Young Painters Competition

2020 Miami University Young Painters Competition for the $10,000 William and Dorothy Yeck Award

Entry Prospectus

Year 2020: focus on Non-Representational Painting

Entries are no longer being accepted for the 2020 competition

The Competition

Year 2020: Non-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 2020 $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.


2020: Ebony G. Patterson

Artist Ebony G. Patterson is known for her multi-media installations, drawings and tapestries. Her most recent exhibition, …While The Dew Is Still On The Roses…, at the Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky, was organized by the Pérez Art Museum Miami Chief Curator Tobias Ostrander (2018). Showing on a national and international scale, her work was also part of Open Spaces (2018), a Kansas City Arts Experience, curated by Dan Cameron and the 32nd São Paulo Bienal: Live Uncertainty (2016.)

Patterson was a 2017 Artist-in-Residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation and a 2015 recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation Art Grant. Her work is in numerous public collections, including The Studio Museum, Harlem, New York; Nasher Museum of Art, Duke University; 21c Museum Hotels, and the Museum of Art and Design, New York. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Patterson received her B.F.A. from Edna Manley College, Kingston, Jamaica and her M.F.A. from the Sam Fox College of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University, St. Louis. She is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

Your Entry

Your entry packet 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: up 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 2020.) All images submitted should be on a thumb-drive, JPG, 5” x 7”, 355 dpi, RGB color mode. Please organize the drive with each JPG having last name of artist and entry number, (corresponding with the artwork number on entry form.) 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.
  3. Also Include:
    • A two-page CV
    • Check made payable to Miami University for $25.00
    • Self-addressed padded envelope with correct postage for return of thumb-drive, if needed

Place all materials in a padded mailing envelope and address to:

Young Painters 2020
Department of Art
400 S. Patterson Avenue, Room 124, Art Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056-2486

Post-mark deadline: Thursday, September 19, 2019

Competition Awards

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


Finalists chosen by the Juror will be notified in mid-October 2019. Images of the finalists' works will be retained by Miami University. Artworks of finalists to arrive the first week of December, 2019. The $10,000 Yeck Purchase Award winner may be invited to visit the University to coincide with the 2021 competition.

Participation in the exhibition entry process and signing the entry form constitute 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