Art Contest

Finding Your Inner MozARt Art Contest

The Art of Autism and Mainly Mozart nonprofits announce the 2nd annual “Finding Your Inner MozArt Art Contest” open to North American autistic artists ages 14 and over.

This year’s theme is Music and/or Synesthesia. See What is synesthesia?

Submission Guidelines.

Art competition is open to North American Artists age 14 and over.

Deadline for submission is January 20, 2020

Categories are Fine Art and Digital Art. Fine Art includes paintings and sculptures. Digital Art is art created on a computer or Ipad.

Contest is open to any autistic artist in North America who is age 14 and over.

Cash Prizes in Fine Art and Digital Art categories are as follows:

First Prize $400
Second Prize $250
Third Prize $200

For a total of $1700 of cash prizes.

Winning entries will be asked to send their art to San Diego for an auction to benefit the Mainly Mozart nonprofit.

When submitting art please type MOZART SUBMISSION in the Subject of the Email. Please send low-res images as attachments. Include all submissions in one email. Please do not send multiple emails. Limit 3 submissions per artist. Please name your files as follows – ArtistName_TitleofArt_Medium_SizeofArt. Include a bio including the city, state and country you reside in and brief description of each art piece submitted. Include in the description your motivation for creating the piece and how it relates to the theme of the contest.

Art will be curated by the Art of Autism and displayed on our website for judging. See last year’s gallery of art submissions and last year’s winning submissions.

Our esteemed judges are:

Dr. Hugh M. Davies
Director Emeritus
Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Hugh Davies

Hugh M. Davies is recognized in­ternationally as a scholar in the field of contemporary and modern art. Davies served from 1983 to 2016 as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, and was named Director Emeritus by the museum’s trustees in 2016. While directing artistic and administrative activities of MCASD, Davies curated or co-curated numerous exhibitions including: Phenomenal: California Light, Space, Surface (2011-2012), Robert Irwin: Primaries and Secondaries (2007), Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953 (1999), and William Kentridge: Weighing…and Wanting (1998). Davies was one of six co-curators who organized the Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in 1976 he served as Director of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale. From 1975 to 1983 he was the founding director of the Uni­versity Museum of Contemporary Art (formerly the University Gallery) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and from 1984 through 2016, he was a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a Trustee from 1994-2001, and President from 1997-1998.

Davies is currently a member of the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee, which published the artist’s Catalogue Raisonne in 2016. His doctoral dissertation on Francis Bacon was later expanded and published by Garland Press, and he has subsequently published extensively on Bacon’s work. Davies received his A.B., summa cum laude, (1970), M.F.A. (1972), and Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

Will Weston
Professional Artist

Will Weston

Will Weston is a professional artist who teaches at ArtCenter College for Design in Pasadena, California. Growing up in central California on a 300-hundred acre pear farm, Will was dyslexic and struggled in school, which eventually led to his mother establishing a school to address educational differences (the school still exists and is owned and run by Will’s sister). After studying at the California College of the Arts in Oakland, Will spent almost 20 years doing advertising art and illustration with agents in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. Later he earned an MFA in Fine Arts and worked for Disney Feature and TV Animation, Warner Brothers Feature and TV Animation, Sony Feature Animation, and Nickelodeon Animation. Will has worked as a traditional and digital background painter, a layout artist, designed and built TV and motion picture sets, and has been a Visual Development artist on movie feature animations.

Will left the animation field to become a full-time teacher at ArtCenter 12 years ago. He has taught traditional and digital painting, anatomy, figure drawing, costumed figure drawing, style development for animation and games, layout, and layout drawing skills. He teaches in both the Entertainment Art and Entertainment Design majors at ArtCenter and was one of the first winners of ArtCenter’s “Great Teacher Award”. Outside of ArtCenter, Will teaches workshops for Dreamworks Feature and TV animation as well as for other organizations. To see Will’s work, samples of student work, or to find out about lectures and workshops, visit Will’s Instagram feed: @WillWestonStudio

Art on Flyer created by Joel Anderson – JoelsVisionArts

1 Comment

  • My nephew is a young artist with autism. He is a permanent resident of California. However, he is currently residing overseas. Can he enter the art contest? Thank you very much for your reply.

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