Art & Development

Art Competition Odds: Skowhegen

Skowhegen received over 2,000 applications this year for 65 admissions.

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or 1:30, or 3.25%

I would love to see audits of art competitions and the recipients they select. It would be useful to compare recipients’ professional levels, primary media, press coverage, and the likelihood of their social circles overlapping with the host organizations’. I’d love to know how many recipients are local, regional, national or international; how many hold MFAs; how many are women or people of color, and their median ages. It would be fantastic to compare different competitions, or seek out trends at organizations over time. This would necessitate a certain amount of subjectivity (How do you identify an emerging artist? What about artists who are no longer emerging but not yet mid-career?), and as such, total transparency about the criteria in action. Of course collecting this data would be very challenging. The Alliance of Art Communities already collects demographic data, but not nearly to the extent or at the rate of publication I’d like to see.

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