In the spirit of the conference, we are seeking images for an exhibition that will be hosted by the Crowne Plaza Hotel that extends beyond TRAC2019. Competition winners will receive an invitation to participate in the exhibition, get their work published in The Art of TRAC2019 catalogue (a 200 page illustrated catalogue with corresponding essays), as well as the prizes listed below. To see an abridged version of the TRAC2015 catalogue, click here. Note: Each prize level applies to each round of competitions. The names of each prize do not correspond with any requirements needed to win the award. Click here to enter competition.
The Cadmium Award
The Alizarin Award
The Cerulean Award
Grand Prize (chosen from winners of 6 rounds)
Pamela Wilson, Artist
Pamela Wilson received her MFA from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she was awarded a Regents Fellowship, the Abrams Project Grant, and a Regents Award for her Thesis Exhibition. She is currently Mentor Faculty at Laguna College of Art & Design as part of the MFA Program. Exhibiting consistently since 1992, her work has been the subject of 23 solo exhibitions, spanning the United States. She has exhibited in many museums, including the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. and a solo exhibition at the Arnot Art Museum in Elmira, NY. Her work is included in many prestigious collections and has graced the cover of American Art Collector Magazine twice since 2014. The characters in her paintings are often called “odd or mad,” or similar terms denoting something out of alignment with ordinary reality.
Joseph Bravo, Curator
Joseph Bravo is an independent curator and arts writer, who has a master’s degree in art history. With over 25 years of working in museums and as a university art history instructor, Bravo brings unique insights to the interpretation and contextualization of fine art. After initially working in the Classical and Egyptian antiquities department, he went on to curate oceanic art and specialize in matters related to art and otherness theory. For the last decade and a half, Bravo has focused his attention on issues in contemporary art, particularly those relating to the dynamics of the creation of art canon and the inclusion of marginalized aesthetic optics. In the course of these efforts, he has been an ardent advocate for various forms of contemporary figurative realism. Bravo has been a lifelong student of the metaphysics of art as well as of its semiotics and esoteric iconography. Whether as a museum curator or director, a university instructor or independent scholar and theorist, Bravo has made it his life’s pursuit to share the intrinsic value and illuminating power of fine art with anyone who would aspire to perceive it.
Regina Jacobson, Artist
Born in Los Angeles, Jacobson earned her BFA and MFA from Laguna College of Art and Design. As a representational figurative artist, Jacobson’s oil paintings reflect her circuitous path to fine arts through the fashion industry. Her current body of work, A Beautiful Lie, richly examines the vulnerability of humanity in the grip of life’s shadows. Based on the concept that the human spirit longs for love and acceptance, Jacobson’s work unveils the delicate self-worth of her subjects, undermined by a society where idealized standards seem hallowed and venerated. She states, “While my process of visualizing the final image includes a partnership between painting from life, my imagination and photo references, the end product is usually a departure from where I started as I inevitably respond to the work throughout the creative process.”
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Please see competition page for additional information. Cover image: Annie Murphy-Robinson, The Firelight, charcoal on rag, 28 x 42 inches, 2013. Murphy-Robinson was a TRAC2015 Art Competition Award Winner.
See the winners of the six TRAC2019 Art Competitions