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2015 Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists
For National artists

The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is a celebration of drawing as a critical element in contemporary art making and as an art form with powerful expressive possibilities. The prize was designed to provide a venue through which emerging artists can share, on a national stage, both their unique visions and their drawing skills. The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is designed for applicants who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials, excepting digitally created or enhanced art. Drawing media that are encouraged include, but are not limited to, chalk, charcoal, Conté, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, pen & ink, and pencil. There is no theme that must be suggested by the artist, but all art must be original and completed independently within the past 2 years (i.e. 2013-present). “Emerging artists” are those artists who self-identify as “emerging” rather than “mid-career” or “established” artists. Applicants may be recent graduates or currently enrolled in any BFA or MFA degree-granting art school in the United States, working in an “atelier” school, working independently on their art without any institutional affiliation, or even working in some teaching capacity. There are no upper age limits for artists.
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2015 juror: Sherry Camhy
Drawing is central in Sherry Camhy's studio practice. Camhy is an artist, teacher, writer and lecturer. She is an instructor at The Art Students League of New York, the School of Visual Arts, and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, all in New York City. Her work is in the collections of the New Orleans Museum of Art in Louisiana; The Israel Museum in Jerusalem; the New York Public Library; the Telfair Museum of Art in Savannah, Georgia; and the Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art in Pennsylvania. Camhy curated The Silverpoint Exhibition in 2013 at the National Arts Club in New York City and the 2015 Silverpoint Exhibition at The Art Students League of New York. Read more:

Deadline: March 31, 2015, Mountain Time (Submit all entries via CaFE,, according to the CaFE clock, which is set to MT)

The Awards:

  • First Prize: $1000
  • Juror’s Choice Awards: 10 awards, $200 each
  • In addition, finalists from the top 50 portfolios submitted will be selected by the juror and invited to participate in the Juror’s Second Review. During the Juror’s Second Review, the juror will choose the eleven prize-winners and the finalists who will be included in The 2015 Winners’ Catalog. (To view our 2014 Winners’ Catalog, visit our website,

Entry Fee: An entry fee of $35 is non-refundable.* Entrants may submit between 1 and 10 drawings, including detail images. The entry fee must accompany your submissions through CaFÉ and can be paid only by credit card, or pre-paid credit card.

*The Artist for Artists Project supports all aspects of the Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists competition with the nominal entry fees charged. From each artist who enters comes a fee that helps to provide for the prizes and the annual Winners’ Catalog, as well as helping to generally promote the work of the finalists, as chosen by the juror. It is for this reason that all entry fees are non-refundable. Please know that your entry fee is helping to encourage and further the work of fellow emerging artists.

Deadline: 03-31-2015
Artist for Artists Project - McWilliams Francisco LLC
Simsbury, CT

Contact: Laura Vasselle

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