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2011 FINALISTS

Carol Broman, Victor Chong, Emanuela De Musis, Zoey Frank, Darren Kingsley, Carlos Lopez, Brian David MacNeil, Matthew Mancini, Katie G. Whipple, Justin Wood

Sadly, the 2011 competition was cancelled due to the threat of Hurricane Irene and because many of the participants were unable to travel to New York in time for the competition start date.

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2010 FINALISTS

Born in 1981, Colleen Barry currently lives and works in New York City. A student of the National Academy of Design, the Harlem Studio of Art, the Grand Central Academy and the Hudson River Landscape School, she has been the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. As a student, she exhibited her work at the National Academy of Art, The National Arts Club, and Cork Gallery in Lincoln Center. While attending The National Academy of Design, Colleen studied independently with Ghanian painter Sam Adoquei. In 2004, sculptor Greg Wyatt awarded her the Newington-Cropsy Award, which sent her to Italy for the summer to study the Italian masters. Upon her return home Colleen began an intense 2 year study under Andrea Smith at the Harlem Studio of Art in Harlem NYC. Colleen is currently studying under Jacob Collins at the Water Street Atelier in Manhattan.Colleen frequently gives lectures about painting and art history at The National Academy of Design. She is represented by Frost and Reed Gallery in London and New York and the Simie Maryles Gallery in Provincetown MA.

Carla Crawford (b. 1981) graduated with degrees in Art Studio, Art History, and Italian Language and Literature from the University of California, Davis, where she studied under the painter Wayne Thiebaud. While at the University of California, she spent a year in exchange where she studied under the Italian painter Concetto Pozzati at the Academia di belli Arte in Bologna, Italy and an additional year studying architecture at the Istituto Universitario di Architettura di Venezia in Venice, Italy. While living in Venice, she taught art and art history at the Venice International School and later returned home to receive a degree in Art Education from San Francisco State University. She continued to teach art in public schools for three years in Northern California while studying with Bay Area realist David Hardy. Deciding to devote her full time efforts to drawing and painting in the classical tradition, Carla moved to New York to study with her current teacher Jacob Collins. Carla was the recipient of the Alfred Ross Scholarship in 2009.

Angela Cunningham (b. 1977) grew up in the Bay Area of California. After high school she studied at various art colleges eventually receiving her BFA in Drawing/ Painting and a minor in sculpture from Laguna College of Art and Design. After teaching in California for a few years, Angela decided to pursue her desire to learn the classical techniques of drawing and painting under the mentorship of Jacob Collins at the Grand Central Academy of Art. She is a currently finishing up her studies and teaching part time at GCA. Angela is a recipient of various awards including the Morris and Alma Schapiro Achievement Award in 2009, Art Renewal Center First Place Scholarship Award in 2009, Alfred Ross Achievement Award in 2008.


Darren Kingsley is a realist painter currently residing in Philadelphia, PA. His training began at The Atelier in Minneapolis, MN. In 2001 he moved to New York City to study with Nelson Shanks at the Art Students League of New York and shortly thereafter moved to Philadelphia to study at Shanks' newly opened Studio Incamminati. His works are in many public and private collections including The Union League of Philadelphia, The Forbes Magazine Collection and Lucasfilm, Ltd. He was a recipient of the American Society of Classical Realism Scholarship. He exhibits at The John Pence Gallery in San Francisco, CA. and teaches at Studio Incamminati in Philadelphia, PA.



Brian David MacNeil
was born in Boston, MA 1980. At the age of sixteen he started his professional career in art working as a tattoo artist. He attended The Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy, graduating in 2007 under Michael John Angel. Since then Brian has exhibited in galleries in London, Florence, Boston, Providence, and Laguna Beach. Currently Brian is operating out of two studios one in the States and the other in Italy, where he spends most of his time. His works have been purchased by many international collectors ranging from California and Boston to Italy and Jordan.



Matthew Mancini was born in Toronto in 1983. He attended the Ontario college of Art and Design from 2001 to 2003 but left to pursue a more classical realist approach at Michael John Angel Studios, which later formed into the Academy of Realist Art. It was here that Matthew came on board in 2007 as an instructor where he now divides his time between teaching the fundamentals and continually striving towards his own personal growth as an artist.





Greg Mortenson
graduated with a BFA from University of Southern Virginia. He then did a two year apprenticeship with William Whitaker and Patrick Devonas. Greg Continued his studies at The Grand Central Academy of art, graduating in 2010.








