Chief Curator at the Andy Warhol Museum Serves as Juror for Hiestand Galleries


The 2022 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award features notable juror, José Carlos Diaz, the Chief Curator at The Andy Warhol Museum. Since taking this role at The Andy Warhol Museum, he has curated Farhad Moshiri: Go West; Andy Warhol: Revelation; Fantasy America; and Becoming Andy Warhol for the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in China. Diaz was the former Curator of Exhibitions at The Bass in Miami Beach where he curated commissions by Athi-Patra Ruga, Sylvie Fleury, the exhibition GOLD, and organized One Way: Peter Marino

With alternating focus between representational and non-representational works, the competition began in 2000 and is held annually. Open to U.S. artists between 25-35 years of age, the show is juried by one juror, chosen from nationally recognized painters, museum directors, curators and art professionals. After selecting 10 finalists, the juror delivers an on-campus lecture that coincides with the exhibition and provides insight into the critical process and their professional research. The 2022 lecture is titled Warhol’s Sunset (reel 77) and will take place on Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 5:50 p.m.

The 2022 finalists chosen by Diaz for the competition are Marvin Brown, Brooklyn, New, York; Nick Doty, Stamford, Connecticut; Meena Hasan, Brooklyn, New York; Todd Jones, Athens, Ohio; Max Manning, Spring, Texas; Hannah Parrett, Columbus, Ohio; Nathan Prebonick, Akron, Ohio; Eric Manuel Santoscoy-Mckillip, Brooklyn, New York; Lydia Smith, Columbus, Ohio; and Loring Taoka, Fayetteville, Arkansas. The winner of the 2022 Miami University Young Painters Competition will be announced Friday, February 4, 2022, during a reception for the finalists in the Hiestand Galleries – North, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Through a generous gift from William (Miami University, Class of 1936) and Dorothy Yeck, of Dayton, Ohio, Miami University has a unique opportunity to provide students and the community at large with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of contemporary painting through an annual national competition. Each year's winner is awarded the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award and the painting becomes a part of the permanent collection at Miami University.

The winner of the first-place award is invited back the following year for a one-person exhibition of recent works. This exhibition coincides with the annual competition and serves as a celebration of the continuing studio successes by competition winners. Currently in the Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Hiestand Galleries, is a solo exhibition of recent work by Kirk Maynard, the 2021 winner of the Miami University Young Painters $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award. His painting, Serenity, #2, was chosen by the 2021 juror, Kelly Baum, the Cynthia Hazen Polsky and Leon Polsky Curator of Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and is now part of the 21st Century Collection in the College of Creative Arts. 


If you go:


2022 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award Exhibition, Hiestand Galleries


The Things They Carried by Kirk Maynard, Robert E. and Martha Hull Lee Gallery, Hiestand Galleries


José Carlos Diaz 2022 juror, Miami University Young Painters Competition Lecture: Thursday, February 3, 5:50 p, ART 100


2022 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Purchase Award Ceremony, Hiestand Galleries, Friday, February 4, 4:30 - 5:30 pm.