The 2006 Tenth Annual Greater Washington, DC International Fine Arts Competition
July 14 - August 9, 2006

An opportunity for artists to exhibit two dimensional art (except photography - photographers click here) in one of the greater Washington area's premier independent fine arts galleries. We have had tremendous success with the previous juried exhibitions, which were widely reviewed in various local art magazines and local and national newspapers. Read some of our reviews.

The Fraser Gallery
7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: (301) 718-9651

Click here for an Entry Form

2006 Calendar

Slides due ........................................... 19 May 2006
Jury Notification Mailed ....................... 2 June 2006
Accepted Work Due ............................. 12 July 2006
Exhibition Opens .................................. 14 July 2006
Artists' Reception ................................ 14 July 2006
Exhibition Closes ................................. 9 August 2006
Pick up of hand-delivered work............. 10 August 2006

About the Gallery

The Fraser Gallery is one of the major fine arts galleries in the Greater Washington. D.C. area. The gallery owner, Catriona Fraser is an award winning photographer, juror and curator who has directed the Fraser Gallery since 1996. Ms. Fraser is the Director of the Fraser Gallery and also serves on the Bethesda Art and Entertainment District Advisory Panel and the Washington School of Photography Advisory Board. She has also served on the Advisory Panel for the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and is also the Chair of the Trawick Art Prize, a fine art competition that awards $14,000 in prize money to artists residing in Maryland, Washington D.C and Virginia. She is also the Chair of the Bethesda Painting Awards, an annual competition that awards $14,000 in prize money to painters residing in the same area. Ms. Fraser is also the founder and director of Secondsight, an organization to support women photographers and the founder and director of the annual Bethesda Fine Arts Festival. Gallery shows are widely listed in the Washington Post, Washington Times and other local newspapers as well as most local art publications and are often reviewed by regional and antional art critics.


The juror for the 2006 competition is F. Lennox Campello. In addition to being the co-owner of the Fraser Gallery, Mr. Campello is a widely published art critic and a respected curator. In 2005 he curated the worldwide homage to Frida Kahlo sponsored by and the Cultural Institute of Mexico. He also curated the highly successful "Seven" exhibition for the Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran. Mr. Campello is also the publisher of DC Art News, a popular online arts blog in the Greater Washington, DC region. Furthermore, he is a regular guest on National Public Radio and Voice of America radio programs, where he discusses art issues. He's also often seen on television in the syndicated show "ArtsMedia News."

Artist's Eligibility

Open to all artists 18 years and older working in a realistic or representational genre. All original 2-D media (except photography) not previously exhibited at the Fraser Gallery. The maximum dimension (including frame) should not exceed 40 inches in any direction. Three dimensional work, which can be wall-hung is also acceptable. Reproductions are not acceptable. Iris or Giclee entries are not acceptable unless all the artwork has been created digitally. All work must be framed and presented professionally to conservation standards. Photographers are encouraged to participate in our annual Photography Competition.

Focus of Exhibition

Contemporary Realism


All work must be for sale at prices set by the artist. The Fraser Gallery retains a commission of 50% of sale price. Payment to the artist will be mailed within 30 days after receipt of proceeds from sales. Prices should be an accurate reflection of the artist's sales history and therefore must not be inflated.


The gallery will insure all works while in its possession against theft or total loss for the artists' share of the retail price. All reasonable care will be taken with accepted art and submitted slides, but it is clearly understood by the artist that the gallery assumes no responsibility and shall not be held responsible for any damage of any kind caused or occurring during shipping.

Slide and Digital File Specifications

All preliminary judging will be done from standard 35mm slides (one slide per entry) or digital images on CD ROMS.

Slides: Each slide must be clearly labeled with the artists' name, title, medium and dimensions. Please indicate top of the slide. Slides should be mounted on thin cardboard or plastic. No glass slides accepted. If you wish to make slides from your digital photos of the artwork, we recommend
Digital Entries: Each digital file should be saved as a JPG format, and titled with the artist's last name and entry number (e.g. "Name-Entry3.jpg"). Files must be under 400K and able to be opened by a PC compatible system. CD ROM should be labeled with the artist's full name and contact information.



A non-refundable fee of $25 U.S. Dollars entitles the artist to submit three slides/JPG files. Additional entries may be submitted at a cost of $5 U.S. Dollars per entry. U.S. entries should make check or money order payable to Fraser Gallery; Paypal is also accepted. Foreign entries shall use Paypal or bank drafts in U.S. Dollars payable to Fraser Gallery or pay via Visa or Mastercard. Western Union payment is not acceptable.

Entry Forms

Please use the request form at the bottom of this page to print an entry form, or send a large, stamped self addressed envelope to the gallery. Entry forms may be copied. Please complete all the parts in the prospectus. Please type or print clearly. Attach an Identification label to the back of accepted work prior to sending it to gallery. Entering this exhibition shall constitute understanding and agreement on the part of the artist with all the conditions stated. Send entry fee, entry form card and jury notification form card, slides and (if U.S.entry) a business sized SASE (for notification and return of your slides - international entries send a self addressed envelope) to arrive no later than 19 May 2006 to:

The Fraser Gallery
7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E
Bethesda, MD 20814
Tel: (301) 718-9651


The winner of the Best in Show award shall receive $500 in prize money. First, Second and Third Prize winners will receive $200, $150 and $100 respectively in prize money. All prizewinners may be invited to further exhibit in the gallery's future group shows.

Accepted Works

Upon notification of acceptance of work, the artist must ship or hand deliver the accepted piece(s) to arrive at the Fraser Gallery no later than 12 July 2006. Shipped work must be sent in a re-usable container as this container will be used to return unsold work. Work must be securely packed, with identification tags attached to the back of the work and with the return shipping label enclosed. DO NOT USE STYROFOAM PEANUTS. A street address must be used for return shipping, as UPS will not deliver to Post Office boxes. Cost of return shipping must be enclosed with the shipped work. Additionally, the artist may also send a resume or CV (on a plain piece of paper, headed with only the artist's name at the top and no address) with the work. All hand delivered entries must be picked up on 10 August 2006. Work which arrives damaged or which does not meet the specified conditions for exhibition may be disqualified. Please ensure that frames or plexiglass are not scratched or damaged. Entries in damaged frames or scratched plexiglass will not be exhibited. No accepted work may be withdrawn before the end of the show.

Artists' Reception and Opening

A formal opening and reception for the accepted artists will be held on Friday, 14 July 2006 from 6-9 p.m. at the gallery. Accepted artists are encouraged to submit additional names and addresses (up to 25 per artist) of interested art buyers within a 50 mile radius of Georgetown. U.S. artists wishing an additional 25 copies of the invitation must submit a SASE (96 cents in stamps) large enough to hold 25 postcards.

Request Form

Click here for an entry form. Please print the form and follow instructions for shipping of slides.

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Fraser Gallery Bethesda
7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD
(301) 718-9651