There’s a really cool thing going on in Baltimore called the Baker Artist Awards. Artists (not just visual- it includes writers, musicians, etc) can upload their work to a website. One award will be given out by a jury, and one award will be given based on votes on the site. You have to live in the Baltimore area to nominate yourself, but anyone can vote.
I encourage you to check it out, even just to browse and vote: http://www.bakerartistawards.org/
And of course, if you feel moved to do so, you can vote for my work by searching for “Joanna Barnum.”