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
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Juror: TBD

Deadline:
August 31, 2019

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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Candidates and Graduates from 2016 - 2018
Competition Status:
We are no longer accepting entries.

Juror: , Associate Curator , Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University

Deadline:
November 11, 2018

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South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Competition Status:
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Juror: , Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art , High Museum of Art

Deadline:
January 13, 2019

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
We are no longer accepting entries.

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

Deadline:
March 17, 2019

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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 closed and entries are currently under review.

Juror: , Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston

Deadline:
May 8, 2019

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
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Juror: , Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Deadline:
July 8, 2019

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