Didn't apply for this last year, but I wish I had. Maybe this year. Ron Johnson is one of the jurors!?
Ron also has a review in the current NYArts on the Paul Ryan show. Ron and Paul are both faculty in the VCU painting department and both are represented by Reynolds Gallery. Paul's wife Dinah wrote the Art Papers studio visit on Ron earlier this year (March/April 2005 issue), and Paul and Dinah together co-curated the Adaptation Syndrome show that Ron didn't belong in (even though his work was some of my favorite).
Paulette Roberts-Pullen on the Paul Ryan show for Style Weekly here.
Me on Paul Ryan here and here - with questions!
BONUS! - Here is an excellent collection of photographs of the Adaptation Syndrome show!