Student Juried Exhibits
Nostalgia Exhibit Entry Information
We hold pieces of the past that are activated by what we see, hear, and taste, and often show up in our dreams. The places you have been, the objects you held, the people you grew up with, and your emotional responses are all within your present self. How are connections to your past revealed in the art you create today?
Artists, designers and writers are invited to submit up to three entries for consideration in this multimedia exhibition that will be presented in the Memorial Union Art Gallery January 27 - March 10, 2022.
Submit entries online at ArtCall. You will need to create an account before uploading your submissions. It is a good idea to create your profile early, and not on the day you submit your artwork. That way if you have any issues, you have some time to get it figured out. Click on the YouTube video below for a tutorial. Here is the link to Nostalgia.
This exhibit is open to Iowa State University students of any major, and each person may submit up to 3 works for consideration in the following categories:
FOR ART: Artwork must be original and not previously displayed in past Memorial Union exhibits. A short statement showing how each entry relates to the theme of the show is required, however the juror will be choosing works by their artistic merit alone. Statements will be displayed on the art label for pieces accepted into the show.
FOR WRITING: The juror should be able to see how the poem related to the theme so no additional statement is necessary.
FOR APPAREL DESIGN: Garments must be original and not previously displayed in past Memorial Union exhibits. A short statement showing how each entry relates to the theme of the show is required, however the juror will be choosing works by their design merit alone. Statements will be displayed on the art label for pieces accepted into the show. Dress forms must be provided by the artist. If you don't have access to one contact us and we will try to assist in securing one fo the exhibit.
Entries must be uploaded by Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at midnight. No late entries will be considered.
Poetry Juror: Mary Howard
Mary Howard is an author living in Portland, Oregon. A former Ames resident, she and advised students in the College of Design at Iowa State University for seventeen years, which inspired her to write novels with visual artists as main characters. Her short fiction has appeared in The Ontario Review, the Georgia Review, and Intro. Her story "Father Me, Father Me Not" won Ms Magazine's first college fiction contest, and Story County Books, a small press, published a story entitled "Looking for the Hypnotist" in chapbook form. She was named an "outstanding writer" in the Pushcart Prize IX: Best of Small Presses and has been a Fellow at The Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois. While earning a M.A. in English at Iowa State University, she was supported by the Pearl Hogrefe Fellowship in Creative Writing. In 2019 Mary released her latest novel, Whiteout, a thrilling mystery with twists and turns right up to the very end. Other books include Discovering the Body and The Girl with Wings.
and Apparel Design Juror: Reuben Cheatem
Reuben Cheatem is a lifelong visual artist based in and working between Dallas, Texas and New Orleans, Louisiana. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Kansas in 2003, majoring in painting with a minor in psychology. He cites his extensive studies in life drawing with emphasis on heads and hands as most influential on his current painting style and preferences. His work is primarily figurative and being that he has a fondness for the narrative of skin textures, his acrylic portraits are most often large scale with faces dominating the composition. Moreover, although Cheatem paints his subjects with photographic realism, he uses hard-edged fragmentation and stripes to create an element of abstraction in many of his paintings, employing the law of simultaneous color contrast to create a feel of movement and change. Ironically, his biggest artistic influences are those who focus primarily with color like Piet Mondrian and Mark Rothko, rather than those whose work is figurative and representational like his own. Cheatem’s art resides in various public and private collections and has been featured in group exhibitions along with two solo shows in New Orleans, “Immersion” (2017), and “Solo and Behold” (2018).
Artists will receive a notification e-mail by December 15, 2021.
For Accepted Works
Artwork must be presented in ready-to-install condition. Two-dimensional art must be framed and matting is highly recommended. Works on canvas that aren’t framed need to have the sides finished. All visual artwork that is meant to be hung on the wall must also have a secure hanging mechanism. A hanging wire is required for works on canvas and it is strongly recommended for all framed pieces. Fiber pieces must have appropriate casings and hanging rods included.
Poetry will be printed and mounted to foam core for the exhibit. The MU Gallery will be in touch with writers to proof before printing.
Accepted pieces not accurately depicted in the entry may be rejected by the Gallery Coordinator at the time of the exhibit installation. The Gallery Coordinator may also refuse to accept or exhibit objects that are improperly prepared for display.
Dress forms must be provided by the artist. If you don't have access to one contact us and we will try to assist in securing one for the exhibit. If a smaller piece is accepted (hat, accessory, etc.), we will provide a display case for the piece.
Delivery of Accepted Works
Accepted art and garments may be delivered on Friday, January 21, time TBA. Deliver to the Memorial Union Art Gallery, room 1568 on the first floor. If you are unable to deliver at the designated time, you may make arrangements in advance with for an early drop-off by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org. No late pieces will be included in the exhibit.
Jurors will determine the Best of Show for each category (visual art, poetry, and apparel), and each award will be $100.
Exhibit & Reception
The exhibit will be held in the Memorial Union Art Gallery January 27 - March 10, 2022. Hours are Monday - Friday from 10am-4pm and Sunday from 1-4pm. A public reception will be held in early February, date TBA. Face coverings are encouraged in the Gallery.
Artists may choose the "Not for Sale" option or indicate a sale price. The MU receives a 20% commission on all artwork sales.
Submission to this exhibition constitutes acceptance of stated conditions. The Memorial Union reserves the right to photograph accepted work for publicity and/or inventory purposes. All entries will be handled in a professional manner. Insurance will be provided while artwork is in the possession of the MU and will cease on March 12. Coverage is limited and is at the discretion of the Memorial Union.
Pick Up of Accepted Pieces
Pieces may be picked up from the exhibit on March 11, time TBA. Unclaimed artwork will become property of the Iowa State Memorial Union.
Any questions regarding the exhibit may be directed to email@example.com or Letitia Kenemer, Workspace and Arts Coordinator.