||J. Rachel Gustafson is the Assistant Curator at the Norton Museum of Art. She joined the museum in 2015 and recently organized the exhibitions, French Connections: Photography (2017) and Pen to Paper: Artists’ Handwritten Letters from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art (2017).
In addition to curating exhibitions across a spectrum of artistic practices, her responsibilities include arts administration, exhibition planning, and acquisition research related to the museum’s collection. Previously, she served as a contributing writer for the National Endowment of the Arts while earning her masters in art history at American University in Washington, D.C. She was later awarded a fellowship at the National Museum for Women in the Arts and assisted in the organization of Total Art: Contemporary Video (2014).
The Norton Museum is internationally known for its distinguished permanent collection featuring American Art, Chinese Art, Contemporary Art, European Art and Photography. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century painting and sculpture include works by Paul Gauguin, Louise Bourgeois, Constantin Brancusi, Grace Hartigan, Dennis Hopper, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Claude Monet, Georgia O'Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Augusta Savage, and Helen Torr. For further information, please visit norton.org
What our past prize recipients are saying
"This award has been critical in funding and promotion of my art work over the last year ... the new eyes that it has brought to my work on my website and studio visits directly form the Dave Bown Projects website .... I can't thank them enough ... it's great that this competition is not about who you know ... it's just about the integrity of the work itself."
— Austin Ballard
“Receiving an ... award from Dave Bown Projects ... afforded me the opportunity to ... buy additional supplies I needed, in particular, larger panels to paint on ... 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
"“Most recently a local museum curator approached me and invited me to participate in an exhibit ... I asked the curator ‘how did you find my work’ she said ‘the reason why I invited you to show is because of the prize from Dave Bown Projects."
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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.
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, mediums, and themes 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 of the [insert where jurors work here] are not eligible.
Early entries are encouraged ... Because 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.
Do not try to guess what the jurors might like ... simply submit images of your best work ... the jurors have agreed to set aside their personal bias when they select artists.
And the jurors will not form a committee when they select artists ... which is really good news for you. In other words, If only one of the three jurors likes your work ... you could be selected.
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-15_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, mediums, and themes.
Note: Past competition results are not an indication of what the results of this competition will look like ... because the jurors are different.
What our past jurors are saying
“Mr. Bown is a well-respected patron of museums and individual artists ... I applaud his investment in supporting emerging artists.”
— Claire C. Carter, Curator of Contemporary Art, Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
“The artists who applied to Dave Bown Projects capture the diversity and vibrancy of contemporary art today.”
— Carmen Hermo, Assistant Curator for Collections, Guggenheim Museum, New York
“Dave Bown Projects ... rewards innovation with the kind of unrestricted generosity and opportunity that has become all too rare in today's market-driven art culture.”
— Al Miner, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
“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  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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16 December 2017, 11:59 p.m. EST
The list of 25 artists, images, caption information, and press release will be posted 30 December 2017 under Competitions on this website ... so mark your calendar now. The 3 prize recipients will receive a phone call. All artists that enter a submission will be notified after 30 December 2017 via email.
A non-refundable entry fee is required with your submission. There are no additional fees.
4 images for $40 USD, 7 images for $60 USD, 12 images for $90 USD
Please note the following options for payment of your entry fee:
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Send an email to email@example.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 your Entry Form below:
Note: Video, web-based, and performance artists need to include a URL and an image (video still) for each piece.
We look forward to viewing images of your work.
• Pay your Entry Fee
• Complete and Submit your Entry Form
We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about your submission.
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