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First Prize: $1000
Juror's Choice Award: Ten $200 Awards

Finalists selected from the top fifty portfolios, as determined by the juror, may be included in an exhibition or Winners' Catalog.

The Awards:

The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is a celebration of drawing as a critical element in contemporary art making and as an art form with powerful expressive possibilities. The prize was designed to provide a venue through which emerging artists can share, on a national stage, both their unique visions and their drawing skills. The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is designed for artists who are creating 2D drawings with either traditional methods, or more experimental contemporary approaches and materials, excepting digitally created or enhanced art. Drawing media that are encouraged include, but are not limited to, chalk, charcoal, Conte, graphite, marker, metal-point, pastel, pen & ink, and pencil. There is no theme that must be suggested by the artist, but all art must be original and completed independently.

"Emerging artists" are those artists who self-identify as "emerging" rather than "mid-career" of "established" artists. Applicants may be recent graduates or currently enrolled in any BFA or MFA degree-granting art school in the United States, working in an "atelier" school, working independently on their art without any institutional affiliation, or even working in some teaching capacity. There are no upper age limits for artists. The Artist For Artists Project is specifically looking for artists that do not have gallery representation.


The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists is funded by The Artist For Artists Project, an outreach initiative of the arts advocacy group, McWilliams Francisco, LLC. Our mission is to provide opportunity and recognition to emerging visual artists in the form of competitive prizes, juried exhibitions-in-print, and occasional shows.

About The Williams Prize in Drawing for Emerging Artists