9th Semiannual Competition

Steven Matijcio
Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati

Dominic Molon
Curator of Contemporary Art
RISD Museum

Marina Pacini
Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art

Jurors' Biographies

Steven Matijcio is the Curator at the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. He previously served as Curator of Contemporary Art at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (2008-2013). He graduated from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York.

His essay Nothing to See Here (2013) was accepted into the RENEW Conference in Riga, Latvia. He curated the 4th edition of the Narracje Festival in Gdansk, Poland (2012); participated in curatorial residencies in Gwangju, South Korea as part of the Gwangju Design Biennale and in Berlin, Germany as part of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt's Synapse project (2011); and received an Emily Hall Tremaine Exhibition Award (2010).

He has held positions at various galleries and museums including the Plug In Institute of Contemporary Art in Canada, The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario, and National Gallery of Canada. For further information, please visit
    © 2014 Steven Matijcio

Dominic Molon is the Richard Brown Baker Curator of Contemporary Art at the RISD Museum (Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design) in Providence, Rhode Island. He previously served as Chief Curator at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis (2010-2013) and Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (1994-2010).

He has organized numerous exhibitions, including solo presentations of Leslie Hewitt (2012), David Noonan (2011), Susan Philipsz (2011), Liam Gillick (2009), and Wolfgang Tillmans (2006); and the group shows Place is the Space (with architect Brad Cloepfil) (2013), Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out (2010), and Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967 (2007). He is currently organizing a mid-career survey of British artist Martin Boyce to open at the RISD Museum in Fall 2015.

He is currently organizing a mid-career survey of British artist Martin Boyce to open at the RISD Museum in Fall 2015.  For further information, please visit
    Photographed by Sarah Carmody
© 2014 Dominic Molon

Marina Pacini is the Chief Curator and Curator of American, Modern, and Contemporary Art at the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art in Memphis, Tennessee. She is on the board of the Association of Art Museum Curators and the UrbanArt Commission. She previously served as the Director of the Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College (1995-2001). She received a Masters of Arts from the University of Delaware.

Among the exhibitions she has curated are Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper, which is accompanied by a catalogue co-published by Yale University Press and will travel to El Museo del Barrio in New York (Fall 2014); A Sense of Place: The Art of William Christenberry (2010); Photographs from the Memphis World, 1949-1964 (2008); and Stonework: William Edmondson (2003).

She is currently working on a Red Grooms exhibition for the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art centennial in 2016. For further information, please visit
    © 2014 Marina Pacini
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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."
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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 (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.

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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 Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati; Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Rhode Island School of Design; and RISD Museum 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.

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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-9_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 December 2014, 11:59 p.m. EST

The list of 25 artists, images, caption information, and press release will be posted on 20 December 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 20 December 2014 via email.

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