Competitions

We sponsor six juried competitions per year. The forty winners of each competition receive a four-page, full-color spread in New American Paintings. Five of the annual competitions focus on geographic regions (Northeast, South, Midwest, West and Pacific Coast), and the sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates who are attending schools based in the United States, and current year graduates.

Eligibility: Our competitions are open to all artists working within the United States. We define the activity of painting broadly, and all styles and media are welcome, as long as the work is singular. There are no educational requirements to apply to our regional competitions, only the MFA competition. Artists applying to the MFA competition may also apply to their respective regional competition in the same calendar year. Regional competitions open 60 days prior to the deadline.

 

Why apply? Meaningful exposureNew American Paintings has a targeted readership of more than ten thousand art collectors, art world professionals and art ethusiasts who have a deep interest in contemporaary painting and discovering new artists. 
 

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South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Competition Status:
2021 competition is OPEN for submissions

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
January 7, 2022

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
competition is OPEN for submissions

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
February 28, 2022

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West

West Competition

AZ, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, KS, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY
Competition Status:
CLOSED: This competition is currently under review.

Juror: , Curator of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Arts, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Deadline:
May 9, 2021

Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
2021 competition is currently under review.

Juror: , Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI

Deadline:
July 11, 2021

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Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
CLOSED: This competition is currently under review.

Juror: , Owner, Half Gallery, New York, NY

Deadline:
September 12, 2021

MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Candidates and Graduates from 2019 - 2021
Competition Status:
This competition is currently under review

Juror: , Pamela Alper Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL

Deadline:
November 7, 2021

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