Deadline to Apply is May 20th, 2018

What is the Jonathan LeVine Projects juried competition?

The Delusional Art Competition is a new opportunity for artists from around the world to gain exposure on an international level and further their careers.

All submissions are reviewed by an esteemed jury panel and up to 40 finalists will be chosen to exhibit their work in Delusional, a group exhibition at Jonathan Levine Projects in Jersey City opening on August 1, 2018.

Jurors will award prizes to first-, second-, and third-place winners, with the top prize being a solo exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Projects and an online editorial feature in Juxtapoz.

The public will also get a chance to vote for their favorites and the top three People’s Choice winners will receive cash prizes.  For further information about Delusional prizes and categories, click here.

Who is Jonathan LeVine?

Jonathan LeVine is a gallerist based in Jersey City, New Jersey. As a youth growing up in Trenton, New Jersey during the 1980s, LeVine recognized the appeal of counter-cultural aesthetics including punk flyers, comics, graffiti and tattoos. Beginning in 1994, LeVine became an independent curator, organizing exhibitions at punk and alternative rock venues in the NY/NJ area such as: CBGB, Webster Hall, Max Fish, and Maxwell's. By promoting these visual art forms through group shows in venues that were home to their musical counterparts, LeVine gave a home to this nascent art movement, early on.

In February 2001, LeVine opened his first gallery called Tin Man Alley in New Hope, Pennsylvania. The gallery relocated to Philadelphia in late 2002. In January 2005, LeVine renamed and moved his gallery to the epicenter of the contemporary art world, Manhattan's Chelsea district. Many people called him and this risky endeavor “delusional”, however, sixteen years later, he’s now the owner of one of the most well known gallery’s in the world and has cultivated the careers of many renowned artists. After 12 years in New York City, LeVine returned to his New Jersey roots and relocated to Jersey City.

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Who is eligible to apply?

Artists from around the world of all backgrounds and experience are encouraged to submit their artwork in all 2D and 3D mediums (excluding photography, video, and performance art).

Why should I apply?

Delusional creates the opportunity for artists from around the world to gain exposure and recognition for their work from some of the art markets most esteemed professionals.  This includes the opportunity to exhibit in one of the world’s highest profile art galleries in addition to cash prizes, group exhibitions and more.

Enter for your work to be reviewed by our high-profile jury panel:

Evan Pricco (Editor at Juxtapoz)

Yasha Young (Director of Urban Nation Museum)

Steven P. Harrington & Jaime Rojo (Brooklyn Street Art blog founders)

Tara McPherson (Artist)

Jeff Soto (Artist)

Jonathan LeVine (Gallerist)

In addition, all finalists will be featured on Jonathan LeVine Projects highly trafficked website and Artsy page, as well as promoted on social media with the opportunity to reach more than 157,000 people on Instagram and more than 26,000 people on Facebook.

What are the prizes?

Applicants can decide what prizes they’d like to be considered for during the application process - Juror’s Choice, People’s Choice, and more!

Juror’s Choice:

Out of the top 40 finalists, Delusional’s esteemed panel of judges will review submissions and award the following prizes as well as three honorable mentions:

1st Place - Solo Exhibition at Jonathan LeVine Projects

2nd Place - Participation in a group show at Jonathan LeVine Projects

3rd Place - A week of promotion via Jonathan LeVine Projects social media platforms


People’s Choice

Voting will be opened up to the general public after entries have closed.  The top 50 People’s Choice submissions will be showcased on the Delusional website and open to the general public for voting.  The top three winners will receive the following cash prizes:

1st Place - $5,000

2nd Place - $2,500

3rd Place - $1,000


Liquitex Emerging Artist

1st Place - $1,500* of Liquitex product

2nd Place - $1,000* of Liquitex product

3rd Place - $500* of Liquitex product

*equal to current MSRP at the time of prize announcement

A selection of 2017 winners and finalists were exhibited by Jonathan LeVine Projects at Scope Miami Beach and the Juxtapoz Clubhouse during Art Basel Miami, as well as the LA Art Show.

What are the application requirements?

Applicants are required to submit artworks via Submittable by May 20, 2018. Submissions require:


-High resolution images saved in the following format: last name-first name-work title-year.jpeg

-Work details: work title, year, medium, dimensions, and retail price


What are the artwork requirements?

We will be accepting paintings, drawings, mixed media work, original prints and sculpture. Maximum size is 5 x 5 feet. Please be certain the piece(s) you submit are in excellent condition and are framed/ready to hang. 

Unfortunately, we can't review photography, video or performance art.

Finalists will be required to ship their work to Jonathan LeVine Projects at their sole expense in packages that can be reused for return shipment. Unsold work/s will be returned to artists at the end of a 6 month consignment period. The gallery will pay up to $200 on return shipments.

How does the jurying process work?

Works will be reviewed independently by each jury member and up to 40 of the highest rated artists will be featured in Delusional, a group exhibition opening on August 1st, 2018. Entrants will be notified by June 20, 2018 regarding their submission status.

Out of the top 40 finalists the jury will collaboratively select first, second and third place winners, as well as three honorable mentions,

When will the prizes be awarded?

Winners will be announced at the opening reception of Delusional on August 1, 2018.  Prizes and opportunities will be awarded throughout 2018 and 2019.  The first place winners solo show at Jonathan LeVine Projects will take place on mutually agreed upon date in 2020.

What happens with the entry fee?

The $45 entry fee and $25 student entry fee goes towards the management of Delusional and all expenses involved running the competition.  This includes administration, marketing, photography, videography, jurors, prizes, return shipping and more.

When will I be notified?

You will be notified about the status of your submission by June 20, 2018.

When is the final day to submit entries?

The final day to submit is May 20, 2018.

How do I ship my works if they are chosen for the group exhibition?

Finalists will be required to ship their work to Jonathan LeVine Projects at their sole expense. You're welcome to use the shipper of your choice or ask us for a recommendation -  there are various shippers we work with that can safely deliver artwork. Please ensure your work is framed/ready to hang and packed with materials that can be reused for the return shipment.  Unsold work will be returned to artists at the end of a 6 month consignment period. The gallery will pay up to $200 for return shipments.

If you're shipping from outside the United States the gallery will provide you with the necessary documentation for customs. 

Can I re-apply if I was a winner in 2017?

First, second and third prize winners cannot re-apply to the Delusional Art Competition for 2 years.

Can I re-apply in 2018 if I submitted in 2017?

Yes, if you submitted to the Delusional Art Competition in 2017 and were not selected as a first-, second- or third-place winner, you can re-submit to the 2018 competition.

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