3rd Annual High School Student Online Art Competition at Purdue University

This competition seeks artworks in all media and subject matter. All high school students residing in the United States (grades 9-12) are eligible to enter. Cash prizes will be awarded for all grade levels.

DEADLINE: Friday, November 4, 2016

All high school students (grades 9 – 12) residing in the United States are eligible to enter. Entries must be original works of art. All-media are eligible: 2D (drawing, painting, printmaking, photography), 3D (sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles), and digital (video, coding, etc.). Up to four works per student may be submitted.

Fabian Winkler, Associate Professor of Electronic and Time-Based Art at Purdue; Min Kim Park, Assistant Professor of Photography at Purdue; Christine Wuenschel, Associate Professor of Art at Purdue; Charles Gick, Professor of Art at Purdue

All accepted works will be displayed online. An award ceremony and Art and Design Open House will be held on Friday, December 9th, 5:30 – 7 pm, in the Rueff Galleries, Pao Hall. The online exhibition will be displayed on the Rueff Galleries’ website beginning December 5, 2016 (cla.purdue.edu/rueffgalleries).


Cash prizes will be awarded, including: 1st prize: $500, 2nd prize: $400, and 3rd prize: $300. Other prizes will be awarded at each grade level.


ENTRIES DUE: Friday, November 4th, 2016
NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE: Monday, November 14th, 2016
AWARDS CEREMONY and A&D OPEN HOUSE: Friday, December 9th, 2016

Ends on 9/2/2016
GLOBAL MATRIX IV is a contemporary review of fine art printmaking in all media from around the world presented as a traveling exhibition by the Purdue University Galleries (West Lafayette, Indiana  USA).  The exhibit will be presented at the Robert L. Ringel Gallery at Purdue University and the Fountain Gallery in downtown Lafayette from January 9 to February 18 of 2017, after which it is intended to travel through 2018.

GLOBAL MATRIX exhibitions have been presented previously from 2002 – 2004, 2007 – 2008, and 2012 - 2014.  To date, the GLOBAL MATRIX exhibits have featured a total of 225 works representing 180 individual artists from 31 countries around the world.  

Work will be selected for the exhibition by: Kathryn Reeves, Professor of Art & Design at Purdue University; Kimberly Vito, Professor of Art & Art History at Wright State University; Sean Caulfield, Centennial Professor of Art & Design at the University of Alberta; and Craig Martin, Director of the Purdue University Galleries.  The team has previously collaborated on installments of “Global Matrix” in 2002, 2007, and 2012.  

The curators will select works for the exhibition based upon quality of image, concept, and inventiveness of approach, while looking to include a wide representation of geographic origins.  The selection will result in an exhibition of approximately 75 - 80 original prints.

Open to all artists worldwide over the age of 18.  Entries must be original fine art prints in any printmaking media, including artists’ books.  No photography or offset photo mechanically reproduced work will be accepted.  Entries should not exceed 44 inches in paper dimension.  Individuals associated with Purdue University are ineligible.  

Entry Procedure
There will be no entry fee.
Entrants may submit up to five (5) original works completed in the past three years (2013 - 2016).  Selections will be made from digital images in the form of jpeg files (maximum file dimension of eight inches in image size -- maximum resolution of 300 dpi)
Entries must be received by 5:00 pm on Friday, September 2, 2016.

Notification of acceptance will be made the week of September 19 by e-mail.  Please be sure the email address provided is current and checked regularly.

Upon notification of acceptance, all works to be exhibited should be shipped matted with white hinged mats (preferably rag board) in flat cartons.  Large prints or those coming from overseas may be shipped unmatted and rolled in mailing tubes.  Please do not frame, glaze or shrink-wrap entries.  Exhibited prints will be presented behind plexiglas during the exhibition.  The curators reserve the right to reject works that differ significantly from the original digital image submission.

A catalogue will be produced for the exhibition.  Each entrant will receive a copy of the catalogue as soon as they are available.

Purchase awards and Awards of Merit will be presented at the discretion of the curators, pending available funding.  The Purdue University Galleries are committed to the practice of acquiring new works and building the collection of contemporary printmaking.  

Sales will be encouraged.  Two previous exhibits were purchased in total for the Purdue Galleries permanent collection with endowment gift funding, and traveling exhibit venues have made numerous purchases of additional proofs.  All work will be considered for sale unless otherwise indicated.  Purdue Galleries will not take a commission from the purchase of works but the individual traveling exhibit venues may reserve the right to do so.

Shipping and Hand Delivery
Do NOT send any actual prints until notified of acceptance by the curators.  Individual artists will be responsible for payment of shipping accepted entries to the Purdue University Galleries.  Artists will assume responsibility for customs duties on any piece not shipped as “printed matter.”  Accepted works will be due at Purdue Galleries by Friday, October 28, 2016. Entries will be returned in the same carton/tube in which they arrive.  It is possible for several artists to package their work together in one carton/tube to reduce costs.  Artists will not be responsible for the cost of return shipping. 

All accepted entries will be insured while on site at each exhibition venue and in transit between venues.  Exhibiting artists are expected to insure their own works during transit to Purdue Galleries.

Agreement and copyright
With the submission of artwork to the GLOBAL MATRIX IV review, the artist agrees to all terms set forth in this prospectus and grants permission to exhibition hosts to photograph and reproduce any accepted work for the catalogue, an exhibition website, and for publicity purposes.

Exhibiting artists should understand the potential long-term commitment of their work to the exhibit and plan accordingly.  It will not be possible to remove works from the exhibition before the completion of the touring schedule.

September 2, 2016          deadline for receipt of jpeg entries

week of September 19, 2016          notification e-mailed

October 28, 2016          deadline for receipt of accepted works

January 9 – February 18, 2017          exhibition at Purdue Galleries

March, 2017          GLOBAL MATRIX III available for touring

Traveling Exhibition
The GLOBAL MATRIX III traveling exhibition is designed to address the budget challenges facing mid-range exhibition venues by presenting a top quality contemporary exhibition in a professional and economical way.  Artworks in the exhibit will be matted and glazed to be installed with L-pins, and the rental fee is kept to a minimum to provide only for the cost of a printed catalogue to accompany the display.

Rental fee:  $1,000 per venue, to be applied to the cost of producing a full-color printed catalogue of the exhibition.  Each venue will receive 100 copies of the catalogue; additional copies can be purchased at cost.  

Shipping:  Participating venues will be responsible for arranging shipment and the costs associated with transporting the exhibition to the next venue (US only).  

Requirements:  About 250 linear feet of exhibition space.  Exhibitors must provide adequate insurance during their shipping commitment and while the artwork is in house.  Exhibitors are also expected to provide experienced art handlers for installation and a secure, limited-access gallery space. 

For more information, contact:
Craig Martin, Director
cdmartin@purdue.edu or (765) 494-3061