Art Competition Odds

Twelve Months in Art Competitions

Stats on my art competition applications from July 2015 to June 2016.

Though my goal was to apply to 18 competitions, I applied to only 6 in order to fulfill opportunities received in this period.

I applied to: 2 residencies, 0 fellowships, 1 exhibition/museum submissions, 1 studio program, 1 grant/award, 0 public art commissions, and 1 professional development programs.

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I received: 1 residency.

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One application was solicited following a recommendation from a fellow artist. Following another application, I received an inquiry for a studio visit with a curator.

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Of the 6 entries, my overall success rate was 1 out of 6, or 16.6%.

I paid $15 for a single application fee. Five out of six applications were free.

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My 2014 in Art Competitions

Stats on my art competition applications in 2014.

In 2014, I applied to 21 art competitions.*

I applied to: 8 residencies, 4 fellowships, 3 exhibitions/museum submissions, 3 studio programs, 2 grants/awards, 1 public art commission, and 0 professional development programs.

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Four out of 21 application results are still pending.

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I received: 1 residency.

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I was also informed that I was a finalist or alternate for 1 residency1 fellowship, and 1 award.

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Of the 17 confirmed results, my overall success rate was 1 out of 17, or 1 in 17, or 5.8%.

I paid $195 in application fees for 6 applications.

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The highest fees were $40–45, assessed by the three opportunities in California that I applied to. I sent submissions to 12 opportunities in NY state, where I paid two organizations a total of $30. Ten applications were free.

(*I aspire to do 24 applications per “goal-year,” which starts in June. I did 15 in the first half of 2014, and only 6 in the second. To meet my goal of 24 by next June, I’d have to do 18 more. But after reviewing my commitments in 2015, I decided to target my efforts, and favor specific qualities over an arbitrary quantity.)

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My 2013 in Art Competitions

Stats on my art competition applications in 2013.

Last year, I applied to 34 art competitions.*

I applied to: 11 residencies, 8 exhibitions/museum submissions, 6 fellowships, 4 studio programs, 3 grants & awards, and 2 professional development programs.

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I received: 1 residency, 1 grant, and 1 professional development program.

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I was also informed that I was a finalist for 2 residencies and 1 award.

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My overall success rate was 3 out of 34, or 1 in 11.3, or 8.8%.

I paid $280 in application fees for 9 applications.

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The most expensive was a residency at $45, followed by a residency and fellowship at $40 each. The lowest fee was $10 (to submit work for review to a museum). Twenty-five applications were free.

(*This amount of applications in one 12-month period is a quirk due to the fact that my “goal-year” starts in June. To meet my goal of 24 applications per year, I did 7 in the second half of 2012, and now I only need to do 10 more this spring.)

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