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? Meanginful 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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Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
We are currently accepting entries for the 2020 Northeast Competition

Juror: , Lorraine and Alan Bressler Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

Deadline:
August 31, 2020

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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Candidates and Graduates from 2018 - 2020
Competition Status:
We are currently accepting entries for the 2020 MFA Annual Competition

Juror: , Art Patron, Collector and Philanthropist

Deadline:
November 10, 2019

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South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Competition Status:
Currently under review.

Juror: , Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Deadline:
January 9, 2020

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
Currently under review

Juror: , Chief Curator and Director of Curatorial Affairs, Walker Art Center

Deadline:
March 8, 2020

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West

West Competition

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

Juror: , Interim Chief Curator and Brown Foundation Curator, Modern and Contemporary Art San Antonio Museum of Art

Deadline:
May 10, 2020

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
We are no longer accepting entries

Juror: , Curator, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA

Deadline:
July 8, 2020

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