Sheridan Prize for Art

The 2021 Sheridan Prize for Art Archive


Much of the best art of the Bay Area goes unacknowledged, unknown, and is virtually a secret except for the few.

The first ever Sheridan Prize for Art has been created to be an annual online opportunity for ALL visual artists living, working, studying art or who created their art in the Bay Area to showcase their work and possibly win a prize or honorable mention in the area of art they work within.

The Sheridan Prize for Art also wishes to promote and celebrate groups of artists who have traditionally been left out of many competitions and venues 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.

Begun in 2021, this historic series of art prizes for 2022 is the very first prize to bring ALL artists together to begin to raise the profile of living artists in the Bay Area and to create an ongoing platform to show some of the best and experimental art the region has to offer – regardless of an artist’s reputation, history, sales or resume.

The art shown in this series of art prizes will be chosen from 12 categories or groups for Awards and Honorable Mentions. There will be 10 completely separate categories of art, each judged by a juror who is themself an working artist.  Plus 2 of the 12 awards will be voted on by your fellow artists or by the public after the Prize for Art closes after November 1.  Come to this website and view the many excellent works of art that Bay Area artists have entered.  Each day will be different as more artists upload their work.

An important and progressive innovation is that while most competitions offer 3 to 5 cash prizes, the Sheridan Prize for Art will offer a total of 72 Winning Awards and Honorable Mentions which will be awarded and announced after November 14, 2022, totaling $12,000.  The 12 winning Awards will each have an excellent short essay written about their work by the former art critic of the San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper, the critic Harry Roche, of Berkeley, CA or by John Sheridan.

For too long cultural neglect and the high cost of living in the Bay Area has forced artists to stop working or to leave.  It has forced the closure of many art galleries and alternative spaces.  Corporate media no longer cover the arts except sporadically.

I hope by creating this Prize for Art with its focus on the larger Bay Area, by its many categories of art and artist, by its written essays and its almost unprecedented number of cash awards to begin to treat living artists as the great human resource that we are and by acknowledging, honoring and celebrating the art of the Bay Area to allow us to take our rightful place in the culture of our time and our place.

If you read this page and you have any love for art, please support this Prize for Art by donating any amount you may be able.  Your donation will be gratefully acknowledged and you will be helping to establish a new structure, an annual cultural edifice and opportunity that will support and grow arts culture now and in the future.  Be a integral part of it!