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Emerging artists are invited to submit their work for consideration for The Real Art Awards. Jurors will consider the quality of the artist’s work, the innovation evidenced by submitted work, the potential impact of the exhibition on the artist’s career and the economic and physical feasibility of the exhibition. Artists should submit work made within the last 3 years. Artists working in all media are welcome.

In addition to a $2,500 prize, six artists will receive a solo exhibit at Real Art Ways, an exhibition publication with essay, curatorial assistance, and the opportunity for an artist talk.

DEADLINE: July 24, 11:59 PM EDT, 2023

Aki Sasamoto: Installation and performance artist, educator
Devin Kenny: Artist, writer, musician, curator
Will K. Wilkins: Executive Director, Real Art Ways

Emerging artists living and working in New England, New York or New Jersey are eligible to apply to this call. By the term “emerging,” we mean artists who are less than 5 years removed from a full-time educational program, or artists with less than 5 years of exhibition experience. Artists who do not fit either of these criteria but feel they can make a compelling case to be considered as emerging may also apply; the jury will determine their competitiveness based on review criteria. Artists should not be enrolled in a degree program during the time of exhibition. For more information, check our Frequently Asked Questions document.

For more information and submission guidelines, including image and video requirements, and FAQ, download the submissions guide: Real Art Awards Rules + FAQ 2023

When you’re ready to apply, visit our Online Submission Form.

This program is free of charge. Applicants should be aware of Real Art Ways’ mission and commitment to innovative, nontraditional contemporary work. Artists working in all media are encouraged to apply.

Real Art Ways is committed to artists and community. We have built a national reputation for supporting innovation and connecting people with art and ideas. We work with emerging and established artists, and have a diverse and dynamic audience.

Please address questions to: Cody Boyce, Visual Arts Manager,

This project is supported in part by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

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