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					                     Ex Arte Equinus 4
                     International Equine Art Competition
  Presented by Art Horse Magazine                                                           (8/23/2010)
www.arthorsemagazine.com
                                   Prospectus
                        Entry deadline: October 30, 2010
                                    note: Electronic entries only after 10/20
                  Official website: www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition.html

Email contacts:
General questions: Juliet R. Harrison, exarte_director@arthorsemagazine.com
Please NO phone calls.

Ex Arte Equinus is an international art competition dedicated to presenting the equine as fine art.
The amount of equine artists working today is astounding. Ex Arte Equinus is a chance for artists
worldwide to have their work recognized in a fine art format, in a competition that will provide equine
artists the opportunity to compete and have their work seen on an international level. Images of winning
artwork will be published in issue #12 of Art Horse Magazine (published March 2011). Winners and
selected images will also be published in a limited edition hardback book about the show, available from
Art Horse Magazine.

ELIGIBILITY
Contest is open to artists worldwide. Open to artists 17 years and older. All artwork must be original work
executed by the artist. Works produced by non-human artists are not eligible for this competition. Works
based on a photograph must have the photographer‟s permission before entering that work. Works must
include a suggestion of an equine form in the image submitted (i.e. a still life painting of tack or hunting
dogs would not be acceptable for this show). Previously submitted works are welcome, however works
that placed or appeared in any previous Ex Arte Equinus competition or book are not eligible.

CATEGORIES:
All artists will compete for the awards in these categories (note that multimedia pieces should be entered
based on predominant media):
Paintings
          Includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, and any other 'wet' traditional or non-traditional painting
          media. This category does not include “digitally painted” pieces or electronically-generated art
          for this competition. Any image entered into an inappropriate division will be moved by the jurors
          into the correct division at the time of judging without penalty to the artist.
Drawings
          Includes drawings, pastel, charcoal, etchings, and other traditional or non-traditional types of 'dry'
          drawing media. This category does not include “digitally drawn” pieces or electronic art for this
          competition. Any image entered into an inappropriate division will be moved by the jurors into
          the correct division at the time of judging without penalty to the artist.
Sculpture
          Includes 3-dimensional works completed using traditional or non-traditional materials. Copies of
          originals are accepted for cast media (such as bronze, wax, ceramics, or resin) if they are
          submitted as entries by the sculpting artist only.
Digital Art
          Includes any artwork completed digitally, including digital image that has a photograph as its
          base, such as an image heavily reworked or texturized with Photoshop, any images with painted or
          pasted backgrounds, foregrounds, layers, or subjects, and any image which is entirely computer-
          drawn or computer-created. Digital collages are included in this division. Please review the
          qualifications for the Photography division below if you have questions. Any image entered into
       an inappropriate division will be moved by the jurors into the correct division at the time of
       judging without penalty to the artist.
Photography
       Includes digital or film photography (alternative film or traditional film types of images and /or
       processing), color or black and white. Photo should include the image or suggestion of a real, live
       horse in some way. Artists may be asked to provide the original file if a digital image is in
       question as to the amount of reworking. Any image entered into an inappropriate division will be
       moved by the jurors into the correct division at the time of judging without penalty to the artist.
            Acceptable:
                 Digital images which have been post-processed in accordance to good-faith
                     practices. This includes the following: cropping, burning, dodging, removal of
                     small distractions (such as a pole or a fly), minor brightness/contrast adjustment,
                     minor color enhancement, or color to b/w, sepia. Any such work must preserve the
                     image‟s original expression.
                 Images straight from the camera
                 A darkroom-printed image (including a scanned darkroom image retouched as
                     above)
            Not Acceptable:
                 Images with digitally painted or pasted backgrounds, foregrounds, layers, or
                     subjects, or any image which is entirely computer-drawn or computer-created.
                     Please enter such work into the Digital Art division.
                 Any image that has been heavily reworked digitally (e.g.: Photoshop) such that it is
                     drastically different than its original, and is a separate work of art from the original
                     rather than an „improved‟ version. Please enter such work into the Digital Art
                     division.
                 Any image that has been retouched enough to be considered more „painting‟ than
                     photograph. Please enter such work into the Digital Art division.
                 Collages or scrapbook type works
                 Any image that does not show or suggest a real, live horse in some way. „Still life‟
                     images (such as with tack, boots, etc) must also include a suggestion of the live horse
                     in the image.


