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50th Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition

The Department of Art + Design at Austin Peay State University is proud of our students and want to reward our outstanding student artists for their hard work and creativity. The 50th Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition is professionally juried from outside Austin Peay State University, emulating the practice of real world art shows. The exhibition showcases the best artwork produced by students during the past year and gives students the opportunity to participate in a professional exhibition where a qualified juror selects artwork and artistic merit awards.
Submissions will be accepted beginning February 26.
Deadline for submissions is March 2.


Submission Link

(Submission link will be live Feb. 26)



Prospectus and Call for Entries

Eligibility:  Works must have been produced between January 2017 and March 2018 and not exhibited in previous juried student exhibitions at APSU.  To submit work, entrants must have been enrolled during the 2017-2018 academic years at Austin Peay State University.  All media are eligible for submission, but must be completed by date of entry; no work may be changed or altered after entering.  Once accepted, no work may be removed during the show for any reason.

Entry Fee: No Entry Fee


  • Mon, Feb. 26 - Portal for submissions open
  • Fri, Mar. 2 - Online Submissions due by 11:59 pm
  • Mon, Mar. 12 - Students notified on or prior to this date
  • Mon, Mar. 26 - Tues. Mar. 27 - All accepted work due in The New Gallery ready-to-hang
  • Wed, Apr. 2 – Show opens
  • Wed, Apr. 25 - Reception and awards, 5-7 pm
  • Thurs., Apr. 26 – Show closes
  • Fri., Apr 27 – all works must be picked up (see pick-up times at bottom of prospectus)


Yvette Cummings, Teaching Associate, Coastal Carolina University; The New Gallery Exhibiting Artist

Yvette L. Cummings received her Master’s of Fine Arts degree at the University of Cincinnati’s School of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning. While still enrolled at DAAP she was director of the 810 Gallery, interned at the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati, and was the recipient of the Wolfstien Travel Fellowship to Spain. Following her graduate work, Cummings became an instructor for the University of South Carolina Department of Art. She was awarded the Stephen J. Dalton Teacher of the year from USC University in 2011. Cummings is currently a Teaching Associate at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.

Her work has been exhibited in multiple group and solo exhibitions throughout the south and midwest. Her work can be found in both public and private collections and has been featured in the 701 Center for Contemporary Art 2015 South Carolina Biennial in Columbia, SC as well as Contemporary South at Visual Art Exchange in Raleigh, NC. Cummings was most recently the recipient of the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists under 40. Yvette L. Cummings currently resides in Conway, South Carolina where she devotes her time to her studio work, teaching, and family.


Awards will be presented at the opening reception on April 25, 2018. The visiting juror will designate the following awards from the selected artwork.

  • Best in Show - $150
  • The Framemaker Award - $100
  • The Customs House Award - 1 yr. membership
  • Plaza Art Supplies Foundations Award (2) - $50
  • The Bruce Child's Printmaking Award  - $50
  • The T. Max Hochstetler Painting Award - $50
  • The Olen Bryant Sculpture Award - $50
  • Jim Diehr Ceramics Award - $50
  • Charles Young Drawing Award - $50
  • Becky Hall Photography Award - $50
  • Betty Holte New Media Award - $50
  • Philancy Holder Graphic Design Award - $50

General Guidelines for Entries

The filing of entry forms is an agreement to all terms and conditions in the prospectus.

Submissions: Submissions accepted via Submittable (see Department of Art + Design website for details/link) in .jpeg, .pdf, .mp3 formats.  Each artist may submit up to four (4) pieces for consideration. All media encouraged: Animation, Ceramics, Drawing, Illustration, Intermedia, Mixed Media, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic Design, Foundations (2D Design, 3D Design, Drawing I & II, Electronic Imaging), Video and Time-based art.

2D Entries: Works on paper (photography, prints, drawings) must be framed and behind plexiglass - not glass.  All 2D work (to be hung) must have wire securely attached to the back of the piece.  If works on paper are larger than 30"x40", they do not have to be matted or framed.

Collaborative Works and Group Projects: Every piece that bears the student's name counts as one of their total number of entries (i.e., entering one collaborative piece means each student can submit no more than 3 other pieces).

Video and Time-based Media: A video no longer than fifteen (15) minutes must be presented for juror's review. Accepted time-based media should be submitted on NTSC-formatted DVDs that are compatible with standard consumer Region 1 DVD players.  Please ensure that your disc plays in a standard DVD player or media player prior to submission. DVDs that do not play will be not be included in the exhibition.

Jury Process and Notification of Juror's Decision:

 The jurying process will be conducted with consideration for juror discretion and the following constraint: amount of physical space. Excessively large work or works in sets will decrease the total number of accepted works, thus they will be juried more stringently.

A list of accepted works will be posted outside the Department of Art + Design office as soon as possible after the jurying process.  Notifications will also be sent by email.

Professional presentation of artwork is critical for exhibition.  The New Gallery reserves the right to refuse accepted work that is deemed unsafe, or otherwise unsuitable for handling (i.e., poorly constructed, poorly framed or environmentally hazardous).

Return of Work: An APSU ID is required for pick-up of artwork.  Only the artist, or persons with a signed authorization from the artist and the artist's APSU ID may claim work.

Pick-up of Work after Exhibit Closes: Artist must pick up their work from The New Gallery beginning Thursday, April 26 from 10am - 3pm. and Friday, April 27 from 10am - 3pm.  Work not picked up by 3pm on April 27 will be turned over to the Department of Art + Design for disposal.

Liability and Insurance: Every precaution will be taken in handling and display of artwork. Work will be insured while in The New Gallery under APSU's umbrella insurance policy. Exhibition participants must refrain from touching their own or anyone else's artwork.

Photography: The Department of Art + Design reserves the right to photograph accepted artwork for promotional purposes. To uphold the integrity of the exhibition and the experience of the visitor, photographing artwork for portfolios during the exhibition is prohibited.  Photographs for portfolios must be taken before artwork is submitted.

Sale of Artwork: The New Gallery and the Department of Art + Design do not handle sales of artwork. If your work is for sale, please let us know during the submission process.  If a visitor is interested in purchasing artwork, the Gallery will forward the patron's contact information to the artist so any transaction will be between the artist and patron. We will not reveal the contact information of the artist without expressed written consent from the artist. Any sold artwork will not be removed until after the exhibition has closed.