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Congratulations to our winners!

Thanks to everyone who applied! We are honored to have so many amazing applications to choose from. Next awards opening soon!

Specto is excited to announce our Portfolio Prize 2018! This prize offers artists a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to show their work at a world class fine arts fair, Superfine! DC!

Specto believes every artist should have the opportunity to have their work put in front of the right audiences, without the costs normally associated with such endeavors! Specto offers risk free options for emerging artists to show their art in a meaningful setting.

Specto takes the risk out of selling your work.

Entry Fees:

$45 for up to 10 entries

Media Accepted:

  • Photography

  • Digital Art

  • Graphic Design

  • Scanography

  • Phoneography

  • New things that blow our minds! 

Anything we can print on our printers or display digitally will be considered!


File Specifications:

Please format your entry files in the following manner:

  • Filenames: Lastname_Firstname1.jpg, Lastname_Firstname2.jpg, etc. 

  • JPG, TIFF, PDF, PNG Accepted

  • Please remember you MUST have a print file available that is large enough to be printed in any of the above dimensions at 300DPI.


YOUR WORK at Superfine! DC 2019 - DC’s Fine Art Fair


Grand Prize winners receive a 36”x36” square on our wall at Superfine! DC 2019!

Specto will help you decide what to put in the square, how you want to present, and how to pitch yourself to new audiences.

Grand Prize winners also receive a limited edition print run of their work, which specto will print and package at no cost to you, for sale during the fair.

Artists are welcome to attend Superfine! DC 2019, artists who wish to attend will be assigned booth hours during which they will be a representative of their work, and Specto, for whatever period of time they would like to attend.

Honorable Mention Winners - four artists are juried into a collection of prints which will be available in our booth in a print rack. Specto will print and mat this prints at no extra charge to artists. These limited edition prints will be available for buyers to peruse.

Three (3) artists are awarded with free entry to our next annual portfolio prize application.

Specto Print Shop

Each exhibition will be available for purchase through our site. We strive to engage meaningful art markets and buyers, and will work to promote your work as much as we can. Specto provides limited edition prints of your work for sale. Specto does not require any up front cost from artists through this process.

Every work is promoted and sold on our site for 60 days, beginning the opening day of the exhibition.

Each artist is provided with a certificate of authenticity, which once returned to Specto, is provided with every print we sell. We professionally print, edition, and ship your work directly to buyers. Sell your art, without lifting a finger!

Artists set their own prices. Specto retains 35% of all sales.

Additional Information

Notification of Acceptance:

10-14 Days after Deadline

Specto will notify all artists 10-14 days after deadline of the results of their application. Accepted artists will have 7 days to provide print ready files, after that point waitlisted artists will be substituted in. Specto will help with this process, so if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to ask!

Print Info:

Specto creates your prints using an Epson SureColor P6000 archival printer, everything is color calibrated to offer the best possible, professional printing for your work. For an additional cost for the buyer, we mat your work using archival matboard, cut to your work’s specifications. The works are mounted using photo corners, so that there is no damage to your print. Specto also offers framing of works for our customers. Specto offers exhibition prints up to 16” on the smallest side.


After each show every work is cataloged in an archive to create a resource for other galleries, curators, or purchasers to utilize. This allows Specto to continue to promote each artist on a continual basis, so that your work is being seen well beyond the dates of each specific show.


Artists will always retain copyright of their works. We will use your work in promotional materials to advertise for shows you're involved in, but only with your permission. Specto will never print, distribute, or sell your work without your consent. We also don't utilize clauses to require you to not show your work again for a certain amount of time or anything tricky like that. Remember, we're artists too, so we will always treat your work how we would want someone to treat ours. 


All sales at Specto will include a 35% commission, which means 35% of the sale price will go to Specto with 65% going to the artist.

Find any of this confusing?

It can be a little daunting at first, and we totally understand that. Please don't hesitate to contact us! No question is a dumb question, everyone has to start somewhere!