Do you have questions?  We can help. 


Where can I sign up for the Spring/Summer 2012 Competition?

You can sign up at here, and your application can be submitted completely online.  No hassle of mailing in your images on a cd, and printing out your statement.  For a small fee of only $15, you can submit your work to win our great prizes, you get an online portfolio on our site and Facebook page, and all of the profits from your submission go directly towards the “I am Haiti” project! Exposure and karma points for you!


What are the prizes for the Spring/Summer 2012 Competition?  Who decides on who wins what?

Our First Prize is a solo show in our gallery (2,000 sq.ft in the heart of the West Chelsea Art District in New York City), and/or you can join us for a trip to Haiti, where we will make a documentary about you working with the children.  Our Second Prize is a three person show in our gallery, and an interview about your work and studio practice in our sister publications Studio Spoken and Ground Quarterly!  Our Third and Fourth Prize winners will win a three person show in the Ground Arts Gallery.  These prizes will be decided by our juror, Jason Stopa (the executive editor of NY Arts Magazine, and critic for Whitehot Magazine, the Brooklyn Rail, artUS, and On-Verge.

We also want you to be able to control your chances of winning!  Our People’s Choice Prize is decided by public votes on our facebook page.  So tell your friends to start voting! The earlier you sign up, the better your chances are of winning! The People’s Choice winner will have a documentary film made about them and their work! The film is made by seasoned profesionals, FilmsOnArtists. You also win an industry screening at our dolby 5.1 surround sound theatre! Completely worth asking your friends to get on and vote! Vote for People’s Choice here!

We also have prizes every month for Artist of the Month!  Artist of the Month winners will be decided by rotating guest curators.  The earlier you sign up, the more eyes see your portfolio, and the higher your chances are at winning this prize.  These winners will get a published interview on Studio Spoken, will be featured on the front page of the Ground Arts site, and will be published in Ground Quarterly.

Art is subjective.  We understand that.  The more eyes on your work, the better.  You never know who may fall in love with what you are creating!


When is the deadline?  How much is it to enter?

The deadline for the Spring/Summer competition is August 1st, 2012 at midnight.  To enter for the competition, it costs $15 for your first image, and $10 for every image after that.  At the end of the online submission process, you will be prompted to go to the PayPal website, where you can pay the fee, and your submission is completed.  Either sign into your PayPal account, or if you don’t have one, pay as a guest on PayPal.  PayPal is a completely secure way of making payments online.


Do I have to live in the United States to enter the competition?

Not at all! We encourage international applicants!  Our outreach projects are on an international level, and we want the artists participating to be the same!


Where do the profits from Ground Arts go?  What is the “I am Haiti” project?

All of the Ground Arts profits go directly to the “I am Haiti” project.  Profits come from your entries into the Spring/Summer competition, gallery commission on works sold at our exhibitions at the Ground Arts Gallery, and from the kindness of people’s donations and sponsorship.

About the “I am Haiti” project:  One month after losing their home, school and every possession to Haiti’s earthquake, 100 children from the Maranatha School and Orphanage came together and created 208 masterpieces of art. The children had been sleeping outside, on the streets or under tents since the earthquake. The project was the initiative of documentary filmmaker Kevin O’Hanlon who collaborated with artist Richard Laurent and the Life For The World team to bring canvasses and painting supplies to Maranatha which has been the home and school to over 100 children since 2002. The concept was to help the kids create their very first paintings. They painted what they wanted to occur in their lives – a home for their family, trees, clothes to wear, a car to drive to town in. The paintings were exhibited at Rogue Space | Chelsea Gallery and the proceeds helped restore the orphanage to its original working condition.

GroundArts is continuing it’s support of the children at Maranatha and plans on creating a sustainable community with trade schools, industry training, a healthy food supply, access to healthcare and a means to live well.

Ultimately the community will have been founded by the children’s first paintings.


I would like to help out, but I am not an artist/ don’t want to sign up for the competition.  How do I do that?

Anyone can make a difference and help out! You can visit our Donate or Sponsorship pages on the Ground Arts website to make a donation, or visit our fiscal sponsor’s, Fractured Atlas, site and go to the Ground Arts page.  If you are a business that is interested in making a donation, whether it be financially or product based, please email us at

Always a completely tax deductible donation!


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As a new non-profit organization, we are not perfect, but we are trying to be!  Any feedback is always helpful.