Student Art Competition

Dreaming of Purple With the continued success of previous competitions, the 2017 Student Art Competition will be run in the same format.  Once again, the art work selected as the winning pieces will not automatically be chosen as the art work displayed on the poster that is distributed collegewide.  Instead, the top three pieces and several honorable mentions will be digitally displayed and the college community will have the final vote on the piece they would like to see as the poster.  The winning pieces will be announced in early fall. At that point the collegewide voting will begin for the piece to be displayed on the poster.

At the new Fall Student Conference, the winning poster as well as all the winners will be recognized. First, second, and third prize winners receive a monetary award. There may be several honorable mentions as well. In honor of SUNY Empire’s recently formed partnership with the University of the West Indies, there will be an additional prize for the piece or art work that embodies the “Year of the Caribbean” theme.  In addition, the piece selected for the poster will receive an additional award. 

We continue to be impressed by the volume and quality of submissions we receive every year and look forward to the same this year. The above photograph is the 2017 Poster Winner and first place winner, titled Dreaming in Purple by Maria Rizzo.

Students are encouraged to submit up to 3 pieces of artwork online to be reviewed by a committee of judges across the state.  Any type/medium of art is accepted for judging, but it must be submitted as a two-dimensional electronic image.  Submissions are due by July 21st by 5 PM.

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