Young Painters Competition

2021 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2021: focus on Representational Realism Painting


Submission Deadline: Thursday, October 1, 2020

The Competition

Year 2021: 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 2021 $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.


2021: Kelly Baum

Kelly Baum is the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she has worked since 2015. Baum has held curatorial positions at the Princeton University Art Museum (2007–15), the Blanton Museum of Art at University of Texas at Austin (2002–2007), and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2000–2002).

She has organized dozens of exhibitions, including Carol Bove (2006); Nobody's Property: Art, Land, Space (2010); New Jersey as Non-Site (2013), for which she received a Warhol Curatorial Research Fellowship; Delirious: Art at the Limits of Reason, 1950–1980 (2017); The Roof Garden Commission: Alicja Kwade, ParaPivot (2019); and The Facade Commission: Wangechi Mutu, The NewOnes, will free Us (2019). She also co-curated Odyssey: Jack Whitten Sculpture, 1963–2017 (2018).

Her writing has been widely published in journals such as October and Art Journal as well as anthologies like Critical Landscapes: Art, Space, Politics (2005). She received her PhD from the University of Delaware in 2005, and was a 2018 fellow in the Center for Curatorial Leadership.

Your Entry

Your entry / submission 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: p 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: January/February 2021.) All images submitted should be JPG, 5” x 7”, approx., 355 dpi, RGB color mode. 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. Also include a 1 -2 page CV.
  3. Entry Fee:
    • Check made payable to Miami University for $25.00

Send check to:

Young Painters 2021
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Summary of materials needed checklist

Deadline for receipt of entry materials: Thursday, October 1, 2020.

Submit the following via email:

  • Entry Form
  • Entry Images
  • Image List with images
  • 1-2 page CV

Submit the following via postal/ship/delivery:

  • $25.00 entry fee – Check made payable to Miami University
    Send to address listed above.

Competition Awards

$10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award
$2,500 Second Place
$2,000 Third Place


The 10 Finalists chosen by our 2021 Juror will be notified in mid-October 2020. Images of the finalists' works will be retained by Miami University. Artworks of finalists to arrive the week of December 7, 2020. The $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award winner will be invited to have a solo exhibit and as a visiting artist to coincide with the 2022 competition.

Participation in the exhibition entry process and signing the entry form, constitutes 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 and insurance 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, shipped and insured as delivered to Miami University.


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