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Dave Bown Projects, 12th Semiannual Competition, Jurors: Kathleen Goncharov, Curator of Contemporary Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art; Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe; Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Prizes: $10,000
12th Semiannual Competition

Kathleen Goncharov
Curator of Contemporary Art
Boca Raton Museum of Art

Irene Hofmann
Director and Chief Curator
SITE Santa Fe

Al Miner
Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jurors' Biographies

Kathleen Goncharov, Curator of Contemporary Art, Boca Raton Museum of Art Kathleen Goncharov is the Curator of Contemporary Art at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. She served as U.S. Commissioner to the 50th Venice Biennale where she curated an exhibition by Fred Wilson at the American pavilion (2003). She has also organized exhibitions internationally in Cairo, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi, Bologna, and Rome.

She was Public Art Curator at the List Visual Art Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she oversaw the Institute’s Percent-for-Art Program; Executive Director of Rutgers University’s Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions Artist in Residence program; and Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Art at the Nasher Museum at Duke University.

For fourteen years she was Curator of the University Art Collection at The New School in New York City where she built a major art collection and organized public programs for the Vera List Center for Art and Politics. For further information about her current work, please visit bocamuseum.org

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    Photographed by Jody Culkin
Image provided by Kathleen Goncharov
© 2016 Kathleen Goncharov
Irene Hofmann, Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe Irene Hofmann is the Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe. In her role at SITE she is expanding the breadth and reach of SITE’s exhibition program, which includes reimagining SITE’s signature biennial exhibition as a new series of connected biennials with a focus on contemporary art from the Americas.

Over the last decade she has curated new commissions and solo exhibitions by artists including Joseph Grigely, Mungo Thomson, Enrique Martinez Celaya, Jason Dodge, Marjetica Potrc, Fabrice Gygi, and Inigo Manglano-Ovalle.

She has held positions at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, Orange County Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Art Institute of Chicago, Walker Art Center, and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. She holds a BA in Art History from Washington University in St. Louis, and a MA in Modern Art History, Theory, and Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For further information about her current work, please visit sitesantafe.org
    Photographed by Kate Russell
Image provided by Irene Hofmann
© 2016 Irene Hofmann
Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Al Miner is the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. There he curated Ori Gersht: History Repeating (2012) for which he authored an award-winning monograph of the same title; Gonzalo Fuenmayor: Tropical Mythologies (2015); and Megacities Asia (2016), this group exhibition is staged in numerous locations inside and outside of the museum building.

Prior to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston he worked at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the Smithsonian Institution’s museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Washington D.C. There he organized projects with Dan Graham and Yoko Ono, and served as coordinating curator for the first North American retrospective of the work of the German artist, Blinky Palermo.

He has received fellowships from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), Goethe-Institut, the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), Artis foundation, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Smithsonian Institution. For further information about his current work, please visit mfa.org
    Image provided by Al Miner
© 2016 Al Miner
Note: To ensure objectivity and fairness artists should not contact the jurors.  Any questions you may have should be directed to Dave Bown
at +1 (917) 365-5265 or info@davebownprojects.com

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.

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$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

Click here to read more about What our past prize recipients are saying.

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.

Advertisements will not appear on any of the Competitions pages. In other words, advertisements will not appear on any of the pages on this website that also have images of works of art. Currently advertisements only appear on the right side of the Submissions page. For more information about the advertisements that you see on the right side of this page click here.

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.).

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 or are currently being exhibited by the jurors are not eligible. Artists that have worked or are currently working with the jurors are not eligible. Employees and / or students of the Boca Raton Museum of Art; SITE Santa Fe; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston are not eligible.

Selection Process

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 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-12_0123.jpg) so that the jurors will not have access to your name, gender, ethnicity, or any impermissible criterion or circumstance.

The jurors are interested in viewing images of work from emerging artists from all styles and mediums.

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 [2011] 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

Click here to read more about What our past jurors are saying.

4 June 2016, 11:59 p.m. EST

The list of 25 artists, images, caption information, and press release will be posted on 18 June 2016 under Competitions on this website. The 6 prize recipients will receive a phone call. All artists that enter a submission will be notified after 18 June 2016 via email.

Entry Fee
A non-refundable entry fee is required with your submission. There are no additional fees.
2 images for $45 USD, 4 images for $65 USD, 8 images for $95 USD
Please note the following options for payment of your entry fee:

You can pay your entry fee using PayPal. You don't need a PayPal account to use your debit or credit card to pay your entry fee using PayPal, simply click on one of the Pay Now buttons below. A new secure browser window will open up, which may take a few moments depending on your internet connection speed. If you have a PayPal account, you can send money to info@davebownprojects.com or 917-365-5265
..2 images
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4 images
$65 USD
8 images
$95 USD
You can call us at +1 (917) 365-5265 and we can securely process your debit or credit card. Or we can call you at your preferred time. Send an email to info@davebownprojects.com with your name, phone number, time zone, and the best time to call (e.g., morning, afternoon, evening).

After you pay your entry fee, copy and paste your Unique Transaction ID (e.g., 2JJ26549JM340074E) or Receipt Number (e.g., 1782-5181-1974-4707) into the Subject line of a new email from you to info@davebownprojects.com

Attach 2, 4, or 8 images of your work. JPEG format and no larger than 2 MB each.

Please name your files after the following manner:
FirstName_LastName_01.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_02.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_03.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_04.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_05.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_06.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_07.jpg ___ FirstName_LastName_08.jpg

Note: Video, web-based, and performance artists need to include a URL and an image (video still) for each piece.

Caption Information
After you attach your images, copy and paste the caption information (title, year, medium, and dimensions) for each of your images into the body of the email and click send.

We look forward to viewing images of your work.

Pay your entry fee.
Send an email to info@davebownprojects.com with your images attached and the caption information in the body of the email.
Tell your friends and colleagues about this competition.

We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your submission.

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