Entries for the Kingston Prize are now closed. The content on this page is for reference only.

The competition is for recent portraits of Canadian subjects by Canadian artists. A portrait will be interpreted to mean a picture of a specific person or persons, but there are no strict requirements. Paintings and drawings are eligible. There is no limitation on style, and contemporary and experimental styles are welcome.
The portrait must be based upon a meeting in person between the artist and subject, and the subject must sign a statement on the entry form to confirm that this has happened. Photographs of the subject taken by the artist may be used for reference purposes.
The Prize will be awarded to the best portrait, as chosen by the jury, with special attention to mastery of the medium, and a sensitive reflection of the interaction between subject and artist.

Who Is Eligible
1. The competition for the Kingston Prize is open to Canadian artists. For the purposes of this competition, “Canadian” shall, in every instance, be interpreted to mean a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant) of Canada. Members of The Kingston Prize 2013 Steering Committee, and the Jury, are not eligible.

What Is Eligible
2. Each artist may enter one portrait.

3. For the purposes of this competition, “portrait” shall be interpreted to mean a picture of a     person or persons. Group portraits and self-portraits are acceptable.

4. To be eligible for the competition, an entry must meet the following conditions:
 a) It must be a portrait of a specific Canadian person or persons;
 b) It must be made by painting or drawing, or a combination of these techniques;
 c) It must be produced entirely during the 24 months preceding April 26, 2013.
 d) The dimensions, including the frame, must not exceed 200 centimetres height x 200 centimetres width x 10 centimetres depth;
 e)   The artist must meet with subject for the purpose of making the portrait; photographs of the subject taken by the artist may be used for reference purposes.  

Procedures For Entering The Competition

5. To enter the competition, an artist must send the following materials:
 a) A completed entry form, including statements signed by the artist and by the subject;
 b) A CD carrying two jpg digital images of the portrait entered, meeting technical specifications given on the entry form, and a file with the artist’s statement and CV
 c) The non-refundable entry fee of $30.00 by money order or certified cheque
 d) A self-addressed stamped postcard for confirmation of receipt.

6. Entries must be received by mail or delivered in person by 5:00 pm Friday April 26, 2013.

7. From the entries received, the jury will select a shortlist of thirty portraits to be included in The Kingston Prize Exhibition. Artists will be notified of the shortlist as soon as it has been finalized. Further detailed instructions will be sent to the shortlisted artists at that time.

8. The paintings selected for the Exhibition must be shipped or delivered to the exhibition site to arrive on or before Wednesday October 2, 2013.

9. The artist is responsible for all charges relating to delivery of the portrait both to and from the exhibition site. The costs of transportation on the tour will be paid by the Organizing Committee. The artwork must be appropriately packed in a re-usable box suitable for transportation to the exhibition site, on tour, and on the return home. If packing is not useable for the tour and the return shipping, new packing will be made at the artist’s expense.

10. Paintings must be suitably equipped with D-rings and wire for hanging, and must be clearly identified with the name of the artist on the back. Dimensions including the frame (if any) will be requested for the portraits to be exhibited.

11. Portraits must be completed at the time the image is taken and submitted to the competition. Entries which have been changed subsequently will not be accepted into the final exhibition.

12. An exhibition fee based on CARFAC rate guidelines will be paid for every painting exhibited.

13. The jury will choose the winner of the Kingston Prize and will name two Honourable Mentions after viewing the portraits received. The awards will be made at a public reception. A People’s Choice Prize will be awarded at each exhibition location, based upon ballots submitted by visitors.

14. The decisions of the jury are final and no correspondence will be entered into.  

15. The Organizing Committee will take all due care with the paintings received, but will not be responsible for any loss or damage to artworks whatsoever, however caused, while in its custody. Each entrant is responsible for maintaining his/her own insurance coverage.

Other Requirements
16. Paintings must be available continuously for exhibition for a period of at least six months to accommodate a national tour of the exhibition, and will be returned at the end of the exhibition.

17. Entrants shall allow the Organizing Committee and other galleries on the tour to photograph their works while in its custody, and to reproduce their work by print or electronic means for the purposes of documentation and archiving of the exhibition, and for advertising the competition, including subsequent catalogues, brochures and posters.

18. Any future revisions to these rules will be posted on the website .

Significant Dates
19. Following are the significant dates. The Organizing Committee reserves the right to make small adjustments to these dates.

  • Friday April 26, 2013, 5:00 pm: Closing date for receipt of entries.
  • June 2013: Announcement of portraits selected for exhibition.
  • September 25, 2013: Deadline for delivery of selected paintings.
  • October 3, 2013: Gala preview of exhibition in Gananoque

Entries for the Kingston Prize are now closed. The content on this page is for reference only.