Monday, May 5, 2014

GCA Still Life Competition 2014 - Call for Entries

Apply now for the 2014 Still Life Competition

The 2014 Still Life Competition is a six day event in which finalists will compete to compose and paint a still life painting for 8 hours each day. Participants are asked to bring their own objects for their painting, but the judges will also unveil one or two objects that everyone must add to their composition. 

We are very pleased to announce the judges for this year's competition:

Jacob Collins
Founder of the Water Street Atelier, GCA and the Hudson River Fellowship, Painter, Instructor

Keith Christiansen
Chairman of the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Tony Curanaj
Painter and GCA Instructor

The paintings will be evaluated for drawing, composition, perspective, light effect and paint quality. Each work will be also be judged as an overall work of art and for whether it speaks to the aesthetic values of the classical still life tradition. The best three works will be awarded $10,000, $3,000, and $2,000 for first, second and third place respectively.

The competition is open to all artists. No matter whether a student or professional, young or old, all are encouraged to apply. 

Applications are due June 1st, and the competition will take place July 27 through August 1st. Notification for finalists will be sent Mid-June. To apply online, complete the application form and all instructions located here.

On the first day of the competition, 3 objects will be revealed that must be included in every painting along with the objects each painters brings. The first day may be spent working on composition. The competition room will be open daily for public viewing from 1 - 2 PM during the lunch break. On Friday evening, August 1, we will host an awards ceremony and reception from 7 - 9 PM, also open to the public.

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