The theme for 2025 is 'Passage'.

Note that the Martha's Vineyard Drawing Prize is on hiatus for 2024, but returns in 2025 as a biennial competition to give artists more time to work on the theme!

How you interpret this theme is entirely up to you! 'Passage' is a word with many meanings and a lot of nuance. Your drawing could be about:

  • Moving through, under, over, across, or past something on the way from one place to another
  • A voyage or journey, safe passage, a nautical passage
  • The passage of time
  • A narrow alley or way, a passageway somewhere
  • The passage from one state of being to another, from one stage of life to another
  • A duct, vessel, or channel
  • The passage of a bill or law
  • A short extract from a book, story, tale, speech, or music
  • A short episode of some sort
  • A continuous movement or flow

We look forward to seeing how you take this theme and make it yours!

Above all else, have some fun and enjoy your time drawing.

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The 2023 theme was 'Discover'.

The 2022 theme was 'Home'.

The 2021 theme was 'Questions'.

The 2020 theme was 'Fortitude'.

The 2019 theme was 'The Ties that Bind'.