Stratosphere | College of the Arts | Kent State University


THEME: Global identity

A group art exhibition of work of up to 25 finalists will be held at the School of Art's Downtown Gallery (141 East Main Street).

Deadline to submit:  Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

Submission Instructions


The College of the Arts encourages entries from all artists, regardless of their major or experience. All Kent Campus undergraduate students are eligible to enter! Free submission of up to three pieces. Any 2-D or 3-D accepted.

  • Juror review of submissions: March
  • Opening Reception at the KSU Downtown Gallery and Awards Ceremony: April 18, 5-7 p.m. - Open to students and the public


Michelle Grabner, Juror

Wisconsin-born, Michelle Grabner works in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, video and sculpture. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career. As David Norr writes in the introduction to her exhibition at MoCA, Cleveland, "All of Grabner's activities are driven by distinctive values and ideas: working outside of dominant systems, working tirelessly, working across platforms and towards community." Grabner holds an MA in Art History and a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and an MFA in Art Theory and Practice from Northwester University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996, and became Chair of its prestigious Painting and Drawing department in the fall of 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking.


Awards and cash prizes will be given for Best in Show ($1,000); First Runner Up ($500); and Second Runner Up ($250). A People's Choice Award ($500) will also be awarded to the finalist whose work garners the most votes at the gallery.


1. Original works in any medium

2. Hanging work must be fitted with a professional hanging device (no tape, poorly attached wire/string/fishing wire, etc.). All artwork should be clearly labeled with the artist's name, title, medium, dimensions, and insurance value. Pieces missing any of the above may forfeit the right to be displayed.

3. No substitutions of accepted work.

4. All work will remain on display for the duration of the exhibit

5. In order to enter the juried competition, you must submit a PDF or JPEG image of your artwork via an online entry form. The competition is only open to works submitted online, and subsequently chosen, by the judges, to be displayed in the KSU Downtown Gallery in Kent, Ohio.

6. If your work is chosen for exhibition, the committee reserves the right to use an image of your work for promotional purposes.

7. You must have a Kent State University Banner ID to submit work and be currently enrolled at the Kent Campus at the time of the exhibit.

8. Submissions are limited to three pieces per person.