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
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Juror: , Curator, MassMOCA

Deadline:
August 31, 2017

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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Master of Fine Arts Candidates + 2017 & 2018 MFA Graduates
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Juror: , Senior Curator, Hammer Museum

Deadline:
October 31, 2017

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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: , Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art , Blanton Museum of Art

Deadline:
January 8, 2017

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
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Juror: , Dean of Graduate Studies, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Deadline:
March 8, 2017

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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: , Senior Curator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Deadline:
May 12, 2017

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
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Juror: , Curator and Acting Department Head, Contemporary Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Deadline:
July 9, 2017

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