Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition 2023

Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition

2023 Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition: Middle Tennessee State University

Saturday, February 18 – Wednesday, March 15, 2023
Reception and Awards Ceremony: February 25 – Exhibition reception: 2:00-4:00 pm, Awards Ceremony: 3:00 pm.
The Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition is a student art exhibition for all community college, college, and university students within Tennessee, Kentucky, and Alabama. This exhibit of student work—open to all media completed within the last 12 months—will be juried by Thomas Sturgill, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, and Belmont University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D. For more about Thomas, visit https://www.numberoneartist.com/,  

Apply: Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition

Submission instructions: Use above link to visit https://bit.ly/MTSU-TCArtCompetition, create an account, and complete submission. 

Additional Description: Celebrating its inaugural exhibition, the 1st annual Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition (TCAC) joins Middle Tennessee State University’s Department of Art and Design as a sister event to the annual K-12 Competition entitled the Middle Tennessee Winners Circle
TCAC is open to all students, regardless of their major, currently attending; or who recently completed any two and four-year colleges, universities, and community colleges in Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky. The event seeks to recognize and espouse the artistic achievements of today’s college students as a showcase for our region, communities, and tomorrow’s youth who seek to follow.


Students, please visit https://bit.ly/MTSU-TCArtCompetition to input and upload entry forms, digital images, and application fees.
January 9 – Entry forms, digital files, and fees are due at MTSU. Contact person at MTSU: Eric Snyder, Coordinator, Department of Art and Design/Todd Art Gallery, eric.snyder@mtsu.edu or (615) 898-5532.
January 10–20 – Entries juried by Thomas Sturgill and Steve Ward.
January 23 – Notification of accepted works emailed to applicants
February 7–February 11 – Accepted work is due at Middle Tennessee State University, Box 25, 1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0025.
Directions use Driving Directions, 1512 Military Memorial, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.
All work must be hand-delivered or shipped via USPS or U.P.S. Applicants; please email Eric.Snyder@mtsu.edu or Rick.Rishaw@mtsu.eduin advance to establish a delivery time. (Late work will not be displayed in the exhibition)
February 18 – The exhibition opens at Middle Tennessee State University.
February 25 – Exhibition reception: 2:00-4:00 pm, Awards Ceremony: 3:00 pm.
March 15 – Exhibition closes.
March 21 – Exhibition organized for pick-up
April 14 – All work must be picked up. Applicants email Eric.Snyder@mtsu.edu or Rick.Rishaw@mtsu.edu to schedule a time.
The Todd Art Gallery is not responsible for work that is not picked up. All uncollected artwork becomes property of the MTSU Department of Art and Design's permanent collection or is sold with proceeds supporting Art and Design Student Scholarships.


ELIGIBILITY: Four-year college and university students (undergraduate and graduate) who are/were enrolled within the last 12 months in a degree-granting program in Tennessee or TCAC's list of eligible schools from Northern Alabama or Southern Kentucky are eligible to enter the competition. Students are not required to be art majors. However, all submitted work must be created during the student's enrollment at the eligible school.


Thomas Sturgill, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, and Belmont University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D. For more about Thomas, visit https://www.numberoneartist.com/.
AWARDS: BEST OF SHOW, 3 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE, and a JUROR'S AWARD DESIGNATING SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EACH medium. Awards will be presented at the juror's discretion and may not necessarily be issued in each media.


(C.A.)-Clay Arts, (CI)-Computer Imagery, (D.R.)-Drawing, (F.A.)-Fiber Arts, (G.A.)-Glass Arts, (G.D.)-Graphic Design, (M.A.)-Metal Arts, (MM)-Mixed Media, (P.T.G.)-Painting, (P.H.)-Photography, (P.R.)-Printmaking, (S)-Sculpture, (TBM)-Time Based Media


One entry equals submitting one to three artworks for juror consideration. A non-refundable fee of $10.00 will be charged for one entry of up to three pieces. A further payment of $10.00 will be charged for each additional entry with no limit on the total number of entries per artist. The Submittable.com link will collect all participant fees.


All accepted artworks must be presented professionally, suitably framed, and ready for hanging. Three-dimensional pieces must be assembled and prepared for exhibition. The artist is responsible for providing the appropriate apparatus and detailed instructions if work requires special installation.


Accepted works should be of a dimension that will allow for proper handling and display by Todd Art Gallery. (No work may exceed 6 feet in any direction and 200 pounds in weight)


All accepted work must remain for the show's duration. A PDF catalog listing the accepted artists and a list of the award winners will be created and emailed to all participating schools.


Every possible precaution will be taken during the handling, exhibiting, and storing of accepted entries, but neither Todd Art Gallery, the Department of Art and Design, nor MTSU assumes responsibility for the loss or damage of artwork. Sending an entry to this competition will constitute an agreement with all conditions in this prospectus.


