8th Semiannual Competition

Cindy Buckner
Associate Curator
Grand Rapids Art Museum

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

Margot Norton
Assistant Curator
New Museum, New York

Jurors' Biographies
Cindy Buckner joined the Grand Rapids Art Museum in 2008 as Associate Curator, after receiving an Master of Philosophy in Art History from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.

She has curated numerous exhibitions for the Grand Rapids Art Museum including ArtPrize (2010-2013), Michael Pfleghaar: Reinforcing Objecthood (2012), Robert McCann: New History Paintings (2012-2013), Joey Ruiter: Objects in Motion (2013-2014), and the upcoming Reynold H. Weidenaar Retrospective (October 2014-January 2015).

She has over fifteen years of experience working with American and European art in American museums, including the Baltimore Museum of Art; National Academy Museum, New York; and Newark Museum. For further information, please visit
Image provided by Cindy Buckner
© 2014 Grand Rapids Art Museum
Al Miner is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. There he has curated Dawit L. Petros: Sense of Place (2013), Daniel Rich: Platforms of Power (2012), and Ori Gersht: History Repeating (2012) for which he authored an award-winning monograph of the same title.

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 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, please visit
Image provided by Al Miner
© 2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Margot Norton is Assistant Curator at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York. At the New Museum she has curated Laure Prouvost: For Forgetting (2014) and Judith Bernstein: Hard (2012-2013); and co-curated Erika Vogt: Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll (2013), Chris Burden: Extreme Measures (2013-2014), NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (2013), and Tacita Dean: Five Americans (2012). She also organized the retrospective exhibition Llyn Foulkes (2013), which traveled from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.

Before she joined the New Museum, she worked as Curatorial Assistant on the 2010 Whitney Biennial and in the Drawings Department at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.  At the Whitney, she also curated Dianna Molzan: Bologna Meissen (2011). She holds a Masters Degree in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University. She is currently working on future programming at the New Museum, including solo exhibitions by Ragnar Kjartansson and Roberto Cuoghi. For further information, please visit
Photographed by Alexander Perrelli
Image provided by Margot Norton
© 2014 Margot Norton
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$10,000 USD (1 artist will receive $5,000 USD and 5 artists will each receive $1,000 USD).

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
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— Brenda Hope Zappitell

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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, 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 (artists, collectors, curators, galleries, museums, writers). 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, 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 and / or your gallery.

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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 Grand Rapids Art Museum; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and New Museum are not eligible.

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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

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31 May 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST

The list of 25 artists, images, caption information, and press release will be posted on 14 June 2014 under Competitions on this website. The 6 prize recipients will receive a phone call. All artists that enter a submission will be notified after 14 June 2014 via email.

Entry Fee
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