Student Art Exhibit Prospectus

May 4-June 10, 2022

Reception and awards presentation on Wednesday, May 4, 6 p.m., MCC Library

This annual exhibition aims to showcase some of the finest works of visual art by MCC students. Awards are given to those works demonstrating exceptional merit, as selected by the juror.

  • Eligibility

    Submission of work is open to any MCC student enrolled in credit art courses during the spring term. Work completed during the fall term may be submitted as long as the student is enrolled in the spring term. Entries must be related to course projects completed at MCC or as part of an independent study overseen by MCC instructors. Works previously submitted to MCC Student Art Exhibits are not eligible.

  • Entries

    Students may enter one or two pieces online and drop the work off in the Art Office, A144. Complete entry form before submitting artwork

    Entries do not have to be framed for judging, however, works on paper must be at least temporarily mounted to a rigid backing. Include a cover sheet to protect the surface. No wet paintings allowed. Selected works should not drastically increase dimensions if/ when framed.

  • Media

    Painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, jewelry/ metals, photography, 2D and 3D design, mixed media, and digital media are eligible.

  • Jurors

    The MCC Art Department will juror this year’s exhibition.

  • Awards

    Jurors select exhibition pieces and will determine entries to receive the following cash awards: 1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place, and Merit Awards. MCC Art Department also selects Purchase Awards. All students participating in the MCC Student Art Exhibit are eligible to apply for the Ryan Long Award (Two recipients awarded $400 each). See the Ryan Long Award application

  • Exhibition

    Students whose work is selected and in need of framing or having other presentation issues should consult with their instructor regarding options for making their work ready for hanging in a professional manner. Framing is optional, though encouraged, depending on the suitability of each piece. Large pieces of unframed glass are dangerous and will not be accepted. Use acrylic for large pieces if left unframed. Work selected for the exhibit should have acrylic or glass cut to the correct size if left unframed. Unframed works should also have a foam core, cardboard, etc., cut to size for the back. All paintings must be wired for hanging. Do not use staples to wire heavy paintings. Pieces that are intended to hang on a wall need a hanging implement. Brackets on ready-made photo frames are not acceptable.

  • Selected Entries

    Students will be notified by email about the jurors’ selections, and a list of accepted entries will also be posted throughout the art department. Students will have one week to have their pieces ready for hanging (framing, etc.). See deadlines under Calendar

  • Liability

    Every effort will be made to ensure proper care and handling of the artwork. However, MCC cannot assume responsibility for any damage before, during, or after the exhibition. Only works accepted into the exhibition will be insured while on display at MCC. Works need not be for sale; however, sales are encouraged. Works checked “For Sale” will be listed at the stated value; however, the insurance will cover only up to $200. Instructors should assist students in determining a reasonable value for their work.

  • Calendar

    Work not received during the specified times will not be accepted. Please make arrangements with your instructors if you cannot bring your entries at the specified times.

    • Entries accepted in the Art Office, A144
      • Tuesday, April 12 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
      • Wednesday, April 13 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
      • Thursday, April 14 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Monday, April 18 – A list of accepted works will be emailed out and posted outside studio classrooms.
    • April 19 - 21 – Pick up declined entries from gallery storage in the Art Office (A144).
    • Monday, April 25 – Due date for selected works to be framed or otherwise “ready for hanging” and returned to the gallery.
    • Wednesday, May 4, 6 p.m. – Reception/Awards Presentation in the MCC Library/Gallery One (A212x)
    • June 13 - 15 – Pick up artwork from gallery storage in the Art Office (A144). Any work not picked up by June 16 will be held for two weeks at the start of the fall semester.
Contact Trevor Power, Art Gallery Curator, at (815) 455-8785 or tpower@mchenry.edu with questions.