibit.


Artists: those who have dedicated their lives in the pursuit of interpretive, realistic, narrative art and have created original art celebrating sport. Must be 18 years of age or older.

Awards: Medals and prize money will be awarded to the top three winners in the competition's three categories. Three $2,500 prizes will be awarded: (1) The Germain G. Glidden Founder's Award for Best-in-Show (2 & 3) NCAA-sponsored awards in painting and in sculpture Honoring College Athletics and Academic Excellence. While artwork depicting any sport or sport personality is considered for all other prizes, the jurors will only consider art depicting collegiate sport for these two $2,500 NCAA-sponsored awards.

Exhibit: Up to 50 pieces chosen by jurors for exhibit at the National Art Museum of Sport in Indianapolis  October 27, 2011, to February 29, 2012. Those chosen are to pay for shipping and insurance to and from the Museum. Insurance while art is on display at the Museum will be provided by NAMOS. Insurance from the artists to the museum and the museum to the artists is the sole responsibility of the artist.

Jurors: Three from the art and sport worlds who have are comprehensive in their view of good art and an understanding of sport.


Entrance fee: Entry limited to up to 5 per artist. $50 for one entry and an additional $10 per entry 2, 3, 4, & 5. Late fee $70 for one and an additional $20 per entry 2, 3, 4 & 5. All fees are non-refundable. For any artist that submits two or more, only one will be accepted for exhibit.

Payment: submit on line through Juried Art Services using your credit card.


1.     Art must depict or evoke sports, celebrating athletics or the athlete as a subject, whether individual or team, competitive or recreational, participant or spectator remembered or studied still life, figurative or landscape.

2.     Two or three dimensional

3.     2D work must be framed or suitable for wall-hanging with usable D rings already attached that are positioned appropriately.  3D work must be suitable for display in a wall case or stand. No constructions or work requiring electricity

4.     Size and weight limitations:

a.     Sculptures: 300 pounds maximum weight, maximum height 25 inches, 18 inches wide, 18-inches deep

b.    Framed works – maximum size 48 inches by 48 inches framed

5.     Must be work produced by the "hand of the artist"

6.     No digital or computer art

7.     Digital photography is accepted

8.     Finalists work must be available for exhibition. Prizes and awards will not be given to those participants who cannot show their work in the exhibit.

9. Once an application has been paid you will not be able to add an additional piece. You must create a new application.


  • Painting – 2 dimensional (Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, or Mixed Media) – may submit two views for entry
  • Sculpture (Bronze, Clay or Composition, Stone, Wood or Glass) -- submit two views for entry
  • Photography

Application information: (Requested information is mandatory for all submissions to be included in competition)

  • Artist name and contact information
  • Artist statement about work – no more than 300 word narrative on what inspired your work. Please note that this will be used to market your work if you win.
  • Biography
  • Materials used
  • Dimensions, size, weight. etc.
  • Images of work: must be in universal jpg format, between 1400 and 2000 pixels per inch at the largest dimension, at 300 dpi


  • The application period for the 2nd Annual International"Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition" opens on March 1, 2011. Submission deadline is midnight, September 15, 2011 EST.
  • Visit the Juried Art Services website to begin the application process as indicated in application process.   
  • Artists chosen for the exhibit may choose to set a price for purchase during the exhibit with 30% of the selling price being a contribution to the National Art Museum of Sport, a 501c3 charity. 
  • Artists must agree to the terms below:

Licensor grants to Licensee a royalty-free, non-exclusive, worldwide license to reproduce, distribute, make derivative works based upon, publicly perform and publicly display the creative work(s) of authorship identified on Exhibit A to this Agreement, which is attached hereto and incorporated herein by reference, in any medium or format, whether now known or hereinafter to be discovered or developed, for such purpose(s) as Licensee may determine to be desirable related to the promotion of Licensee's exhibits or otherwise in furtherance of Licensee's goals or mission. Licensor shall sign and deliver to Licensee any and all additional papers and to take any action that may be require effectuate the license grant contained in this Agreement as may from time to time be requested by Licensee.

Licensor warrants and represents that: (a) it owns all right, title, interest in and to the Work; (b) it has the right, title, interest, power and authority to enter into this Agreement and to grant the license set forth herein; (c) no assignment, grant, mortgage, license, or other agreement affecting the rights and property herein conveyed has been or will be made to others by the Licensor or any predecessor in title thereto that would conflict with this Agreement; and (d) the Work in no way violates any existing copyright, trademark, trade name, trade dress or any other right of any third party, either in whole or in part. Licensor shall protect, defend, indemnify and hold harmless Licensee and its directors, officers, shareholders, employees, agents, affiliated entities, heirs, legal representatives, successors and assigns against any and all third‑party claims and resulting liability, including reasonable attorneys' fees and expenses, arising out of or caused by Licensor's breach of this Agreement or Licensor's representations and warranties contained herein. 

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