Student Information

MU undergraduate students are invited to submit their expressive art and applied design projects to be presented at the 2018 Visual Art & Design Showcase in Jesse Hall (February 5-9, 2018). Students selected to participate will visit with a panel of guest jury members and be eligible to compete for $10,000 in professional development funds and other awards.

Projects will be selected in the following categories:

  • Art
  • Architectural Studies
  • Digital Storytelling (video, animation, photography)
  • Journalism (photojournalism and documentary, strategic communication, design)
  • Textile & Apparel Management
  • Theatre (costume, lighting, set design)
  • Open Submissions (including floral & landscape design, 3-D printing, technical design and others).

All projects must have a visual element central to the work. The Visual Art & Design Committee will have final approval of projects and display requests.

For 2018, students do not need to be nominated by their faculty mentor prior to submission; however, students must have a faculty mentor of record when they submit their application (due November 6). Students need to begin working with faculty mentors as soon as possible. All student work must be complete prior to submission.

Students can expect faculty mentors to:

  • Assist in developing a 150-200-word artist statement/project abstract for the submitted work. These will be used for selection into the showcase, shared with guest jury members and be made available to the public.
  • Provide feedback to the student on the project title.
  • Assist in selecting 3-4 images representative of your final project to submit with the application.

Project Examples

Artistic Expression

  • Ceramics
  • Fiber
  • Sculpture
  • Painting
  • Drawing
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography
  • Digital Storytelling
  • Print Making
  • Graphic Design
  • Apparel Design

Applied Design

  • Theatre Set Design
  • Theatre Light Design
  • Costume Design
  • Architectural Design
  • 3D Printing
  • Interior Design
  • Strategic Campaigns
  • Publication Design
  • Photojournalism
  • Documentary Film
  • Landscape Design
  • Floral Design

Application Materials

  • Online application
  • 3-4 representative images of your work
  • Title of your work/project
  • 150-200-word artist statement/project abstract
  • Information on size of your project/anticipated display needs
  • Name of MU faculty mentor

Methods to Display Your Work

2D Projects

  • 8’ x 4’ wood panels
  • 3’ x 4’ hanging acrylic envelopes
  • Digitally via monitors and headphones

3D Projects

  • Table top
  • Pedestals
  • Display case
  • Dress forms

Helpful Links

Artist statements

To join the VAD mailing list, email with “VAD 2018” in the subject line.