LIMITED EDITION PROGRAMME BOOK
Selected works and information about the show will be printed in a color hardbound book that will be
available on the Art Horse Magazine website.

ENTRY PROCEDURE Submit entries on CD, or online

         SUBMIT ONLY A DIGITAL VERSION OF YOUR IMAGE. (Do not sent actual work)
         *Files must be AT LEAST 2mb in file size.
         *Files must be NO LARGER than 10 mb in file size.
         *Files accepted in JPG, TIF or PNG. Use RGB color, quality set at „best/highest‟, file size
                  should equal approximately 8x10 inches at 300dpi. See our tips pages for full
                  explanation on how to prepare your files:
                  www.arthorsemagazine.com/exarte3/tips.html and
                  www.arthorsemagazine.com/exarte3/prep.html
         *Important: do NOT use „sharpen‟or „noise reduction‟ filters on your image files.
         *Image should be properly oriented („top‟ of image is top as viewed on a monitor).
         *Filenames should begin with artist‟s last name, then entry number to correspond with each work
         listed on the accompanying entry form (example: Smith_1.jpg, Smith_2.jpg, etc).


         Send your files via email to: exarte_images@gmx.com (total size per email is 15mb, so you
         may need to send multiple emails)
         DO NOT send images prepared for web pages or internet viewing.

    For flatwork (paintings, drawings, photos, digital): Submit one image per entry, with a limit of 12
entries per artist.
    For sculptures: Multiple views of your piece may be needed to sufficiently show the piece in entirety
(i.e. front and side views). Submit up to two images per entry, with a limit of 12 entries per artist. Please
name your files with Artist‟s last name, entry number, and view number (i.e. Smith_1_1.jpg,
Smith_1_2.jpg, etc.)

CDs will not be returned. Please write your name on the CD and make sure that it contains your files. Pay
online at the entry page (www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition.html) or mail check /m.o. for entry
fees payable to Ex Arte, Art Horse Magazine, p.o. box 13017, Beaumont, TX 77726-3017. No Non-US
checks are accepted. No phone calls please.

ENTRY FEES
Fees are: $30.00 per artist will include up to 3 entries. Additional entries up to twelve may be added at
$10.00 each.

USEAGE RIGHTS
By submitting for jurying, artists grant Art Horse Magazine permission to use the submitted images in
publication of issue 10 of Art Horse Magazine, in online display and printed promotion only (such as
informational booklets sent to sponsors etc.) about the competition, and in publication of the show
programme. Artists grant the use of their image(s) as stated here without further compensation from Art
Horse Magazine. Artist and title recognition is always included at use.

AWARDS
Prizes include rosettes for first place through third place for each category. First place and overall winners
receive custom glass awards and one copy Ex Arte Equinus IV programme book will be awarded to each
first place artist and overall Award winners. Winning works will be included in issue #12 (Winter, 3/11) of
Art Horse Magazine and in the published show programme book as an opportunity to present the work to
an international audience of equine art collectors and enthusiasts.

JURORS
Each category will be judged separately. Juror list :
Susan Leyland (Drawing category), Rachael Waller (Photography category), Sherron Sheppard (Digital
Art category) and Kathi Peters (painting category), and Lyne Raff, editor (sculpture category).

JURY NOTIFICATION: (ONLY TO THOSE SELECTED) on or about sixty days from final entry
deadline.

