The art of competition

"Big Deal (Red Team vs. Blue Team)'' (acrylic paint on wood), by Tim McCool, in his show "Most Improved,'' at the Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Mass., through July 29.

The work being featured comes from Mr. McCool's recent residency at the Boston Center for the Arts. "My residency, and this exhibit, provide a chance for people to celebrate their friends, loved ones, and also themselves. During the workshops people will get a chance to create trophies, pose on top of Olympic-style award podiums, and reflect on our culture's pressure to compete, succeed and get ahead." he said.