Theme: The Entrepreneur: Risk and Reward
Eligible media: Visual art submitted as a digital image (Works of text, video, or audio are not eligible)
Entry Period: July 18 - September 30
Finalist Selection: October 1-15
Public Voting: October 20 - November 23
Winner Announcement: December 10, 2016
Submit your artwork for a chance to win cash prizes! Once voting has concluded, the first place winner will receive $5,000, second place winner will receive $2,500 and the third place winner will receive $1,000.
Ayn Rand and art: Our purpose
Artists project—and viewers respond to—a re-creation of reality: a view of reality informed by their beliefs and values. Though Ayn Rand is revered—and reviled—as an intellectual, a writer, and a philosopher, she was, above all, an artist. She used art to illuminate human potential, to light the path forward, and to lead the way.
Today, the moral ideals of reason, achievement, and individualism are in danger of being lost, with dire consequences for a free society. Ayn Rand conveyed those ideals brilliantly in her novels, but they must be renewed in every generation through the imagination and talent of artists who, like Rand, can lead the way.
To foster this renewal, we at the Atlas Society—a 25-year-old think tank devoted to the philosophy of Objectivism—will leverage the power of art to inspire, surprise, delight, and provoke in order to introduce a new generation to the values contained in Rand’s works. We invite artists of all types—whether painters, sculptors, cartoonists, or photographers—to represent their own take on these crucial values in visually arresting, engaging, and alluring new ways.
At the end of the entry period, our notable panel of judges will select 20 finalists. Cash-prize winners will then be selected by public vote.