Era Contemporary Artist Prize 2020

The Era Contemporary Artist Prize is an opportunity to win a solo show and $300.

The Era Contemporary Artist Prize champions an artist with cohesive and beautiful vision for their 2 dimensional work in the realm of magical realism, excellence in craftsmanship, and who would benefit from a solo exhibition.

The deadline for entering the prize is May 1, 2020. The solo show will be held at the Era Contemporary main gallery space at the Mill Studios, 128 Leverington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19127, Studio 306. The recipient will have the entire gallery to install work in, and the work will be up from December 1, 2020 to January 15th, 2021 by appointment only, with an opening reception the first week of December. Work must be installed a week before the show opens. Era Contemporary will provide drinks and light bites, digital advertising and promotion, an exclusive online interview with the artist and a podcast episode interview on The Inspired Painter, and a $300 prize (payable in June 2020).

The artist will be responsible for the cost of shipping or transporting work to and from the gallery, promoting the exhibition, and attending the exhibition if possible.

Work will be judged on merit and vision alone.

This prize is open to:

Artists of any age

Artists who reside anywhere

Artists who work in 2 Dimensional work

Artists in the realm of magical realism

Artists who have a unique vision to share

If you are ready to apply, click the button below to begin. Please have ready your artist statement, educational and exhibition history, and a concept for your solo show. Please note there is a curatorial entry fee of $20 for all submissions for the prize.

Once you have submitted the entry form, email with 10 images of your work, and accompanying medium, price and dimensions for the work. Lastly, make the curatorial entry fee payment of $20 via Paypal friends and family option to The application has not been complete until you have followed all of the steps. Once you have completed the form, the fee, and sending the images, you will receive a email from us letting you know we have received your submission!

Even if you do not win the prize, this is a great way to be considered for a future article feature or inclusion in a group exhibition in the future! Every submission will be looked at carefully by the curator, Era Contemporary director, professor, and artist Jessica Libor.

Ready to submit? Click the link below to start!

Enter the Prize

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