Miss Art World is one of the most exclusive pageant systems in the World. This one-of-a-kind pageant system has no competition or judging criteria and was created to redefine pageantry and the beauty industry by disregarding all rules and utilizing the world of art as a form of freedom. 

Titleholders

You will receive an official Miss Art World Crown and Sash. All winners will participate in amazing experiences and adventures that will last a lifetime. Unlike most pageants, you retain your title for as long as you so choose or even in death. Your winnings include lifelong beauty and brainpower, unwavering self-confidence, and independence at any age. Winners also receive full access to any chosen desired attire or style at any time and freedom to go with or without makeup, bra, high heels, or other beauty products without questions, comments, or concerns. The competition is open all year round with no application deadlines.

To Apply: Contact Missartworld@gmail.com

to request an application 

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be between 0 & 200 years of age

  • May be single, married, or have been married.

  • May be pregnant, have given birth, or be a parent.

  • May be in any state of health.

  • May have had plastic surgery.

  • May identify as any gender

  • Must agree, that if selected to represent Miss Art World, they will participate in everything or nothing, and will abide by all or none of the rules and regulations governing this pageant.

  • Must agree that if they win, they may participate in other pageants during their time as a Miss Art World titleholder.

MISSION

Champions for social change, the Miss Art World family uses creative activism to inspire thoughtful conversation, cultural advancement, and inclusivity— Feminist Feminine Fighters.

vISION

A movement of creative Queens with the power, courage, and strength to USE ART for SOCIAL change AND EQUALITY.

MEET THE NEWLY CROWNED

Miss Art World North Dakota 

Klaire Lockheart

Photo by Aaron Packard

March is Women’s History Month, which makes it the perfect time to announce Miss Art World South Dakota. Vermillion artist Klaire A. Lockheart was crowned Miss Art World South Dakota, a title bestowed upon her by the original Miss Art World Katherine J. Cooksey.

The Miss Art World South Dakota coronation occurred in the Wayne S. Knutson Theatre at the University of South Dakota on March 10th. Despite the importance of this event, the ceremony was closed to the public due to COVID 19 precautions. Lockheart was honored to receive her Miss Art World title on the campus where she earned her MFA in Painting.

“I am elated to represent our state as Miss Art World South Dakota,” Lockheart declared. She continued, “Women are vastly underrepresented in the art world, which is why I strive to create impactful artwork and share it publicly.” Lockheart is well known for creating representational oil on canvas portraits that address gender identity and feminism while incorporating her sense of humor. Her newest paintings are currently on display at the Washington Pavilion, in Sioux Falls, SD. She also creates fiber art to address the concepts of women’s art and women’s work.

For the coronation, Lockheart created her gown with gold fabric she printed by hand. To make the original printed pattern, she made props and costumes for plastic dinosaur toys so they appear to fulfill the traditional roles of artists and models. The wearable art features a raptor photographer and a spinosaurus painter. After photographing the scenes, she used the silkscreen process to transfer her design to the fabric. Lockheart will sometimes use dinosaurs in her artwork as an analogy for the perseverance of women because she said, “Women have been fighting for equal rights since the dawn of time.”  

The Miss Art World title originated from Katherine Cooksey, who is a conceptual artist from the

Los Angeles area. She specializes in performance art, and she’s the host of the Miss Art World Podcast. Cooksey stated, “Miss Art World is a lifelong performance piece which is voiced through a variety of artistic mediums.” She earned her MFA from Pratt Institute in New York. After becoming Miss Art World, Cooksey declared, “I use this title throughout my work to question the dominating ideologies of beauty fused with the disturbing and obsessive struggle to obtain it.” Her artwork blends femininity and feminism together, and her performance record includes: Art Basel Miami, Gallery 825 in LA, and DeKalb Gallery in NY.

While Lockheart and Cooksey create very different and distinct artwork, they’re both contemporary artists who work diligently to celebrate women and uplift other artists. Women are traditionally undervalued in the art world, which is why Lockheart is proud to become Miss Art World South Dakota during Women’s History Month.