University of Southern Indiana
Best of show winner 2016

Annual Student Art Show

2021 Exhibition Dates: March 31 - April 30

Submission is now closed.

Please view the following link to see this year's Annual Student Art Show exhibit details.

51st Annual Student Art Show

Art Exhibition Information and Regulations

The University of Southern Indiana Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is a presentation of selected student artworks from the past academic year, held at the McCutchan Art Center / Pace Galleries in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center.

The works are chosen by an expert in the field of art, invited by the Art and Design faculty for his/her expertise and understanding of undergraduate artworks. This independent juror is brought in to assure an objective selection of artworks and awards, and to provide an educational experience for students in preparation for professional careers in art.

This year’s Juror is Anne Galperin. She directs the Graphic Design BFA program at the State University of New York, New Paltz and is an Associate Professor in the Art Department, teaching courses in design theory and criticism, and research methods. She earned a BSc. in Human Development and Social Policy with Honors from Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois and an MFA in 2D design from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. A decade of educational book writing and general editing preceded her MFA.  Her early career focused on print design, and she is the recipient of two merit awards from Bookbuilders West and a Print Magazine Regional Design Award.

In her current scholarship she continues to work with content and interface and has pivoted to include the wearable and domestic environment. Recent shows include the SUNY Design Invitational (at SUNY Brockport and SUNY Cortland) and Collective Consciousness at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz.  Her interview-based essay about Betti Broadwater Haft will be published Fall 2021 in Princeton University Press’s Baseline Shift edited by Briar Levitt. She is currently working on a book project mapping the development of functional wearables.  The juror will give a public lecture and will be asked to include comments on the exhibition at that time.

Questions about the Student Art Show can be directed to Brett Anderson, associate professor of Art and director of the MAC/PACE: branderson3@usi.edu812-228-5176

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Eligibility for Entry

The University of Southern Indiana Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is open to all current students who are art majors or who are enrolled in or completed an art course during the 2020-2021 academic year. December 2020 art graduates and graduates with an art degree currently enrolled in an art course may enter the exhibition but will only be eligible for the postgraduate award. The artwork entered must have been completed during the one-year period between the previous exhibition (April 2019) and this year’s exhibit. All artwork submitted for jurying must be the student’s original artwork. Copies of other artists’ work are not acceptable. Consult a faculty member if in doubt.

Entry Regulations

Entries are due by Tuesday, March 16.

Each student may enter up to 4 works in any combination of media.  An art faculty member must approve an art “series” before it can be submitted for entry into the show. 

2-D Work

To enter a 2-dimensional work on paper, it must be mounted or matted in a neutral-colored mat. If the work’s surface is fragile, it must be protected with acetate. Framing of 2-dimensional entries is optional. No wet work will be accepted for jurying. If the artwork is accepted, the matted or mounted piece must be framed under glass or Plexiglas in a simple frame to be hung in the exhibition. All 2-dimensional works must be wired with picture wire for hanging.  Paintings on canvas or panels should be lattice framed. There will be matting and framing workshops held in the print studio and woodshop before the framed work is due for the exhibition. If financial constraints do not allow you to frame your work in this manner, please talk with an art faculty member.

3-D Work

3-dimensional works must allow handling without special equipment. Pieces requiring special assembly or having gross weight over 150 lbs. must be cleared with the art faculty before being juried.  (Wall assembling must be noted; multi-pieces must include an image of the assembled artwork.)

All Work

The art and design faculty retains the right to remove any work deemed not original or that does not meet the above specifications. All works must be ready to hang and delivered to the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries by 4 pm. on Friday, March 26, 2021.  There will be no exceptions.

2021 Art Show Entry Form


Area companies and private individuals generously provide funds for awards presented at the USI Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Awards are given in the form of Art Scholarships, Merit Awards, Purchase Awards, and certificates for art supplies.

Awards are given for the quality of student artwork and are awarded at the discretion of the juror.

  • Merit award, scholarship, and gift certificate winners retain possession of their work.
  • Art Scholarships are based on the overall merit of the student’s work and are applicable to the University of Southern Indiana only.
  • Purchase awards become part of the University Art Collection.
  • Art graduates are only eligible for the Postgraduate Award.

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2021 USI Juried Student Art Show Schedule

2021 Exhibition Dates: March 31 - April 30

Juror: Anne Galperin
Graphic Design Program Director and Associate Professor
State University of New York, New Paltz

Due to the requirements for social distancing required by university officials, the schedule for the Annual Juried Student Show has changed.  

Entries are due by Tuesday, March 16

Digital images of artworks are required. These submissions will be used for jurying, show promotion and online display.

Our juror, Anne Galperin, will make her selections for accepted entries and awards by Monday, March 22. She will work remotely using your digital submissions. Notifications of selected works will be sent through email.

Digital Submission Guidelines

Digital submissions must adhere to the following guidelines. Submissions that do not follow these guidelines may be considered ineligible by the juror.   

2D and 3D Work

  • Submit images as JPG, JPEG or PDF.
  • Resolution for your images should be set to 96 DPI.
  • Individual files should be no larger than 12 inches on the longest side, (1200 pixels).
  • Please keep each file smaller than 1 MB.


  • Video entries need to be submitted as MPG, MOV or MP4.  
  • Please keep video files smaller than 10 MB.

2021 Art Show Entry Form

Art Pickup Dates

Exhibit work must be picked up May 3, 2021 through May 5, 2021 between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Abandoned Work

The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries has established specific pick-up dates for this exhibition as stated on the entry form. If you are unable to pick up your artwork between the times listed above, you must schedule an appointment (812-228-5006).

It is the policy of the McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries, in accordance with insurance guidelines and for the protection of your artwork, that art left 30 days after the close of an exhibit is abandoned property. Artwork that is not picked up or does not have an alternative appointment scheduled by midnight on Monday, June 10th will be considered abandoned. Abandoned work will be assessed and disposed up accordingly. The Art Center will retain the right to use, discard, or gift any abandoned artwork, as it deems appropriate.

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