With three entry bases in Tokyo, New York, and Paris, Art Olympia is a public art contest open to artists from all over the world with the goal of discovering talent. Established as a biennale, the contest is to be held every two years. As its first contest, Art Olympia 2015 seeks two-dimensional artworks. Prizes will be distributed to the winners to help them advance their path and their creative scope.

Concept

Art Olympia embodies the following three concepts:

(1) CONNECT

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.

(2) DISCOVER

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.

(3) CREATE

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.

Five Features of Art Olympia

1) Accepts entries worldwide

Entries are accepted from all over the world through our entry bases in Tokyo, New York, and Paris. At each base, 80 artworks (60 pieces from the Open Category, 20 pieces from the Student Category) will be selected, and a total of approximately 240 artworks will be entered for the final review in Tokyo.

2) International jury

Judges will be invited from Japan, the United States, France and other countries for the final round in Tokyo. It will be an exclusive opportunity for you to have your work judged by a panel of international judges.

3) Fair and transparency in judging process

At Art Olympia, a point system is used for judging. At the Tokyo base, all entrants will be informed of their points and ranking.

4) Supporting young artists

To support young artists, the Student Category was developed for artists who are enrolled in a school. Entrants who are students will automatically and simultaneously participate in both Open and Student Categories.

5) Opportunities

Art Olympia is held every two years. By using a point system for judging, entrants will be informed of their results. If you enter consecutive competitions, you can see how the reviews of your artwork have changed in two years.

Awards and Cash

Total value of cash and extra prizes: Approx. US$500,000 Total number of winners: Approx. 240 persons

Open Category (Approx. 180 winners)

First prize [Gold] (one winner) $120,000 (Trophy + extra prize*1)

Second prize [Silver] (one winner) $30,000 (Trophy + extra prize*1)

Third prize [Bronze] (one winner) $20,000 (Trophy + extra prize*1)

Fourth prize (one winner) $3,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Fifth prize (one winner) $2,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Sixth prize (one winner) $1,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Jury and committee’s special awards (Approx. 20 winners) $1,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Prizewinners (40 winners) $700 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Honorable mentions (Approx. 120 winners) $500 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Student Category (Approx. 60 winners)

First prize [Gold] (one winner) $20,000 (Trophy + extra prize*1)

Second prize [Silver] (one winner) $10,000 (Trophy + extra prize*2)

Third prize [Bronze] (one winner) $5,000 (Trophy + extra prize*2)

Fourth prize (one winner) $3,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Fifth prize (one winner) $2,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Sixth prize (one winner) $1,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Jury and committee’s special awards (Approx. 20 winners) $1,000 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Prizewinners (10 winners) $700 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

Honorable mentions (Approx. 30 winners) $500 (Certificate + extra prize*2)

*1 Artwork will be showcased in a collective exhibition in Tokyo; the winner’s name and artwork will be featured in an art magazine

*2 Artwork will be showcased in a collective exhibition in Tokyo; the winner’s name will be featured in an art magazine

* All prize-winning and selected artworks will be showcased in an exhibition in Tokyo

* All prize-winning and selected artworks will be featured on the website * View more details >>>>“Jury and Awards”

Sponsors

Organized by …… Art Olympia Executive Committee>>>>Members

Co-organized by …… Yamaguchi Artist Support Foundation

Living National Treasure Museum

Supported by …… Toshima City

Entry Categories

In addition to the General Category, Art Olympia has set the Student Category to support young artists. If you are a student, one entry entitles you to simultaneously participate in both categories: the General Category, where entrants can compete with all entrants, and the Student Category. Approx. 60 winners will be awarded from only the Student Category.

* View more details >>>>“How to Enter”

Awards

Fairness and transparency in judging process
A point system is used for judging, and each artwork will be evaluated on the basis of the total points of all jury members. After the final review, earned points of all winners will be announced (All entrants in Japan will be informed of their points).

International jury
At the final review in Tokyo, a panel of international judges invited from the world’s three locations will evaluate your artwork. You would not want to miss such an exclusive opportunity to have your work evaluated by influential voices from both in and outside your country. Art Olympia aims to achieve an international and multidimensional approach in judging.

To evaluate works that have received divided reviews or works that are difficult to evaluate with the total points solely, the Jury and Committee’s Special Award has been established. Artworks selected as the best by each juror and committee member will be awarded.

* View more details >>>>“Jury and Awards”

Art Olympia Executive Committee Members (the Office)

Nobuhiro Yamaguchi     (Owner of Living National Treasure Museum, Executive Committee Chairman)

Satoru Kitagou     (Trustee and Professor of Tokyo University of the Art)

Katsuki Yokoyama     (President of Joshibi University of Art and Design)

Toyomi Hoshina     (Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts and Professor of Tokyo University of the Art)

Yoshiaki Yabe     (Director of Living National Treasure Museum)

Shinichi Hara     (Associate Professor of Tokyo University of the Art)

Art Olympia Executive Committee Office

4-90-28 Miyacho Omiya-ku, Saitama-shi, Saitama 330-0802

TEL: 048-650-5544 Contact: Mr.Mito, Mr.Hayakawa, Ms.Sakairi