About the Galleries at MTSU:

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. In addition, 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 in spring 2022. 

Often exhibit/competition and invited artists to 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.  

Outstanding Student in Art and Design

  • Evidence of Excellence Beyond the Classroom. Examples include but are not limited to: participation in professional conferences, publication/creation of 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., Friday, February 10, 2023.

2023 Outstanding Foundations Student Awards

The Outstanding Foundations Student Awards are given to one art major, and one art minor enrolled in Foundations-level courses in the Department of Art and Design.  Each award is $500. Questions? Email the Foundations Coordinator, Erin.Anfinson@mtsu.edu

Eligibility Requirements:

In order to be eligible for consideration students must have completed the following requirements:

  1. Completion of min. 2 Foundations courses at MTSU with a minimum grade of B OR Completion of min. 3 Foundations courses, one of which must have been taken at MTSU, with a minimum grade of B
  2. Student must be currently enrolled in Foundations level course (ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, ART 1640, or ART 1650)
  3. Art and Design majors and minors are eligible to apply for these awards. One award will be given to an Art major (BFA Studio, BFA Graphic Design, BA/BS Visual Arts, BS Art Education, BA/BS Art History) and the other will be given to an Art minor. 

Application Materials and Instructions:

  1. Application form Please fill out the application form on Submittable.
  2. Digital portfolio of 10-15 works from your foundations courses (ART 1610, ART 1620, ART 1630, ART 1640, or ART 1650). You will be prompted to upload images of your work on the Submittable application form. Need help photographing your art for the portfolio review? Watch the video below by Foundations professor, Mark McLeod!
  3. Foundations faculty recommendation form. Contact one of your previous MTSU Foundations faculty members to serve as a recommender for your application. You will provide their MTSU email address on the application form. 

Need help taking photos of your art? Watch this video!

The Corning Museum of Glass has operated for 26 years and offers programs to support students. The Museum and the MTSU Department of Art and Design are partnering to provide an Art Major scholarship to attend the Museum’s 1-week or 2-week intensive Summer 2023 courses in Corning, New York. The class schedule is available at Summer at Corning Museum of Glass and includes tours of the Museum, evening lectures by artists, and other professional practice exercises, lectures, and opportunities. The scholarship covers the costs of the student’s Summer tuition, a stipend for all lunch and dinner meals, materials for the class selected, and round-trip tickets for flights from Nashville to Elmira, New York. The chosen student is responsible only for a $20.00 application fee and possibly the cost of shuttle service to and from Corning to Elmira.

Applicants must be majors in the MTSU Department of Art and Design. Students from all major concentrations are welcome to apply. Previous Corning Museum of Glass Scholars are not eligible.
Application Requirements:
All applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 5 works and an essay. Please follow the instructions on the Submittable form. If you have any questions, contact Jimmy.Mumford@mtsu.edu

The  AIGA / MTSU student group is accepting submissions of original, creative graphic design works by MTSU graphic design students for a juried exhibit. The exhibit is scheduled for February 18 - March 2 in the TAG 210 gallery in Todd Hall. This is a juried show so all entries are not guaranteed a spot in the exhibit.

Digital Submission Deadline: Friday, February 10 at 9am

What Kind of Work is Accepted? 
We accept any graphic design work (including, but not limited to print, interactive, illustration, photography, book arts, letterpress, etc), freelance work etc. If you want to show it off, submit it! 

Before You Submit,  please carefully note the following:
1. There is no fee to enter and you can submit a maximum four (4) entries.
2. In order to be part of the gallery exhibit, you must be selected by the jurors AND submit a physical version of your submission by Friday, February 17 at 9am (printed poster, printed mock-ups of interactive work, built 3D package etc.). 

Submission Specifications: 

  • 300 dpi images / color mode: RGB  
  • PDF for digital submissions (exported out of InDesign or digital mock-up) 
  • 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 20MB. 
  • 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.pdf). 
  • Physical entries will not be accepted for judging, but if selected to participate in the exhibit, physical entries MUST be provided or you will not be included*. 

*Physical Submission Deadline:
Todd 308. 9am. Friday, February 17, 2023

Other Questions?
Email Andrew Moore (alm2bx@mtmail.mtsu.edu) or Ana Cannon (amc2et@mtmail.mtsu.edu).

Call for Solo and Small Group (2-4 Artists) Exhibition Proposals for the following dates:

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 or flash drive containing 10 images (jpegs) of recent work. All Group Proposals of two to four artists should provide 12 images. Groups of  five or more artists are not being accepted at this time.

If completing this application you will be prompted to create an account before proceeding.

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

Mail to:

Todd Art Gallery

MTSU 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 Design 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 October 2020 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 ensure success of exhibit.

By submission or mail each artist accepts the above guidelines.

For questions call: 615-898-5532 or 615-904-8315 or text: 615-542-6368

MTSU Todd Art Gallery