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Zagarolo - Rome
Second Edition
Competition Announcement

The Rospigliosi Art Prize is dedicated to the Palazzo Rospigliosi, now a museum overlooking the town of Zagarolo (in the outskirts of Rome). It was established by “L’AVUGI” Association in San Cesareo (Rome).

The II Edition of the Premio Rospigliosi Art Prize was born thanks to the will of the Association L’AVUGI, which has always been committed to the enhancement of the territory, and to the collaboration with the Art Gallery “Galleria Vittoria” in Via Margutta, Rome, which has always promoted the art and deals with the artistic direction of the award, under the patronage of the Municipality of Zagarolo and the Lazio Region.

The Rospigliosi Art Prize is an Art competition with a total prize money of € 10,000 and 3 artistic residencies lasting one week.

The Aim of this competition is to promote contemporary Art in all its forms and to bring within the Rospigliosi Museum an exhibition of national and international relevance with artworks selected by a panel of judges.

The contest will select works in different sections:
  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Digital Art

The theme of the second edition is:
“Invisibile Visible”

Through his personal poetic, the artist expresses his own time, declining his daily life according to his own sensibility, but certainly his task in society has always been to grasp, see and reveal what is often invisible to the common eye.
In the intimacy of his studio, the artist creates and gives life to his work uniting the visible and the invisible shaping it in a figurative or in an abstract and impalpable way, in the personal search for the true and profound nature of things, making it evident and visible even to a careless eye and to an ear not accustomed to whispering.

Certainly the reading of the author is always subjective and partial, but the reality that he suggests always reveals the complexity and vastness of the territories of the human soul. It provokes us and it invites us to go always beyond the facade of the world and what seems obvious.


Candidates will be selected into two sections: Under 30 years old and Over 30 years old.
All candidates will be selected, afterwards by the panel of judjes.
Only the finalists will take part to the Palazzo Rospigliosi’s exhibition in Zagarolo from 05/05/2018 to 18/05/2018.

The contest is addressed to adult Artists of any nationality, sex, religion and education. It is required Works that haven’t took part to other contests and that have been realised after the year 2015.
The contest categories are:
  • Painting
The pictures have to be no more than 100 cm of base and 180 cm of height inclusive of frames and supports.
Works composed of several parts will be considered like an unique composition, the wall installation won’t be more than the measures indicated above.
They are allowed paintings realised with any technique and support (oil, acrylic, tempera, watercolour, paint, polish, spray, ink, other materials etc.) also with material installation that can be hung.
It is not allowed to use glass in the frames.
  • Sculpture
The sculptures have to be no more than 80x80 cm of base and 150 of height and no more than 15 kg of weight. They are allowed sculptures made in all techniques and materials respecting the measures above indicated.
  • Photography
The photos have to be no more than 100 cm of base and 180 of height inclusive of frames and supports. They are allowed photos obtained by digital and analogic cameras and post-produced photos elaborated with any techniques even if the post-production is limited.
Photos con be presented in all kind of support (paper, metal, stone, plastic material etc.). They are forbidden projections.
  • Digital Art
For the digital art works the measures have to be no more than 100 cm of base and 180 cm of height. They are allowed works completely made by computer and works made by other techniques or materials, also photographic even if the digital intervention is dominant in the realization of the work. They can be presented in all kind of support (paper, metal, stone, plastic material etc.). They are forbidden projections.

The registrations are available from 18/01/2019 to midnight of 29/03/2019.
You can send your registration to the Rospigliosi Art Prize using the registration form on the site or requiring it by the mail address:
The registration form has to be completed with all the information required and a HD photo. If you participate with more than one work, you have to send photos of all the presented works, you can participate with no more than three works.
The photo should be as faithful as possible to the original opera, penalty for exclusion from the contest.
The Work photo files have to be nominated with the form:

last name, first name and eventually stage-name_work title_tecnique_measures(heightxbase)_year

If it is necessary the organization should require other work’s photo.
Entry fee
The one-time non refundable Entry fee for the competition is:
  • For OVER 30 years Artists, € 50,00 for a single work, € 80,00 for a pair of works and € 100,00 for three works.
  • For UNDER 30 years Artists (who at 15/03/2018 will not be 30 years old) is € 30,00 for a single work, € 50,00 for a pair of works and € 70,00 for three works.

The Entry fee must be paid within 5 days from the date of submission of the form by any of the following methods of payment:

Bank transfer
Addressed to Giulia Cecconi
Banca di Credito Cooperativo dei Castelli Romani e del Tuscolo S.c.    
Via della Rocca -  Rocca Priora (RM)
IBAN: IT32 F070 9241 2200 0000 0114 988
Purpose of the payment: ‘full name - Premio Rospigliosi ’

POSTEPAY n’   4023 6009 5400 3549  
Addressed to Valerio Oppedisano
c.f.  PPDVLR96H09E958Z

PAYPAL and CREDIT CARD through the website

Registration is valid only after sending the necessary documentation and payment of the Entry fee.
The Entry fee is inclusive of membership to L'AVUGI Association.

