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The Center for Contemporary Arts is proud to present the 11th Annual juried Intercollegiate Student Art Competition for area college and university students!


Online submissions due by midnight, Friday, January 17th, 2020
Artwork delivered no later than 5 PM, Tuesday, January 21st



The competition is open to students of Abilene Christian University, Cisco College, Hardin-Simmons University, McMurry University, Texas State Technical College, Angelo State University, Howard Payne University, and Tarleton State University. Entries may be submitted in any medium as long as the finished piece meets the size and weight restrictions of the category.


Successful entries will be those that represent contemporary fine art in subject matter, media, artistic expression, and professionalism of presentation in one of the following categories:


  • 2-Dimensional (non-digital media)

  • 2-Dimensional (digitally-created)

  • 3-Dimensional

  • Photography


Graphic design (including commercial design, poster design, etc.) is not appropriate for this competition. All work must be original and must not have been exhibited at The Center for Contemporary Arts previously. It must be framed, matted, wired, or otherwise professionally presented and ready for display. Each student may submit up to two entries. No entry fee required. Download the "CCA Gallery Standards: How to Prepare Artwork" document or watch this video.



Entries will be juried by professional, contemporary artists. Work accepted by the jury for exhibition will be displayed in Gallery 3 at The Center for Contemporary Arts January 23 through March 28, 2020. All work selected for the exhibit must remain on display through the end of the show.



Awards will be given for Best in Show, as well as Best in Category. Awards will also be given for 2nd and 3rd Place in each category, as well as three Honorable Mentions. Awards will be announced and distributed during the February ArtWalk. 



In addition to the following cash prizes, these five winners will be awarded a 1-year Student Artist Membership at the Center for Contemporary Arts (must complete Artist Member Registration to activate membership). 


  • Best in Show:  $300

  • First Place 2-D (non-digital media):  $100

  • First Place 2-D (digital media):  $100

  • First Place Photography:  $100

  • First Place 3-D:  $100



Please thoroughly read the IMPORTANT DATES and COMPETITION RULES on this page (or download here), and then do the following:


  • Entries are limited to two per person. If more than two entries are submitted, only two of the submissions will be allowed.

  • Participating students must complete an online Entry Form for each piece being submitted. Required information includes artist name, email address, phone number, artwork title, medium used, and school in which they are enrolled. No artwork will be accepted for which this form has not been submitted.

  • All artwork must be delivered to The Center for Contemporary Arts, 220 Cypress Street in downtown Abilene, during the dates and times indicated above.

  • Late entries will NOT be accepted, even if the Entry Form was submitted on time.

  • Artwork must meet the following restrictions for each category:

    • 2-Dimensional Art: Finished (framed) work must be no wider than 48" and no taller than 60". Art must not exceed 30 pounds. Art must be completely dry. Mixed media and paintings done on canvas may be exhibited without frames but must have finished edges (i.e. side edges of canvases must be painted.) Any material mounted on the art must be securely fastened.

    • 3-Dimensional Art: Submissions must be stable (i.e. must not rock, tip, and not be top-heavy,) structurally sound, and must not require assembly or installation on-site by the artist in order to be displayed. Works are limited to 50 pounds in weight, 72” in height, and 36” in width including the base. Works that hang on the wall should be entered in the 2-D category even if they have three-dimensional elements.

    • Photography and Digital Art: Submissions must be framed unless the photo is a canvas-wrapped print. No art mounted on foam core or other presentation board, without a frame, will be accepted. Photographs and digital art prints must be matted, and prints must be 8” x 10” or larger. Framed pieces must be no wider than 48" and no taller than 60" or exceed 30 pounds in weight.

  • All artwork must be presentation-ready. All work must be completely dry. No artwork will be accepted that requires wiring, framing, repairing, or other adjustments by Center staff.

  • Artwork to be displayed on the wall must be wired for hanging using D-rings. Distance between top of the frame and center of the wire when hanging must be at least 2”. No saw-tooth hangers or single D-rings are permitted. Specialty display methods should be cleared with the Gallery Manager in advance to avoid disqualification of the entry.

  • Hardware used for hanging must be sturdy enough to support the artwork.

  • No warped pieces will be accepted.

  • No plagiarism will be tolerated, including direct copying or usurping of images created by another artist without the artists express, written permission.

  • Selection of artwork for exhibit and the awarding of prizes will be at the discretion of the jury and the Gallery Manager, and their decisions will be final.

  • Appeals for exceptions to the size and weight limits or any other restrictions expressed in these rules will be at the sole discretion of the Gallery Manager.

  • Artists whose work is not selected for exhibit will be notified and are expected to pick up their art no later than the date stipulated above. 

  • Artists whose work is exhibited are responsible for picking up their art by the date stipulated above. 

  • The Center for Contemporary Arts is not responsible for artwork left beyond the designated deadlines.

  • Work left more than 30 days after the posted deadlines becomes the property of The Center for Contemporary Arts to dispose of as it chooses.



For additional information, contact Trudy Six / Gallery Manager, at 325-677-8389 or gallerymanager@center-arts.com

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Please take the time to add the following dates to your calendar and use those smartphones to set appropriate reminders in advance!

Online Submission Form Deadline:  January 17 2020, midnight

Art Delivery Dates/Times:

January 18th & 21st,

11am –5:00pm 

Pick Up Art Not Selected for Exhibit:   January 24th 

11am – 7:00pm

Exhibition Dates (Gallery 3):      January 23 thru March 28

Reception during ArtWalk:        February 13, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Awards announced at 6:00pm

Pick Up of Exhibited Artwork:   March 31 -April 4, 11am – 5pm

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Phone: 325.677.8389

Fax: 325.677-1171


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220 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


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11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Closed Sunday and Monday

Open 5 - 8 p.m. every second Thursday for ArtWalk

Supported in part by:

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

Dodge Jones Foundation

Robison Excelsior Foundation

Greathouse Foundation

Texas Commission on the Arts

Community Foundation of Abilene

United Way of Abilene