Visual Arts Contest Rules

Contest applicants must be enrolled as full-time students (at least 12 credits for undergrad and 6 credits for graduate students) at Brigham Young University in either semester of the 2023-2024 school year.

1. This contest provides cash awards for writing compositions and visual arts winners. Judges may divide the cash among fewer or more than four winners, even giving the entire amount to the first-place entry or, if the judges feel that the submissions are not good enough, they may withhold some or all of the awards. Prize money for this competition is $1,850.

2.  Entries may be done in any style or medium within the range of visual arts (painting, sculpture, printmaking, ceramics, photography, drawing, illustration, graphics, motion design). All 2-D works must be cradled or framed with hanging wire securely attached, ready to hang. Do not use clip frames or uniframes. All pieces must be dry, with no exceptions. 3-D work must be self-supporting or mounted on their own bases (not glued to our pedestals). If the work needs special consideration for hanging, specify on the entry card how the piece is to be hung. If no specifications are made, the gallery staff will use their best judgment when hanging the work. It is the responsibility of the student to pay for the printing of their work if considered for display. All work should be submitted with the highest standards of presentation and readiness for exhibition. if you have concerns or questions about what this means, please contact gallery staff at (a week or two prior to submission deadlines is best in case adjustments must be made). Work submitted with inadequate standards of presentation will be declined from the show (i.e. no framing, poor framing, poor matting, extreme weight without proper support, etc.) All still images and art must be submitted physically (no digital still images will be considered). Submitted animation and video will of course be accommodated appropriately.

3. The works must be done independent of classroom assignments. Works submitted for class credit are ineligible.

4. Entry Form (Cover Sheet) & Title Card: Each student will fill out an entry form (downloaded below), providing their name, address, telephone number and certifying (a) that they are eligible through proper enrollment at BYU to enter the contest, and (b) that the entry submitted is the student’s own creative work. This Entry Form is your Cover Sheet mentioned in #9 below. The student’s real name will appear ONLY on this cover sheet. For your title card, write or print your title of your work and your student ID in place of your name. For any titles that require more than a line (i.e. a poem, quotation, etc), bring a printed version of your title with all formatting as you intend it be displayed for the show. Please write all information legibly (or provide a printed version of the entry form and title card). The gallery will not print out your title card for the show if the title card information is illegible.

Title Card Example:


“Winter solstice study”

5. All entries are to be submitted between January 8th and February 14th, 2024 from 9a.m.-5 p.m. to the Art and Design area offices in room 1100 of the West Campus Central Building (WCCB). 

6. A judging committee of three or more members will be appointed. These will be drawn from the BYU Design faculty and other experienced artists and critics. These members will decide which pieces will be accepted, as well as which artists shall receive awards. Award winners will be notified by e-mail, as well as by award placards placed next to their artwork. Works will be juried February 16th.

7. Accepted works will be announced via e-mail on February 19, 2024. Please do not call the gallery offices for contest results. Declined works can be picked up starting February 20th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in room 1100 WCCB.  Any artwork not picked up will be considered abandoned and will be dealt with as gallery staff deems appropriate.

8. The accepted works will be displayed in the Art and Design office gallery from February 26 through March 18, 2024. Displayed work must be picked up March 18th, 2024.

Important note: In addition to the specific rules above for the Visual Arts Contest, see the “General Regulations” giving information on all Mayhew Student Creative Contests. Both the general regulations and the specific rules for each contest should be followed by every student who enters one or more of the contests.

9. *All submissions require a cover sheet. The cover sheet may be downloaded and printed from the link below*

Contest Contact Information

Luke Gibson
Visiting Professor, Motion Design and Animation
1313 Gallery Director, Visual Arts Contest Chairman
2325A WCCB

Visual Arts Cover Sheet (found below)