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. 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, two national competitions/exhibitions are regularly scheduled. They include 12x12: A Juried National Exhibit of Small Scale Works of Art and Paperworks. The competitions run on a biennial rotation.

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.  

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


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The Sixth 12 Cubed: A NATIONAL EXHIBITION OF SMALL SCALE WORKS OF ART is a juried exhibition composed of two-dimensional or three dimensional works that do not exceed 12”x12”(x12”) (H.W.D).  There are no media restrictions. 

Three dimensional works including a base and/or frame must be contained within the 12x12x12 parameters.

Artists must be at least 18 years of age and works must have been completed in the last two years. Each submission is limited to two pieces of work. The number of submissions, however, is unlimited.

All artists' work selected will be provided a shipping address for the exhibit. With the provided gallery space, we estimate that a total of 25-30 works will be selected.

RETURN SHIPPING: MTSU Todd Art Gallery pays return shipping and insurance on all accepted work. Shipping return is done through United Parcel Service (UPS), or upon request by United States Postal Service (USPS).

The exhibition is closed to all MTSU faculty and staff. 

Works previously exhibited at MTSU's Todd Art Gallery are not permissable.


Juror - Charles Clary

Area Coordinator and Assistant Professor at Carolina Coastal University’s Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts. A painting honors graduate from Middle Tennessee State University he earned a Masters of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

He has shown in exhibitions at Galerie EVOLUTION-Pierre Cardin in Paris, France, completed a three week residency in Lacoste France, completed a painting assistantship with Joe Amrhein of Pierogi Gallery in Brooklyn NYC, and had work acquired by fashion designer Pierre Cardin and gallery owner James Cohan. Clary has been featured in numerous print and Internet interviews including: This is Colossal, WIRED magazine (US and UK), Hi Fructose, Beautifuldecay, Bluecanavs Magazine, and This Is Colossal. He has also been featured in publications including 500 Paper Objects, Paper Works, Paper Art, Papercraft 2, PUSH: Paper, and The New Twenties. Most recently, Clary won Top Prize at the 2016 ARtFields Competition in Lake City, SC.

Clary has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in numerous solo and group shows, is represented by Diana Lowenstein Gallery in Miami, FL and  Patrajdas Contemporary Gallery in Ogden, Utah. Clary currently lives and works in Conway, South Carolina.

He describes his work as a use of paper to create a world of fiction that challenges the viewer to suspend disbelief and venture into my fabricated reality.


  • August 8, 2018-All entries and fees must be received ($20.00 for submission of up to two separate works of art (please note that artists may make multiple submissions))
  • August 22, 2018-Artists will be notified of the status of their entries
  • September 10, 2018-Accepted works due at Todd Art Gallery. Selected works not on hand at that time will not be exhibited.
  • September 22, 2018-Opening Reception and Juror Awards
  • October 20, 2018-Exhibition closes



  • Eric V. Snyder
  • Gallery Coordinator, Todd Art Gallery
  • Department of Art
  • Middle Tennessee State University
  • tel: 615.898.5532 or 615.542.6368
  • e-mail:


  • Your submission grants MTSU use of your images for purposes of promotion; traditional and social media, archiving, and publicity. You also understand that proper credit will be provided with each image use.
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