September 1, 2013 to October 31, 2013
Application Dates
Sep 15 '12 to May 1 '13
Application Fee
(see prospectus for details)
Notification Date
Jun 26, 2013


Background and Participation Guidelines
for the 3rd Annual International
Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition and Exhibit

National Art Museum of Sport

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 master artist and three-time national squash champion Germain G. Glidden. Since its founding, NAMOS has carried out a two-pronged mission: to encourage sport artists, across all media; and to collect, preserve and share through exhibits the best examples of art depicting sport the museum can acquire.

Since 1994, NAMOS has been housed at University Place on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, where it welcomes roughly 135,000 people per year. Visitors enjoy an unparalleled collection of world-renowned artists, including Bellows, Homer,Pleissner, and Rosenfeld, as well as contemporary and emerging artists.

Beginning in 2013 the museum will relocate to a new location; details will be provided at a later date.

For more about NAMOS, visit us on the web at www.nationalartmuseumofsport.org and on Facebook.


In collaboration with Juried Art Services, NAMOS is presenting the opportunity for artists to be a part of its collection by entering our 3rd Annual International Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition and exhibit. Following are qualifications guidelines:

Artists: Entrants must have dedicated their lives in the pursuit of interpretive, realistic, or 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 include: (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 the two $2,500 NCAA-sponsored awards.

For any artist submitting two or more pieces, only one can be accepted for either a cash award or exhibit-only award.

Exhibit: The museum will exhibit up to 30 jury-selected pieces for exhibit at an exciting location to be announced (see website for details). The exhibit will be in September/October 2013. Winners are to pay for shipping and insurance to and from the exhibit venue. NAMOS will arrange for insurance while on display during the exhibit; however, artists must bear the cost of insuring their artwork while in transit both to and from the museum exhibit venue.

Jurors: Three jurors from the art and sport worlds have been selected for their comprehensive view of fine art and an understanding of sport. This year’s world renowned jurors include Marc Mellon (sculptor), Everett Raymond Kinstler (painter), Bruce Helander ( art editor).


Enrollment: Participants must enroll and pay the entry fee at the Juried Art Services website.

See Application Information below.

Entrance fee: Entry limited to up to 5 pieces per artist; $50 for one entry and an additional $10 per each additional entry.

All fees are non-refundable.

Payment : Credit card-only payment is required when enrolling through the Juried Art Services website. Click on PayPal and this will direct you to the NAMOS payment system.


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 and positioned appropriately. 3D work must be suitable for display in a wall case or stand. We cannot accept constructions or work requiring electricity.

4. Size and weight limitations:

  • Sculptures: 300-pound maximum weight; maximum height 25 inches, width 18 inches, depth 18 inches
  • 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 acceptable

8. Winners or 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 paid, entrants may submit additional pieces only by creating a new application in their Juried Art account.

  • Painting – 2-dimensional (oil, acrylic, watercolor, or mixed media). Entrants may submit two views.
  • Sculpture (bronze, clay or composition, stone, wood, or glass). Entrants may submit two views.
  • Photography. Entrants may submit two views.

Application information: The following information is mandatory in order to be considered for the competition:

  • Artist name and contact information including email address.
  • Artist statement of work: Maximum 300-word narrative describing what inspires your work. Please note that this statement will be used to market your work should you win.
  • Biography
  • Materials used
  • Dimensions, size, weight of the piece(s)
  • Images of work: must be in universal .jpg format, between 1,400 and 2,000 pixels per inch at the largest dimension, at 300 dpi

Submission Timeline:

  • The application period for the 3nd Annual International Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition begins September 15, 2012. Submission deadline is midnight, May 1, 2013.
  • Visit the Juried Art Services website to begin the application process (see Enrollment above)
  • Artists chosen for the exhibit may choose to set a price for purchase during the exhibit, with the understanding that 30% of the selling price will be a contribution to the National Art Museum of Sport, a 501(c)(3) charity.
  • Artists must agree to the terms below:

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