Competitions & Contests

2022 Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize

Entry Dates 2022-07-25T23:59:00 - 2022-06-01T00:01:00 61 Days Left


First Annual Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize


2928 W. 13th Street 

Ashtabula, OH 44004 (440) 964-3396



June 1-July 25, 2022: Art Call digital first round application (include- high resolution image) YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY BEFORE JUNE 1.
July 26-July 31: Online jury process to continue to second round
August 1: Notification for artists to continue second, in-person round
August 2-August 5: Drop off second round selections
August 6-August 7: In-person jury process
August 8: Notification for artists
August 8-August 10: Retrieval of rejected artworks
August 11: Email notification to accepted artists (submit images if you did not use a high-resolution image for entry; these will be used in a published catalog.)
October 3: Show opens at the Ashtabula Arts Center
October 8: Public reception and award ceremony, 6-9pm
October 31: Show closes
November 1-November 4: Artwork pick-up



2 $12,000 First Place prizes
2 $5,000 Second Place prizes
4 Possible $1,000 Optional Honorable Mention prizes


Counties in OH: Ashtabula, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Summit, Trumbull
Counties in PA: Crawford, Erie, Lawrence, Mercer


Entry Fee:

$15 per piece. Each applicant may enter 1 submission in each category, Abstract and/or Realistic.

Rights and Responsibilities:

All artworks must be available for the exhibit and catalog August 11-October 31
Gallery will collect 30% commission on all sales
AAC shall have the right to use images of the exhibited artworks for the catalog and all promotional purposes
Artwork and pick up must be done in person. All works will be signed in and out of the AAC
All pieces must be wired ready to hang. Works which are not appropriately wired will not be displayed
Unclaimed artwork becomes the property of the AAC on November 12, 2022
Artworks are covered by insurance while in possession of the AAC, not covered during transportation to the AAC
The Arts Center has the right to accept or reject any artworks for any reason



2 Categories: Abstract and Realistic
Accepted Mediums: Alcohol Inks, Tempera, Mixed Media Painting, Gouache, Fresco, Encaustic, Ink (Sumi-e), Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor (Jurors will have final say on acceptable mediums. 85% of the painting should be a wet painting medium.) Originals only; no giclees, no prints, no wet paint
Pre-wired; fragile piece disclaimer if needed
Completed in the last 3 years
Maximum size 4ftx4ft; max weight 25lbs
High school students not eligible


Digital Image Specifications:

At least 300dpi and at least 4x6 inces (in pixels this is at least 1300x1750 pixels) at that resolution. Bigger is better.
File formats: jpg, png, gif, jpeg
File size: 5 MB Maximum
File names: artist first name, last name, and title of work, separated by underscores and not spaces (ex: Norm_Abrahms_The_Farm.jpg)


José Carlos Diaz
Kim Beck
Naomi Fisher

Juror Bios:

José Carlos Diaz is the Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum. He has curated Farhad Moshiri: Go West; Fantasy America; Becoming Andy Warhol; and Andy Warhol: Revelation currently on view at the Brooklyn Museum. In April 2022 he will open Paola Pivi: I Want It All. Diaz serves on the Board of Trustees for the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC) and was a 2018 fellow at the Center for Curatorial Leadership (CCL). He received a MA in Cultural History from the University of Liverpool and a BA in Art History from San Francisco State University. 
Kim Beck has created Grand Openings at the Grand Canyon and skywriting events from New York to Missouri. Moving fluidly between media, she has shown work on billboards along I70 & in auto repair lots, in botanical gardens, on a flagpole at Laumeier Sculpture Park, on rooftops along the High Line, NYC and at the Walker Art Center, Carnegie Museum of Art, Smack Mellon, Socrates Sculpture Park, Warhol Museum, OK Center for Contemporary Art (Linz), Indianapolis Museum of Art, Art Omi, Yale School of Architecture and Hallwalls Center for Contemporary Art. She has held artist residencies at MacDowell, Yaddo, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Art Omi, Bemis Center, Mass MoCA, International Studio and Curatorial Program, Montalvo Art Center and has received awards from ARS Electronica & Printed Matter. She grew up in Colorado and now lives in Pittsburgh where she teaches in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon.
Naomi Fisher (*1976) lives and works in New York and Miami. 
Born and raised in Miami, where a wild and untamed tropical environment serves as the backdrop to the population’s tendency toward artifice and materialistic excess. Fisher frequently explores this culture clash in her work through the ens of feminist theory and straggles derived from surrealist art. Within her work, the science and politics of climate change and how we navigate the natural world is informed by a childhood going on plant collecting expeditions around the world with her botanist father.
Over the past 20 years, her work has spanned painting, drawing, performance, photography, video, and site-specific installation, often in collaboration with dancers. Recently she has started accepting commissions for permanent large-scale public art projects, the first of which is a frieze that is a permanent part of the architecture of the Rose McQuillan Art Center at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.
Since 2004, Fisher has directed the W.A.G.E. certified 501c3 exhibition platform BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational). She has been the chair of the Visual Arts panel awarding and mentoring top high school art students with the National Foundation for YoungArts; lectures and does studio visits in schools like Princeton’s architecture program, Rogaland Kunstsenter, Norway; the University of Florida’s Visual Arts Program, and the CUNY photography program; and has been working on large scale public art commissions.
Fisher’s work has been exhibited internationally in such venues as the Palais de Tokyo, Paris; Halle fur Kunst, Luneburg; Kemper Museum, Kansas City; Kunsthalle Wein, Vienna; Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel; Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, Miami; and the Deste Foundation, Athens. Her work is included in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Fine Art Boston, the Rubell Museum and more. 

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