When I was six years old, I won an art competition in my
local newspaper. As my reward, my drawing appeared in the comics section, right
near Hagar the Horrible and Beatle Bailey. I didn't receive any sort of
monetary prize, but I didn't care. As far as I was concerned, I was a star, and
well on my way to becoming a world-class artist. Things didn't work out the way
I expected, and a successful art career continues to allude me to this day, but
you have a chance to live my dream.
As part of our celebration of American Artist's 75th anniversary, we're holding an
exhibition at the Salmagundi Club, in New York City, that will celebrates
the magazine's past, present, and future. Both historical and contemporary
works will be featured, with a group of America's most influential artists and
educational leaders representing the core of the work displayed. And here's
where you get your chance to be a star.
||Drawing of Hagar the Horrible.
In conjunction with the exhibition,
we're hosting our 75th Anniversary Competition. Along with a variety
of prizes that will be awarded--including monetary prizes--25 or more of the works submitted
will be chosen to be exhibited in the show.
That's right, your painting can hang alongside the work of such artists
as David A. Leffel, Odd Nerdrum. Richard Schmid, Nelson Shanks, Mary Whyte,
Jamie Wyeth, and many more.
In addition, the top winners from our annual Drawing and Watercolor competitions will earn a slot in the exhibition as well.
And, while it's no funny pages, all finalists will be featured in a future issue
of the respective magazines. Just a tad better than sharing space with Mary
Worth, don't you think?
Artist will also be running an additional
competition that closes later in the year, and the prizes for that one are
pretty phenomenal too, but more on that later!
For right now, really think about entering one of our art
competitions, as it can give you the opportunity to live the dream that, well, I'm still dreaming about.
Riley is the managing editor of American Artist.