ASD challenges

ASD challenges
for the 2022-2023 season:

November - online only challenge


Please email your image along with 
short description/story,
2) media
3) the year of creation
to Elena Adam before November 20. 

December - no challenge
December online -

January -
January online -

February -
February online -

March - no challenge
March online -

April online -

May - no challenge
May online -

September 2023 -


Our challenges usually are the part of general meeting. Artists bring one piece that answers the theme, and after anonymous voting we have a winners (1st, 2nd and 3rd place). The participants and winners get participation points. Then we discuss every work. The art work that participated in the challenge can be showed at the next exhibition.

ASD in-person Monthly Challenge Voting

Several times a year the ASD has a Monthly Challenge where we are given a theme, such as “Complementary Colors” or “Around Dearborn”, to interpret. 

The artwork is brought to the General Meeting for that month to be voted on for best representation of the theme.


Any ASD member, exhibiting or associate, who has paid their dues may submit one Challenge piece per Challenge and vote.

                Each piece is checked in by the Monthly Challenges Chair and given a number (so that the art remains as anonymous as possible) as close to the beginning (or before the official start) of the General Meeting. The artworks are displayed during the meeting, usually in the back of the room so everyone can look at them. The piece’s number is displayed on or near the artwork.

                ASD members receive a paper ballot which they sign.  They write the number of the artwork (one only) they think best represents the theme and give it to the Monthly Challenge Chair. Voting takes place during the mid-meeting break.


Unsigned ballots will not be counted. 


A member may vote for their own artwork.

                While the Monthly Challenges Chair counts the votes, the artworks are shown and the artists talk about their art and their interpretation of the theme.  There may be short critiques.  If there is time after all the Challenge pieces have been discussed, other artworks related to the theme may be shown and discussed (attention any artist who brought more than one piece because they couldn’t make up their mind which piece to show until the last minute!).

                The winners are announced after the artworks have been shown and discussed. 

There may be ties for first, second, and third place. 

                Points are awarded as follows: 

                 10 points for (all) first place

                7 points for (all) second place

                 5 points for (all) third place

                 2 points for all other participants

Although it is hoped that new artworks will be created for each Monthly Challenge, older pieces which interpret the theme are permitted.

                The Challenge themes are decided by the Executive Board, usually in the late Spring, and announced to the ASD members at the May Dinner.  Themes are also published in the Brushmark, on the ASD website and frequently reiterated. 


Members are encouraged to suggest Monthly Challenge themes.