Young Painters Competition

2018 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2018: focus on Non-Representational Painting

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2018 competition

The Competition

Year 2018: Non-Representational Painting only

Young Painters, U.S. residents, ages 25–35 as of competition entry are invited to participate in an annual juried competition for the 2018 $10, 000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award. Entrants should have achieved a significant degree of success as an emerging artist of noteworthy talent. The winner will become part of the Miami University Best Young Painters of the 21st Century Collection.


2018: Michelle Grabner, Chicago, Illinois

Michelle Grabner is an artist, a writer, and a curator based in Wisconsin. She is the Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has taught for twenty years. In addition Grabner has also had teaching appointments at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Yale Norfolk; Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts–Bard College; Yale University School of Art; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine.

Grabner co- curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial and curated the 2016 Portland Biennial. She is co-artistic director for FRONT International–Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art to launch in 2018. Her reviews are regularly published in X-tra and ARTFORUM.

In 2010, Mary Jane Jacob and Grabner co-edited THE STUDIO READER, published by the University of Chicago Press. Grabner is represented by James Cohan Gallery in NYC; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Gallery 16, San Francisco, Rocket Gallery, London; and Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel.

With her husband, artist Brad Killam, they founded The Suburban in 1999 in Oak Park, IL hosting a range of international exhibitions of contemporary art. After 16 years in the Chicago vicinity, The Suburban began programming in a two storefronts located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

In 2009, Grabner and Killam opened The Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin. The Poor Farm is dedicated to annual historical and contemporary exhibitions, lectures, performances, publications, screenings and alternative free pedagogical programs.

Your Entry

Your entry packet is to consist of the following:
(Incomplete or late entries will be rejected)

  1. Entry Form and Artist Contract: print and submit a hard copy via email, please
  2. Submission of Paintings: up to 5 entries; no dimension exceeding 72", artwork completed within the past three years demonstrating the scope and depth of your work. All works submitted must be available for the exhibition and purchase award. (Exhibition dates: December 14, 2017 – February 10, 2018.) All images submitted should be on a thumb-drive, JPG, 5” x 7”, 355 dpi, RGB color mode. Please organize the drive with each JPG having last name of artist and entry number, (corresponding with the artwork number on entry form.) A Word document, titled Image List, should be included on the drive with the following information per entry: Artist name, Title of work, Year of work, Media, Dimensions.
  3. Also Include:
    • Your complete resume
    • Check made payable to Miami University for $25.00
    • SASE with correct postage for return of thumbdrive, if needed

Place all materials in a mailing envelope and address to:

Young Painters 2018
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Competition Awards

$10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award
$1,500 Second Place
$1,000 Third Place


Finalists chosen by the Juror will be notified in mid-October 2017. Images of the finalists' works will be retained by Miami University. The $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award winner may be invited to visit the University to coincide with the 2019 competition.

Participation in the exhibition entry process and signing the entry form, constitute an understanding and acceptance of the conditions set forth herein, including the right of Miami University to use submitted images for publicity and educational purposes.


All finalists will assume the cost of shipment of artworks to Miami University. Works must be packed in reusable crates/boxes and constructed to withstand the rigors of commercial shipping. Finalists are responsible for the repair of damaged crates before the works are returned. Works may also be hand-delivered. Hand-delivered works must also be picked-up from Miami University. Miami will assume the cost of return shipping of the finalists' paintings. Works will be fully insured while on the premises of Miami University and while being returned to the artist.


Contact: Ann Taulbee, Director
Phone: 513.529.1883 | Fax: 513.529.1532