2025 IALHA National Show Fine Art Contest Opens

2025 IALHA National Show Fine Art Contest Opens

Calling all artists captivated by the elegance of Iberian horses! 

Get ready to unveil your fine art masterpieces to a global audience. The International Andalusian & Lusitano Horse Association (IALHA) proudly presents the National Championship Show Art Contest.

This prestigious opportunity invites artists worldwide to submit their artwork – abstract or representational, capturing the essence of Spanish or Portuguese equine beauty, heritage, or diversity. All painting and drawing mediums are eligible.

The IALHA National Championship Show is an annual extravaganza that draws equestrians and aficionados from across the globe to honor the majestic Andalusian and Lusitano breeds.

The crowned artist will gain widespread recognition and have their artwork featured as the emblem of next year’s National show.

What makes this year’s contest extra special is that 2025 is IALHA’s 30th anniversary, and the cover art selected for next year’s show will coincide with that year long celebration!

The exposure for artists is tremendous! See below for guidelines, terms, and entry form. Submissions close on October 1st, 2024.

Join us in celebrating the creativity and skill of artists worldwide. Your passion and imagination will make this year’s competition truly inspirational!


Contest specifications:

  • Artworks sought for this contest are those representative of the Andalusian or Lusitano horse, and its use(s), beauty, confirmation, heritage, or majesty.
  • Abstract or representational works in any paint or drawing art medium will be accepted.
  • The work(s) presented must be original and created by the person entering it. (Owners of art created by someone else, who wish to enter an owned or commissioned piece should contact the artist to coordinate submission.)
  • Up to 2 entries (per contest/year) may be submitted by an individual artist.
  • Entries may be resubmitted for consideration once (If an entry is not selected as the cover art in the contest year it is initially entered, it may submitted one additional time in a subsequent year).
  • If selected as the winner, the original artwork or a sizeable, high-quality, signed print must be available to IALHA by October 1, 2025, or brought to the National Show.
  • Complete the entry form which includes:
    • A brief description of the piece including medium/technique, dimensions, and framing (if applicable).
    • Artists’ contact information
    • attestation that the art submitted is original, created by, and signed by the artist.
    • permission for IALHA to use images of the (attributed) art in-whole or in-part to create promotional materials including but not limited to: national show advertisements (print and/or online), show program, on the IALHA website and Social Media, and/or on apparel or other merchandise.
    • At least two (2) and up to four (4) High resolution digital photos (500 kb or larger) of each entry. It is preferred that one of the photos be of the artist with the artwork in frame.
    • Brief artist bio (approximately 200 – 300 words)
  • Entries must be submitted prior to the October 1, 2024 deadline.
  • The IALHA Show Committee will recommend at least three (up to five) works for display and selection by popular vote on social media and in person at the 2024 National Show. 

 

All entered…

  • works will be displayed in a gallery of entries on the IALHA Website and/or social media channels.
  • Artists are invited to attend the show and share a booth space with other artists in the National show vendor area, where they may display and offer for sale their entry and/or any other artwork for the duration of the show.

 

The winning work…

  • will be announced, and the artist will be notified before November 30, 2024.
  • will be prominently featured in the IALHA’s 2025 National Show program, show website, show archive, advertisements, and merchandise, adding up to thousands of marketing opportunities!
  • and artist will be featured in an article on the IALHA Weblog.
  • will be on display during the 2025 National Championship show and auctioned in the Silent Auction (original or sizable, high quality signed print) proceeds going to IALHA. The IALHA will be responsible for the cost of shipping to the show venue if necessary.
  • Artist will receive a free (10 x 10) booth space of their own in the National show vendor area for the duration of the show. Any other art may displayed and/or offered for sale by the artist. (If the artist is not able to attend the show, the winning work will be displayed by the IALHA).

We are happy to work with winning artists to consider other methods of recognition that are meaningful to the artist.

Thank you for being a part of the IALHA Art Contest!

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