Contest Rules for Artists


Please note: The deadline for this year’s artist registration has passed. Please revisit this site in the fall to learn more about participating in the 2018 Tri Art for Giving event!

Contest Rules for Artists


Established in 2015, Tri Art for Giving is a regional art exhibition, contest and fundraiser that gives artists and businesses an opportunity to showcase art and stimulate the minds and economy of our community. During the first two years of this annual event, the community Visited over 50 venues, Viewed over 70 artists’ work and Voted for the art they liked best. It is our goal to increase community participation in 2017 and make art accessible to all ages and backgrounds across the Mid-Columbia and beyond.

Between April 27, 2017 and May 25, 2017, artists will display their work at local venues that will be open to the public. Visiting patrons can self-tour the displays and venues using a printed and/or electronic Tri Art for Giving map. The public and a jury will vote on their favorite art pieces. Artist awards include $1,000 first place, $500 second place and $250 third place for both a People’s Choice and a juried vote. The venue(s) hosting the best in show art piece as voted by the public and the jury will receive an award of $1,000. To date, the Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia has awarded over $11,000 in prizes to local artists and venues.

Artists and venues will independently organize to create an installation. A venue can be any space within the Tri Art for Giving District (zip codes) and can host one or more pieces of artwork. The process for connecting artists and venues involves three simple steps:

1. Apply: Submit your artwork during the Registration Period

2. Connect: Secure a Connection with registered Tri Art for Giving Venue and sign all Hosting Agreements before the end of the Connections Period.

3. Exhibit: Working with one or more venue(s), open your exhibition to the public during the Tri Art for Giving event period.


The artwork must be fine art – developed primarily for aesthetics, distinguishing it from applied art that also has to serve some practical function. The artwork can be through any medium. Frame/hung/free standing. Single piece, a series or multiple components but for the same piece of work. Fit within a single venue’s space.


For artwork registered by December 18, 2016 (early registration), the registration fee is $25.00.

The registration fee increases to $50.00 if artwork is registered between December 19, 2016 and February 19, 2017 (late registration).

Also, if you are a member of the Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia and/or another local arts organization, you will receive a 10% discount off the registration fee. This is a onetime deduction per art piece regardless of the number of art organizations you belong to. Only those pieces which have both a registration form and paid fee will be eligible for cash awards.

Scholarships are available to help with registration fees. Scholarship applications should be emailed to no later than January 15, 2017.

Submissions should include two or more digital images and installation requirements. A completed registration form is required for each art piece entered into the event and should be returned to the submission address below. Registration form(s) should be sent to

AFMC c/o Tri ART for Giving
PO Box 2296
Richland, WA 99352

or emailed to Registration payment may be paid online at or sent to the address noted above.


Awards to be given: $1,000 first place, $500 second and $250 third for both a People’s Choice and a juried vote. The venue hosting the first place artists in both categories will be eligible for a $1,000 prize. To be eligible for a cash award, the artwork must remain displayed at the venue throughout the duration of the Tri Art for Giving event.


Artists and venues will independently organize to create an installation. Although Tri ART for Giving plays no role in assigning Artists to Venues, we will provide the necessary information and assistance to ensure artists and venues can connect.

  1. Connect: Registered Artists and Venues should begin to browse for available connections to find the perfect partnership. As soon as the Connections period opens, Venues or Artists can connect. Artists may reach out directly to Venues and Venues may reach out to Artists to make a connection.
  2. Discuss Details: When both the Venue and Artist confirm mutual interest in working together, the Venue should contact the Artist (email or phone) to discuss the details of exhibiting the registered Artwork. Make sure both parties agree on specifics (where the artwork will be installed, when it will arrive, who installs it, sales arrangements, etc.). At this point, the Venue will need to draft a Hosting Agreement and provide it to the Artist to sign and return.
  3. Confirm Agreement and Notify Tri ART for Giving: As the final step, work with the venue to ensure a signed PDF Hosting Agreement is sent to or:

Tri ART for Giving Hosting Agreement c/o
Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
PO Box 2296
Richland, WA 99352

Temporary plaques with details of the art and links to the artists’ websites (where applicable) will be included with each installation. The displayed works will be regionally promoted.


These dates are subject to change:

  • October 22, 2016 – Artist Registration Opens
  • December 18, 2016 – Early Registration Closes
  • February 19, 2017 – Late (Final) Registration Closes
  • February 20, 2017 – Connection Period Begins (identify venue to work with on your installation)
  • March 12, 2017 – Connection Period Ends (Hosting agreements signed by venue and artist)
  • April 24, 2017 – Installations must be complete
  • April 27, 2017 – Opening day – Artists’, Venues’ and Sponsors’ Reception. Public Voting begins.
  • May 24, 2017 – Public voting ends @ 5:00pm
  • May 25, 2017 – Awards Celebration
  • May 28, 2017 – Final day for public to view artwork

Please submit the following materials:

  1. Complete Registration Form
  2. Two (2), or more, digital or printed images of the work.
  3. Images should be saved:
  • JPG format (150 dpi at a minimum 5X7)
  • Titled: Artist’s Last Name_Artwork’s Name_Dimensions
  1. E-Mail submissions to: with Tri ART for Giving 2016 in the subject line or send to:

Tri ART for Giving c/o
Arts Foundation of the Mid-Columbia
PO Box 2296
Richland, WA 99352

  1. Submission deadline: All submittals must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., February 19, 2017.

The project is open to all artists regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, or physical or mental disability. Artist teams are eligible to apply, including teams of artists from multiple disciplines. Artist must be at least 18 years of age at the time of the event. Original artwork must be submitted.

  • All Artists must register and pay a $25 (US) registration fee or $50 (US) late registration fee per art piece entered into the contest
  • All registered artists must connect with a venue to display their art during the Tri ART for Giving event period.
  • Artists must sign a Hosting Agreement for each registered piece of art with the Venue exhibiting the art.
  • Artists grant Tri ART for Giving and the Arts Foundation of Mid-Columbia full rights to photograph the artwork during the event.
  • Artwork must remain displayed at the hosting venue throughout the duration of the Tri ART for Giving event period.