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Awards and Prizes

First Place:      $500

Secont Place:  $200

Third Place:     $100

Other Honors and Awards


To Print the Prospectus and Entry Form:    CLICK HERE

To enter online, scroll down on this page to the Register Now button on the right.



Monday, Oct 8 at 5pm ET:  Entry Deadline

Monday, Oct 15:  Jury Selection Notifications Sent

Nov 1-7:  Finalists Drop-off Artwork:

Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday, 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm
No deliveries on Monday
Tuesday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - 12noon

November 8 - December 9:   Gallery Exhibit

November 10:  Reception & Awards, 7:00pm

Dec 9:  Exhibition Closes

Dec 9 - 16:       Pick-up Artwork

Sunday 5pm - 6pm
No Pickup on Monday
Tuesday-Thursday 10am - 2pm
Friday & Saturday 10am - 2pm
Sunday 1pm - 5pm


Robin Carroll 
ArtSpace Herndon 
703 956 6590 


About ArtSpace Herndon

ArtSpace Herndon is a not for profit arts center created and supported by the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts that includes a 1,700 sq. ft art gallery and two classrooms for classes and small group sessions with artists.  A gathering place to celebrate the arts, ArtSpace Herndon showcases artwork and events by local, regional, and nationally known artists and performers.  ArtSpace is also available to rent for private receptions and business gatherings.   ArtSpace Herndon is staffed mostly by volunteers and supported by grants and donations.  Your support is encouraged and appreciated; to learn more, visit

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ArtSpace Herndon 
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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"Expressions" Portrait Competition 2012

Entry Deadline:  Monday, October 8, 2012 at 5pm

ArtSpace Herndon announces Kurt Schwarz
as judge for this year's "Expressions" Portrait Competition

Kurt  Schwarz is a realist painter specializing in portraiture, still life and landscape.  The exploration of color harmony and spatial concepts are equally important in Schwarz’s creations. His skill in capturing the complex nature of his subjects has contributed to his reputation of being one of Loudoun County‘s finest artists.  Kurt Schwarz’s career highlights include solo exhibitions and publication in fine art magazines, including the international publication, The American Artist.

Schwarz’s work is in collections worldwide, including in Italy, Finland, France, Ireland and Mexico and throughout the nation including in Connecticut, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Washington, DC., Florida, Illinois, and California. His posthumous portraits of notable figures in Loudoun County’s history may be viewed in the permanent public collection of the Balch Public Library, Leesburg, VA.                                                  

Schwarz earned an MFA from George Washington University, has professored there, and is current faculty to both the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia and the Loudoun Academy of the Arts, in Leesburg, Virginia.

The jurors for this year’s competition are Tricia Cherrington Ratliff, an award winning local artist, and Caron Broadway Moody, of Broadway Gallery.


                                                                       Awards and Prizes
                                                                         First Place - $500
                                                                       Second Place $200
                                                                         Third Place $100
                                                                 Other Honors and Awards

Eligibility: Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, and Delaware.

  • Artwork entered must be original 2-D or 3-D portraiture. No photography, electronic or computer generated/ assisted art or reproductions.
  • Artwork juried into previous “Expressions” Competitions is ineligible.
  • No copyrighted source material permitted.
  • No nudes.

ArtSpace can refuse to exhibit artwork it deems unacceptable or that fails to resemble the images submitted. 

2012 Competition Calendar:  see lefthand column

Exhibition:  Up to 25 finalists will be selected to exhibit their work at ArtSpace Herndon.

Entry Fee for up to two (2) images:  $20.  Entry fees are nonrefundable, unless the competition is cancelled.

Finalist Notification:  Artists will be notified of jurors’ decision by email by Monday, September 24, 2012. The jurors for this year’s competition are Tricia Cherrington Ratliff, a local artist, and Caron Broadway Moody, of Broadway Gallery.

Framing:  All finalist artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging (no clips or saw-tooth hangers).  Works on paper must be framed and glazed (Plexiglas recommended).  Artwork may not exceed 72” in any direction and must weigh less than 40 pounds (framed).

Artwork Delivery:  Finalist artwork should be delivered and picked up in person to/from ArtSpace according to the scheduled dates and times. A $5 per day storage fee is imposed for items that are not picked up on time.

Shipping: Out of town artists may make special arrangements with ArtSpace to ship artwork less than 36” in any direction and weighing less than 20 pounds.  A separate packing/repacking fee applies.  Contact Robin Carroll at ArtSpace at (703)956-6590 or email: in advance.

Sales: Artwork need not be for sale, but must be available for display for the entire exhibit.  ArtSpace Herndon charges a 25% commission on works sold.  ArtSpace collects and pays sales tax for the artist.  Therefore, exhibiting artists must complete an IRS W-9 form prior to the exhibit.  Finalists will be sent additional instructions.

Rights: Artists grant ArtSpace Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts the right to photograph and use images of artwork featured in the exhibit for educational and promotional purposes.

Liability: Artwork displayed in ArtSpace will be exhibited at the artist’s own risk.  Artists should insure their artwork.  ArtSpace Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts and/or its employees and volunteers are not liable for theft or damage to artwork in transit, on display or otherwise or for theft of or damage to proceeds from sales.

Cancellation:  If ArtSpace Herndon deems the pool of entrants insufficient, the competition will be cancelled and entry fees will be returned to the artist.

Agreement:  By entering the competition, artists agree to abide by all contest rules and to hold ArtSpace Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts and their employees and volunteers harmless.  Failure to comply with these rules constitutes withdrawal from the competition.



  • Online Entry and Payment:  Click the “register now” button to register and pay your entry fee onlineRegister Now!
  • Paper Entry and Payment:  Click here to download the prospectus and entry form for printing.  Complete the entry form and mail or submit the entry in person as follows: 
    • Mail entry and payment to:    ArtSpace Herndon,  Attention:  Portrait Competition,  P.O. Box 916, Herndon, VA 20172-0916. 
    • Deliver entry and payment in person to:   ArtSpace Herndon,  750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170.   See website for hours.



After registering or paying online, by mail, or in person, submit images of up to two portraits as follows:
  • All images must be sent via email.  
  • Please do NOT send a CD or photographs. 
  • Submit up to two pieces of art for consideration by emailing a jpeg file for each piece.  
  • Send only one image per work. 
  • Jpeg files cannot exceed 5MB.  Label each file with your name, title of the work, medium, framed size: Example:  jane_doe_portraitofsusan_oil_20x30.
  • Email images to  The subject line of the email must read:  “Expressions Competition Submission (your name)” (Ex: “Expressions Competition Submission Jane Doe”).

 Entry Form, Payment & Jpeg Submissions

must be received by 5:00 pm ET, Monday, October 8, 2012.

Check list:

  • Entry form – sent by mail, on-line or in person
  • Payment – sent by mail, on-line or in person
  • Images – sent by email only

Assistance photographing your portrait:  If you do not have an electronic image of your portrait, there are many professional photographers that will assist you.  Contact your local arts organizations for referrals.

For more information contact Robin Carroll at (703)956-6590 or visit