Fine Arts Competition and Exhibition

For the Fine Arts Competition, students create a design based on a theme selected by the LAND Steering Committee.

Congratulations to the 2018 Competition Winners!

Eligibility

The LAND Fine Arts Competition is open to any student enrolled in a credit class at a public Michigan two-year college during the 2019 calendar year.

Each entry MUST be sponsored by a faculty member (full-time or adjunct) who has reviewed the student’s work and attests that it is appropriate for the contest criteria and competitive rigor at the state level.

Note: This competition is designed to highlight the artwork of our community college level students in their first years of college education in the visual arts. Therefore, students with extensive art experience, such as a professional artist, years of making/selling their artwork, past art education or degrees, or faculty taking art courses are not eligible to enter.

Theme

The theme for the LAND Conference as well as the Fine Arts Competition is “At the Precipice.”

We purposely keep the conference theme broad to invite a range of interpretation across Liberal Arts disciplines. We were motivated to select this year’s theme from suggestions like taking risks, leaving the safe zone, navigating, embracing change, the diaspora, pivots, compromises, possibilities, momentum, ingenuity, resistance, adaptation, and confluence. All of these, especially when considered in the context of current cultural forces and the social-political climate, can fit within the theme AT THE PRECIPICE.

[Note: The theme for the 2020 Fine Art Competition will be “Successful Failures.” Submissions for that contest will open January 2020.]

Specifications

The theme can be expressed in either 2-Dimensional, 3-Dimensional, or New Media artwork. All artwork submitted for jurying must be the student’s original artwork. Copies of other artists’ work are not acceptable. The LAND Fine Art committee retains the right to reject or remove any work deemed not original or that does not meet the stated specifications.

  • 2-Dimensional: All mediums accepted, including traditional and non-traditional media. Photography, digital, and experimental 2D media welcome. Maximum size: 16″ x 20″ either vertical or horizontal, including frames and/or mattes. See note below under “Display of Art Submissions.”
  • 3-Dimensional: All media accepted (excluding food), including traditional and non-traditional and experimental media (such as 3D printing).  Maximum size: Height plus Width plus Depth must not exceed 60″ or 30 lbs. All pieces must be easy to set up and display.
  • New Media: Artworks that utilize technology as an integral part of the creation and presentation of the artwork (excluding projections that require a dark space). The work must be able to be presented at the conference, and any specialized equipment beyond a LAND-provided computer for display must be provided by the artist/sponsoring school. Height plus Width plus Depth must not exceed 60″ or 30 lbs. Duration may not exceed 10 minutes. All pieces must be easy to set up and display.

All entries are submitted through this Google docs form: https://bit.ly/2lCOteE

Each JPEG sent must be labeled with School Name and Artist Name and Entry #: Example: Muskegon Community College-Amy Smith-1

Each student submission must include a completed entry form with jpegs/PDF of the entered artwork.

Deadline

The deadline for the 2019 competition is midnight, Friday, December 13, 2019. Any student enrolled during the 2019 calendar year is eligible to enter works.

Display of Art Submissions

Work entered into the contest must be available for exhibition.

Work need not be framed, but in preparation for display, all paper art work must be mounted or matted using white board with minimum 1″ borders all the way around. All work on actual canvas must have hanging wire across the back.

All work brought to the LAND Conference Ann Arbor, Michigan, February 5-7, 2020, will be put on display for the duration of the conference.

Students entering the contest MUST have a college sponsor who will assist as needed with the transportation of the artwork for the exhibit.

All attempts will be made to not damage work put on display, but conference organizers must put pin holes in the corners of mounts or mattes for display.

New Media artwork must be able to be presented at the conference and any specialized equipment beyond a LAND-provided computer for display must be provided by the artist/sponsoring school.

Judging

Entries will be juried by an art professional to determine prize winners. The 2019 Fine Arts Contest Judge is John Dempsey.

Criteria

Entries will be evaluated for the originality, creativity, and quality of the concept of how effectively the idea relates to the theme. Design and craftsmanship will also be a part of the decision. Artwork conceptually/visually inspired by other artworks are welcome, however, artworks/exercises that are replications/copies of an original artwork/masterwork are not eligible for entry and will not be accepted.

The LAND Fine Art/Design committee retains the right to reject or remove any work deemed not original or that does not meet the specifications above.

Copyright

Students retain the copyright to their submissions to the LAND Fine Arts Competition. However, students need to grant LAND the right to reproduce any submission on its website or any other LAND publication regardless of medium of publication.

Artist/Designer Release

By submission of artwork, the student artist grants permission to LAND to reproduce (without further remuneration) any selected artwork. The student also attests to the originality of the design submitted.