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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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
DEADLINE EXTENDED: This competition is currently accepting entries

Juror: , Associate Curator, Painting & Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA

Deadline:
July 10, 2022

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Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
OPEN: This competition is currently accepting entries

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
August 31, 2022

Accepting
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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Candidates and Graduates from 2019 - 2022
Competition Status:
2022 competition will open mid-July.

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
October 31, 2022

South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Competition Status:
2022 competition will open in mid-September

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
December 31, 2022

Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
2022 competition will open in mid-November

Juror: , Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Deadline:
February 28, 2022

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: , Cynthia Woods Mitchell Associate Curator, Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, Houston, TX

Deadline:
May 8, 2022