Iowa State University of Science and Technology

Student Juried Exhibits

APEX 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.

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 Monday, March 27 in the Gallery at the Memorial Union (third floor) between 10am 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 March 27.

Entry Information

Entry forms and artwork labels will be available when you drop off your work on March 27 or download a 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 March 27. Unaccepted works must be picked up on Tuesday, March 28  between 10am and 1pm. Accepted work will be available for pickup on Tuesday, Tuesday, May 2 in the Gallery between 9:30am and 1pm. 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 March 27.  The juror reserves the right to reject any piece of work that does not meet eligibility specifications or presentation criteria.


Des Moines artist and ISU alum Ramona Muse Lambert. Born in rural Iowa, and now residing in Des Moines, Ramona creates art in a variety of mediums, including illustration, painting, textile, video, and multimedia. Since receiving her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Iowa State University, Ramona has been teaching art courses to children and adults at various schools, museums, and workspaces across the state. Her current focus lies heavily on illustrating beer labels for Exile Brewing Co. and teaching at the Des Moines Art Center, as well as raising and trying to enable creativity in her son, born in 2016. She recently completed a prominently featured mural at the Fleur Cinema & Cafe, and annually designs and directs the Hinterkids art zone at Hinterland music festival in St. Charles, IA. Ramona believes that art should be an inclusive experience, and often injects humor and playfulness into her work, in attempt to make it accessible and enjoyable for people of all ages and backgrounds.


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 Student Activities Center 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 Wednesday, April 5 at 6pm. The APEX reception will be held in conjunction with the Focus Grant Exhibit Reception.  The evening will begin at 6pm in the Pioneer Room, and will move to the Gallery. 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 May 3. 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.


March 27          Drop off artwork 10am – 1pm in the Gallery.  Notification of accepted work e-mailed in the evening.
March 28          Unaccepted works may be picked up between 10am and 1pm in the Gallery. 
March 30          Exhibition opens to the public
April 5              Reception & Awards at 6pm
May 2              Pickup accepted works between 9:30am-1pm

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