Artspan Announces its First Artist Website Design Contest

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With this contest Artspan, which gives artists the means to easily create customized, full-featured websites, challenges artists to bring out their most stunning and original efforts.

This contest is a great opportunity for participating members to step outside the box, and, with our design tools, make their websites personal and unique.

Artspan ( the leading provider of template-based websites for artists, artisans, and photographers, announces a contest to honor and showcase those artists who make maximum use of Artspan’s unique set of design tools to create exceptional websites.

Other providers of template artist websites generally provide just a few cookie-cutter design options. Artspan, on the other hand, stands out by offering a virtually limitless array of design variations. Fonts, colors, image layout, and more can all be easily customized with a new set of site design tools.    

“Artists care about how their work is presented,” says Eric Sparre, Founder and Managing Director of Artspan. “This contest is a great opportunity for participating members to step outside the box, and, with our design tools, make their websites personal and unique. And have the design truly complement their art.”

Judging criteria will include 1) excellence of design, 2) originality, 3) how the design complements the artist’s work, and 4) how the design maximizes the capabilities of the new tools.

Artspan will be awarding the following prizes: One first prize of a 6-month free membership and $150 cash; one second prize of a 3-month free membership and $100 cash; and three honorable mention awards offering 1-month free memberships and $50 cash for each award. All prizes are for the top level Professional Plus sites, which include all the site features together with ecommerce features such as an integrated shopping cart and prints-on-demand. The contest closes on November 30; winners will be announced in a press release on December 13, and featured on the home page.

There is no entry fee required, and contestants do not even have to be current Artspan members. They can simply sign up for an Artspan membership and enter the words “design contest’ in the “how did you hear of us” section of the application, which will extend their free trial period to January 1, 2012. The only requirement is that the website must be designed with Artspan’s new totally customizable templates.

To enter the contest, simply send the URL from a website you created with an Artspan template, along with contact information, to DesignContest(at)artspan(dot)com by 11:59 pm EST on November 30, 2011. Non-US contestants: That’s 4:59 am GMT, December 1 (cash prizes will be paid in your currency).

Founded in 1999 by painter and entrepreneur Eric Sparre, is a major contemporary art destination connecting producers and consumers of contemporary art, featuring close to 4,000 artist and artisan websites in many different categories, including painting, photography, jewelry, and sculpture. Artspan members include artists from around the country and the world. is consistently top-ranked for the term Contemporary Art by Google and Yahoo. Artspan member websites can be managed by anyone – no technical background needed – and have a variety of features, all at a very competitive price. Artspan is exceptional among online artist communities and providers of template artist websites, in offering artists the best of both worlds: Member artists benefit from being part of a searchable, high-traffic community while maintaining the autonomy of their own URL. Members can also access a wealth of marketing information and, in an age of limited or non-existent customer service, the Artspan Help Desk can be reached by phone or email.

"Throughout history, artists have been dependent on dealers and galleries; now they can do their own marketing. It’s a very empowering thing, and it levels the playing field." - Eric Sparre, Managing Director of Artspan, The Wall Street Journal, 6/16/08

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