Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Student Juried Exhibits

Art Inspired Exhibit Entry Information


This exhibit is open to Iowa State University students of any major.  Artwork must be original and not previously accepted into past Studies in Creativity, Art Inspired, APEX or Focus exhibits.  A total of three works, either 2D or 3D may be submitted. Accepted work must remain on display through the end of the exhibit with no exceptions. 

Preparation for Entries

All 2D artwork, with the exception of paintings on canvas, must be framed. Two-dimensional artwork must have a secure hanging wire across the back. Saw-tooth and other hanging devices will not be accepted.  

Fiber pieces must have appropriate casings and rods for hanging.  

Artwork must be presented in “ready to install” condition.  The Gallery Coordinator may refuse to accept or display objects that are improperly prepared for display.

Take the Mat Cutting Class at The Workspace to help you prepare for the show.

Good Example of Hanging Wire Good example of hanging wire for a painting on canvas.








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Entries must be hand delivered on Wednesday, February 1 in the Pioneer Room at the Memorial Union (third floor) between 9am and 1pm. If you are unable to deliver artwork during that time, contact Letitia Kenemer to make other arrangements in advance. No entries will be accepted after 1pm on February 1.

Entry Information

Entry forms and artwork labels will be available when you drop off your work on February 1 or download a printable copy and bring it to the drop off. All forms must be filled out completely or artwork will not be accepted. Each artwork entered must include a short inspiration statement that will be included on artist labels for work that is accepted into the exhibit.  It is strongly recommended to bring a typed statement that we can attach to your contract. If you hand-write your statements please write legibly!

Notification & Pickup of Artwork

Notification of accepted work will be e-mailed the evening of February 1. Unaccepted works must be picked up on Thursday, February 2 between 9am and 1pm. Accepted work will be available for pickup on Tuesday, March 21 in the Pioneer Room between 10am and noon. The Memorial Union is not responsible for unclaimed artwork.

Selection by Juror

The juror will select works for the exhibition from the artwork submitted on February 1.  The juror reserves the right to reject any piece of work that does not meet eligibility specifications or presentation criteria.


Jonathan Castro is a full-time ceramic artist living and working in New York City, and believes that objects in our lives should be thoughtfully designed and expertly crafted. Castro received a Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in ceramics from Iowa State. While at ISU he exhibited his work in juried exhibits at the MU & College of Design, was president of CODAC, assisted with art installations at the MU, worked and taught at The Workspace, and sold his work at pop up sales. He is visiting the week of January 30th for an artist residency sponsored by the College of Design and Memorial Union. Check back for more events being planned.


The juror will determine Best of Show and Merit Award winners from accepted works.  Awards will total $325 (one $100 Best of Show and three $75 Merit Awards). In addition, the juror will give two Honorable Mentions.

The Student Activities Center will select a Purchase Award winner. The artist’s piece will be purchased by SAC for inclusion in the MU permanent collection. Only pieces that are for sale will be considered for this award.


A public reception will be held on Saturday, February 4 at 6pm in the Pioneer Room. There will be comments by the juror and award announcements. All artists are encouraged to attend, whether your work is accepted into the show or not. Please invite family, friends and your professors, too!


The MU does not receive a commission on artwork sales during student exhibitions. The Gallery Coordinator will refer all purchase questions to the artist.


Submission to this exhibition constitutes acceptance of stated conditions. The Student Activities Center 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 22. Coverage is limited and is at the discretion of the Memorial Union. 


Any questions regarding the exhibit may be directed to Letitia Kenemer, MU Fine Arts Coordinator.


February 1        Drop off artwork 9am – 1pm in the Pioneer Room.  Notification of accepted work e-mailed in the evening.
February 2        Unaccepted works may be picked up between 9am and 1pm in the Pioneer Room. 
February 4        Exhibition opens to the public
February 4        Reception & Awards at 6pm
March 21          Pickup accepted works between 10am and noon

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