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Student Juried Exhibits

Art in Isolation Exhibit Entry Information


Uncertainty prevails due to COVID-19, the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement, a divided nation during a presidential election, the derecho in Iowa, and the rocky transition to virtual learning in college. But artists still create, and this exhibit will be, in essence, a visual diary of the work creatives do during difficult times. 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 February 1 – March 14, 2021. Although the title of the show is Art in Isolation, submitted work does not need to reflect that theme – it just needs to have been created during the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 40 pieces of artwork, fashion and poetry will be chosen by a creative with expertise in each area. 

Entry Information

Submit entries online at 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.


This exhibit is open to Iowa State University students of any major who are enrolled in the Spring 2021 semester. Artwork must be original, not previously displayed in past Memorial Union exhibits, and finished between March 1 and December 31, 2020. A total of three works in visual art, poetry or fashion may be submitted for consideration.


Entries must be uploaded by Friday, January 1, 2021. No late entries will be considered.


Visual Art Juror: Lee Rainboth
Poetry Juror: Zara Chodhary
Apparel Juror: Makaylee Gayed


Artists will receive a notification e-mail by January 11, 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. 

Dress forms must be provided by the artist for all garments. If you don’t have access to a dress form contact the MU Gallery and we will try to assist in securing one for the exhibit, however it is not guaranteed.

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. 

Delivery of Accepted Works

Accepted art and garments may be delivered on January 24 and 25, specific times TBD. 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 No late pieces will be included in the exhibit.


A juror specific to each media will determine the Best of Show for that category (visual art, poetry, and fashion), and each award will be $100.  

Exhibit & Reception

The exhibit will be held in the Memorial Union Art Gallery February 1 – March 14, 2021. 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 and social distancing are required in the Memorial Union.


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 16, 2021. 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 Sunday, March 14 from 4-6pm or Monday, March 15 from 10am-noon. Unclaimed artwork will become property of the Iowa State Memorial Union.


Any questions regarding the exhibit may be directed to or Letitia Kenemer, Workspace and Arts Coordinator.

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