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). The sixth is only open to current Masters of Fine Arts candidates attending schools 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 before the deadline.
Why apply? Meaningful exposure. New American Paintings has a targeted readership of more than ten thousand art collectors, art world professionals, and art enthusiasts who have a deep interest in contemporary painting and discovering new artists.
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