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Undergraduate Exhibition Award for Excellence in Visual Arts

Published January 25, 2018


We are pleased to announce the following art competition that was established last year to recognize the artistic talents of undergraduate students at Florida State University. Cash awards will be coupled with an exhibition of the selected works in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House on the FSU Campus for one year (March 2018-March 2019).

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We are looking for high quality works of art that clearly show excellence in visual arts. In addition, the student’s artist’s statement will be assessed for its success in conveying to the judges why the artist was moved to create the piece and what the artist is trying to convey to the viewer. These statements should be written to a broad audience but address the specific work in the application. While all mediums will be considered, there are limited exhibition spaces in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House as noted below. Up to eight applicants will be selected as finalists whose works will be exhibited at the Honors House. From that group, another jurying will select three undergraduate student winners each of whom will be awarded $500 and a $250 Honorable Mention. In addition, there will be a $250 People’s Choice Award that will be determined by the votes cast by the attendees of the opening exhibition. The award winners must agree to display their “winning” art work in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House and the installation must remain up for one year (March 2018-March 2019). The other finalists will each be recognized with an Honorable Mention designation and receive a $50 award and are encouraged to provide their artwork for display in the Honors, Scholars, and Fellows House.

The awards will be announced during the opening reception for the Exhibition on Friday, April 13, 2018. Students will be notified of selected works for the Finalist Exhibition by February 26 and selected artworks will need to be delivered “ready to hang” to the HSF House between March 5-9.


The competition is open to all currently enrolled, degree seeking undergraduate students in good academic standing. Applicants should consider the criteria for submitted artwork noted below under Guidelines.


The identification of the award recipients will be a two-step process. First, a diverse panel of judges (faculty, staff, students) will identify a group of up to eight finalists. The judges will consider technical/artistic merit, personal appeal, as well as the artist’s statement. Second, three undergraduate student winners will be chosen from this group by a committee of faculty and staff from the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House and the Art on Campus Director.

Deadline: Submissions are due by February 1, 2018

Application/Submission Process

Applicants must complete the following form. This will ask for:

  1. Your contact info,
  2. Student status information,
  3. One image of each work in jpeg format (1-2 MB largest file size), up to 3 images/works in total
  4. Technical description of work (Materials used, size, date made),
  5. Artist’s statement about each work submitted, to include the conceptual background and the ideas/meaning/story of each. The purpose is to have a broad audience understand the work. Part of what will compel the audience and judges to the work will be how well articulated the meaning and ideas behind the work are presented. Minimum 300 words, maximum 500 words.

General Guidelines

Artworks in all mediums will be considered for the awards as long as they can be hung on the wall in the Honors, Scholars and Fellows House and have a maximum depth of 3″, unless otherwise noted under the Space and Size section.

This is a public space and works containing explicit violence or nudity will not be considered. Works that are deemed potentially dangerous or too delicate/fragile will also not be considered.

Not more than three unique pieces may be submitted by each artist; diptychs and triptychs are considered as a single piece.

An artist may not receive more than one award in a given year. Finalists who are not recognized with one of the major awards will receive an Honorable Mention and $50.

Examples of accepted mediums are as follows:

  • paintings on canvas or board (oil, acrylics, etc.),
  • watercolor,
  • drawings (colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal; it is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed),
  • mixed media & collage: must be two dimensional or low relief, prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints),
  • computer-generated art, photography, and low-relief sculpture in any medium.

Space and Size

Specification for each of the main exhibition spaces by floor. See floor plans

Artwork(s) must conform to one of the following size restrictions

**Please note**

Sizes below are FINISHED FRAMED SIZES. With diptychs and triptychs, the combined pieces will fulfill the size requirements.


  • Student Lounge Gallery area (Main Exhibition area)
    • There are 6-10 possible spaces (depending on size of works installed). Finished Max. Size – 60 “ H x 156″ & Min. Size – 36″ x 36″
    • Diptychs, Triptychs and grouping can work in some places
    • Constraints: (Red chairs: 32” H)
    • Additional possible spaces to hang works:
  • Space above Bench close to elevator (24” H x 120“ W x 1-4” deep)
  • Wall close to elevator (48” x 48” max. size)
  • Wall in front of Honors Offices (48” x 48” max. size)

Installation, Hanging, and Framing Guidelines

  • All winning artwork must be “ready to hang”
  • Students are responsible for framing their “winning” works
  • Please consider the following information for submittals:

Frames can be whatever the artist thinks are best for the work but they need to be as sturdy as possible. No “snap on” frames are to be used. Matting can enhance or detract from a work of art and should be considered for the overall size. Plexiglas or glass should be used to protect all artwork EXCEPT works in oil or acrylic on canvas or board. Artwork on canvas/hardboard should be on a wide profile gallery wrapped with a finished painted edge or have a framed edge and be “ready for hanging”. Artwork does not have to be framed to be submitted for consideration, but all selected works on paper will have to be framed by the student for exhibition purposes and receipt of award.


If you have any general questions, please contact Elizabeth DiDonna,

If you have questions regarding artwork eligibility or installation, please contact the Art on Campus Director, Professor Lilian Garcia-Roig at

NOTE: If artworks are left past a year, the Art on Campus Director will have the option of continuing to exhibit the work or take it down and store it for another 6 months. Unless previous arrangements were made with the Director of Art on Campus, all artworks that are not picked up by the student after that 6-month “grace-period” will become the property of Art on Campus and can be exhibited in various FSU locations. All works will be properly labeled and include the students name, graduating date, degree and award designation.