The exhibition of Silvermine Arts Center’s signature competition, “Art of the Northeast,” will conclude July 26.

Curators of the competition have been art critics, artists, curators and directors representing major museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The New Museum and the Whitney Museum.

This year’s curators, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, both artists, critics and teachers, and are the first co-curators as well as the first husband-and-wife team to curate the event.

Grabner, a professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, was one of three curators of the 2014 Whitney Biennial and its first artist curator. Brad Killam teaches art at the College of DuPage in Illinois and has exhibited his work widely. His essays have appeared in national and international journals. Grabner and Killam often collaborate on works of art and are known for the two artist project spaces they established: The Suburban (established 1999) in the backyard of their Oak Park, Illinois, home and The Poor Farm in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, established in 2009 on the site of a 19th-century county poor farm.

This year’s competition has brought in entries from every state from Maine to Washington, D.C. The work submitted this year is “very strong,” according to Silvermine Gallery Director Jeffrey Mueller. Finalists included Pam Ackley of New Canaan.

Begun in 1949 as the “New England Exhibition,” the competition was founded by Silvermine Guild Members Miriam Brody and Revington Arthur to showcase the art of the region. Over the years, the exhibit has presented works by emerging and under-known artists, giving them a platform to reach a much larger audience than ever before. The winner receives a top prize of $3,000 and a solo exhibition at Silvermine Arts Center.

All three galleries at the Silvermine Arts Center are utilized for the exhibition, which is the focal point of the center’s calendar. For more information, see silvermineart.org.