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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.

2022 winners


Mac Sloan Anderson, BFA Painting & Communication Design '24

"Self Portrait"
Oil on canvas
11" x 16"

"Boston Public Gardens"
Oil on canvas
18" x 30"

"Studio 506"
Oil on canvas
37" x 48"


Taylor Comisky, BFA Painting '23

"Contra-jour Self Portrait"
Oil on canvas
24" x 30"

"Self Portrait"
Oil on canvas
30" x 24"

"Still Life Jacket"
Charcoal
24" x 40"


Haley Johnson, BFA Painting '23

"Brood X"
Oil on canvas
36" x 48"

"Spring Cleaning"
Oil on canvas
40" x 30"

"Warbler Season"
Oil on canvas
24" x 24"


Campbell McLean, BFA Painting '22

"At midnight"
Oil on canvas
40" x 30"

"Eric and Katyln"
Oil on canvas
36" x 24"

"Kendama Daydream"
Oil on canvas
44" x 14"


Ricky Vasan, BFA Painting '23

"Are you Listening"
Oil on canvas
5" x 4"

"The Boy Who Played with Barbies"
Oil on canvas
36" x 46"

"Two Aliens Share a Beer"
Acrylic on canvas
48" x 36"