Top Art Competitions 2024

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Deadline

Apr 30, 2024

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Franklin Furnace Archive - Jacki Apple Award in Performance and Artist Projects

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Performance

Reward

10,000 $ + Exhibition & Publication

Location

Brooklyn
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of New York (US)
For New York City-based artist working in performance art

Deadline

Apr 30, 2024

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The Homiens Art Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

10 x: 400 $ + Exhibition + Publication + Interview + More

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

Apr 30, 2024

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Inge Morath Award

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography

Reward

7,500 $ + 1,000 $ project support

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Born between 1994 (included) and 2006 (included)
For woman or nonbinary photographer

Deadline

May 1, 2024

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Cleveland Arts Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Architecture / Drawing / Literature / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

10,000 $

Location

Cleveland
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Ohio (US)
Applicants must currently or have previously lived or worked in Northeast Ohio (USA)

Deadline

May 3, 2024

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Headlands Center for the Arts - Tournesol Award

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting

Reward

10,000 $ + studio + exhibition

Location

Sausalito
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

No students
Resident of California (US)
Artists based in the Bay Area, USA

Deadline

May 5, 2024

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Florida Museum of Photographic Arts - International Photography Competition

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography

Reward

1,000 $ + Exhibition at FMoPA

Location

Tampa
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

May 5, 2024

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Project Gallery - Artist Grant

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

200 $

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

May 14, 2024

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Hopper Prize

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

4 x: 3,500 $
8 x: 1,000 $

Location

Dover
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

May 18, 2024

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100 Voices of Florida - Spring Contest

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Video
Theme: Short Film

Reward

1,000 $

Location

online
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Florida (US)

Deadline

May 19, 2024

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MonoVisions Photography Awards

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography
Theme: Black and white photography

Reward

3,000 $
2,000 $

Location

Los Angeles
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Art Competitions – Prizes, recognition and exposure

Art competitions are great opportunities for artists, offering cash prizes along with the rewards of exposure and recognition. By validating your artistic practice, they increase your visibility in the art world. Art competitions can serve as a catalyst that accelerates an artist's progress to success. Visit our website to view the best current art competitions.

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FAQs: Art Competitions

Find the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding art competitions here:

What is an art competition?

Art competitions are events where artists are invited to submit their work based on a particular theme or category. Organized by a variety of entities such as institutions, galleries, or other art organizations, these competitions aim to identify, acknowledge, and support talented artists. A panel of judges typically awards prizes, exhibitions, publications, or other forms of recognition to the best entries. Winning art competitions offers artists crucial exposure and recognition.

What are typical prizes of art competitions?

Art competitions offer artists a variety of prizes. These can range from cash awards, to opportunities in order to exhibit works and gain exposure. Some competitions also offer artist residencies, scholarships, as well as art supplies or equipment as prizes. Winners may have their work featured in a catalog, an art magazine, or on an online platform, increasing recognition and exposure. Ultimately, winning awards become a valuable addition to an artist's resume.

The list of art competitions on our website specifies in each case clearly what the “prize“ entails.

How does the judging process work?

The jury panel generally consists of a number of distinguished persons from the art world, who, over the course of several rounds, individually decide which applications to eliminate or pass on to the next rounds. Shortlisted works are then subjected to further scrutiny. The process concludes with the panel collectively deciding on the winners.

How do I apply for an art competition?

Most open calls for art competitions require artists to submit a comprehensive application, including a portfolio, an artist statement, and a resume. The number of applicants for art competitions is often high, especially for the more prestigious prizes. Therefore, your application needs be impactful, clear, straightforward, and inviting to review.

Do you need help in these matters? Check our online courses “How to make a portfolio” and “How to write an artists statement” which serve as step-by-step guides giving you all the tools you need to build a strong application for art competitions.