3 Apr 2017

Competitions 2017 MFA National Competition

First Street GalleryNew York, New York, United States

First Street Gallery

Opportunity Description

U.S. National Deadline: May 31, 2017 – Realizing in 2010 that MFA candidates and recent graduates from across the nation had little opportunity to show their work or access the New York art world, FIRST STREET GALLERY took action. We created an exciting new venue, the MFA National Competition, juried each year by a prominent member of the art world. The Juror selects the country’s most talented young artists to exhibit their work in a three week exhibition, which attracts critics, collectors and the art community.

Artists who are or have been enrolled in an MFA program within the last three years in the United States. Eligible works include paintings, drawings, mixed media, prints, sculpture, photography, installations and computer-generated art. No video, film, or giclees.

Dorothea Rockburne, renowned artist, Guggenheim Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Letters member and Black Mountain alumnus. Recipient of numerous awards, whose work is in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and The Guggenheim Museum, among many others.

2-D Work: 60” x 48” (may not exceed 60” in height and 48” in width), including the frame. Work must be framed, wired, and ready for hanging. Works on paper should be framed under Plexiglas or glass. Sculpture may not exceed 50 pounds. Wall hung sculpture: maximum weight 30 lbs., maximum width 30 inches, maximum depth 10 inches. No height limit. Must have securely attached wire or other fixture(s) to hang. Cannot be hung from ceiling. Freestanding sculpture may not exceed 30″ x 30″ in width or depth. The same footprint applies for a sculpture stand. Please bring your own sculpture stand. No height limit for sculpture.

$35/one to three works. $5/each additional. Maximum six works. Incomplete entries will not be accepted. Fees are non-refundable.


Absolutely no substitutions of accepted works. Work will not be installed if it does not conform to the image accepted. All work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

First Street Gallery does not take a commission on any work sold. Work not for sale must be labeled “NFS.” No “POR” sales.


  • May 31 Entry deadline
  • June 20 Notification emailed to artists
  • July 11-15 Shipped work must arrive
  • July 17 Hand delivery of work, 12 – 8 PM
  • July 20 (Thursday) Reception, 6 – 8 PM
  • August 11 Show ends, pickup of hand-delivered work, 6 – 8 PM
  • August 14 Pickup of hand-delivered work, 11:30 AM – 5:30 PM
  • August 14-18 Return of shipped work via UPS or FedEx

First Street Gallery’ is a nonprofit contemporary art gallery located in the heart of Chelsea, steps from the High Line. We offer two exhibition spaces on the second floor of a prominent Gallery building.

Through innovative programming that brings art and the community together, First Street Gallery’ continues to nurture, educate, inspire and challenge artists everywhere. As an artist run gallery, we encourage members to pursue and determine the course of their own artistic careers.

First Street Gallery
526 West 26th Street, Suite 209
New York, New York 10001
tel (646) 336-8053

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Competitions. Opp Tags: Deadlines 05 May thru June, Open to U.S. Artists Only, and Special Opportunities. Income: Exhibition – Group. Opportunity expires in 5 days.

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