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MSU Libraries Student Art Contest

The next generation of Spartans want to see your artwork in the library!

The MSU Libraries Student Art Competition will award two $500 prizes – one each to an undergraduate and a graduate student – and will acquire the winning artworks for display in the MSU Libraries. The competition is generously supported by the Irene B. Arens Endowment in Support of Student Arts in the MSU Libraries.  Submit your work by 5 pm on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Questions?  Contact Terrie Wilson, Art Librarian: wilso398@msu.edu

Contest Rules and Information


The contest is open to any currently enrolled MSU undergraduate or graduate student.

Submission of Entries

All entries must be submitted via email to LIB.artcontest@msu.edu  A maximum of 3 entries per person is allowed, and each must be submitted separately. Each submission must include:

  • Entrant’s name
  • Undergraduate or graduate student status
  • Email address
  • Telephone number
  • Title of the piece
  • Dimensions and materials used
  • Attached image file of the piece being submitted ²

Duration of Contest

All entries must be received by 5pm on Friday, March 13, 2020. The winner will be notified by Friday, April 24, 2020.


Any media will be considered, excluding digital media which requires additional materials to view the work (for example, work that requires a separate television or projector). The maximum dimensions of the piece are as follows:

  • Wall piece – 2 x 3 feet minimum and a 5 x 6 feet maximum
  • Floor piece – 2 x 3 x 1 feet minimum and a 6 x 6 x 6 maximum

The winning object must be gallery ready - framed if a 2D object, and 3D objects that are not intended to sit on the floor must come with a sturdy pedestal.

Artwork should be practical for a public space that is open 24/7. Please avoid submitting items that are too fragile, sharp, or small to be safe in such an environment.

¹The MSU Libraries will assume permanent ownership of the winning artwork. The artwork will remain on display as determined by the Libraries’ administration. The winning artwork will be selected by a committee (TBD).

²Image entry must be JPEG digital files and must be PC and Mac compatible. Review will be by digital image only. JPEGs should be no larger than 300 dpi at approximately 4 by 6 inches, and a maximum of 8mg. All digital files must include the artist’s name and title of the submission (e.g. smithpainting5.jpg). Please do not use quotations or spaces in file names.