In Pursuit Of…

Welcome to the “In Pursuit Of__” open call for art contest for 13-19 year olds, brought to you by Unshuttered at the J. Paul Getty Museum and Amplifier! “In Pursuit of__” is the 2020 theme of the Getty’s award-winning Unshuttered photography program, which is generously supported by the Genesis Inspiration Foundation.

We’ve put together a ‘masterclass’ style 30-minute video and lesson plan teaching you how to make visual artworks documenting what YOU are in pursuit of in your life, right now.

All you need is a cell phone camera and something to write with. The world is full of stories. What is yours?

Winners will have a chance to have their work included in an exciting Amplifier projection series in cities nationwide and in a special J. Paul Getty Museum exhibit in 2021!  Contest ends December 11, 2020 - submit today!

Step 1. Watch the video
Step 2. Download the lesson plan here
Step 3. Submit your artwork

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We’ve brought together a diverse team of experts in photography and art to pick the winning images!

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Getty is a leading global arts organization committed to the exhibition, conservation, and understanding of the world’s artistic and cultural heritage. Working collaboratively with partners around the globe, the Getty Foundation, Getty Conservation Institute, Getty Museum and Getty Research Institute are all dedicated to the greater understanding of the relationships between the world’s many cultures. The Los Angeles-based J. Paul Getty Trust and Getty programs share art, knowledge, and resources online at and welcome the public for free at the Getty Center and the Getty Villa.

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Parents and educators, thank you for your interest in submitting your students’ work to our open call for art! Please make sure to read through the following requirements thoroughly before submitting. Note that artwork that is not related to the themes or does not meet the requirements is subject to be deleted at Amplifier’s discretion.

We are seeking mixed media artworks combining photographs and text around the theme of “In Pursuit Of__”. Hand drawn work such as cartoons cannot be the base of the imagery, as the focus is on photography. If works do not combine both photography & text, they cannot qualify for the contest.

-Submitted artwork must include a statement about the artwork that is 100 words or less in length.

-All artwork should be created as at high resolution 18 x 24in images at 300dpi, preferably TIFF or PDF.

-Submitted artwork should be low resolution jpegs or png, 150dpi and no more than 2mb.

-Final chosen artworks will be included in an exciting Amplifier projection series in cities nationwide and in a special J. Paul Getty Museum exhibit in 2021!

Winners will also receive a $100 gift card to Amplifier’s online merchandise store.

By submitting to the open call, I verify that:

* 1) This is an original work created by a U.S. teenager between the ages of 13-19, and that 2) I, as an educator and/or parent, have parental permission from that teen to submit artwork(s) on their behalf to this “In Pursuit Of__” open call for art contest.

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