In an effort to encourage the growth and development of studio artists among its students and alumni, and to elevate the profile of the arts on campus, Metropolitan State University has committed to sponsor an annual art purchase and competition. Students and alumni may submit up to six works annually.  This year there is a special purchase from the library that will allow faculty to submit up to six works as well. All subjects, media and forms are welcome. Four works will be purchased for $1,000 each.

Applications are due on April 1. Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.  A decision regarding the work selected for purchase will be made by the end of spring semester.  All applicants will be notified shortly thereafter. Hard copy entry forms are available at The Gordon Parks Gallery.  Electronic versions of the entry form are available in the links below. Questions about entries can be sent to Amy Sands at 651-999-5963 or Amy.Sands@metrostate.edu.

Submissions will be reviewed by the Art Exhibition Committee (AEC), consisting of students (appointed by the Student Senate), faculty (appointed by the Inter Faculty Organization) and staff members (academic and administrative, appointed by the president and Executive Council). The committee may request that works under consideration for purchase be lent to the university for the AEC to review firsthand.  In such a case, the artist will be contacted by an AEC member and arrangements will be made for a brief loan period.

Generous donors include the Office of the President, Academic Affairs, the Alumni Association, the Library Endowment and the Student Senate.