Illustration/Graphic Design Competition and Exhibition

For the Annual Illustration/Graphic Design Competition and Exhibition, students create a design inspired by the tagline that appears on the top of this page: “Providing a Network for the Development of the Liberal Arts in Michigan’s Community Colleges.” There is no limit to the number of entries a school may submit.

View the 2021 Illustration/Graphic Design Winner!


The LAND Illustration/Graphic Design Competition is open to any student enrolled in a credit class at a public Michigan two-year college during the 2022 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. Any work submitted without faculty sponsorship will be rejected.

Note: This competition is designed to highlight the artwork of our community college-level students in their first years of college education in Graphic Design and/or Illustration. Therefore, students with extensive design experience, such as a professional designer/illustrator, years of making/selling their designs/illustrations, past Design or Art education or degrees, or faculty taking Design or Illustration courses are not eligible to enter.


The theme for the LAND Conference is Awkward Pauses.

We purposely keep the conference theme broad to invite a range of interpretations across Liberal Arts disciplines. We were motivated to select this year’s theme by simply looking at what’s going on in the world around us, and our own experiences with our students as they pursue their dreams against so many odds. All of this, especially when considered in the context of current cultural forces and the social-political climate, can fit within the theme. Find out what it meant to our presenters in their work with the Liberal Arts!


Design the cover for the Student Competitions and Student Scholar Conference Program. As such, the design must contain the information listed below, but beyond that, the limit is your creativity.  The concept or image, no matter how remote that conceptually or visually relates to the conference theme is welcome. It may be a symbol, pattern, realistic, or your interpretation of the theme.

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.

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.

Must Appear on Illustration

  • Conference Theme: The Theme for the 2023 Conference is Awkward Pauses
  • Organization Name: LAND Conference
  • Conference Dates: February 15-17, 2023
  • Conference Location: Dearborn, Michigan


Open to all Illustration and Graphic Design Media (digital and traditional media, as long as it can be scanned at high res in the 8” X 10” format).

Work should correspond to 8″ X 10″ format, either vertical or horizontal.


The deadline for the 2022 Illustration/Graphic Design Competition is 11:59 pm, Friday, December 16, 2022.

Submission Criteria

Number of entries is limited to 2 per student.

Work should be sent as jpeg (300dpi) or pdf.

All entries are submitted through this Google docs form:

Each JPEG sent must be labeled with:

  • Title
  • Artist First Initial and Last Initial
  • Student Number

For example, if Jaylen Andrews submits a piece called “Ode to Me,” the label should look like this:

Ode to Me-JA123456

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

Display of Illustration Submissions

The Fine Arts and Illustration/Graphic Design competitions will be both an online exhibition and a physical exhibition at the LAND Conference. The full Exhibition will be installed at the conference for attendees to enjoy in person as well as accessible through the LAND website. It is imperative that the photographs/jpegs of your artwork are of the highest quality, since that is one way they will be viewed by the conference attendees and by the public, but also the Juror will decide the awards from the photos submitted.

Talk to your faculty about how to take a good documentation photograph of your artwork. Remember: the artwork is the focus, so be clear in your documentation photograph; avoid artistic of creative “flares” with the composition of the photographs.

If there is any question about photographic quality, please feel free to contact Jjenna:


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

The 2021 Illustration Contest Judge is Eric J. Kaster.

The 1st prize selection will have work displayed as the cover of a Digital Program, and the design used for this year’s conference-related materials, such as shirts, bags, mugs, etc. which will be available for purchase online.

The 2nd prize winner will receive a certificate and cash award. There will also be Honorable Mentions which will receive a certificate only.


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.

Students retain the copyright to their submissions to the LAND Illustration/Graphic Design 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.