High Art 2017

High Art 2017 Preamble

Curator Introduces High Art 2017!

Per the Urban Dictionary, the word “vibe” is the synonym of the word “vibration,” defined as

“a distinctive emotional atmosphere and a feeling sensed intuitively.”

That sounds about right. An intuitive sense, a sensation that is felt, but not really something

that can be described by words.

That’s how I feel when I look at an amazing piece of art.

A good vibe. A bad vibe. An inert vibe. A nothing vibe.

But a vibe nonetheless.

I feel.

When I connect with a piece of art, I feel an intuitive sense that the artist understands me,

that our senses have met, that we are one in love for the expression of the work. When we

don’t connect, I can sometimes still feel an appreciation for the beautiful outpouring.

Welcome artists, to High Art 2017, the first and only global cannabis inspired art contest

presented by The Natural Cannabis Company and Juxtapoz Magazine.

This is our fourth year of asking artists from around the globe to take to their favorite

creation space, take a puff to invoke the ganja muse and lay down the inspiration she evokes.

Our theme this year is psychedelia and its sister, surrealism; two art movements that share

much in common.

Some argued that choosing psychedelia as a theme may make people equate it to different

mind expanding drugs like LSD and mushrooms, but I protested!

Have you ever eaten a brownie, space cake or cookie and stepped through the looking glass?

I certainly have!

I have had many psychedelic experiences flying high on a cookie because cannabis can and

will make one go psychedelic. I am living proof.

Your mission is to create a psychedelic/surrealistic experience on paper (print), in a

photograph or in a one minute or less video. This piece should relate directly with your

psychedelic/surrealistic cannabis experience; artistically express how you feel when you go

psychedelic and surreal from cannabis.

Get crazy!! Get colorful!! Bend your mind on the stairway to heaven!!

This is all for fun and for the love of cannabis.

As part of the contest, we will use your art for our packaging and marketing. We shamelessly

use our entrants stunning art to promote our ultra-amazing cannabis products (but we always

credit the artist). We’re very proud of what we do and we want you to be proud too.

If you are in the chosen top thirty, we promote you and your art for the entire year via

marketing, packaging, emails, booklets and art shows.

Last year we even took your art to one of the nation’s most prestigious art events, Art Basel in


We want you to be a part of our group of past and future cannabis loving artists that

participate in the contest. We want to showcase and promote you and your art. We want you

to succeed.

Our contest is still in its early years and we’re still working out the kinks. Just know that if

and when a problem arises, we work hard to resolve it. A global contest of this size is a huge

challenge but one we gladly accept. We aim to give each submission the same amount of care

and consideration. Please be patient with us during our growth. 2017 brings new categories

and even more prize money – and that means more entries! Please be patient with us and

know we’re working to make things as smooth and effortless as possible.

OK … that’s that… let the contest and the fun begin!

We honor you.

Good luck!!

xo Dona

Curator Message
High Art 2017 Rules


The theme of the 2017 High Art competition is “Psychedelia”. Categories have been expanded to include print, photography and video. Worldwide, all artists, professional or amateur are encouraged to enter. Natural Cannabis Company and High Art judges retain the right to reject submissions that do not fit the guidelines or the spirit of our competition.

SUBMISSIONS BEGIN: February 20, 2017, Midnight Pacific Standard Time

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: March 20, 2017, Midnight Pacific Standard Time.

Upon entry, you will receive an email confirmation of your submission. Online exhibition of the Top 30 Finalists will be March 30th – April 15th, 2017.
All winners will be featured on Natural Cannabis Company social media, packaging and promotional materials as well as displayed at the High Art Gallery in Santa Rosa, CA and select art shows.


  • The competition is international and open to everyone, both professional and amateur artists.
  • Artists 18 years old and older may enter.
  • No art previously shown in previous High Art competitions may be re-submitted.
  • Each submission must include name of creator and title. (Name – Title.jpg.)
  • Each entry must include a brief description of the image as well as a short artist bio.
  • Natural Cannabis Company shall have the right to display and reproduce accepted work for promotional purposes, regardless of future ownership, in both printed and electronic form.
  • Natural Cannabis Company has the sole right to refuse any submission that is deemed inappropriate.
  • You may submit as many pieces as you wish while the competition is open.
  • You MUST be able to provide a valid email address linked to a valid PAYPAL account in order to receive any prize money or compensation.
  • All entries must be uploaded digitally via Woobox for Facebook.