MAILING ADDRESS:
Art Horse Magazine / Ex Arte 4
P.O. Box 13017
Beaumont, TX 77726-3017

SHOW CALENDAR (subject to change)
    Oct. 30, 2010: deadline for entries (all images, forms, CDs and payment due)
    Dec. 15-25, 2010: winners notified
    Feb-March, 2011: winning work published in issue 12 of Art Horse Magazine, (prizes and books
     mailed with magazines at time of printing, late Feb. 2011)
                     Some tips for preparing your images for submission
As the winning works will be appearing in a printed format rather than in a gallery setting, part of the
judging criteria will include each image‟s suitability for publication. As the artist, it is your responsibility
to make sure that you photograph your work at its best. When you prepare your images for entry, ask
yourself these questions while you look at your images:
     if you are a sculptor, have you photographed your sculpture against a plain cloth background that
         complements the piece, or does the background include trees that overwhelm the sculpture? Does
         the light in the photo flatter the sculpture, or do strong shadows overpower the piece and swallow
         up details? Does the camera distort perspective and make the piece look incorrect? Is the picture
         sharply focused? Too bright or too dark?


        If you are a flatwork artist or painter, do the colors look accurate in your photo, or are they
         yellowish or blueish? Are there any „shiny‟ highlights on the surface? Is the painting or drawing
         placed flat and square to the camera, or does it lean (creating distorted edges)? Are there
         undesirable shadows falling on the image? Is the picture sharply focused? Too bright or too dark?

More tips:
Using a flash will usually not be flattering to the artwork; it will create „hotspots‟ of shine and harsh
shadows and contrast. Use a tripod or a steady table and shoot a timed exposure instead. For flat work,
early morning full sunlight falling directly on the painting (straight on, not from the side) works well. For
sculpture, soft, indirect light works best. Cloth drapes should be neatly pressed and free of sloppy-looking
crinkles. A solid, neutral color is mandatory; never use a backdrop that has a pattern, multiple colors, or
heavy texture. Be sure to position the cloth so that any draping does not compete with your work.

Give your images a final once-over before entering them; check for fingerprints/smudges on the work,
weird shadows, camera straps, lint, or fuzz. Look for anything that doesn‟t belong--even the odd fly that
might have passed as you snapped the photo! AND--Crop your image so that the frame and / or mat do not
show.




                                  See more info online at our tips pages:

                              www.arthorsemagazine.com/exarte3/prep.html
                              www.arthorsemagazine.com/exarte3/tips.html



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                               See next page for mailable entry form.
                 You may enter Ex Arte 3 by mailing the form with your CD of images,
                                                 or
                                   enter electronically online at:
                      http://www.arthorsemagazine.com/art_competition.html

                           Note: Electronic entries only after 10/20/10
                        Ex Arte Equinus 4International Equine Art Competition
Presented by Art Horse Magazine
www.arthorsemagazine.com
                                                  Entry Form
                                           Entry deadline: October 30, 2010
Print this form, fill out and mail to:
Art Horse Magazine
Ex Arte Equinus
P.O. Box 13017
Beaumont, TX 77726-3017
                                    Entrant Checklist (mark all that apply)
             [] completed entry form                  [] Check payable to Art Horse Magazine
                                                           (Non-US entrants: International money
                                                           orders or PayPal only, please! No foreign checks)
             [] CD with Images enclosed                   [] Paying online
               (please check your CD—make sure
                your images are on it)
             []Files of my work have been emailed
                                                          [] Entry fee (for first 3 entries)           $30.00
             [] I authorize my image for publication      []#of additional entries _____ x $10=_____
               in Art Horse Magazine and/or show              Texas residents include 8.25% sales tax = _____
               programme book _________(initials)                                     Total amount = _____

Please type or print legibly:
Name: _____________________________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: ______________________________________________________________________
Phone: ______________________________________________________________________________
Your Email and website:_______________________________________________________________

Entry #1
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Year completed _____________ Media _________________________ Size: _______h x_____ w

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Entry #2
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                     Additional Entries @ $10 each (print and fill out this form)
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