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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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
We Are Currently Accepting Submissions.

Juror: , Assistant Curator, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University

Deadline:
February 29, 2016

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West

West Competition

AZ, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, KS, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY
Competition Status:
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Juror: TBD

Deadline:
April 30, 2016

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
This competition is currently closed.

Juror: TBD

Deadline:
June 30, 2016

Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
The juror is currently reviewing submissions.

Juror: , Associate Curator, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Deadline:
September 13, 2015

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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Master of Fine Arts Candidates + 2014 & 2015 MFA Graduates
Competition Status:
All selected artists have been notified.

Juror: , Deputy Director, LAXART

Deadline:
November 8, 2015

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South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
Competition Status:
The juror is currently reviewing submissions.

Juror: , Curator of Exhibitions, Weatherspoon Art Museum

Deadline:
January 10, 2016

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