14th Semiannual Competition

Alison Hearst
Assistant Curator
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth

Benjamin Sutton
News Editor
Hyperallergic, Brooklyn

Jodi Throckmorton
Curator of Contemporary Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Jurors' Biographies
Alison Hearst is assistant curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She is the curator of the museum’s FOCUS exhibition series and has presented exhibitions of artists including Fred Tomaselli, Joyce Pensato, Glenn Kaino, Thomas Demand, Lorna Simpson, and Stanley Whitney amongst others.

She was the assistant curator of the major exhibitions Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s (2014) and México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990 (2013). She organized Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings, which opened at the Lowe Art Museum, Miami in September 2016, and tours to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh; and the Sheldon Museum of Art, Lincoln.

In addition to her FOCUS publications, she is the editor and contributing author of Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings, and a contributing author of México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990 and Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. She received a MA in Art History from Texas Christian University, and a BFA in Art History from the University of North Texas. For further information, please visit
Image provided by Alison Hearst
© 2017 Alison Hearst
Benjamin Sutton is an art critic, journalist, and curator who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the News Editor at Hyperallergic and his writings have also appeared in The L Magazine, artnet News, BKLYNR, and Art+Auction.

He has curated exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop, Field Projects, the Spring Break Art Show, and the Gowanus Loft. He studied Cultural Studies and Art History at McGill University and Media Studies at the New School in New York. 

Hyperallergic is the World's Greatest Art Blogazine covering art.  Holland Cotter of the New York Times has praised crediting it with a revival in popular art criticism. was cited by the TED blog as one of 100 Websites You Should Know and Use. Hyperallergic LABS, a Tumblr blog, was named by Time magazine as one of the 30 Tumblrs to Follow. For further information, please visit

Image provided by Benjamin Sutton
© 2017 Benjamin Sutton
Jodi Throckmorton is curator of contemporary art at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Previously, She was curator of modern and contemporary art at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University, Kansas, and associate curator at the San Jose Museum of Art, California.

She organized the exhibition and publication Postdate: Photography and Inherited History in India (2015). Other projects include Melt / Carve / Forge: Embodied Sculptures by Cassils (2016); Bruce Conner: Somebody Else’s Prints (2014); Questions from the Sky: New Work by Hung Liu (2013); Ranu Mukherjee: Telling Fortunes (2012); and This Kind of Bird Flies Backward: Paintings by Joan Brown (2011).

She earned her MFA in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and her BA in Art History and French from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She is currently curating an exhibition and publication on the work of Rina Banerjee opening in 2018. For further information, please visit

Photographed by Barbara Katus
Image provided by Jodi Throckmorton
© 2017 Jodi Throckmorton
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What our past prize recipients are saying

Watch the video by Austin Ballard (past Award of Excellence recipient, 10th Semiannual Competition).
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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 of their work, caption information, and a link to their website ... click here to see an example. You will retain the copyright to your images.

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During the previous competition, we received submissions from over 40 countries.

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24 June 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST

The list of 25 artists, images, caption information, and press release will be posted after 8 July 2017 under Competitions on this website ... so mark your calendar now. The 6 prize recipients will receive a phone call. All artists that enter a submission will be notified after 8 July 2017 via email.

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