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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MFA Annual

MFA Annual Competition

Current Candidates and Graduates from 2016 - 2018
Competition Status:
We are currently accepting entries.

Juror: , Mannion Family Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Deadline:
October 31, 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: TBD

Deadline:
December 31, 2018

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Midwest

Midwest Competition

IL, IN, IA, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI
Competition Status:
2018 Competition results have been announced.

Juror: , Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art, RISD Museum of Art

Deadline:
March 11, 2018

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West

West Competition

AZ, CO, ID, MT, NE, NV, KS, ND, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT, WY
Competition Status:
The juror is currently reviewing submissions.

Juror: , Associate Curator, Modern Art, Museum of Fort Worth, TX

Deadline:
May 6, 2018

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Pacific Coast

Pacific Coast Competition

CA, OR, WA, AK, HI
Competition Status:
We are not currently accepting entries.

Juror: , Assistant Curator of Painting and Sculpture, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art

Deadline:
July 8, 2018

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Northeast

Northeast Competition

CT, DE, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT
Competition Status:
We are no longer accepting entries.

Juror: , Mannion Family Curator, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston

Deadline:
September 16, 2018

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