10th Semiannual Competition

Claire C. Carter
Curator of Contemporary Art
Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Carmen Hermo
Assistant Curator for Collections
Guggenheim Museum, New York

Anna Stothart
Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art
San Antonio Museum of Art

Jurors' Biographies
Claire C. Carter, is a Curator of Contemporary Art at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona. She received a MA from the University of Glasgow.

Among the exhibitions she has curated are Covert Operations: Investigating the Known Unknowns, which will travel to the San Jose Museum of Art (Fall 2015); Narrow Road to the Interior: Contemporary Japanese Artists­ (2013); MASHup: New Video Art (2012); and At the Crossroads of American Photography: Callahan, Siskind, Sommer (2009). She is an author of three books co-published by Radius Books and has received grants from the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Graham Foundation, among others.

She is currently organizing a retrospective and monograph of the artist and architect Paolo Soleri scheduled to open at SMoCA in fall 2017. For further information, please visit
    Photographed by Aric Mei
© 2015 Claire C. Carter
Carmen Hermo is Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York. She serves on the Young Collectors Council acquisition committee, focused on recognizing and collecting the work of emerging artists.

She co-curated the exhibitions Now’s The Time: Recent Acquisitions (2012) and Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (summer 2015) at the Guggenheim, as well as Recession Expression for City Without Walls in Newark, New Jersey (2010).  She has researched and promoted the Guggenheim’s permanent collection since December 2010, and prior to that worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art.

She received her BA in Art History and English from the University of Richmond, is currently pursuing her MA in Art History at Hunter College For further information, please visit
    Photographed by Jake Davis
© 2015 Carmen Hermo
Anna Stothart is the Brown Foundation Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the San Antonio Museum of Art. She previously served as Assistant Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.

She organized solo exhibitions of Mickalene Thomas, Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg, Adriana Varejão, and Meleko Mokgosi (forthcoming April 2015); and coordinated the installation of the traveling exhibitions Ragnar Kjartansson: Song, LaToya Ruby Frazier: Witness, and Jim Hodges: Give More Than You Take.

She received her MA in Art History and Museum Studies from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. For further information, please visit

© 2015 Anna Stothart
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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

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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 (collectors, curators, galleries, museums, writers, etc.). 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, and other social media apps. 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 by the jurors are not eligible. Artists that have worked with the jurors are not eligible.
Employees of the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, and San Antonio Museum of Art 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 are interested in viewing images of work from all styles and mediums. The jurors have agreed to set aside their personal bias when making their selections. 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-10_0123.jpg) so that the jurors will not have access to your name, gender, ethnicity, or any impermissible criterion or circumstance.

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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6 June 2015, 11:59 p.m. EST

The list of 25 artists, images, caption information, and press release will be posted on 20 June 2015 under Competitions on this website. The 6 prize recipients will receive a phone call. All artists that enter a submission will be notified after 20 June 2015 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

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

Caption Information
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