The Todd Art Gallery, and it's subsidiary student 210 and Glass Galleries exhibit 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, Form | Line | Shape | Space: A Juried National Drawing Exhibition, emphasizes the continued relevance of drawing and its application to other disciplines. This biennial exhibit will return spring 2022. 

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 and Design offers the campus and middle Tennessee communities.  

In acknowledgement of January as 'Stalking Awareness Month', The Power of One office is seeking student's art that brings to light the story of survivors or highlights the true effects of stalking i.e.: emotional disarray, insomnia, paranoia, dangers, control, surveillance, and survivorship. The media glamorizes and romanticizes stalking behaviors as trivial acts of love. This leaves ambiguity and feelings of uncertainty surrounding a stalking survivor's testimony and initiative for reaching out. Original art should be centered around empowerment of survivors, trusting one's instincts, and the long-term effects of Stalking as a serious crime. 


  • Any Major, currently enrolled MTSU Student encouraged to apply *MTSU Alums welcome to apply, but are not eligible for gift card award from MT Power of One office.
  • Submissions are open from January 4 – January 22, 2021.
  • Entry fee waived on account of COVID-19 complications. 
  • This is a juried exhibition with ‘Critic’s Choice’ ($100 Gift Card for Campus Bookstore)  and ‘Honorable Mention’ ($75 Gift Card for Campus Bookstore) if selected. 
  • Brief artist statement surrounding piece(s) submitted for 'In the Periphery' required.
  • Valid MTSU email / M # must be attached to submission form to receive delivery instructions and award announcement. 
  • In order for work to be selected, must be available to be shown during the full exhibition term of January 29, 2021- February 17, 2021. Work must arrive at Todd Hall 212 or 224B between January 25, 2021 and January 28, 2021. 

Physical Work Deadline January 28 at 11:00 AM. 


  • 300 dpi images / RGB
  •  Interactive work must be in digital mock-up / walk-through video format / mp4.
  • 3D work must be photographed, several views are recommended.
  • Files must be smaller than 10MB.
  •  Images must be a minimum of 500 pixels wide by 500 pixels tall and a maximum of 1500 pixels wide by 1500 pixels tall.
  •  File names should include the entry title, image number (01, 02, 03) and contain NO spaces. Please use underscores. (ex. title_01.jpg).

Outstanding Art and Design Student of the Year Application

present by Ascend Federal Credit Union and MTSU Arts

  • Evidence of Excellence Beyond the Classroom. Examples include but are not limited to: participation in professional conferences, publication/creation research or creative projects, and significant awards.
  • GPA.  The Department of Art and Design evaluates each applicant's success in coursework, both the total GPA and in the Major.
  • Evidence of Public Service.  Proof of excellence in this area may be manifested in various ways, such as tutoring or volunteering on or off-campus.
  • Two Letters of Recommendation.  One must be a faculty member in the student's major field of study, but the other may be from anyone who can speak to the candidate's efforts and success.
  • Include your bio.
  • An Applicant Must Hold the Classification of Junior or Senior.  Applicant must be an Art and Design major with 60 hours of undergraduate studies completed with the Department and College of Liberal Arts courses.

If you have questions about the application process or would like to receive information on our degree programs, visit our department office, Todd Hall, Room 227C

If you prefer to submit a hard copy satisfying the above criteria, it may be delivered to the art office by the end of the day, 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 24, 2021.


Incoming Freshmen (Fall 2021) 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.  

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