Top Art Competitions 2024

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Deadline

July 31, 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

6 Winners: 500 $ + Exhibition, publication
12 Finalists: Exhibition and publication

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

July 31, 2024

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Young Climate Prize Award and Mentorship Program

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

Reward

Mentorship Program

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Born between 1999 (included) and 2009 (included)

Deadline

Aug 1, 2024

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Photography 4 Humanity

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography
Theme: Climate justice

Reward

5,000 $
Exhibition

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

All images must have been taken within between August 1, 2023 and August 1, 2024

Deadline

Aug 1, 2024

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Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council - Artist Income Recovery Grant

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

Reward

3,000 $

Location

Pittsburgh
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Pennsylvania (US)
For artists resident of Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, or Washington counties from 2019-present.

Deadline

Aug 15, 2024

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e-flux Film Award

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Video

Reward

3,000 $ + Screening in New York
2,000 $

Location

Brooklyn
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

Sep 3, 2024

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All About Photos - Magazine #42 Shapes

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Photography
Theme: Shapes

Reward

500 $ + Publication
300 $ + Publication
200 $ + Publication

Location

West Hollywood
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Deadline

Sep 6, 2024

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Ypsilanti District Library - Acquisition Competition

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Painting / Drawing / Photography / Graphic / Textile Art / Ceramics

Reward

6,000 in acquisition

Location

Ypsilanti
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of United States of America

Deadline

Sep 9, 2024

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Printed Matter - Publisher Work Grant

Genre: Art Competition
Art field: Digital / Sound / Painting / Drawing / Photography / Video / Graphic / Installation / Performance / Sculpture / Textile Art / Ceramics / Curatorial / Artists’ Book Publishers
Theme: Artists’ Book

Reward

10,000 $ + Exhibition at Printed Matter’s NY or LA Art Book Fair

Location

New York
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

For independent presses

Deadline

Sep 12, 2024

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Innovate Grants for Art + Photo

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

Reward

Innovate Grant Visual Artist: 1,800 $
Innovate Grant Photography: 1,800 $

Location

Chicago
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Born from 2005 (included)

Deadline

Sep 15, 2024

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Artadia Award - Boston

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

Reward

2 x: 15,000 $
Marciano Artadia Award: 25,000 $

Location

Boston
United States of America

Eligibility conditions

Resident of Massachusetts (US)

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.