Frame Contest 2013

Competition/Opportunity for Artists:

Eli Wilner & Company has been trusted to frame masterpieces at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The White House, Christie’s and Sotheby’s and numerous important private collections. They are now presenting a unique opportunity for NYC artists working in painting, drawing, photography or any other two dimensional media:

American art has a great history of frame-makers collaborating with artists. For example, at the turn of the 20th century, architect and frame designer Stanford White created exquisite frames for many of his artist friends such as John Singer Sargent and Thomas Wilmer Dewing.  Eli Wilner & Company would like to bring this tradition into the 21st Century, by welcoming contemporary artists to submit a proposal for a custom designed frame for a specific artwork.  Three to four finalists will be chosen by Mr. Wilner. His company staff will vote to determine one winner.

The winner will be featured on our website, have a private tour of our studio and receive their finished frame as realized by our master craftspeople who are highly skilled in carving, gilding, mold making and finishing. All finalists will receive a signed copy of Mr. Wilner’s book “The Gilded Edge” and a 1K gift certificate towards a future project.

Proposals will be selected on the criteria of originality, feasibility and presentation clarity. Tip: applicants may find the eWilner Frames App for iPhone and iPad a quick source for reference material.

Submissions will be accepted from October 21st, 2013 through December 13th (ending at 5 p.m.)

Please email your submission to as follows:

Subject Line:  Frame Design Competition

In the body of the email please include the following info:

-name and contact Information

-a brief bio/artist statement

-title, medium and date of artwork the frame is designed for

-any exact dimensions required for framing purposes (please give sizes in inches)

Please attach up to 5 images:

-an image of the artwork the frame is designed for

-hand drawn or digital renderings of the frame concept, overall and details as needed

File Set Up: Jpeg files, 1024 pixels on the longest side at 72 DPI, 2MB or less each (saved)

Eligibility: Artist must live in NYC five boroughs

Copyright: All rights to the frame designs and artworks remain with the artistImage


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