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George Nick Prize

The George Nick Prize is a juried award given on the basis of merit and selected by a blind jury, led by Professor Emeritus George Nick. The competition is open to all current MassArt students (undergraduate, graduate, and PCE), but it is restricted to original works done in drawing, painting, and printmaking.

The purpose of the George Nick Prize is to encourage emerging artists who create two-dimensional works - through observational abilities, drawing skills, and the understanding of the role of tone and color - that can be recognized in terms of subject and an emphasis on forms of realism. The total prize amount is approximately $13,000, to be split between the selected recipients.

2021 winners


Johanna Carr, BFA Painting '21

"Dance Recital"
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"

"Febora and Bean"
Oil on canvas
16" x 20"

"Magnet Tiles"
Oil on canvas
18" x 24"


Lilah Pudlo, BFA Fashion Design '24

"Distortion"
Colored pencil
18" x 24"

"Drapery"
Graphite
9" x 12" 

"Snow Day"
Colored pencil
18" x 24"


Taylor West, BFA Painting '21

"Age 10 to 21"
Oil on canvas
60" x 48"

"Rearview"
Oil on canvas
48" x 36"

"Side View"
Oil on canvas
42" x 36"


Beatriz Whitehill, BFA Painting '22

"Communication is Key"
Charcoal on paper
44" x 28"

"Sidewalk Standoff"
Oil on canvas
30" x 40"

"Under the Table"
Acrylic on canvas
36" x 48"