The AXA Art Prize is a juried art competition open to undergraduate and graduate figurative art students in the US, with a 40-piece virtual exhibition and in-person exhibition in NYC. First Prize is $10,000.
Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, either as an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in studio art at a US school. Previous XL Catlin and AXA Art Prize exhibition participants are eligible to participate in the 2021 AXA Art Prize competition; however, they must use a different piece from the one previously exhibited. Previous prize winners are not eligible to submit.
First Prize: $10,000 cash prize
Second Prize: $5,000 cash prize
STRATEGIC ADVISORY BOARD:
Representatives from a group of leading art schools throughout the US were assembled to form a Strategic Advisory Board. Each institution has appointed a Regional Juror to participate in the AXA Art Prize jury process and has supported the AXA Art Prize within their communities.
The competition is structured around three rounds of jurying:
1. Regional Jury:
The US has been divided into five regions for the prize: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, South, Midwest, and West. Regional Jurors from the Strategic Advisory Board will rate all submissions from their region on a scale of 1 to 5. Upon completion, regional submissions will be presented to the Exhibition Jury.
2. Exhibition Jury:
A four-person Exhibition Jury consisting of prominent curators of the art world: Ian Altreveer of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harry Cooper of the National Gallery of Art, Rita Gonzalez of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and Ashley James of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum will review and rate the top 50% of all submissions and select 40 works to comprise the traveling exhibition. Finalists for the exhibition will be notified and posted online.
3. Prize Jury
Prominent artists Bo Bartlett, Rachel Feinstein, Elizabeth Peyton, and Peter Saul will review the 40 finalists and determine the 1st and 2nd Prize winners.
Submissions close March 14, 2021 at 11:59pm EST, go to www.axaartprize.com to learn more.