Frequently Asked Questions

1.  How do I enter the Art & Soul competition?

Art & Soul is open to any artist around the world with any type of artwork.  To enter the competition, click the “contest application” link and download the artist application.  he form may be either faxed or mailed with a check. To pay with a credit card, call the Magic Valley Arts Council at (208) 734-2787. You may also call the Arts Council and have an application faxed or mailed to you. You are required to submit an artist statement and a photo of your work for publication in our materials.  end your image as a .jpeg attachment to

2.  What is the purpose of a sponsor and who can be a sponsor?

In order to be officially entered into the Art & Soul contest, all artists must have a sponsor and a venue (see venue section below). A sponsor acts as an advocate for their artist. The sponsor pays an entry fee on behalf of their chosen artist to help offset the cost of the artist’s entry fee. Without the funds from the sponsor, the artist entry fee would be prohibitive for many artists. Thus having sponsors helps keep entry fees reasonable for all artists.

Anyone can be a sponsor for an artist. Many participants will ask family members, friends, employers, or even businesses they frequent to be their sponsor. In our experience, people enjoy serving as sponsors and appreciate the opportunity.

3.  What is the benefit of being a sponsor?

Sponsors have the satisfaction of knowing that they are part of a long-standing, well-respected community event that benefits not only artists and businesses, but the community as a whole. Sponsorship information is printed in our annual souvenir program, listed on our website, and displayed at the artist’s venue. At times there will also be segments on TV and radio and in the newspaper that may feature sponsorship information.  

4.  How do I obtain a sponsor?

Anyone can be a sponsor for an artist. Many participants will ask family members, friends, employers, or even businesses they frequent to be their sponsor. In our experience, people enjoy serving as sponsors and appreciate the opportunity. We encourage every artist to identify someone that would be willing to serve as their sponsor. If an artist is having difficulty finding a sponsor, the Art & Soul staff is always willing to help. Many times we have people that serve as sponsors for artists who haven’t been able to identify their own.  We don’t want to discourage artists from applying because they don’t have a sponsor.

5.  What is a venue?

A venue is a local business that serves as a gallery to display artists’ work during Art & Soul of the Magic Valley. Art is accessible for viewing at the various venues from 10 am – 6 pm  Monday through Thursday and from 10 am – 8 pm on Friday and Saturday. Most venues are closed on Sunday and don’t have official viewing hours. Some art may be visible outside or from windows during off hours.

6.  How do I secure a venue?

Local artists are encouraged to identify a business in town that they feel will be able to display their art in an appropriate and professional manner. Many times artists seek out businesses that may have similar qualities as that of their artwork. The process of matching an artist with a venue ideally functions when the artist and the venue have a partnership and work together in the process.

Out of town artists unfamiliar with local businesses will be assisted by Art & Soul staff in securing a venue.

7.  How do I vote?

To vote you must be 16 years of age or older with valid photo identification. No exceptions will be made.

You must register in person at voting headquarters: Twin Falls Center for the Arts, 195 River Vista Place Twin Falls, ID.  You will recive your individual Elector ID and Password, then go to:

and follow online instructions.

Voting headquarters is open for registration & voting beginning on Friday, April 14 through Saturday, April 29.

Voting Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 am to 6 pm.  Friday and Saturday, noon to 8 pm.  Sunday, closed.

Final Day:  Saturday, April 29, voting closes at 8 pm.

In the general competition it is required that you vote for your top fourteen (14) choices. There are fourteen categories of artwork and you may vote for one in each category if desired. In the youth competition you must vote for your 3 top choices in each category: Elementary, Middle, and High School.

Your ballot will not be counted as valid unless it is complete.

There will be many volunteers present at the voting center to help you enter your votes online if you wish. Voting may be completed on any computer with an internet connection. Once you submit a ballot, the results are encrypted and stored in a database.Your Elector ID is then flagged as “voted” and will not be eligible to vote on this ballot again.

Simply Voting was designed from the ground-up to eliminate the risk of electoral fraud. Voters who bypass authentication or have already voted are denied access to the ballot, and ballots are checked for validity before being accepted.



5 thoughts on “Frequently Asked Questions”

    1. Hi Suzie, the youth art can be delivered to the Magic Valley Mall on 4/8/17 from 10am-2pm at an open shop space directly across from Christopher and Banks. Look for the Art & Soul volunteers with the yellow aprons. We look forward to seeing your young artist’s work!

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