2023 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is now accepting entries! Ready to level up your creative career? This is your moment to shine! Showcase your work on a global scale, connect with a community of artists, and win big with $50,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs. Don’t miss out, enter now!
Global exposure for your practice + over US$50,000 in cash & prizes to be won!
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, now in its 6th year, is an annual non-acquisitive international art prize that celebrates diversity and excellence in the representational visual arts. It includes all static mediums including Traditional Art media, Digital Art media, and Photographic media; and all styles from realism and hyperrealism, to pop surrealism and lowbrow. The Prize seeks to inspire creatives from around the world to pursue a life and career in the arts, and to help careers grow through funding and increased exposure of their work to galleries, collectors and media globally.
Giving the practices of representational artists validation and visibility, particularly in the commercial gallery and museum sector where it is still hard to get representation, is what the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize aims to achieve.
Danijela Krha Purssey, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Co-Founder, and Editor-in-Chief
Why Enter the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize?
Wonder why it’s important to enter the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and how it will benefit your career?
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize offers substantial cash prizes to winners, which provides financial support for the artist’s practice. This financial support can help artists to cover costs associated with their practice, such as materials, studio rent, and equipment.
Additionally, prize money also provides artists with the financial flexibility to take risks and pursue new projects, without the need to worry about the financial implications. This can allow artists to focus on their practice without the added stress of financial insecurity.
By participating in the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, artists have the opportunity to present their work to a diverse group of individuals, including art professionals, collectors, critics, and the general public. This leads to increased visibility and exposure for the artist and their work on an international scale.
It can also bring attention to an artist’s practice from art galleries, curators, and other institutions, which can lead to further opportunities for exhibitions, commissions, and collaborations.
Recognition & Career Development
Being selected by a panel of judges, who are industry professionals and experts, is an acknowledgement of the quality and merit of an artist’s work. It is also an endorsement of an artist’s practice and vision, providing validation for the artist’s choices and direction – plus, it is a great addition to an artist’s CV and can help them to build a reputation and credibility within the art world.
Winning or being selected as a finalist can also lead to greater opportunities for career development, such as solo exhibitions, participating in art fairs, commissions, and collaborations.
Invest in yourself
Entering the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is a great way for artists to invest in themselves in a cost effective way.
By entering the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, artists are investing in their own reputation and credibility within the art world.
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize also offers a range of opportunities for exposure, such as through editorial and advertising in Beautiful Bizarre Magazine, our website, and our social media channels, which can help artists to reach a wider audience and promote their work. This can be particularly beneficial for artists who may not have the resources to invest in other forms of marketing.
Participating in the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize provides an opportunity for artists to meet and connect with the Editor-in-Chief of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and other art professionals such as gallerists, curators, and collectors at the Art Prize exhibition.
These connections can lead to future opportunities for exhibitions, commissions, and collaborations, as well as provide valuable support and resources for artists.
Build your Collector Base
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize attracts a diverse group of collectors from around the world. By participating, artists have the opportunity to connect with these collectors and showcase their work to a wider audience. This can lead to increased interest in an artist’s work and can help to build a collector base.
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize exhibition also provides an opportunity for artists to meet and connect with collectors in person. These personal connections can be valuable in building a collector base, as collectors are more likely to purchase work from an artist they have met and have a personal connection with.
For a full a list of prizes, including cash, products, advertising and services that will help your practice grow, please visit the Prizes page.
2023 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Award Categories
In 2023 we have added a new Award to provide emerging artists the visibility and acknowledgement that their practices deserve. You can now enter in one of five Award categories: Traditional Art Award, Digital Art Award, Photography Award, Sculpture Award and Emerging Artist Award. Artists working across mediums are welcome to enter more than one award category.
Before the Winning the art prize I had no galleries that could actually sell my work and very few followers on social media. The Beautiful Bizarre art prize was the endorsement my career needed. I entered the prize hoping to be one of the finalists. I hoped it would momentarily shine a light on me and help introduce my work to a new audience. The response surpassed my expectations. I’m somewhat new to Instagram and perhaps a bit late to the party. I was feeling that just posting my work to my page was not going to get me where I need to be. I come across an add for the contest and thought “why not?’ I feel that I needed a lift from someone with influence. I was also impressed at how quickly my painting sold at the exhibition!
Phillip Singer Grand Prize Winner 2020 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Winning the Beautiful Bizarre Photography Prize in 2020 was a real career changing moment for me. It gave me a huge boost in confidence that has steered me towards achieving so many things. Since winning this prize, I have been accepted into multiple group shows, prestigious art fairs and I have seen a large growth in my sales of my artwork.
Lexi Laine1st Prize Winner, 2020 Photography Award
The artist’s journey is an intricate weaving of ups and downs, loves and sorrows, successes and failures. This moment is a confirmation and a validation of everything – every little step on the path, every obstacle overcome, every dream brought yowling and chirping into life. That we get to share this creative adventure with each other and further, that we get to share the thrill of being selected as Winners of this award for a sculpture born of both of us is a dream literally spun into life.
Kristine & Colin Poole1st Prize Winners, 2020 Sculpture Award
Taking part in the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize was a fantastic experience. The promotion of the artists is invaluable and working with the Beautiful Bizarre team is a pleasure. With the winners being asked to participate in a group show, the contest comes full circle where the artists get to meet and enjoy each other’s work. It’s what an Art Prize should be.
Victor Grasso2nd Prize Winner, 2019 Traditional Art Award
The Beautiful Bizarre art prize enabled me to extend my reach to a much broader international audience. As a contemporary artist, it is so thrilling to be placed with some of the best artists around the world.The Prize is important to assist me in leveraging myself as an artist in the future, it opens up many more opportunities.
Beth Mitchell3rd Prize Winner, 2019 Photography Award
Oh my goodness!! What news! I’m genuinely so happy I can’t describe it! THANK YOU SO MUCH! This is the first time that I’ve won a prize like this and it’s honestly lifted me up so much. I truly appreciate all your support.
Bella Kotak1st Prize Winner, 2021 Photography Award
I am so grateful that such a great prize like the Beautiful Bizarre Prize even exists. The cash prize was a great affirmation, but to be acknowledged by a community, and promoted internationally amongst so much other great talent is priceless.
Roland MikhailGrand Prize Winner 2021 Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize
Winning First Place in the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize Traditional Category was an incredible honor. To be included among other artists who I have great admiration for makes this especially meaningful. This recognition helps affirm all that I have been working toward in my career to date and encourages me to continue to strive to be the best that I can be. Many thanks to Beautiful Bizarre as well as the award sponsors and judges.
Steven Kenny1st Prize Winner, 2019 Traditional Art Award
Beautiful Bizarre Magazine Art Prize has opened up new opportunities for me, including a future editorial in the pages of Beautiful Bizarre Magazine and the chance for my work to be seen by a whole new audience.
David Seidman3rd Prize Winner, 2019 Digital Art Award
I was flabbergasted when I heard I had won. the timing and the work, which meant a lot to me personally, really made me feel recognized and validated.
Jenny Boot1st Prize Winner, 2022 Photography Award
Entry fee is US$40 to cover administrative costs. If you have any questions about the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, please don’t hesitate to contact us at email@example.com.
The Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize is administered by Australian based, international contemporary art magazine, Beautiful Bizarre Magazine.
Entries Open: 1 February 2023
Entries Close: Midnight 17 July 2023 [Los Angeles, USA time]
Artwork by 2022 Beautiful Bizarre Prize Grand Prize Winner, Kristin Kwan