● The “Print” category encompasses artwork created in a variety of mediums included but not limited to:
○ Paint (watercolor, oil, acrylic, gouache etc.)
○ Pen or Pencil (charcoal, lithography etc.)
○ Digital Design (Photoshop, Corel Draw, Sketchbook etc.)
○ Mixed Media (collage, creative materials etc.)
● Submission file names MUST follow the format: LastName-Title.jpg
● Print artists must submit a 1301 wide x 1733 tall .jpg (resolution of 72 DPI) digital file to enter.
● Print artists must submit a digital file (18” wide x 24” tall @ 150dpi .jpg) of their artwork if chosen as a finalist.
● .JPG compression quality of 12 (or the highest quality setting)


  • Use this very simple template to build or paste your artwork in. TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD
  • Click on this link to enter. ENTER HERE beginning February 20, 2017.
  • Upload your image in the form provided. Follow each step closely.


  • The “Photography” category encompasses artwork created through the primary use of a camera.
  • Photos may be edited with software as needed to reflect the artist’s vision.
  • Submission file names MUST follow the format: LastName-Title.jpg
  • Photos must reflect the overall theme of the competition (unedited photos of cannabis flowers or smoking accessories will not be accepted)
  • Photography entries need to be at least 1280×960 pixels (wide images) or 960×1280 pixels (tall images)
  • Photographers must submit a high-res digital file if chosen as a finalist.
  • .JPG compression quality of 12 (or the highest quality setting)


  • Use this very simple template to build or paste your artwork in. TEMPLATE DOWNLOAD
  • Click on this link to enter. ENTER HERE beginning February 20, 2017.
  • Upload your image or video in the form provided. Follow each step closely.


● The “Video” category encompasses video clips 60 SECONDS OR LESS of either live action or animated footage.
● Video entries must be 1280×720 (HD) or higher, no longer than a minute and hosted on either:
○ YouTube
○ Vimeo
○ Facebook
○ Instagram
○ Vine
● If you are selected as a finalist you will be required to provide a high definition (780p or above) copy of your entry.
● Videos containing copyrighted music or other content will be disqualified.


● Submissions are accepted via the High Art online form: ENTER HERE
● Upload your image or video in the form provided. Follow each step closely.


  • Print and Photo submission file names MUST follow the format: LastName-Title.jpg
  • Please fill out the entire form and load your image before sending the upload. If the submitted images are not sized properly, the artist understands that High Art may have to resize and crop the images to conform to the format constraints.
  • The file name may not include characters such as #, $, &, periods or other similar characters as part of the file!
  • File names may not exceed 40 characters.


When submitting your entries, we require that you provide a short bio (1,000 Word Limit). Tell us a little bit about yourself: your artistic training, your artistic inspiration, media choice, any special techniques used… anything that you might like the world to know about you. You may also include your website URL if you wish.

NOTE: All entrants will be judged on their entire submission packet, including the artist biography. Submissions accompanied by clear, complete bios will be rated higher than those with missing or incomplete information.


Every submission that is correctly entered will receive an immediate email notification.


Judging will be conducted by nationally recognized, professional artists and accomplished individuals in the professional and academic fields. The High Art competition gives artists the unique platform to express their vision of “Cannabis + Psychedelia + Surrealism = High Art 2017.” The competition will be judged for creative, thought-provoking, contemporary and historical significance as well as artistic and creative merit.

The artwork submitted to the competition will be judged based on the following elements of artistic expression:

  • Interpretation and the clarity of the theme to the viewer.
  • Creativity and originality in the depiction of the theme.
  • Artistic composition and overall design in adherence to the theme.
  • Overall impression of the art. What is the effect of the artwork in general and as a whole? Overall, does the artwork stand on its own as a complete and outstanding work of art?


  • 10 winning artists will be selected from each category.
  • The winning pieces will be seen by an international audience. The winning entries will be featured on the High Art Online Art Gallery website for one year and then remain in the gallery’s archives.
  • By having their work on the High Art website, winning artists will gain exposure, enhance their portfolio and increase traffic and links to their own websites or online portfolios.
  • High Art will promote the winning artists via product packaging, posters, email, online press releases, online event promotions and social media marketing.


  • Each artist warrants that he or she has obtained all necessary releases from models and other subjects featured in the works of art and any additional releases required with respect to names, trademarks, designs or works of art depicted in the submitted work of art and that the creation, display or distribution of the work of art will not violate any law.
  • Each artist warrants that he or she alone created the submitted work of art or if there are collaborators, they are named. Submissions of an entry to this competition imply acceptance of all above stated conditions.
  • Entries must be original works of art and not copies, derivatives or based in anyway on other copyrighted or published works of art.
  • We will accept appropriated images as long as the original creator is acknowledged and credited and your methodology is explained.
  • Do not send images of your artwork, which have been framed or contain watermarks.
  • High Art may color correct your images in order to enhance the overall presentation. High Art may crop your images for formatting purposes for use in packaging, promotional materials or other High Art presentations and for other areas of our website if your images are chosen.
  • Artist agrees and understands that by submitting their artwork to High Art that they are opting into the the High Art Subscription email list and will receive future email announcements and notices from us. If you would like to be removed from this list, just click on the “unsubscribe” button at the bottom of the email and we will remove you immediately from all future emails from us.

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