What is New Surrealism?

The New Surrealist style is an extension of the Surrealist movement, which was at its height in the 1920s. Artists working within this style combine imagery in uncanny and unexpected manners.

New Surrealist art is a contemporary artistic movement that revitalizes Surrealism’s spirit. It combines traditional painting techniques with innovative concepts, creating dreamlike, irrational, and emotionally resonant works. This genre continues Surrealism’s tradition of provoking intellectual and emotional responses, offering fresh perspectives on the intricacies of the human psyche in today’s ever-changing world.

Will there be another Recharge New Surrealist Prize Cycle?

No. Unfortunately, the upcoming 2023-24 cycle (launching October 31, 2023) will be the final Recharge New Surrealist Prize application cycle. The application cycle will close on January 31, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET. 

Can I submit work samples where I have used media other than paint?

The Recharge New Surrealist Prize is open to artists working in the painting discipline. NYFA defines painting as artwork being created using paint of any kind on any surface.

You are able to submit work samples that includes multiple different media in the one work as long as paint is dominant media.

Can I submit more than one application?

No. Applicants can only apply once.

Can I submit more than 10 images?

No, 10 images is the maximum number of images you may upload for your application. You may
however chose to submit less.

I am unable to upload my work samples because my files are too big. What should I do?

We recommend that each image is no larger than 4MB if you are running into uploading issues. You can resize images using image editing software such as Photoshop, Preview, etc. We strongly recommend completing your application well in advance of the deadline to allow time for work samples to upload and to avoid potential technical problems.

Am I required to upload a CV? Are there any alternatives to a CV that I can upload?

Yes. The artist CV or artistic resume is required. This document should be uploaded as a PDF
and should not be longer than 2 pages in length.

Do I have to show proof of professional work in the art field/new surrealism?

The Recharge New Surrealist Prize is open to artists at all levels in their career.

Applicants do not need to have undertaken professional training or have been part exhibitions
be eligible. If you are a painter working in the New Surrealist style, you are eligible to apply.

Do I have to be a U.S. Citizen to apply?

No. Applicants do not need to be a U.S. Citizen to apply. Applicants must be able to provide a W-9 with a Social Security Number (SSN) or Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) or EIN, if awarded.

Can students apply?

Yes, students can still apply, so long as they are 18 years old by the submission deadline.

How do I preview my submitted application?

To preview your submitted application, please sign-in to your Submittable here.
Note: Submitted applications should only be previewed using the link above. You may not be able to preview your submitted application by signing in through the same portal link you used to apply.

Can I save my application as a draft before submitting?

Yes. To save your application as a draft, scroll to the bottom of your working application and select “Save Draft.” Sign in to your submittable account to view your draft applications. You can’t also sign in via the direct link to saved drafts here.

I can’t log into my Submittable account. Should I contact NYFA?

NYFA staff do not have access to your Submittable account. If you are unable to login to Submittable, or are having other issues related to the website, we suggest you contact Submittable directly at [email protected].

I have been running into issues accessing or submitting my application, what should I do?

We highly suggest using a laptop desktop computer to complete your application on the platform. For a smoother performance, we recommend using either Firefox or Chrome as your browser. If you’re already using Chrome, please clear the browser cache and cookies. Additionally, please make sure you are using the most up to date version of your browser.
If you are still running into technical issues, you can reach out to Submittable’s Support team directly via the contact form, Submitter Support, or via the support email address [email protected] so that they can troubleshoot directly.