International art competition The Power of the Self calls for submissions

“From Salvador Dalí to Cindy Sherman the self has been the subject of most all the art world’s greats. The self-portrait transcends medium, style and period, existing in the vast space between the personal and prophetic. We all have a self-portrait. Show us yours!” From the press release

The Power of Self is calling for online portfolios to be submitted for its self-portrait art competition. What’s more, The Grand Prize gives an artist the chance to live in New York for six months free. The competition is open to artists working across all mediums including Photography, Painting, Sculpting, Drawing, Installation, Print Making, Graphic Design, Glass, Book Arts, Performance, Video Art, Street Art/Graffiti and Tattoo Art. The Grand Prize is awarded by a judging panel including actor, Steve Buscemi, and Guggenheim curator, Helen Hsu, while the People’s Choice Award is decided by public vote, with the highest rated portfolio receiving the award.

Submissions are only accepted online. You can submit up to 10 images per portfolio. You can submit as many portfolios as you like. “Everyone is eligible. We accept work from artists who have had public shows and those who remain undiscovered. We aren’t interested in your work history; we are only interested in the quality of work you are producing now.”

The Grand Prize:

  • six months of FREE living at The Edge in New York City or $7007 cash
  • an art-star reception in New York City
  • international publicity

The People’s Choice Award:

  • $1,000 in cash
  • an art-star reception in New York City
  • international publicity.

Closing date for the competition will be January 14, 2010 at 11:59 pm EST.

Submission fee, $10 per image.

Panel includes actor Steve Buscemi, director/producer Chris Weitz, Guggenheim Curator Helen Hsu, and Flavorpill Founder Sascha Lewis. The judging panel will select one portfolio of self-portraits for The Grand Prize

The winner will be announced in February, 2010.


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