Call for Entries: Project America's Next Top Master Artist

By Editorial Team on January 24, 2014

Deadline: Tue, 05 July 2022

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Application Deadline: Friday, March 14 by 5pm


For the complete call for entries form click here.

Many in the high-brow refinement of the art world share a dark secret – one that is not said out loud in the wrong company – that we too watch reality TV. Well, not all of it… But, shows like American Idol, Top Chef, Project Runway, and Dancing with the Stars each week bring creativity and an albeit edited, but still actual, critical review and debate to our TV screens. So, this spring, the Brentwood Arts Exchange is bringing “Reality” to the gallery.

Kicking off on the Gateway Arts District Spring 2014 Open Studios Day, Project America’s Next Top Master Artist is an elimination-style exhibition presented in three rounds. The esteemed panel of judges will review applications and select artists to exhibit in the first round. After that it’s up to the audience – who will vote onsite and online to determine which artists will stay and which ones will go. As they say on TV, “One day you’re in, the next day you’re out.” Each artist who remains will bring new artworks to display and face the votes once again.

The exhibition culminates in a grand finale celebration on July 19, 2014, crowning America’s Next Top Master Artist and awarding the winner a $500 cash prize and a solo exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange during the 2014-2015 season.

This call is open to all artists and curators who are 18 years of age or older who live within 150 miles of Brentwood, MD. There are no restrictions on media or residency.
Jose Dominguez. Executive Director, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Jose Dominguez is the Executive Director of Pyramid Atlantic Art Center. The mission of Pyramid Atlantic is to build communities that give life to paper-making, printmaking and artists books. He is a veteran of the area’s non-profit community and brings more than fifteen years of experience in non-profit management and youth program development to the position. Mr. Dominguez has managed grants at the DC Children and Youth Investment Trust Corporation, developed events such as the DC Hip Hop Theatre Festival at the DC Art Commission, and directed after school programs at the Young Playwright’s Theater and the Shakespeare Theatre. Mr. Dominguez received his BA from Southern Methodist University and his MFA in Fine Arts from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University.
Dr. Tuliza Fleming. Curator, National Museum of African American History and Culture
Tuliza Fleming is a curator and scholar of American Art with a distinguished career in museums and cultural institutions across the country. She currently serves as Museum Curator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Prior to taking this position in 2007, Dr. Fleming was the Associate Curator of American Art at The Dayton Art Institute in Ohio. During her career, Dr. Fleming has served as a guest curator or consultant for a variety institutions including, the August Wilson Cultural Center; The Taft Museum of Art; The Cincinnati Museum Center; The DuSable Museum of African American History, Inc.; the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center; the Spelman College Art Museum; The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland; and, the National Portrait Gallery. Dr. Fleming attended Spelman College and holds a Ph.D. in American Art History from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Gerald Ross. Director of Exhibitions, Maryland Institute College of Art
Gerald Ross is the Director of Exhibitions and professor in the Curatorial Practice MFA Graduate Program at MICA in Baltimore, Maryland. He was born in Laramie, Wyoming in 1965. He received a degree in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1989, where he was also a Yale scholar. Ross continues to pursue his studio art practice and has shown regularly in the region over the last 20 years. He has also served as a juror for many fine art awards, including the Trawick Prize and the National Sculpture Residency Prize at Evergreen House. This past year, Ross curated the WPA Options 2013 exhibition in Arlington, VA. As the Director of the Exhibitions Department at MICA, Gerald manages a diverse, energetic and vital program, installing over 100 exhibitions per year, campus-wide. Since 2003, he has curated exhibitions, established public programming and has worked with the community to bring a large variety of local, national, and international groups and artists to MICA.
Applications may be submitted by mail or delivered in person and must arrive at the Brentwood Arts Exchange no later than 5 pm on March 14, 2014. We are not able to accept applications by email.
Exhibition Timeline:
  • Deadline to Apply: March 14
  • Notification of Acceptance: March 31
  • Round One: May 10 – May 24
  • Opening Reception: Saturday, May 10 from 5-8 pm
  • Round Two: June 1 – June 14
  • Meet the Artists Night Reception: June 7 from 5-8 pm
  • Round Three: June 22 – July 19
  • Face the Judges Night Reception: June 28 from 5-8 pm
  • Grand Finale: July 19 from 5-8pm

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10am-7pm
  • Saturday: 10am-4pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Brentwood Arts Exchange in Gateway Arts Center is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue Brentwood, MD.

Contact the gallery at 301-277-2863 or tty. 301-446-6802, via email at or visit them online at