Commitment to Excellence in Art & Sport: A Fine Arts Competition
2012-2013 Competition is Closed. Information on Finalists and Exhibition to follow.
The third annual Commitment to Excellence in Art and Sport: A Fine Art Competition will now remain open for submissions until midnight on May 1, 2013. Entry fees applicable. The competition is open to artists who create fine art (with sport as the primary subject) in the following three categories:
Art must depict or evoke sports, celebrating athletics or the athlete as a subject, whether individual or team, competitive or recreational, participant or spectator remembered or studied still life, figurative or landscape. Up to 30 pieces will be selected by the jurors for exhibit at a venue to be announced. The exhibit will open in Fall 2013.
This year’s jurors include Bruce Helander, Everett Raymond Kinstler, and Marc Mellon. Bruce Helander is an artist, former athlete, art critic, curator, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Art Economist. Everett Raymond Kinstler is one of the nation’s foremost portrait painters. His portraits have included seven presidents, 60 cabinet officers and numerous movie stars and sport figures. The final juror, Marc Mellon, is one of America’s premier figurative sculptors in bronze with works installed around the world, including Tokyo, the NCAA national office, and the Vatican. He has depicted multiple presidents, sports figures, and Grammy award winners.
Three $2,500 prizes will be awarded:
The Germain G. Glidden Best in Show Award is given in memory of the Museum founder who was a portrait artist and national champion squash player. The award is given by his daughter, Christine D. Glidden, chairman of the competition.
Two $2,500 awards will be given by the NCAA in Honoring College Athletics and Academic Excellence, one in painting/2D and one in sculpture/3D. To qualify, the art must depict collegiate athletes or teams, past or present, on or off the field of play, in one of the NCAA sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, rowing, skiing, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.
Since the mission of the NCAA is to integrate academics and athletics into higher education, these works should illuminate the attributes of Learning, Balance, Character, Spirit, Community, and/or Fair Play while supporting diversity, gender equity, nondiscrimination, physical fitness and/or healthy behaviors. When considering possible subjects, artists are reminded that NCAA-member schools range in size from more than 50,000 to less than a thousand students. Since all share in these same aspirations, artists are encouraged to think broadly across the spectrum when making subject-matter choices.
Except for entries in photography (which may be digital photography and manipulated), work must be produced by the “hand of the artist” – no computer art. An artist may enter up to five pieces in each category.
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