Judging Criteria/Categories

  1. Compelling — An irresistible visual impact. It’s memorable. Often hard to put into words. You can watch people walk up to it. They are drawn to it like a magnet. You say, “I keep coming back to this. There is something about this piece.”

  2. Craftsmanship — Drawing, values, skill of the medium, material handling, presentation. You say, “This is really well done. It reads right. It’s painted beautifully.”

  3. Composition — The unity of a painting. The whole impression. Design, balance, movement, rhythm. It’s thoughtful, not accidental. You say, “This works together as a whole. Everything is in the right place.”

  4. Color — Not just bright color, but color harmony. Color relationships. Color balance. It can be subdued color or strong color. The effect of light permeating a piece. You say, “I like the color; it feels right.”

  5. Creativity — Not common. A unique perspective or voice. Outstanding — stands out from other works. You say, “I haven’t seen this before.”

  6. Capture — Truth is presented. Not photographic, but real. You feel something. Capturing the light. You say, “This really captured that moment. It’s like I’m there in the scene.”

Guidelines by Bob Upton

Categories

Wild Rivers Recreation Area-  Artwork must be painted within the Wild Rivers Recreation Area. Location identified on check-in label

Landscape- Artwork must be a painting of the landscape within a 20 mile radius of Questa. Location identified on check-in label.

Architecture-Artwork must be a painting of a building structure within a 20 mile radius of Questa. Location identified on check-in label.

Experimental- Artwork must be a produced on location, inspired by the view, within a 20 mile radius of Questa. Location identified on check-in label. Use of technique and medium in a non-traditional method.