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The Department of Visual Arts hosts Next Gen Art Exhibition this coming Fall 2022

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The Department of Visual Arts at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette invites all current High School Art Students (grades 9-12) to submit artwork to the NEXT-GEN Exhibition Fall 2022. The Exhibition will be hosted by the Fletcher Hall Gallery, on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus.

The goal of the exhibition is to inspire young artists by providing a platform for their work to be displayed in a professional, artistic venue and thus giving them a professional artist experience. The exhibition offers students a positive exhibition experience along with the opportunity to showcase the finest creative work in the Acadiana Area.

All public, private, online, and home-schooled high school students (grades 9 – 12) who reside in Louisiana.

Submission Requirements:
A high school art teacher or representative must submit artwork. Each high school teacher/representative may submit up to 10 pieces of artwork, all submitted works must be completed by the student artist and produced during the previous or current academic year. Submissions are submitted by art educators and are NOT limited to one teacher per school. Therefore, multiple art teachers at the same institution can submit separately. Works submitted will be juried by committee of the UL Lafayette - Department of Visual Arts Faculty

Submission Form Link –

Eligible submissions will be in one of the following categories: Ceramics, Computer Art and Animation, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metalwork and Jewelry, New Media and Digital Art, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture

For clarity on which media category to enter, please review the concentrations that the UL Lafayette Department of Visual Arts is based upon at the following link:

Two-dimensional work must not exceed 40 inches wide by 68 inches high. Three-dimensional work must not exceed 60 inches high by 36 inches wide and 36 inches deep.

Only artworks original in concept and execution will be accepted. Please review the following fair use guidelines, to make sure the work you are submitting are acceptable.

Framing Guidelines:
All two-dimensional works must be framed and ready to hang for a professional gallery with the appropriate mounting hardware (wire, cleats, etc). All three-dimensional works must be structurally sound with all components securely fastened. Two-dimensional work such as drawings, photographs, digital or printed images should be presented matted and mounted on a hard surface under glass or Plexiglas, Paintings may be submitted framed or unframed, and shall have properly sized picture framing wire. Work that is not ready to be hung or installed will not be accepted.

A committee of the Department of Visual Arts Faculty will serve as judges for this exhibition. The committee’s makeup may change from year to year.
The criteria for awards selection are technical proficiency in the use of medium, originality, narrative, self-expression, presentation and craftsmanship. The award selections are exclusively the opinion of the judges(s).

A top work from each of the ten media categories will be selected.  From these ten works,
First, Second, and Third-place winners will be selected, and honorable mentions will be awarded in the following amounts:
First Place: $500
Second Place: $300
Third Place: $200
Honorable Mention(s): $100 (total, may be split among contestants)

Liability: Every precaution will be taken to assure protection of entries. Liability for hand-delivered works left after the pickup or shipping dates will not be assumed by the UL Lafayette College of Art.

All works must be hand delivered or shipped to the Fletcher Hall Gallery between October 10 - 14, between 9 – 4pm.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette
College of the Arts
Fletcher Hall Gallery, Rm 207
421 East Lewis Street
Lafayette, LA 70504

Schedule & Deadlines:
September 26 - Deadline for online submissions (new deadline)
September 30 -  Teachers and schools notified of submissions selected
October 10-14    Drop off of work
October 17 -       Exhibition opens
November 12 -    Closing Reception (Time TBA)
November 12 -     Exhibition closes
November 14 –18 Teachers Pick Up Work

Teachers will be responsible for picking up after the closing reception or from Fletcher Hall Gallery between November 14 –18, 2022 or by contacting Claire Amy Schultz (337) 482-5321/  to make other arrangements to pick up work.

For more information, please contact Claire Amy Schultz, PhD at (337) 482-5321 or
or Michael Eble, Curator of the Fletcher Hall Gallery at (320) 288-8389 or