Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program, either as an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in studio art at a U.S. school. 2018 XL Catlin Art Prize exhibition participants are eligible to participate in the 2019 AXA Art Prize competition, but they must use a different piece from the one previously exhibited.

Application deadline and submission procedure

  • The submission deadline is Friday, March 20, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.

  • Students must apply online. Click here to register and begin your submission

  • Students do not need to be nominated by faculty.

  • Students must provide evidence of their student status in the form of an unofficial transcript.

  • In the event that an entrant fails to provide a fully completed application form or does not provide all the required documentation, they will be disqualified.

Exhibition and awards notification

  • Artists selected for the AXA Art Prize exhibition will be posted online and informed by email no later than June 26, 2019.

  • 1st and 2nd Prize winners will be notified by email in October 2019.

  • 1st and 2nd Prize winners will need to be present at the press event, award presentation and ceremony at the New York Academy of Art in November 2019 (Transportation to NYC and accommodations for two guests per winner will be covered by AXA XL.)

Submission specifications

  • The work entered must be 2-Dimensional. Only figurative works will be considered. No photography or digital art will be accepted. Original prints are acceptable.

  • All artwork submitted must be original and completed within in the last few years (2016-2019).

  • Maximum dimensions are 5 feet x 5 feet (60 x 60 inches).

  • Multi-panel work will be accepted and regarded as one work, as long as the dimensions do not exceed a total of 5 feet x 5 feet (60 x 60 inches).

  • Artwork will be judged anonymously so work should not be signed on the front.

  • One submission per person is allowed.

  • Submissions will be accepted online only.

  • Any submitted work that differs from the digital entry guidelines will be disqualified.

  • Image files must be in .jpg format at 300 dpi and at least 2000 pixels on the shortest side.

  • File names for each jpeg must be named exactly as follows: Lastname_Firstname_Titleofwork.jpg (e.g.Doe_John_Untitled.jpg)

  • All submissions to AXA Art Prize must be made EXCLUSIVELY to AXA Art Prize. Submitted artwork cannot be offered to any other exhibition nor can they be offered for sale during the review process, which concludes on June 26. Final artworks selected for the exhibition will be kept on reserve for the entirety of the exhibition.

Artwork presentation

  • Accepted artworks must be ready to hang for formal gallery presentation with all the necessary hardware as well as withstand the rigors of packaged shipment (i.e. all paper/mylar/etc. works MUST be framed or mounted, no clips or magnets will be used to hang work).

  • Each work of art is received in good condition unless otherwise noted. No objects will be exhibited that might be unsafe or cause damage to the Academy.

Exhibition details

The AXA Art Prize exhibition will be held in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. The exhibition will be on view September 2019 through November 22, 2019 with the potential for an extended international show after the New York exhibition. Artworks will remain in the custody of AXA Art Prize throughout the duration of the traveling exhibition.

Delivery and transportation of accepted works

  • All artists/lenders are responsible for transportation of the work to the New York Academy of Art

  • Mailed work and hand deliveries must arrive to the New York Academy of Art July 20 – 27, 2019

  • If delivering by hand, please do so Monday through Friday from 9.00am – 7.00pm, Saturday and Sunday from 12.00pm – 6.00pm

  • C.O.D. deliveries will not be accepted

  • Accepted works being shipped must include a Prepaid Return Shipping Label (Return by FedEx and UPS ONLY. We cannot accept return postage via USPS)

  • Late or damaged shipments will not be received

  • Works must be shipped in reusable packing cartons


  • Deliver all accepted works to:
    New York Academy of Art
    ATTN: AXA Art Prize
    111 Franklin Street
    New York, NY 10013

Return of accepted works

  • All artists/lenders are responsible for transportation of the work from the New York Academy of Art at the end of the exhibition.

  • For those that shipped work, return of artwork begins December 2, 2019**.

  • For those that hand-delivered, pick-up from New York Academy of Art is November 30 – December 5, 2019**.

  • If picking up by hand, please do so Monday through Friday 9.00am – 11.00pm, Saturday and Sunday 12.00pm – 6.00pm**.

  • All pieces will be disposed of one month after the end of the final exhibition.

**PLEASE NOTE: Return dates/times are subject to change due to the possibility of extending the show by traveling internationally. Should this occur, works will be available for return to lenders by March 2020, and we will be in touch with new pickup dates/times.


All reasonable care will be given to objects in the custody of AXA Art Prize. Works are insured upon receipt at the New York Academy of Art, while on view at the exhibition venues and during transportation between exhibition venues. AXA Art Prize cannot assume responsibility for possible loss in transit or damage or deterioration incurred before delivery to the New York Academy of Art, or after if not removed/picked up as stated above.

Marketing and promotional agreement

The copyright for all works exhibited in the AXA Art Prize will remain the property of the artist, but it is a condition of entry that the artist or their representatives agree unconditionally that AXA XL / New York Academy of Art may reproduce any exhibited works, free of charge, for the purposes of marketing, promotion, social media, merchandise, discussion and education in direct connection with the AXA Art Prize  exhibition and tour, in all media worldwide including the exhibition catalogue and subsequent publications, posters, prints, postcards, the internet and within television documentaries, and may license these specific, limited rights to others only for the same purposes. The Gallery also reserves the right to reproduce selected images free of charge for core non-commercial purposes, for example in the Exhibitions page of the AXA Art Prize or New York Academy of Art websites, indefinitely, as a public record.

It is also a condition on entering the competition that the artist agrees that visitors to the exhibition venues are permitted to take photographs of their work for personal, non-commercial use during the run of the exhibition. The venues will install notices indicating that photography is permitted provided it is for personal, non-commercial use but will not be responsible if any images of the work taken by are exploited commercially.


Exhibition work is not for sale and cannot be sold during the duration of the exhibition.

Contact information

Gianna Putrino
New York Academy of Art

Terms of agreement

Upon completion of your online submission, you confirm that you understand and agree to the entry guidelines as stated above. Any submitted work that differs from those terms may be disqualified from consideration.