Our jurors will select a Best in Show award ($1,000), six Jurors’ Awards ($600), and two Honorable Mention awards ($200). One People’s Choice award ($150) will be selected by the public.Entry to the call for submissions is free and open to visual artists at all stages of their careers, including students (18+), young graduates, emerging, and established artists. Find this year’s timeline, eligibility, and category descriptions in the submission guidelines by clicking the button below.
Ya La’Ford is an artist, educator, and foremost a transporter—working between the visual and the complexities of the human community with layered meanings—through a wide range of media including paint, sculpture, installation, video, and sound. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from The Art Institute of Boston and also holds a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida’s Levin College of Law.
As a first-generation American, she moves between her Jamaican heritage and vulnerable communities using the power of art as a universal language. Ya La’ford’s mission is centered on creating art and experiences, which exist to immeasurably transform and revolutionize the social, cultural, and historic contexts of creative expression within the human journey.
Presently, she has scheduled solo shows through 2025, where Survey: The West, from her residency and exhibition at Ogden Contemporary Arts will travel to The James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art, Fall-Summer 2025. Amongst many other large scale public work notably the exterior elevation at St. Petersburg History Museum and a police tribute monument.
Anna Valdez is a multi-disciplinary artist who examines the relationship between objects, cultural formation, and collective consciousness. Creating epic tableaux in her studio, Valdez moves seamlessly between still life and landscape painting, collecting objects and making new ones, and cultivation, observation, and fictionalization.
Valdez received her MFA in painting from Boston University in 2013 and her BA in Anthropology and Art from University of California, Davis in 2009. Her work has been exhibited nationally at venues including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR; North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, NC; New Britain Museum of American Art in New Britain, CT; Cañada College in Redwood City, CA; Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco, CA and New York, NY; David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, CO; 1969 Gallery, Alexander Berggruen Gallery, and Nancy Margolis Gallery in New York, NY; and OCHI in Sun Valley, ID and Los Angeles, CA. Valdez’s work has been featured in publications including Juxtapoz Magazine, New American Paintings, Artsy, and Artillery Magazine. Her work is included in various public collections including Pérez Art Museum Miami in Miami, FL and the Phyllis & Ross Escalette Permanent Collection of Art at Chapman University in Orange, CA.
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