Two of Lincoln's cultural landmarks could be in line for a £60,000 windfall.
Lincoln's Usher Gallery and The Collection will compete for a national award next month.
The winner of the Contemporary Art Society's 2012 annual award, chosen from a shortlist of three British museums, will receive a commission of £60,000 to produce contemporary art for its permanent collection.
Each gallery has entered the award in collaboration with an emerging contemporary artist of their choice.
The Lincoln gallery and museum will work with Berlin contemporary artist Oliver Laric if they receive the commission.
Paul Hobson, Director of Contemporary Art Society, said: "Our award of £60,000 aims to encourage leading contemporary artists and museums to work together.
"We are excited by such a strong selection of museums proposing internationally acclaimed artists."
The Contemporary Art Society is a charity which provides artists with a national network of galleries.
The award will be presented by Jeremy Deller, who won the 2004 Turner Prize, in a ceremony at London's David Roberts Foundation on November 19.