California Arts Council

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2016 Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition
For National artists

The 2016 Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists offers artists the opportunity to compete for one of the eleven monetary awards and selection by the juror for a spot in the Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition, to be held June 28-July 24, 2016 at the Silpe Gallery at the Hartford Art School in West Hartford, CT. 

First Prize: $1000
Juror's Choice Awards: 10 awards, $200 each

Our 2016 juror: Douglas Martenson

About the 2016 Juror:  Douglas Martenson (
Since 2010, Douglas Martenson has served as Chair of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) Faculty Committee. He is also a Lecturer in Figure Drawing at the University of Pennsylvania.

Entry Fee:
$35 for 2 drawings, including detail images. Entrants may submit additional drawings, up to 10, including detail images, for an additional $5.00 per drawing/detail.

Submission process:
All submissions for The Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition will be handled through CaFE. CaFE is an online application system for call for entry. Artists may use the CaFE system for free. Submitting artists should create an artists' profile on CaFE, upload their images and then apply to the Williams Prize in Drawing Exhibition. Please visit the CaFE website ( to learn how to create an account and submit entries with their simple 3-part process.

What we are looking for:
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, color pencil, Conte, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, and pen & ink. There is no theme that must be suggested by the artist, but all art must be original and completed independently within the past 5 years. (i.e. 2011-present).

The term "emerging artists" includes any artists who self-identify as "emerging" rather than "mid-career" or "established" artists. Applicants may be recent graduates or currently enrolled in any undergraduate or graduate 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. 

View winning drawings from prior years on our website,

Find our complete 2016 Williams Prize prospectus on our website at:

Deadline: 05-15-2016
The Artist for Artists Project
Simsbury, CT

Contact: Laura Vasselle

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