Student Art Competition Frequently Asked Questions

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The art work selected as the winning piece will not automatically be chosen as the art work displayed on the poster that’s distributed collegewide. Instead the top three pieces and several honorable mentions will be digitally displayed and at that point the college community will vote on the piece they would like to see as the poster.

In honor of SUNY Empire’s Year Of cultural initiative, there will be an additional prize for the piece or art work that embodies the “Indigenous Peoples of the Americas” theme.  In addition, the piece selected for the poster will receive an additional award.

All submissions must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

All images must be no more than 10MB and they must be in JPEG format.

While it is not a requirement, we hope to display the original art work at the Fall Student Conference in October. We hope to be able to offer free travel to students who receive the top three prizes.

The winners will be announced in late September. The winner of the poster prize and the 'Year Of' prize will be announced at the Fall Student Conference in October.

No, the artist owns the art. However, we do ask that the award winners sign a release so we can use the image in college publications.

Yes, during the Fall Student Conference being held on October 11-13, in Albany, N.Y. If your work is selected, more detailed information will follow.

We anticipate travel funding for award winners to attend the conference.

If you win one of the awards, it is our hope that you will attend the Fall Student Conference and participate in the Art Show on Friday evening, October 12th. During the Art Show we present the winners with a certificate of achievement along with their monetary prize.

This year the top six will receive a monetary award. The winner of the Poster Competition and Year Of Poster will receive an additional award.


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