Will St. John
(b. 1980) graduated with a degree in Creative Writing and Linguistics from the New School for Social Research in New York City in 2003. Driven by a desire to learn the techniques of traditional painting and drawing, he enrolled in Nelson Shanks’ class at the Art Students League of New York. A year later he moved to Philadelphia to study with Shanks full-time at Studio Incamminati. In pursuit of his lifelong fascination with European painting, St. John attended Studio Escalier in France where he studied under Tim Stotz, Michelle Tully, and Ted Seth Jacobs. While abroad, he traveled across the continent visiting over two dozen of the continent's most renowned museums. Upon his return Will sought out his current teacher and mentor, Jacob Collins, and enrolled at the Water Street Atelier where he currently studies. Will was the recipient of the Anna Lee Stacey Scholarship in 2008 and the Leslie T Posey Foundation Scholarship in 2009.

Travis Seymour (b. 1976) in North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2001 with degrees in both studio art and Art History. From 2002 to 2007 Travis studied the Old Master techniques of drawing and painting at The Angel Academy of Art in Florence, Italy. He has taught at The Stevenson Academy of Fine Art in Long Island and is a participating fellow of the Hudson River School for Landscape located in the Catskill Mountains of New York state. He has shown his work in galleries in New York, Texas, California, London and Florence. Currently he divides his time between the UK and America.



Justin Wood
is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania. He has an illustration degree from Syracuse University and currently studies under Jacob Collins at The Water Street Atelier.








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Drawing skills are the bedrock of good painting, and the foundation on which form and color can most truthfully be expressed. It is incumbent on the artist to routinely sharpen and develop these skills from life. The intent of this competition is to bring greater prestige and honor to those artists who have devoted time and energy to honing these abilities. It will be a pure test of drawing skills.

The draftsman who executes the most beautiful drawing will be awarded the Grand Prize accompanied by the title, Apelles. The second place prize includes the title, Protogenes. The winning draftsmen will hold these titles until the next annual competition.

Cash prizes:
$1000 for Apelles
$500 for Protogenes

Competition Judges:
Michael Klein, Edward Minoff & Scott Waddell

Participants will be selected on the basis of a portfolio submission consisting of five images, including at least three figure drawings. All artists, from students to professionals, young and old, are encouraged to apply. There is no entrance fee, and no fee to compete. Please send all inquiries and entries to GCAdrawingcompetition@gmail.com.

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Applications will be accepted by e-mail only.

Send materials to gcadrawingcompetition@gmail.com

Please note: The Drawing Competition will be held again in 2014.
Please wait until May - June 2014 to apply.


Applications are due by June 15th.
Notification will be by July 1st.


Please send the following materials via email by June 15th:
⋅ Your name
⋅ Contact information: Address & phone number
⋅ No more than 5 digital images saved as jpgs at 72 dpi. Include your name and a title in the JPG file title. Three of the images must be figure drawings.
⋅ A brief bio.

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The Story of Apelles and Protogenes

Apelles and Protogenes were renowned painters of Ancient Greece during the time of Alexander the Great (4th century BC). They were rivals and also advocates of each other’s work. Stories tell of their daily precise practice of outlining, and the laborious fine finish they brought to their work, whether drawings or paintings.

Their rivalry tested who could draw the finest, steadiest line and has famously been recorded in an anecdote in Pliny’s Natural History.

Apelles travelled to Protogenes' home in Rhodes to make the acquaintance of this painter he had heard so much about. Arriving at Protogenes' studio, he encountered an old woman who told him that Protogenes was out and asked for his name so she could report who had enquired after him.

Observing in the studio a panel Protogenes had prepared for a painting, Apelles walked over to the easel, and taking up a brush told the servant to tell Protogenes "this came from me," and drew in colour an extremely fine line across the panel.

When Protogenes returned, and the old woman explained what had taken place, he examined the line and pronounced that only Apelles could have done so perfect of work; Protogenes then dipped a brush into another colour and drew a still finer line above the first one, and asked his servant to show this to the visitor should he return.

When Apelles returned, and was shown Protogenes' response, ashamed that he might be bettered, he drew in a third colour an even finer line between the first two, leaving no room for another display of craftsmanship.

On seeing this, Protogenes admitted defeat, and went out to seek Apelles and meet him face-to-face.

(Retold by Guillaume Apollinaire)