Sales of accepted entries will be encouraged. Todd Art Gallery will retain a commission of 20 percent.


  1. Please visit www.Submittable.com (this site) to enter and upload your contact information and images.
  2. Please ensure that the entries follow the same exact naming convention as outlined below.
  3. Create a single MSWord Docx listing your first and last name, the sequential order of your entries, each work's title, the entry category, your class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), the price of the artwork, your email, and cell number.
  4. Upload your MSWord Docx through Submittable.com in the space where it is requested.
  5. Your entry fees will also be applied through Submittable.com.

Student work should be submitted in the following format:

Formatting Images of Entries:
1. Images must be 150 DPI resolution or higher, with a length or width no larger than 1080 pixels.
2. Images must be saved as a JPEG.
3. Student image files should be labeled using the following structure and category key:

School: Institution Abbreviation (see list below to insure your institutional eligibility)

FirstName_LastName: Student's First and Last Name
Number: The sequential order of the student's entry
Category: Entry Category (see list below)
Title: Title of work (if works are untitled, then each must be uniquely untitled) Example: "Untitled 1" and "Untitled 2"
Dimensions: (Height_Width for 2D work) (Height_Width_Depth for 3D work) in inches, for example, 2D work would be 20_24, and 3D work would be 20_24_20
Examples: UM_John_Thompson_1_PH_Wheel_20_24.jpg;
UM_John_Thompson_4_PH_Untitled _16_20.jpg
UM is the school; John is the first name; Thompson is the last name; 1 is the sequential student number for the entry; B is the category; Wheel is the work's title; and 20­­_24 are the dimensions in inches.
Detail shots are fine, but please label the end of the file with Detail.
Examples: UM_John_Thompson_1_PH_Wheel_20_24_Detail_1.jpg
Formatting Time-Based Media Entries:
The video format must be Quicktime format. The length of media can be no longer than 10 minutes. Each video must have a title and a credits page. No DVDs with menus or multi-channels will be accepted. All genres accepted. Students label the movie file in the format listed above and submit it.
Media Abbreviations:
Entry Categories: (C.A.)-Clay Arts, (CI)-Computer Imagery, (D.R.)-Drawing, (F.A.)-Fiber Arts, (G.A.)-Glass Arts, (G.D.)-Graphic Design, (M.A.)-Metal Arts, (MM)-Mixed Media, (P.T.G.)-Painting, (P.H.)-Photography, (P.R.)-Printmaking, (S)-Sculpture, (TBM)-Time Based Media.
Institution Abbreviations:

If Your College or University is not listed below, please provide its full name in your submission

(APSU) Austin Peay State University (BEL.) Belmont University, (BETH) Bethel University, (CHA.) Chattanooga State Community College (CLE) Cleveland State Community College (COL.) Columbia State Community College, (DSCC) Dyersburg State Community College, (ETSU) East Tennessee State University, (JSCC) Jackson State Community College, (LEE) Lee University, (LMU) Lincoln Memorial University, (MSCC) Motlow State Community College, (MTSU) Middle Tennessee State University, (NAS) Nashville State Community College, (NSCC) Northeast State Community College, (OCOD) O'More College of Design, (PSCC) Pellissippi State Community College, (RSCC) Roane State Community College, (STCC) Southwest Tennessee Community College, (TECH)Tennessee Technological University, (TSU) Tennessee State University, (UM) The University of Memphis, (UTC) The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, (UTK) The University of Tennessee, (UTM) The University of Tennessee at Martin, (UTS) The University of Tennessee Southern, (VAN) Vanderbilt University, (VSCC) Volunteer State Community College, (WSCC) Walters State Community College
(ASU) Athens State University, (AU) Auburn University, (GSCC) Gadsden State Community College, (HU) Herzing University, (JDCC) J. F. Drake Community College, (JSU) Jacksonville State University, (LSCC) Lawson State Community College, (SSCC) Snead State Community College, (UAB) The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAH) The University of Alabama Huntsville, (UNA) The University of North Alabama, (WSCC) Wallace State Community College
(CAMU) Campbellsville University, (CCC) Calhoun Community College, (LWC) Lindsey Wilson College, (MCC) Madisonville Community College, (MSU) Murray State University (SCC) Somerset Community College, (WKU) Western Kentucky University, and (UOTC) University of the Cumberlands
For information, please call: Todd Art Gallery at (615) 898-5532 or
Middle Tennessee State University
Box 25, 1301 E Main Street, Murfreesboro TN 37132-0025
Submission instructions: Use above link to visit https://bit.ly/MTSU-TCArtCompetition, create an account, and complete submission. 
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