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MCASD’s "25 and Under Art Contest" is BACK!

Now in its eighth year, MCASD’s 25 and Under Art Contest invites young artists to submit original artwork for the chance to be featured in a special Showcase at the Museum, win a year-long Membership, take home a $500 Blick gift certificate, and more. The contest celebrates MCASD's FREE year-round admission for all art lovers age 25 and younger, thanks to generous support from Qualcomm Foundation. 
The 2019 25 and Under Art Contest theme is “Sanctuary," inspired by the recent exhibition Sanctuary Print Shop by Sergio De La Torre and Chris Treggiari.” The deadline for entries is 11:59 PM on Friday, May 10.

Take up to two photos of your work, and upload the photo or photos and complete the online registration form. See below for image and artwork requirements. You'll be asked to submit information about the artwork's title, medium, size, and year it was created. If you're submitting an installation for consideration, please submit detailed instructions.

Our esteemed panel of judges will review images of the artworks to determine their favorite 25 works. If your work is accepted into the Showcase, you must make arrangements to drop off your entry to MCASD Downtown no later than 4 PM on Monday, June 3, 2019.

The top 25 works will be featured on the Museum's Facebook page and the public will be invited to vote for their favorite piece from May 28 through June 8 at 1 PM, when the online vote will close. The top 25 works will be displayed and celebrated at a public Showcase from 1 to 3 PM on June 8. The public is invited to vote in person for their favorite work at the Showcase. Votes will be tallied at 2 PM and the winners will be announced shortly after. 

From the 25 entries, four winners will be selected in two categories: Curator’s Choice (First Place and Honorable Mention), which are selected by an MCASD curator, and People’s Choice (First Place and Honorable Mention), both of which are chosen based on Facebook “likes” and on-site votes at the showcase event. Prizes are as follows:

  • Curator’s Choice, First Place: $500 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, a year-long MCASD Membership, and a curator-led tour of the exhibition of your choice.
  • Curator’s Choice, Honorable Mention: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a year-long MCASD Membership.
  • People’s Choice, First Place: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a year-long MCASD Membership.
  • People’s Choice, Honorable Mention: $100 gift certificate to Blick Art Materials, and a year-long MCASD Membership.

The clock is ticking. Show us what you've got!

Read more about contest rules and regulations.

Image Requirements

  • Must be 72 dpi or higher. No more than 300 dpi.
  • Must be at least 750 pixels in height and width.
  • File size limited to 2MB per image. Keep under 1MB per image for smooth uploading.
  • File renamed with name, art work title, year, i.e., yourname_artworktitle_year
  • Only jpg and png will be accepted
Artwork Requirements
  • Artwork must satisfy the following requirements in order to be considered for entry:
  • Two-dimensional artworks (canvas, drawings, paintings, etc.): Must not exceed 36” h x 36” w
  • Three-dimensional artworks (sculpture, installation, etc.): Must not exceed 48” w x 48” h x 48” w
  • Multimedia: Limited to one-channel video/projection and formatted for YouTube. 
  • If artwork is chosen, artist is responsible for installation planning, instructions, and materials for all artworks that are not wall-hanging. Artist is responsible for any shipping fees.
  • Artists may take home their piece at the end of the Showcase event.