Competitions & Contests

2023 Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize

Entry Dates 2023-07-16T23:59:00+00:00 - 2023-06-01T00:01:00+00:00 108 Days Left


Second Annual Paul and Norma Tikkanen Painting Prize 2928 W. 13th Street Ashtabula, OH 44004 (440) 964-3396
Prospectus: Calendar:Jun 1-Jul 16, 2023: Art Call digital first round application (include high resolution image) YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO APPLY BEFORE JUN 1.July 17- July 23: Online jury process to continue to second roundJul 24: Notification for artists to continue to second, in-person roundJul 25-29: Drop off of second round selectionsAug 4-6: In-person jury processAug 7: Second round notification for artists Aug 8-Aug 12: Retrieval of cut artworksOct 4: Show opens at the Ashtabula Arts CenterOct 7: Public reception and award ceremony, 6-9 p.m.Oct 31: Show closesNov 1-4: 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 limited to 2 entries.
Rights and Responsibilities:All accepted artworks must remain at the AAC through October 31Gallery will collect 30% commission on all sales.AAC shall have the right to use images of exhibited artworks for the catalog and all promotional purposes.Artwork dropoff and pick up must be done in person. All works will be signed into 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 Nov 12, 2023.Artworks are covered by insurance while in possession of the AAC. They are not covered during transportation to and from the AAC.The Arts Center has the right to accept or reject any artworks for any reason.
 Artwork:Prizes will be awarded for abstract & realistic workCategorization of individual works will be decided by the judgesAccepted mediums: Gouache, Fresco, Encaustic, Ink (Sumi-e), Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Alcohol Inks, Tempera, Mixed Media Painting (Jurors will have final say on acceptable mediums. 85% of the painting should be a painting medium.) Originals only; no giclees, no prints, no wet paint.Pre-wired; include a fragile piece disclaimer if neededCompleted in the last 3 yearsMaximum size 4ftx4ft; max weight 25lbsHigh 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)
Jurors:Alpesh Kantilal PatelFranklin Einspruch
Donna Torres
Juror Bios:Alpesh Kantilal Patel is associate professor of art history at Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Temple University, and the 2023 Curator at Large at UrbanGlass, Brooklyn, where he is organizing a series of exhibitions under the theme “Forever Becoming: Decolonization, Materiality, and Trans Subjectivity.” His art historical scholarship, curating, and criticism reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. The author of Productive failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories (2017) and co- editor of Storytellers of Art Histories (2022), he has contributed essays to many catalogs and published numerous book chapters and journal articles. As an art critic, he writes frequently for Artforum and other art presses. Grants and fellowships from the Fulbright Foundation, Arts Council England, NEH, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and New York University have supported his research. He is working on his next monograph, Multiple and One: Global Queer Art Histories.While maintaining a studio practice as an artist in New Hampshire, Franklin Einspruch is also active in art criticism, comics, and alternative publishing. His art has appeared in 19 solo exhibitions and 42 group exhibitions. He has been a resident artist at programs in Italy, Greece, Taiwan, and around the United States, and was the Fulbright-Q21/MuseumsQuartier Wien Artist-In-Residence for 2019.Einspruch has authored 241 essays and art reviews for many publications including The New Criterion and Art in America. He has been blogging about art since 2003 at and Dissident Muse Journal. Einspruch has been involved with comics poetry since the form emerged in the mid-2000s, starting with a webcomic, The Moon Fell On Me, and expanding to many other projects and publications.Donna Torres received undergraduate and graduate degrees in painting and drawing from the University of New Mexico and Florida International University. Donna is a Miami, Florida based artist and illustrator and currently works as adjunct professor of painting at FIU. Donna’s drawings, paintings and multimedia projects reflect her interest in the natural world. Her artworks have been exhibited widely in the US and abroad. She is currently working on her next solo exhibition of paintings and drawings. The Radiance of Proximity will open in March 2024 at Miami International Airport. Her solo exhibition Caminos y Enlaces (Pathways and Connections) opened in December 2022 and runs through February 2023 at the Sala Gasco Arte Contemporáneo in Santiago, Chile. The show includes paintings in oil and watercolor, drawings, and textile installation.User Entry Process TutorialYou can leave this video on your call site's homepage (or embed it on any page) for a quick tutorial your users can watch to help them with the submission process.