Competitions & Contests

Studies in Creativity Juried Exhibit

Entry Dates 2021-09-26T23:59:00 - 2021-09-03T18:00:00 1 Days Left


Studies in Creativity Student Exhibit


This exhibit is open to Iowa State University students of any major who are enrolled in the Fall 2021 semester.  Artwork must be original and not previously accepted into past Memorial Union exhibits. A total of three works, either 2D or 3D, may be submitted for consideration. 


Entries must be uploaded by Sunday, September 26, 2021 at midnight. No late entries will be considered.

Selection by Juror 



Students will be notified by October 1, 2021 via e-mail.

For Accepted Artwork

Artwork must be presented in ready-to-install condition. Two-dimensional art must be framed and matting is highly recommended.  Works on canvas that aren't framed need to have the sides finished.  All visual artwork that is meant to be hung on the wall must also have a secure hanging mechanism.  A hanging wire is required for works on canvas and it is strongly recommended for all framed pieces.  Fiber pieces must have appropriate casings and hanging rods inculded.

Accepted artwork not accurately depicted in the entry may be rejected by the Gallery Coordinator at the time of the exhibit installation. The Gallery Coordinator may also refuse to accept or exhibit objects that are improperly prepared for display. 

Delivery of Accepted Artwork

Accepted art and garments may be delivered on Sunday, October 10 from 4-6pm or Monday, October 11 from 2-4pm. Deliver to the Memorial Union Gallery, room 1568 on the first floor. If you are unable to deliver at the designated time, you may make arrangements in advance for an early drop-off by emailing No late artwork will be included in the exhibit.

Accepted artwork must remain in the possession of the Memorial Union for the duration of the exhibit. 


A juror specific to each media will determine Best of Show, Merit, and Honorable Mention award winners.  Awards will total $375 - one $100 Best of Show, three $75 Merit Awards and two $25 Honorable Mentions. The Memorial Union will select a Purchase Award winner. This artist’s piece will be purchased by Memorial Union for inclusion in our Permanent Collection of art. Only pieces that are for sale will be considered for this award.

Exhibit & Reception

The exhibit will be held in the MU Art Gallery October 18 – November 17, 2021. Hours are Monday - Friday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. A public reception will be held early in October. Face coverings are encouraged in the Gallery.


Artists may choose the "Not for Sale" option or indicate a sale price. The MU receives a 20% commission on all artwork sales.


Submission to this exhibition constitutes acceptance of stated conditions. The Memorial Union reserves the right to photograph accepted work for publicity and/or inventory purposes. All entries will be handled in a professional manner. Insurance will be provided while artwork is in the possession of the MU and will cease on November 20, 2021. Coverage is limited and is at the discretion of the Memorial Union. 

Pick Up or Accepted Pieces

Artwork may be picked up from the exhibit on November 18th and 19th, times TBA. Unclaimed artwork will become property of the Iowa State Memorial Union.


Any questions regarding the exhibit may be directed to or Letitia Kenemer, Workspace and Arts Coordinator

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