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.

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Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
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Juror: , Artist, Educator and Co-Curator, 2014 Whitney Biennial

Deadline:
September 7, 2014

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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Master of Fine Arts Candidates + Current Year MFA Graduates
Competition Status:
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Juror: TBD

Deadline:
October 31, 2014

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South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Competition Status:
Not Currently Accepting Submissions

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
December 31, 2013

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
We Are Not Currently Accepting Submissions

Juror: , Chief Curator, Elmhurst Art Museum

Deadline:
March 9, 2014

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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 now closed.

Juror: , Associate Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver

Deadline:
May 7, 2014

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
Competition is now closed.

Juror: , Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and Phyllis C. Wattis Matrix Curator, UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAM/PFA)

Deadline:
July 7, 2014

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