2019 Art Contest

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    The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases is pleased to announce the 11th annual Rare Artist contest, which celebrates the unique talents of the rare disease community.  Changes from past contests are as follows:

    • Entrants may now enter TWO entries in one of the four categories.  Entrants may only win one award in their chosen category.
    • We have upgraded our system this year to ensure votes are tabulated accurately. Each vote is now logged to the user’s account, so we can track voting and ensure all numbers are accurate.
    • Pieces selected as award recipients or for special artistic merit awards will be displayed at our  Rare Artist Reception, held in conjunction with RDLA’s Rare Disease Week on Capitol Hill.  Artists residing in the United States whose work is chosen for this reception will be eligible for travel stipends through the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases Rare Giving program,

    If you have questions or concerns about the contest format, or do not have a Facebook account and would like to enter via email, please email the Contest Curator, Lindsey Cundiff, at

    PRIZES: two prizes will be awarded in each category

    Children (4-11): $100

    Teens (12-18): $250

    Adults (19+): $500

    Adults (19+) – Photography/Digital Art: $500


    • The 2019 Rare Artist Contest opens for submissions on Facebook on July 1st, 2019.
    • Entry Deadline: September 30th, 2019 11:59 pm. Voting continues until October 25th, 2019 11:59 pm.
    • Awards to be announced by December 13th, 2019.


    • Each artist is limited to two selections in one category, so please submit your best pieces and do not enter in more than one category. Submissions in additional categories will not be considered.
    • Upload a high-resolution (300 dpi or higher) photo/image of your piece. All drawings, paintings, mixed media, sculpture, photos and digitally-created images are welcome.
    • To have your piece accepted into the contest, you must fill out the Artist’s Statement, including the name of the rare disease that touches your life (You? Your family member? Someone you care for?). Describe your art, include your age, how it was inspired, or what it means to you. 500 character limit.
    • To have your piece accepted into the contest, you must sign a Digital Release Form.
    • Voting and Awards:  Please note that two awards are given in each category, so we encourage you to vote for your favorite entry in each: Children (4-11), Teens: (12-18), Adults: (19+), and Adult Digital & Photography (19+).
    • Cash awards to top two pieces in each age group, plus two awards for the digital/photography category.

    NOTE: Your piece will appear in the contest gallery after it is approved by staff. Your entry must include your name, age group, rare disease and artist statement information for approval. Please allow up to 24 hours for approval.


    Please note the following conditions about contest awards:

    • All submissions must contain an artist’s statement noting the inspiration for the piece, the artist’s age, and the name of the rare disease affecting them or a loved one.  Submissions without this information will be disqualified.

    Staff from The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases will tally the votes and designate awards to those artists whose pieces received the highest number of votes within each category.  In addition, a number of “Special Artistic Merit” awards are designated across all categories at the discretion of the EveryLife staff.


    Two prizes will be awarded in each category

    Children (4-11): $100

    Teens (12-18): $250

    Adults (19+): $500

    Adults (19+) – Photography/Digital Art: $500

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  • Release for Use of Digital Art Work:

    The EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases (the “Company”), through its Rare Artist program, holds an annual Rare Artist contest (the “Contest”). The art work is submitted through digital files to the Rare Artist Facebook Fan Page. By this release agreement (the “Release”), the artist (the “Artist”) grants to Company certain rights in and to the digital work contributed, by Artist, for submission to the Contest (collectively the “Work”).

    For good and valuable consideration herein acknowledged as received, the Artist, being the legal owner of, or having the legal right to permit the taking and use of the Work, or the Artist’s legal representative assigns to the Company the right to use the Work in advertising, trade, or for any other legal purpose. Copyright ownership remains with the Artist, and at all relevant times the Work will be attributed to the Artist.

    The Artist further grants to Company the nonexclusive right to create a derivative product based on the Work,including but not limited to eBooks, reproduced prints, digital downloads, video compilations, and the right to assign, sublicense, transfer, grant the same rights to others. The Artist waives any right it may have to inspect or approve the finished product or products, inspect or approve any advertising material used to promote the Work and the Contest, or any approval rights over how the Work is to be used.

    The Artist hereby releases, discharges, and agrees to hold harmless the Company, its legal representatives, successors, agents, assigns, and all persons acting under its permission or authority, or those for whom it is acting, from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite or derivative form, whether intentional or otherwise, that may occur or be produced in using the Work, including subsequent reproducing, transforming, processing, or publication of the Work.

    The Artist hereby warrants that he/she is of the age of majority and has every right to contract in its own name. If the Artist is not of the age of majority, the Artist’s parent or legal guardian (the “Parent”), being of the age of majority, hereby expressly and explicitly grants permission for the Artist to participate in the Contest.

    The Artist and/or the Parent states he/she has read, understands, and agrees to be bound by the terms of this Release. If the Artist signs this Release as an agent or employee of an entity, the Artist warrants and represents that it is fully authorized to do so. This Release shall be binding upon the Artist and the Artist’s heirs, legal representatives, successors, and assigns.

    In the event there is a dispute, any action will be brought in a competent court in the State of California, in the County of Marin, and governed by the laws of the State of California. Artist or its Parent expressly and exclusively accepts California and Marin County as the jurisdiction and venue for resolving any and all disputes,including but not limited to arbitration, mediation, and/or litigation.

    If Artist desires to participate in the Contest, but does not grant Company permission to use the Work in ways beyond what is necessary to administer the Contest (e.g., create derivative works, sublicense to others), Artist or Parent may expressly opt-out of the granting of such additional rights.