Awards and Prizes

First Place:      $500

Second Place:  $200

Third Place:     $100

Four Honorable Mentions


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.


2014 Competition Calendar

Sept 9: Entry Deadline at 2 p.m.
Sept 18: Jury Selection Notifications Sent
Oct. 5: Finalists Drop-off Artwork 1 – 5 p.m.
Oct 6: Finalists Drop-off Artwork 10 a.m.- noon
Oct 7 – Nov 2: Gallery Exhibit
Oct 11: Reception & Awards 7 – 9 p.m.
Nov 2: Exhibition Closes
Nov 2: Finalists Pick-up Artwork 4 – 5 p.m.
Nov 3: Finalists Pick-up Artwork 10 a.m. - noon


Brenda Page 
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 staff is assisted by volunteers and supported by grants and donations.  Your support is encouraged and appreciated; to learn more, visit


ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street
Herndon, VA 20170

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  The 6th Annual Expressions Portrait Competition
Call for Art

Entry Deadline:  Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 2 p.m.

Finalists in the competition will exhibit at ArtSpace Herndon during the Expressions Portrait exhibit and be eligible for awards.

ArtSpace Herndon thanks the Council for the Arts of Herndon for sponsoring this competition and exhibition.


Competition Information and Rules 

Awards and Prizes
First Place - $500
Second Place $200
Third Place $100
Four Honorable Mentions 

Eligibility: Artists 18 years or older residing in Maryland, Virginia, the District of Columbia, West Virginia, 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 ArtSpace Herndon Portrait Competitions or exhibited at ArtSpace Herndon is ineligible.
  • No copyrighted source material is permitted.
  • No work that is sexually explicit (work that is representational or realistic in depiction of human genitals will be considered sexually explicit).
  • No graphically violent work.

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

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

Entry Fee: $25 (non-refundable) for up to 2 entries.
Finalist Notification: Artists will be notified of jurors’ decision by email by Thursday September 18, 2014. Finalists will also be posted on the ArtSpace Herndon website on Friday September 19, 2014.
Framing: All finalist artwork must be suitably framed and wired for hanging (no clips, saw-tooth hangers or screw-eyes). Works on paper must be framed and glazed. Artwork may not exceed 72” in any direction and must weigh less than 40 pounds framed.
Artwork Delivery: Finalist artwork should be delivered to and picked up from ArtSpace Herndon in-person during the scheduled dates and times. A $5 per day storage fee is charged for items not picked up on time.
Shipping: Out-of-town artists may make special arrangements with ArtSpace Herndon to ship artwork less than 36” in any direction and weighing less than 20 pounds. A separate packing/repacking fee applies. Contact Exhibit Manager Brenda Page by phone (703)-956-6590 or email in advance of shipping.
Sales: Artwork need not be for sale, but must be available for display the entire exhibit. ArtSpace Herndon charges a 25% commission on works sold. ArtSpace Herndon collects and pays sales tax. Exhibiting artists must complete an IRS W-9 form prior to the exhibit. Finalists will be sent additional instructions.
Wine and Words VIP Reception: Finalist artists may be asked to attend a VIP Reception with the President of the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts Board and Friends of ArtSpace Herndon donors at the Curator, Patron, and Visionary levels. The Wine and Words VIP Reception is held on the day of the public Reception before the public Reception starts.
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 Herndon is exhibited at the artist’s own risk. Artists should insure their artwork. ArtSpace Herndon and the Herndon Foundation for the Cultural Arts 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.


Step 1:  Registration & Payment
  • Online Entry and Payment:  Click the “register now” button to register and pay your entry fee onlineRegister Now!
  • Paper Entry and Payment:  Use link at top of page 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.


Step 2: Submission of Art

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  to 
  • 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.

 Entry Form, Payment & Jpeg Submissions must be received by

2:00 pm ET, Tuesday, September 9, 2014.

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 Brenda Page at (703)956-6590 or visit

- Featured Image:  2013 Expressions Winner Emily by Marcus Beauregard