Art Olympia is an open art competition held as a biennial event with the goal of discovering talented artists around the world and supporting their activities. It aims to promote exchanges of the world’s various cultures through arts.
Art Olympia seeks two-dimensional artworks which can be representational or abstract; oil, acrylic, watercolour, pastel, mineral pigments, print, charcoal, digital/multimedia art, mixed media, photography, etc. (calligraphy, video, sculpture, and group/ collaboration works are not accepted).
Art Olympia embodies the following three concepts:
• HUB – Discover talented artists and direct them to where they might have more potential
• Excavation – Discover artists with potential to be recognized internationally
• Practice – Creation of new art for the next generation by international artists
Each artist is limited to three images. In addition to the General Category, there is also an “Open category” as well as a “Student category” aimed at supporting young artists.
Artworks of approximately 160 pieces (80 pieces from Japan and 80 pieces outside of Japan) will be selected and undergo a final review in Tokyo by a panel of great judges invited from around the world.
Open to artists from all over the world.
For All-Entrants Category, the first prize winner will receive 120,000 USD, the second prize winner 30,000 USD, and the third prize winner 20,000 USD along with the Art Olympia original trophies. The forth prize winner will receive 3,000 USD, the fifth 2,000 USD, and the sixth 1,000 USD.
For Student Category, the first prize winner will receive 20,000 USD, the second 10,000 USD, and the third 5,000 USD along with the Art Olympia original trophies. The fourth prize winner will receive 3,000 USD, the fifth 2,000 USD, and the sixth 1,000 USD.
Separately from the top 160 finalists, Art Olympia will recognize 200 additional great works with an honourable mention, and another 640 fine works with a semi-honourable mention.