Illustration Competition and Exhibition

For the Annual Illustration Competition and Exhibition, students create a design inspired by the tag line 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.

Congratulations to the 2018 Illustration Winner!

Eligibility

The LAND Illustration 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 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.

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.]

Description

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 2019 Conference is “At the Precipice.”
  • Organization Name: LAND Conference
  • Conference Dates: February  5-7, 2020
  • Conference Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan

Specifications

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

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

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 illustration competition is 11:59 pm, Friday, December 13, 2019. Any student enrolled during the 2019 calendar year is eligible to enter works.

Display of Illustration Submissions

Work entered into the contest must be available for exhibition.

Work needs to be printed 8″ X 10″ format, either vertical or horizontal and mounted on Foamcore.

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.

If unable to transport work to the conference please contact Jjenna Andrews at jjenna.andrews@mcc.edu to make arrangements.

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.

Judging

Entries will be juried by an art professional to determine prize winners. The 2019 Illustration 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 Illustration 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.