New for 2017

New Judging/Presentation Process for 2017

We are always striving to create a smoother, more streamlined process for our participants, and at the same time create ways to make the live show more exciting for the audience. For many years we have lamented the fact that the only people that get to hear and appreciate the beautiful and inspiring stories that each artist develops for the theme each year is the judges. Not the audience, not even the other artists know the incredible stories behind each of the artworks. When we ask members of the audience to suggest improvements, the main thing that they request is to hear the artist’s concepts and stories. They want to know WHY the artist chose to paint what they painted. They feel that to better appreciate the art form, the MEANING of the artwork needs to be understood. We agree. Clearly, it was time to invent a way to do this. There are some changes for the 2017 schedule. This year the judging will take place on the main floor, just past the end of the catwalk stage.

Each artist will give a short description of the work over a microphone to the jury. Members of the public may view the process from a designated area. We feel that this will give the audience a better understanding of the art and a deeper sense of engagement with the art form as a whole. Plus, this will allow each artist to receive a much greater degree of appreciation and recognition.

You will not be expected to memorize your statement. You can choose to read it from a printed sheet of paper, if you want. Presentations shall not to exceed 90 seconds of spoken word. Time limits will be strictly adhered to. It is much better to use a few powerful sentences and phrases to communicate your concept.

Because the artist’s spoken descriptions are now a part of the show, we need to make sure that we are maintaining a consistent level of quality during the performances and being considerate of the audience’s overall experience. Evaluation and editing of each statement will be provided, and we will help you polish up your statement (as needed) before you read it. If there are any questions please contact us at We are happy to provide extra assistance so that everyone has a good experience with this.

Note: Some artists prefer to bring a nice change of clothes for the evening show, as you join your model onstage for presentation.

NEW: Lunch break is MANDATORY. Artists, assistants and models will be given their lunch break in assigned groups, at which time they MUST leave their workstations and cease working. No paints or work tools may be carried into the lunch area. At the end of the timed break, they will be allowed back to their workstations, NO EXCEPTIONS are to be made. You do not have to eat the provided lunch, but all teams will take the exact same amount of break time.
Judges will be walking around during the painting process, observing and assessing the artwork
Emerging Artist Competition concludes first and groups will be conducted by their Team Leaders. Pro Artist Competition concludes and Team Leaders will lead each designated group through the jury process and photo area.
Immediately after each painting session concludes, all models will move from the painting area to the stage where they will gather in a group for photography. In addition to being photographed, this is the judges best opportunity to make an overall comparative assessment. The public will be able to move from the painting area to the stage area to observe this.
After group photography, each model will walk the catwalk and present themselves to the judges seated at the end. They will be joined by their artist (or interpreter), who will read a statement over a microphone to the jury, while the public is able to observe the process.

As in years past, the judges will give points for these specific areas:

  • Quality, Technique and Ability, 1-10 points
  • Composition, Overall Impression, 1-10 points
  • Interpretation of the theme, idea and originality, 1-10 points

After the Judging

  • After each model is judged, they will proceed according to their specific Team Leader’s instructions.
  • After moving through the all the studio photography stations, each model can get a meal, then prepare for the evening show.


Emcee welcome
Emcee explanation of the show, judging criteria
introduce judges to the stage

Emerging Artist, artist presentations
Emerging Artist, roll call (parade)


musical performance, 1 song
Pro Artist, artist presentations
Pro Artist,roll call (parade)

musical performance, 8 minutes
All models,broll call (parade), models exit down stairs and proceed to back of the auditorium

Winners announced

Group picture at the back of the hall with all models
The audience will mingle and talk with the artists and models.

Timeline for Participants


  • Doors open, artists may enter and get set up 7:30 onward
  • Emerging Artist Competition 8:30am – 3pm (6 hours)
  • Pro Artist Competition 9:30am – 4pm (6 hours)
  • Day session tickets, public access 2:30-5:30 (3 hours)
  • Lunch breaks are 30 minutes each, 11:30 – 1:30
  • Artist Judging 3:15 – 5:30pm (approx 3 hours)
  • Studio Photography approx. 3:15 – 7:30pm (4.25 hours)
  • Dinner break 6:30 – 8pm
  • Doors open for evening show 7pm
  • Evening Show 8pm – 10pm (approx 2 hours)
  • Artist cleanup 10:00 – 11:00pm
  • Doors locked 12pm


  • Models gather for a group photo.
  • Each model will appear before the judges on stage and on the catwalk, moving down for close-up evaluation.
  • Groups will alternate between jury and photography stations, Team Leaders will direct flow for their group.
  • Each model moves through all Studio Photography stations
  • After photography stations, Models may take a meal break and then prepare for the evening show.
  • During the evening show, each model will make a 2-minute stage presentation, then returns backstage.
  • At the end of the show, models make a final appearance on the catwalk, exiting via the stairs at the end of the catwalk.
  • Winners will then be announced.
  • At the end of the show, ALL MODEL Group photo at the back of the auditorium
  • Meet and greet with audience members.


  • Artists queue for judging.
  • Each artist will give a statement via mic set up for judging.
  • Dinner is available from 6:30 – 8pm (1.5 hours)
  • During the evening show, each model will make a 90 second stage presentation. Artists will accompany them on-stage,

SCHEDULE for photographers

  • Photographers may enter and register at 1:30pm.
  • All photographers (studio and independent) may roam and shoot during designated times. This includes the painting sessions, after the painting sessions, during the judging, and during the evening show. (8.5 hours, from 1:30 – 10:00)
  • Studio photographers will have exclusive access to each model as they move through each studio station. (4.25 hours, from 3:15 pm-7:30pm)

Everyone MUST have a meal ticket (do not misplace!) or Coliseum catering staff will not allow you in the line.
Coffee Service in the morning

Lunch (overall) 11:30 – 1:30 (120 minutes)
Brushes down! Artists are not allowed to eat at their paint station, or continue working during lunch break
Group One 11:30 – 12:00 (30 minutes)
Group Two 12:00 – 12:30 (30 minutes)
Group Three 12:30 – 1:00 (30 minutes)
Group Four 1:00 – 1:30 (30 minutes)

Dinner 6:30 – 8:00 (90 minutes)
Dinner break is less regimented, beginning at 6:30 after the first model has completed judging and official photos, and continues until all the models have been able to get dinner (8pm). This is a boxed meal.


Day Session, 2:30 – 5:30 (3 hours)
Includes painting session, plus individual judging, plus group photography opportunities.

EVENING SHOW TICKET (and Priority Seating)
Evening Show, 8:00 – 10:00 (approx 2 hours),

All day pass, 2:30 – 10pm (7.5 hours)