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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South

South Competition

AL, AR, DC, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV
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Juror: , Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, New Orleans Museum of Art

Deadline:
December 31, 2017

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
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Juror: TBD

Deadline:
February 28, 2018

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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, 2018

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
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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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Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
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Juror: , Curator, MassMOCA

Deadline:
September 10, 2017

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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Candidates and Graduates from 2015 - 2017
Competition Status:
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Juror: , Senior Curator, Hammer Museum

Deadline:
November 12, 2017

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