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Dates Categories Eligibility


Important Dates

March 2-3 2-D works must be delivered to the gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
March 5 3-D entries must be set up in the 3-D building for jury selection before 2 p.m.
March 6 Students pick up unselected 2-D works from gallery, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
March 9 Selected 3-D works delivered to the gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
March 24 Opening Reception and Awards at 5:00 p.m. 
April 9 Last day of show. Show closes at 5 p.m.
April 13-14 Artworks must be picked up from gallery, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.



  • Foundations Categories:
    • Drawing I And II, 2-D Design, Color Theory, And 3-D Design
  • Fine Art Categories:
    • Upper Level & Figure Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Ceramics
  • Graphic Design Categories:
    • Print, Packaging, Illustration, Typography, Web Design, Identity Campaigns (Logo Design And Branding), Digital Photography, And Motion Graphics 


  • Only currently enrolled USM students are eligible. 
  • All Art and Design studio course-work, produced since March 1, 2019 is eligible for entry. 
  • Each student may enter up to 5 total works. (Some single entries may include more than one piece.)
  • Students are encouraged to enter works in a variety of categories.  

Entry Process

  • Take a picture of each work you plan to enter. (Optional, but preferred.)
  • Complete the entry form online using the link below. Hand written forms will not be accepted.
  • Upload image when completing the entry form. (This works from a computer or mobile device.)
  • Submit the completed form and you will receive an email confirmation copy of the form.
  • Print two copies of the email confirmation. This is your entry form.
  • For each entry, have two copies signed by area instructor.
  • Bring the two signed copies with each entry delivered for judging. Attach one copy to artwork.
  • Works not including a signed entry form will be omitted.
  • Entry forms can be completed on a computer or mobile device. Use the link below.

Entry form 2020

Presentation Requirements

  • Student name and title of work should be clearly written on back of all 2-D works.
  • 2-D works should be properly mounted and/or matted, prior to delivery to the gallery.
  • In some cases, 2-D works may be considered gallery ready even if unmounted, and as such, could be entered without mounting or matting. Professor must approve.
  • No entries selected for the show can be removed for mounting or matting after judging is complete.   
  • Entries that are not presentable for hanging or display may be omitted by the gallery director.
  • All framed works and paintings on stretched canvas must be wired and/or ready for hanging.
  • 3-D works should not damage gallery floor. Students may be required to move and install heavy works.
  • No works weighing more than 20 lbs. may be hung from the gallery ceiling.
  • Works requiring specialized installation are eligible, but if selected, must be installed by the student with supervision and approval of the gallery director.