The entry fee is not refundable.
STAGE 3 - Selection

Up to 100 artworks will be selected.
The finalist artworks will be exhibited at Palazzo Rospigliosi from 05/05/2019 to 18/05/2019.
The panel of judges will proceed to select the finalists of the competition, whose artworks will be exhibited at Palazzo Rospigliosi, and then determine the winners.
Submitting an Entry to the Rospigliosi Art Prize implies the unconditional acceptance of this notice and the panel’s judgment both in the selection phase and in the awarding ceremony.
After the selection, the jury will choose one winner for each section of the categories OVER 30 and Under 30.

The Jury
The OVER 30 jury members are:
Romina Guidelli - Art curator
Massimiliano Tonelli - Artribune Director
Manuela Porcu - Fair Director of the Affordable Art Fair in Milano
Caterina Stringhetta - The Art Post Blog
Chiara Anguissola D'Altoe ̀ - Explora Children Museum in Rome  
Daniele Leodori - President of the Regional Council of Lazio
Emanuela Panzironi - Counselor for Social Policies and the School of Zagarolo

The UNDER 30 jury members are:
From the management of The Walkman Magazine
Nicola Brugoli
Ginevra Corso  
Carlo Battisti
Riccardo Ferranti

The fundamental criteria for the selection will be quality, originality of the artwork and consistency of the artistic path, chosen technique and effectiveness of transmission of the message.

PHASE 4 - Shipping / Delivery of the Artwork

After the selection, finalists will be asked to send their artwork at their own expense to the address that will be communicated at a later date.
Artworks must be received as follows:

• With reusable packaging which will be re-used when returning the artwork.
• Clearly labelled on the back or, in the case of sculptures, on any other suitable part in capital letters with the Artist’s full name, title of the artwork, technique and year of execution.
• For authentication, a photograph of the artwork with the author's signature must be attached.
• The artwork must be ready to be hung or installed, complete with necessary hangers, hooks etc. necessary for the exhibition. The Artist will be penalised by exclusion from the Rospigliosi Art Prize if such items are not included.

The shipment and the subsequent collection will be at the full expense of the Artist.

No liability can be attributed to the organization in case of damage during the transport; during the event the artworks will be protected by insurance cover against theft and accidental damage by the organization.

PHASE 5 – Exhibition
The finalist artworks will be exhibited from Sunday 05/05/2019 to 18/05/2019 in various locations at Palazzo Rospigliosi.  
The vernissage will take place on Sunday 5/05/2019 at 5PM and the awards ceremony during the closing evening on Saturday 18/05/2019 at 5PM.  

PHASE 6 – Awarding
On Saturday 18/05/2019 the award ceremony will take place at Palazzo Rospigliosi.
Among the selected artworks the panel of judges will choose a winner from each category. There will be four prizes awarded as follows:  


One winner for Painting
One winner for Sculpture  
One winner for Photography  
One winner for Digital Art  

The prize for the winners of the OVER 30 category, subordinated to the purchase of the winning artworks, is divided as follows:
• Painting - Purchase value of € 2500 to the winner
• Sculpture - Purchase value of € 2500 to the winner
• Photography - Purchase value of € 2500 to the winner
• Digital Art - Purchase value of € 2500 to the winner
*subject to any tax withholding by law.  

Three winners

The commission will select 3 Artists under the age of 30 who will be rewarded with an artistic residency.
Artists will be hosted for 7 days in Zagarolo (Roma) at the expense of the organization in a period of time to be defined by the end of 2019.  
A workspace will be provided where they can work on their art. At the end of the 7 days there will be a celebratory exhibition.

Dates and Deadlines
29/03/2019 - last day to register for the competition
06/04/2019 - day when the finalists will be announced
05/05/2019 - Inauguration of the finalists exhibition at Palazzo Rospigliosi - Zagarolo
18/05/2019 - Rospigliosi Art Prize Award Ceremony at Palazzo Rospigliosi - Zagarolo  

A catalogue will be published with all finalist artworks and a copy will be given to each finalist.
By submitting their artworks Artists give the right for their work to be published to promote the competition. Any Artist who, after the selection, has not submitted a high quality photograph of their artwork will be excluded from the catalogue.

L’AVUGI Association ensures the utmost care and custody of the submitted artworks, covering the artworks with insurance against eventual theft, fire or vandalism during the exhibition.  
The Artist will be fully responsible for any additional shipping or collecting costs or any further technical support necessary for the exhibition of their artwork.
Any other kind insurance must be taken care of by the Artist.
The organization reserves the right to make any unforeseen modification, technical or logistic, and will notify the participants with immediate effect.

By submitting an Entry, each candidate authorizes L'Avugi Association to process their personal data as according to the 675/96 Law and subsequent amendments of Legislative Decree 196/2003.  
Each competitor gives L'Avugi the right to reproduce the artwork and text for the purpose of publication in the catalogue, publication on the website and other forms of communication, promotion and organization.
The material sent for registration will not be returned.  
The organizers of the competition will have the right of final decision on everything not specified in this notice.
The organization reserves the right to make changes to the notice if needed.  

For more information and details please contact us.  

L’AVUGI Association
Viale dei Cedri 111/A  

Galleria Vittoria
Via Margutta 103

Palazzo Rospigliosi
Piazza dell'Indipendenza, 6
00039 Zagarolo (RM)
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