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Dave Bown Projects – $10,000 in Cash Prizes
Dave Bown Projects
The initiatives of the privately held U.S. company focus on advancing the field of visual arts by conducting research, buying works of art for the Collection of Dave Bown Projects, and providing unrestricted monetary awards to visual artists.
$10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD) in cash prizes.
In addition to the cash prizes listed above; Dave Bown Projects will be buying works of art from artists as submissions are received.
What our past prize recipients are saying
“receiving an unrestricted monetary award is extra money, and extra money is art money. i didn’t spend it slowly. i spent it immediately. i bought two things that i needed: 5 days in a darkroom and a roll of 40″ photographic paper. the large photographs that i’ve created recently have become some of my most successful work thus far.”
— Liz Nielsen
“Receiving an unrestricted monetary award from Dave Bown Projects was a very pleasant surprise for me. It afforded me the opportunity to be able to buy additional supplies I needed, in particular, larger panels to paint on. Also, the recognition on their web site gained me more web site traffic and I got the opportunity to work with a new gallery as a direct result of the recognition from the award.”
— Brenda Hope Zappitell
The top 25 artists will be selected by the jurors and featured under Competitions on this website. Each artist will have their own page that will feature an image, caption information, and a link to their website (click here to view an example). You will retain the copyright to your images.
Currently the Dave Bown Projects network reaches over one hundred thousand people who are committed to the visual arts. We will have an announcement sent via email to an aggregation of tens of thousands of subscribers (collectors, curators, galleries, museums, writers, etc.). We will have a share button on each page of this website so that you, and everyone else, will be able to share content with friends on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media apps. Each of the artists from past competitions receive thousands of views on this website. We will produce a press release (click here to view a past press release) and organize opportunities for dialogue. We will not handle the sale of your work. All inquiries will be forwarded to you.
Note: Gallery owners have contacted artists that are featured under Competitions on this website.
This competition is open to all visual artists who are 18 years of age or older. All styles and mediums are eligible.
During the previous competition, we received submissions from over 40 countries.
Note: Artists that have been exhibited by the jurors are not eligible. Artists that have worked with the jurors are not eligible.
Employees of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and San Antonio Museum of Art are not eligible. And artists that are featured in the Shop on davebownprojects.com/shop.html are not eligible.
Early entries are encouraged. Previewing will occur on a daily and weekly basis by Dave Bown Projects as submissions are received.
Selection will be based on merit (your skills and abilities, via images of your work). All images will be considered and viewed by Dave Bown Projects. Dave Bown Projects reserves the right to reject a submission (images of work) at any time and for any reason.
The jurors are interested in viewing images of work from all styles and mediums. The jurors have agreed to set aside their personal bias when making their selections. The jurors will only have access to the images of your work and a document that list a reference number, medium, and dimensions per image. We will change the file names of each of your images (e.g., c-10_0123.jpg) so that the jurors will not have access to your name, gender, ethnicity, or any impermissible criterion or circumstance.
What our past jurors are saying
“It was an honor … The variety of submissions was impressive, ranging from intimate figurative drawings to large-scale abstract paintings and from sculptural constructions to gallery-sized installation work. The creative impulse evident across the works was inspiring. I hope this important program will continue to grow and reach more artists in the future. It is a rare, generous, and much needed support for artists.”
— Diane Mullin, Senior Curator, Weisman Art Museum
“Being a juror a couple of years ago  for the Dave Bown Projects 2nd Semiannual Competition was an informative and enjoyable professional experience for me. I was impressed with the number of high-quality submissions which required me to be very attentive and thorough in my deliberations. I would be delighted to serve as a juror if ever asked again.”
— Peter Surace, Founder, RARE Gallery, New York
Contest Prize & TERMS
COPYRIGHT: The top 25 artists will be selected by the jurors and featured under Competitions on this website. Each artist will have their own page that will feature an image, caption information, and a link to their website USAGE RIGHTS: The top 25 artists will be selected by the jurors and featured under Competitions on this website. Each artist will have their own page that will feature an image, caption information, and a link to their website
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