New American Paintings Annual Prize: 2011 Panelists

As we have previously mentioned, it's time for our Annual Prize. Every issue of New American Paintings features two "Noteworthy" artists, one selection made by our editorial staff, and the other by the issue's juror. Those twelve artists are automatically in the running to receive top prize, which includes cash, a gift certificate sponsored by BLICK Art Materials, and a chance to have their work displayed at the Next Art Chicago fair. If you haven't already voted for our Reader's Choice component, you have until January 7th! The winner will be announced January 13th.

For the second component, the winner will be determined by a panel of distinguished curators.  The panel for the Annual Prize consists of three previous NAP jurors who have not made selections in the last year, including Bill Arning, Director, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH), James Rondeau, Curator and Chair of Contemporary Art, Art Institute of Chicago, and Peter Boswell, Senior Curator, Miami Art Museum. The winner of the Curator's Choice will be announced on January 20th.

Noteworthy artists of 2011 nominated for the award included: William Betts, Joe Bussell, Jeremy Couillard, Marcus Jansen, Marcus Kenney, Erik Parker, Erin Payne, Josh Reames, Daniela Rivera, Brion Nuda Rosch, Maja Ruznic, Ann Toebbe.

Works by all artists follow below the jump. To see more about each artist, and to vote, click here by January 7th!

William Betts - Editor's Pick

William Betts | Untitled, Miami International Airport, acrylic on canvas, 52 x 70 inches


Joe Bussell - Juror's Pick

Joe Bussell | Silver Series, gouache, acrylic, and archival tape, 11 x 14 inches


Jeremy Couillard - Editor's Pick

Jeremy Couillard | Company Jet, acrylic on canvas over panel, 48 x 48 inches


Marcus Jansen - Juror's Pick

Marcus Jansen | Creeping Obstacles in Kansas, oil enamel collage on canvas, 90 x 135 inches


Marcus Kenney - Editor's Pick

Marcus Kenney | The Return of Metacom, mixed media on canvas, 48 x 48 inches


Erik Parker - Juror's Pick

Erik Parker | Think Twice, mixed media on canvas, 52 x 42 x 3.75 inches


Erin Payne - Juror's Pick

Erin Payne | Just my Lucky, acrylic and oil on canvas, 84 x 109 inches


Josh Reames - Editor's Pick

Josh Reames | Hyperbox, acrylic and cardboard on canvase, 40 x 32 inches


Daniela Rivera - Editor's Pick

Daniela Rivera | Reina Sofia Wall #1, oil on canvas, 48 x 72 inches


Brion Nuda Rosch - Editor's Pick

Brion Nuda Rosch | Snake Face, acrylic on found book page, 9 x 6 inches


Maja Ruznic - Juror's Pick

Maja Ruznic | Self Portrait as Emotional Trash Can, mixed media on paper, 8 x 8 inches


Ann Toebbe - Juror's Pick

Ann Toebbe | Washing the Windows, 2010, gouache and oil on panel, 24 x 30 inches