Sheridan Prize for Art

Artists from the 9 counties of the Bay Area, you are invited to submit your work for the first Sheridan Prize for Art!  Sign in and submit up to six works on the WELCOME ARTISTS button below – NOW EXTENDED through November 7!

There will be prizes in 12 categories of art with 5 Honorable Mentions per prize for a total of 72 cash awards in the first ever major series of Art Prizes dedicated to acknowledging, celebrating and showcasing the best art of the San Francisco Bay Area.  The 12 Winners will also receive an essay written on their work by longtime Bay Area art  critic Harry Roche.

Viewers and visitors, please click any of the 10 open categories of art below to see the art that Bay Area artists have submitted for the Sheridan Prize for Art.  And please sign in so that you can VOTE for your favorite artwork a little later:

For Artists interested in participating in this Prize, please use the button below to sign up and participate in this unique and historic prize.  Enter your art here for just $10.00 per work, except for Incarcerated Artists who may participate at no charge. You may enter up to six of your works, in any of 10 open and juried categories. You may upload your work and pay for all at one time. You can even enter the same work in more than one category, as each category is juried completely separately.  Please do not enter your artwork in either the Artists’ Choice nor the People’s Choice because those prizes will later be VOTED on by the artists and by visitors who have signed in.

Upload your work from September 7 NOW EXTENDED through Nov. 7th!  Awards will be announced at the end of day on November 14, 2021.

If you are an artist living, working, studying art – or if your art is about or was created in the 9 counties of the San Francisco Bay Area, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano or Sonoma – consider applying for the first regional Art Prizes ever held in the Bay Area.

The Sheridan Prize for Art is being created as the first of an annual online opportunity for ALL visual artists to showcase your work and possibly win a prize or honorable mention in the area of art in which you work.

The Sheridan Prize for Art also wishes to promote and celebrate artists who have traditionally been left out of many competitions because of cost or prejudice, in order to give you, the artist, choices among which kind of art or among which group of artists you wish to show your art.

Much of the best art of the Bay Area goes unacknowledged and unknown, remaining a secret except for a few. This first series of art prizes hopes to begin to raise the profile of living artists in this region and to create an ongoing platform to show the best art the Bay Area has to offer, regardless of the artist’s reputation, history, sales or resume.

The art shown in this series of art prizes will be chosen by 10 jurors, one juror for each individual category, who are themselves artists, and 2 of the 12 awards will be voted on by your fellow artists or by the public.

These Prizes hope to finally and after so long begin to treat artists as the great, creative human resource that we are and by acknowledging, honoring and celebrating the art of the Bay Area allow us to take our rightful place as a profoundly significant force in the culture of our time and our place.