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!

See the winning entries here.

Read: A Note to Art Faculty from Steven Glazer.


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.


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

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


The theme can be expressed either as a 2-Dimensional or 3-Dimensional piece of artwork.

  • 2-Dimensional: All mediums accepted. 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). Maximum size: Height plus Width plus Depth must not exceed 60″ or 30 lbs. All pieces must be easy to set up and display.

All entries should be through submission of a JPEG to

Each JPEG sent must be labeled with School Name and Artist Name and “LAND Fine Arts Competition” in the subject area. Example:¬†Muskegon Community College Amy Smith LAND Fine Arts Competition

Each submission must include a completed digital or printed and mailed copy of the entry/release form (below).


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. 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 should have a college sponsor who will assist as needed with the transportation of the artwork for the exhibit. 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 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.


Entries will be juried by an art professional to determine prize winners.


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.


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.

Entry Form

Fine Art Competition Application .docx format