Artists seeking their big break should prepare their slides for entry into the third annual Artists' Liaison competition.

Organized by a Los Angeles group of the same name, the Artists' Liaison seeks "to promote both emerging and established artists," according to director Gene Fulmer. Artists in all media are invited to send a minimum of three slides of their work (with an entry fee) to be juried by a seven-member panel, including Artforum critic Colin Gardner, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art curator Elizabeth Smith, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art chief curator Bruce Guenther and New Art Examiner editor James Yood.

The 175 artists chosen by the jury will be represented in a full-color catalogue distributed to museum curators, directors, publishers and critics nationwide. The crop of artists is further skimmed to 42 for inclusion in an exhibition this fall at the Evanston Art Center in Illinois.

At the opening of the exhibition, Artists' Liaison will distribute $10,000 in cash and purchase awards. All is not lost for those not selected for the catalogue or exhibition; 24 galleries from California and the Chicago area will be reviewing all submitted slides for exhibitions to be held this fall through the coming spring.

So far, according to Fulmer, the competition has proved successful in linking artists with the powers-that-be. For more information and an entry form, contact the Artists' Liaison at (213) 399-9306. Entries must be postmarked by March 7.

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