The Todd Art Gallery exhibits works of art from emerging and prominent artists in conjunction with studies offered through Middle Tennessee State University's Department of Art and Design. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Exhibits are offered year-round and include open calls and competitions at no expense to students from kindergarten through college undergraduates. The Gallery supports collaborations with the Rutherford County Property Assessor's Murfree Gallery and with community artists, organizers, and supporters.

Currently, a national competition/exhibition is regularly scheduled. Entitled 12 | Cubed: A Juried National Exhibit of Small Scale Works of Art, it occurs every two years.

Often exhibit/competition and invited artists participate in receptions, lectures, and studio visits with students and the public, composing but a small part of the many educational opportunities the MTSU Department of Art offers the campus and middle Tennessee communities.  


Incoming Freshmen (Fall 2020) declaring one of the following Majors in the Department of Art and Design: Art Education, Graphic Design, Studio Art, or Visual Arts.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  If you have any questions about the application process or would like to receive information on our degree programs, please visit our department website at or call the department at 615-898-2455. We look forward to reviewing your application! 


Required Materials:


Applicant portfolios must contain 10 examples of art and design work.  Appropriate examples may be selected from the following : 

  • Drawings with an emphasis on observational drawing (i.e. still life). 
  • Artwork created through painting, sculpture, ceramics, or print media.
  • Artwork that demonstrates an understanding of Design Concepts (Elements of Art, Principles of Design, Color Theory, etc...). Samples of 2D, 3D, and digital work are acceptable for this category. 

Images must be saved in the following format:

• JPEGS: Sized no bigger than 1000 pixels in the longest direction (72 dpi). Label each image in numerical order (LastName_1.jpg) 


Please include a corresponding image list with the title of the artwork, size, media, and date.  

3) Personal Essay:

 In 500 words or less, please describe your goals for pursuing a major in the Department of Art and Design.  

Artists interested in exhibiting in the Todd Art Gallery on the campus of Middle Tennessee State University, MTSU, should complete the remainder of this application or send a current CV, artist statement, description of the proposed exhibition and a cd containing 10 images (jpegs) of recent work.

If mailing cd (jpeg format should not exceed 1MB per image or appropriate media for time-based work). Mail to:

Todd Art Gallery
Department of Art and Design
Eric V. Snyder, Gallery Coordinator
Box 25, 1301 E Main Street
Murfreesboro TN 37132-0025

All Exhibition uploaded or mailed proposals become the property of the MTSU Department of Art and will not be returned and may be used for promotion purposes. 

In order to ensure consideration, please submit only the requested materials.  The department's Gallery Committee meets twice a year to review exhibition proposals and will contact artists when additional information is needed.

If extended an invitation to exhibit artist/group acknowledges willingness to comply with agreed TBD scheduling, contractual obligations and other items or actions necessary to insure success of exhibit.

By submission or mail each artist accepts the above guidelines.

For questions: 615-898-5532 or 615-904-8315

MTSU Todd Art Gallery