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Open Call for All Boise State Student Artists

By: Cienna Madrid   Published 9:30 pm / October 18, 2017

Chalk lined up in a rainbow effectAll Boise State students are invited to submit their original artwork that speaks to the process of discovery in the creation of both art and technology for a chance to be awarded $500 and have their artwork displayed in Boise State’s Office of Research and Economic Development.

The selected artist’s work will be printed, mounted on quality foam board and exhibited in the Administration Building, Room 214. They will receive $500 upon installation of their artwork.

The deadline for submission is Nov. 30; artists will be notified no later than Dec. 10.

All students from all departments are eligible and all genres, styles and media will be considered, including but not limited to:
• Sculpture
• Photography
• Painting
• Fiber and paper art
• Graphic Design and Animation
• Metal and wood work
• Book art
• Documented installation, performance and ephemeral works

The Division of Research and Economic Development will pay for printing and mounting of the work at the Boise State Sign Shop and the installation of the work. A small award reception also will be hosted. The selected artist/maker will be given the printed work after the exhibition has ended.

To be eligible for consideration, please submit your entries to Fonda Portales, university art curator and collections manager, via email at Entries should include:
• The artist’s name, anticipated graduation year and department.
• Up to five works for consideration. Each work should be represented by a single hi-res image. Images should be 150dpi. Please name each image file as follows: title of work and medium(s) used.
• A 300-word statement explaining how the work addresses the theme. This will be printed and exhibited with the selected work.

Recipient of the award will be selected by a panel made up of one student and one faculty member from the art department, a representative from research and economic development, and the university art curator. The panel’s decision will be made based on the mastery of the artist’s/maker’s technique and relevance to the theme.

Please contact Fonda Portales at or Robyn Williams at with any questions.

Boise State University is committed to fostering an environment where research and creative activity thrive. The Division of Research and Economic Development leads this effort and provides comprehensive support for faculty during all phases of the research endeavor; manages the university’s intellectual property portfolio; facilitates relationships with industry for research and commercialization collaboration; and leads outreach aimed at fostering economic development in Boise and the region.