Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition 2023
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/, and Steve Ward, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Middle
Tennessee Painter and Collage artist. For more about Steve, visit http://www.aaroncraneinstitute.com/art/inquiries.html
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.
TCAC 2023: CALENDAR OF NOTABLE EVENTS
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
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.
JUROR FOR THE 2023 COMPETITION:
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,
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
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
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
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.
THE TODD ART GALLERY AND JURORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO REFUSE ANY WORK DEEMED NOT SUITABLE
Please visit www.Submittable.com (this site) to enter and upload your contact information
Please ensure that the entries follow the same exact naming convention as outlined
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.
Upload your MSWord Docx through Submittable.com in the space where it is requested.
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
2. Images must be saved as a JPEG.
3. Student image files should be labeled using the following structure and category
SCHOOL_FIRST NAME_LAST NAME_ENTRY NUMBER_CATEGORY_TITLE_DIMENSIONS
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
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.
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
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.
If Your College or University is not listed below, please provide its full name in
(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
(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
(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