During the last several years I have entered numerous art competitions. This is a great way for artists to get recognition and credibility. In general these art competitions are sponsored by local art organizations, galleries or museums. Sometimes they are sponsored by universities or schools.
Often they invite jurors to review and select the winners.
It is generally the case that the art competition is directed at a certain type of art or medium, such as sculpture, painting, drawing or even video. There is always a prospectus which outlines the criteria. In addition there is usually a small fee to enter the contest.
If you are selected, then you must be responsible for taking or shipping your art to and from the venue of the show.
In the past, I have been selected twice to have my art in the Studio City magazine, through juried art competition.
My art has also been selected numerous times to show in the juried Citation Show of the Texas Visual Arts Association.
A good place to find listings of juried competitions is: CaFE™ Management www.callforentry.org ; another is www.entrythingy.com or www.artshow.com