November 8th – 22nd

This exhibit provides FMU visual arts students with an opportunity to exhibit their work in an online gallery and gain experience in presenting their work according to professional practices. This year’s exhibit will be an online exhibition and the award recipients will exhibit their work in the Hyman Fine Arts Center Student Exhibit Case.

After the jury process the link to the online gallery will be posted here. This year’s juror is Kimberly Washburn Motte. Kimberly is the Curator of Education at the Florence County Museum and is an alumna of Francis Marion University. She currently has work on display at Traxx Visual Art Center in Lake City, South Carolina.

JUROR: Kimberly Washburn Motte


October4th-October 22ndSubmissions open
October 22ndEntries due before Midnight
October 29thNotifications emailed
October 30thwinners announcedAwards Announcement Format (online or in-person) TBA
November 5th (award recipients only)Delivery of Artwork to HFAC 1018:30AM-12:30PM and 1:30-4:30PM
(please contact Julie Mixon to make other arrangements.) Works should be delivered no later than November 5th to accommodate hanging)
November 23rdLast Day of Exhibit
November 29th (award recipients only)Pickup Artwork from HFAC 1018:30AM-12:30PM and 1:30-4:30PM

ELIGIBILITYAny Visual Art major, minor or Art Education major enrolled in courses at FMU within the last year (Spring 2020, Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021) are eligible to enter.

ENTRIES: All entries must be submitted by the artist. All entries must be original works created while enrolled at FMU, but do not have to be works made while enrolled in an FMU Art Course. Copies, studies or photographs of other artwork will not be accepted. Entries may include paintings, drawings, ceramics, photography, printmaking, mixed media, video, sculpture, jewelry and fiber arts. Up to four entries will be allowed.

AWARDS: Award presentation format (online or in-person) to be announced at a later date.

1st Place:$500
2nd Place:$200
3rd Place:$100
Honorable Mention


Selected artists will be notified by email no later than October 29th.


In an effort to follow professional gallery practices, University Place Gallery implements the following rules and regulations for exhibiting artists.

Failure to adhere to rules and regulations may result in disqualification of entries.

DISPLAY AND HANGING REQUIREMENTS (for award recipients only):


2-D works, such as drawings, prints and photography, should be wired (with hanging wire and a d-ring), framed and ready to hang. No saw-tooth hangers or clip frames allowed. Wire should not go above the top of the frame. Frames must be free of scratches and in good condition. Glass or Plexiglas must be clean, unscratched with no broken pieces. Mats must be free of marks with clean cuts. Paintings must be gallery ready (canvas edges painted, no visible staples, wired and ready to hang). Work requiring special installation must be installed with the artist’s assistance. All artwork should be labeled on the back (if it is possible to affix a label to the artwork) with the artist’s name, title, media, phone number and email address.


If you have a piece with special hanging or display requirements or have questions regarding hanging and display requirements contact Julie Mixon:

The juror, FMU visual arts faculty and the coordinator of University Place Gallery reserve the right to exclude any artwork not adequately represented by the entry image or that does not abide by professional presentation standards.

DELIVERY OF ARTWORK (for award recipients only): Artwork must be delivered to HFAC Fine Arts Office Room 101 on November 5th between 8:30AM-12:30PM and 1:30-4:30PM. If you cannot accommodate delivery during this time, please contact Julie Mixon to schedule a delivery in advance of the November 1st delivery deadline.

Failure to deliver work during the designated times will result in disqualification.

PICKUP OF ARTWORK (for award recipients only): Artwork should be picked up from Hyman Fine Art Center Fine Arts Office Room 101 on November 29th between 8:30AM-12:30PM and 1:30-4:30PM.

Artwork not claimed by December 7th will become the property of Francis Marion University.

CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT AND INSURANCE: Entries will not be insured while on display at the Hyman Fine Arts Center. By entering the FMU Juried Student Art Exhibit, the artist agrees to keep work on display for the duration of the exhibit. If for any reason the artist wants to cancel participation in the exhibit, University Place Gallery must be notified no later than four weeks in advance of the exhibit opening date.

SALES: No commission taken. If you wish not to put your artwork up for sale, enter “NFS” in the price field.

QUESTIONS: Email Professor Julie Mixon with questions here.


Because this year’s exhibit in an online exhibit it is critical that you make quality images of your artwork. If you do not have experience with photographing your artwork for display on the web I highly recommend taking the time to read over the tips below. The Visual Arts Department has a lighting studio available for photographing artwork. If you would like to use the lighting studio contact Julie Mixon.

Files should be jpgs, no larger than 2MB each. Name files with First Name and Last Name followed by a sequence number that matches your entry form. For example, entry number one for John Smith should read as follows: jsmith1.jpg.
A maximum of 4 entries allowed per student.

If you are unsure on how to prepare your image file for submission Mrs. Mixon has created a tutorial, here.

A few quick tips for photographing artwork: If you are photographing a painting, it should be cropped to the edge of the artwork (the background, room or easel should not be showing), in sharp focus and colors should match your original artwork. Also take great care not to distort or skew your artwork. Keep your camera parallel to the artwork and avoid wide angle lens that cause distortion. 3-Dimensional Artwork should be taken on a neutral or graduated background (not on grass, concrete or your kitchen table).

If you need tips for photographing your artwork click, here.

  • Where you can be most easily reached.
  • Total size of piece in inches including the frame.
  • The work does not have to be from the class.
  • Accepted file types: jpg.