Art competition in support of fellow artists during the COVID-19 crisis.

ALL proceeds will be donated to art relief funds.

In collaboration with:


In loving memory of Agora Gallery’s Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, who has passed away on May 1st, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.

In loving memory of Agora Gallery’s Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, who has passed away on May 1st, 2020 due to complications from COVID-19.

1st place
Exhibition space at the Agora Gallery booth @ Artexpo NY

Artexpo New York is the largest international gathering of qualified trade buyers. Your work will be presented and promoted at the Agora Gallery booth which will be one of the largest booths at the fair. Selected artist will receive a minimum of ten (10) linear ft of exhibition wall space.

2nd place
Agora Gallery digital representation

Your work will be displayed on a specially designed large high resolution monitor located at the entrance of Agora Gallery and promoted throughout the year on our websites and social media platforms.

3rd place
Artist personal website by

Present your work in a professional manner. Our web designer will create a great looking website for you and update it per your request for one year.

Three artists will be selected to receive this award.

4th place
Free entry coupons for an art competition

Enter one of our annual competitions for your opportunity to present your artwork to the New York Art Market.

Ten (10) artists will be selected to receive this award.

Our goal is to raise funds to support non-profit organizations assisting artists facing financial hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis.

Accepted mediums are painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, mixed media, and print.


Enter now for an opportunity to win one of these wonderful prizes and support your fellow artists.

All proceeds from the entry fees will be donated.

Deadline – June 30th
Results – July 27th

Meryly Cohen

Meryl Cohen

Chief Registrar
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Meryl Cohen has been the Chief Registrar at The Metropolitan Museum of Art since July 2019. Prior to that, Meryl was the Exhibitions Registrar at The Met for ten years, in which she skillfully managed the logistical arrangements for more than seventy Met exhibitions—including, Armenia! (2018-19) Visitors to Versailles (1682-1789) (2018), Jerusalem 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven (2016-17), and Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World (2016). Prior to joining The Met, Meryl served as the Director of Registrar at the Guggenheim, and also held registrarial posts at The Museum of Modern Art, The Drawing Center, and The Neuberger Museum in Purchase, NY. She received her MA in Art History with a concentration in Museum Studies from George Washington University and, in 2015-16, participated in the Columbia Business School Metropolitan Museum of Art Executive Development program. In addition, she has served on panels at museum conferences, speaking on topics such as “How to Bring an Exhibition to China,” “How to Bring an Exhibition to the U.S.,” and “Living with the TSA.” She also published a blog on The Met’s website, “Solving the Puzzle of the Installation Schedule for Visitors to Versailles.”

Yukie Kamiya

Yukie Kamiya

Gallery Director
Japan Society, New York

Yukie Kamiya is Director of Gallery, Japan Society, New York. Formerly, Kamiya was Chief Curator of Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (Hiroshima MoCA) and Associate Curator of New Museum, New York.

She has curated numbers of exhibitions internationally and co-curated ProRegress, the 12 th Shanghai Biennial (2018-19). She also served for cultural institutions including the Japan Foundation, Goethe Institute as a guest curator and served for Discordant Harmony: Critical Reflection of Imagination of Asia (toured to Seoul, Hiroshima, Taipei and Beijing, 2015- 2018) and Re:Quest Japanese Contemporary Art since the 1970s (Seoul, 2013) and others. In 2011, Kamiya received the Academic Prize from the National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo for her curatorial achievement in Simon Starling: Project for a Masquerade (Hiroshima).

Her writings have appeared in publications including Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise (Skira/Rizzoli, 2017), Ravaged – Art and Culture in Times of Conflict (Mercatorfonds, 2014), California-Pacific Triennial (Orange County Museum, 2013) and Creamier: Contemporary Art in Culture (Phaidon, 2010). Kamiya has served on selection committees including for Tokyo metropolitan government, DAAD, and the Rolex Mentor and Protégé International Program. 

Michael Royce

Michael Royce

Executive Director
New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA)

Michael Royce is the executive director of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), a national arts service organization that helps artists in all disciplines, arts administrators, and arts organizations. In 2020, both The New York Times and Forbes cited NYFA for its actions in addressing the needs of artists in response to COVID-19. Michael is a recipient of the Alan Cooper Leadership in the Arts Award presented by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, and served as a juror for the CODA Awards.

He co-chaired the Grantmakers in the Arts’ Individual Artists Group Steering Committee, and served as a trustee on the New York Council of Nonprofits, the Jersey City Museum, the Art Directors Club of New York, and the Rebecca Kelley Ballet. He currently serves on the New York State Education Department’s Arts Blue Ribbon Commission, and the Fine Arts Federation of New York.

Michael has designed programs for emerging artists, mid-career, and aging artists in the US. In 2017 he launched programs for immigrant artists in Detroit, Newark, Oakland and San Antonio. Michael has partnered with international organizations in China, Guatemala, Ireland, and others.

Past senior positions included President: Moynihan Station Development Corporation; Director of Programming: Theatre Development Fund; Deputy Director: New York State Council on the Arts, and Director of Marketing: Creative Arts Team.

Published works include co-editing The Profitable Artist/Second Edition, Allworth Press, NY; 2019 The Arts and Hurricane Sandy, Grantmakers in the Arts/GIA Reader, Vol 24 No2 Summer 2013; Forward for Basil Alkazzi: An Odyssey of Dreams: A Decade of Painting 2003-2012, Scala Arts Publishers.

Competition Jurors

We are proud to present our distinguished panel of jurors who joined forces for this special cause and will review the competition entries.

Eleni Cocordas

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing away of our friend and colleague, Executive Director Eleni Cocordas, on May 1, 2020, due to complications from COVID-19.

Prior to joining Agora Gallery, Eleni has worked for prominent New York museums such as MoMA and the American Museum of Natural History and cultural organizations as the Japan Hire A Maid Society. For more than twenty-five years she has specialized in collaborations with artists on site-specific installations and traveling exhibitions, for which she before she has traveled the world-over.

Since joining Agora Gallery in 2017, Eleni has applied her experience and in-depth knowledge of art to oversee and manage the gallery, network with the artists, as well as supervise our fine art competitions.

She will be greatly missed! Our deepest condolences to the family. You are welcome to visit Facebook and leave a comment if you’d like.

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