The Coffee Art Project provides a great opportunity for talented artists gain high profile exposure and showcase their work to a vast new audience while raising valuable funds to support Project Waterfall.

The Brief

A piece of artwork that represents a creative, unique and personal connection to the concept of 'coffee' or 'coffee shop experience'. The work submitted can be any form of art, providing that it has a justifiable conceptual link to coffee or coffee shop experience.

The Artwork needs to be a unique piece, not a reproduction of others.  Prints need to be a limited edition of 15, not more. All the artworks submitted need to be signed by the artists as evidence of uniqueness and authenticity and not reproduction. We will not be accepting copies or unauthentic pieces.

To give yourself the best chance of winning and gaining maximum exposure we suggest that artwork should be framed or mounted where possible to ensure best presentation.

The competition is free to enter, and we also accept work on behalf of teams or individuals.

Before registering to take part,
please read carefully through the Competition Fact Sheet.


Please note that the Coffee Art Project team will email you regularly once you have registered with reminders to hand in your declaration and description forms before the deadlines. We understand that artwork takes time to submit, however any work received without the relevant forms will not be accepted. 


Winning artwork: $1,500 plus $500 Blick gift card
Two other shortlisted runners-up: $500 plus $200 Blick gift card
The New York Coffee Festival Visitor Award: $250 plus $100 Blick gift card

All contestants will be notified by e-mail and winners posted on our website

2017 Judging Panel

The judging criteria will focus on 4 key factors: creativity, impact, relevance to the topic and spirit of humanity.

Ellis Edwards – Assistant to Larry Gagosian at the Gagosian Gallery

Lucille Tenazas – Graphic Designer, Henry Wolf Professor, and Associate Dean of the School of Art, Media, at Technology at the Parsons School of Design

Sara Softness – Assistant Curator, Special Projects at the Brooklyn Museum

Sheril Antonio – Senior Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives and Associate Arts Professor at The New York University Tisch School of the Arts.

Key Timings for 2017 Programme


September 22, 2017: Deadline for registration at 23:00 EST
September 29, 2017: Final deadline for submission of artwork at 16:00 EST
October 12, 2017: Auction of artworks at the World Coffee Portal CEO Forum
October 13 – 15, 2017: Exhibition of the top 30 - 40 artworks at the New York Coffee Festival, Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W 18th St, NYC
October 15, 2017: Winners announced at The New York Coffee Festival at 15:00 EST


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