Young Painters Competition

2019 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2019: focus on Representational Realism Painting

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2019 competition

The Competition

Year 2019: Representational Realism 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 2019 $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 becomes part of the Miami University Painters of the 21st Century Collection.


2019: Barry Schwabsky, New York, New York

Barry Schwabsky is art critic for The Nation and co-editor of international reviews for Artforum. He also writes for such publications as the London Review of Books and New Left Review.

He has curated a number of exhibitions including, most recently, Tightrope Walk: Painted Images After Abstraction (White Cube, London, 2015), R.B. Kitaj: The Exile at Home (Marlborough Contemporary, New York, 2017), Apostolos Georgiou: Positions (Frank J. Yang Art and Education Foundation, Shenzhen, China, 2018) and The Divine Joke (Anita Rogers Gallery, New York, 2018).

He has written the main essays for the three volumes in the popular series Vitamin P: New Perspectives in Painting (Phaidon Press) and he is currently editing a new series of monographs on contemporary painters for the British publishing house Lund Humphries; the first volumes in the series are Thomas Nozkowski by John Yau, Lois Dodd by Faye Hirsch, Philip Taaffe by John Yau, and Etel Adnan by Kaelen Wilson-Goldie. Schwabsky's own books include several collections of poetry, including Trembling Hand Equilibrium (Black Square Editions, New York, 2015), as well as criticism: Words for Art: Criticism, History, Theory, Practice (Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2013), The Perpetual Guest: Art in the Unfinished Present (Verso, New York and London, 2016), and Heretics of Language (Black Square Editions, New York, 2018).

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: February, 2019.) 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 2019
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Thursday, September 13, 2018

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 2018. 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