“Art Olympia 2017, ” 2nd International Open Art Competition for Artists


Art Olympia is an open art competition held as a biennial event with the goal of discovering talented artists around the world and supporting their activities.

It aims to promote exchanges of the world’s various cultures through arts. Artworks of approximately 180 pieces (80 pieces from Japan and 100 pieces outside of Japan) will be selected and undergo a final review in Tokyo by a panel of great judges invited from around the world.

Art Olympia embodies the following three concepts:


First of all, we would like to establish a worldwide hub of art and culture which would meet and connect domestic artists to international artists.
By introducing artists through Art Olympia, we aim to expand their opportunities to succeed, from their local environment to infinite boundaries.


Secondly, we would like to discover future global artists. Art Olympia will collect artworks from all over the world and invite domestic and foreign art experts as jurors.

A variety of jurors from different cultural and historical backgrounds will broaden the possibility of recognizing talented artists.


Lastly, our passion is to encourage and inspire artists creating the next generation of art and a new aesthetic sense of beauty.
We believe the exchange of culture through Art Olympia will stimulate artists to grow beyond their borders.


Primary round judging will be held at two locations, New York and Tokyo, to select 100 works from New York location and 80 works from Tokyo, which will proceed to the final round judging. At the final round judging 180 artworks will be evaluated in Tokyo to decide the winners.


For general awards, the first prize winner will receive $120,000, the second prize winner $30,000, and the third prize winner $20,000 along with the Art Olympia original trophies. For student awards, the first prize winner will receive $20,000, the second $10,000, and the third $5,000 along with the Art Olympia original trophies.

There are special prizes from Art Olympia in addition to the first to sixth prize. Student artists will automatically be considered for both general awards and student awards.
All of the 180 finalists will receive cash prizes, have their works displayed at the exhibition and will be listed on the original pictorial records of works as well as the Art Olympia website.
At the primary round judging, five art experts will evaluate the works as digital images. At the final round judging, ten jurors will evaluate and decide the winners by looking at the actual works. In order to have the competition fair, works will be judged by a point system, and total points and the ranking of the finalist will be announced officially. Ten special prizes from the jurors for general competition will be awarded to the works which each juror scores the highest.
Following is the list of jurors for Art Olympia 2017. Don’t miss out this great opportunity to have these great art experts look at your works.

New York Location:

Florence Derieux: Curator at Centre Pompidou
Brett Littman: Executive Director of the Drawing Center / New York
Simon Njami: Curator
Chu Teh-I: Artist, Director of Kuandu Museum of Fine Arts / Taipei
Kara Vander Weg: Director of Gagosian Gallery / New York

Tokyo Location:

Akiko Endo: Painter. Professor of Musashino Art University
Toyomi Hosina: Artist, Vice President of Tokyo University of Arts/ Tokyo
Aomi Okabe: Curator/ Tokyo
Hiroshi Senju: Artist / Tokyo
Akira Tatehata: President of Tama Art University/ Tokyo
Jurors details ⇒ http://artolympia.info/lp02/

Entry Rules and Regulations

(1) 2-dimensionals works, which can be representational or abstract; oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mineral pigments, print, charcoal, digital/multimedia art, mixed media, photography etc. (calligraphy, video, sculpture, and group/ collaboration works are not accepted)

(2) Original works that have never been previously submitted to other competitions (rule offender will be revoked)

(3) Size and weight
Maximum Size: 117cm x 117cm (46 x 46 inch)
There is no minimum size.
Maximum Depth: 10cm (4 inch) (including the frame)
Maximum weight: 20kg (44.1lbs)

(4) Framing

For protection purposes, the work entered MUST be framed. The frame must be deeper than the work and no wider than 8cm (3.2 inch). Unframed works will not be accepted for the final round judging.

Glass should not be used for framing, but acrylic glass is acceptable.
Please note the works which do not comply with the rules WILL NOT be accepted.

Entry Period

Entry Period: October 01, 2016 – March 15, 2017
Entry must be competed and registration fee must be paid by 11:59pm PDT on March 15th 2017. No submission is accepted after the closing time.


1. Regardless of nationality, you must be a resident outside of Japan and the age of 18 or older.

2. Your goal is to become a professional artist and you are determined to continue in the arts.

3. Categories

●General Category: All entrants
●Student Category: Entrants who are enrolled in a university (grad school) or technical school or similar at the time of entry

*All participants are entitled to enter in the General Category regardless of age, etc.
*Participants who are students are entitled to simultaneously enter the Student Category.

Entry Fee

General submission: $60 for 1 image, $100 for 2 images, $140 for 3 images
Student submission: $40 for 1 image, $70 for 2 images, $100 for 3 images
*Each artist is limited to THREE images.

Payment: We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and PayPal.

*Please note entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferrable for any reason.
-Entrants are responsible for shipping their works to the designated address in Tokyo and purchasing any insurance desired.
– Art Olympia will bear the return shipping cost, insurance from Tokyo, and customs procedures for returning. (Works will be shipped to the designated address by the entrant.)

Online Submission


All the submission must be done through our online entry system, and we do not accept entry with the print-out entry form.

Prior to the online entry, please have the following information ready to get things done on time. Please follow the JAS entry system.

– contact information for the registration and notification
– title, actual artwork size& weight, materials, theme, year produced of the work
– high quality image of the work (JPG format)

Please note the followings,

– The work should be no larger than 117×117 centimeters (46×46 inches).
– All works must be framed or stretched, adequately wired and ready to hang.
– The value of the work must be $2,000 or less. (The works with the value of over $2,000 will not be accepted.)
– The works that have been previously submitted to other competitions will not be accepted

Please refer to Terms & Conditions for further details.
Thank you for your interest in Art Olympia 2017 and we look forward to seeing your artwork in the show.

【Art Olympia 2017】

Official Website: http://artolympia.info
Facebook: www.facebook.com/ArtOlympiaCompetition

Art Olympia Executive Committee Office
4-90-28 Miyacho, Omiya-ku, Saitama-City, Saitama, JAPAN, 330-0802
Email: info@artolympia.jp
Telephone: +81486505544

Submitted by Yumiko Furukawa. Email: yumiko@artolympia.info

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