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.  


2020 Screenprint Biennial / PROSPECTUS

The 2020 Screenprint Biennial seeks to showcase a range of screenprint-based art applications, from framed editioned prints to installation, sculpture, video, ephemera, and posters. This exhibition will in no way seek to act as a survey or “who’s-who” of screenprinting, but will assemble an exhibition that is consistent in highlighting artists who utilize adventurous, relevant, and passionate takes on the screenprinted medium. The Screenprint Biennial is announcing its open call for submissions. Submissions involving video, performance, sculpture, social practice, alternative substrates and processes, and collaboration are encouraged.

The Biennial Exhibit is scheduled to premiere at Middle Tennessee State University located in Murfreesboro, a community 30 miles south of Nashville, traveling to Buffalo, NY where it will be hosted by the University at Buffalo and Mirabo Press. Each biennial  location will host an accompanying printmaking symposium. 

Deadline for email submissions: April 18, 2020 at 11:59PM EST




-Artists may submit up to three JPEG images or one video. 

-Artist bio of 150 words 

-Artist Statement

File Size requirements:

Since images selected may be reproduced in the exhibition catalog, please upload hi res images, approximately 6”x6” at 300ppi. There is a limit of 400mb per upload.



Artists will be informed via submittable email regarding their acceptance into the show Accepted work may be refused if it does not conform to the entered image. Absolutely NO substitutions of accepted works will be allowed. All accepted work must remain in the gallery for the duration of the exhibition.

Accepted artwork must be suitable for formal gallery presentation as well as the rigors of packaged shipping. Special display instructions must be explicitly stated and included in shipping. 2-D works on paper must be framed, wired, and ready to hang.  A limited amount of video projection equipment will be available. Any sculptural or installation-based work must have clear instructions and guidelines. 


Artists are responsible for shipping to and from the Screenprint Biennial.

Shipped work must arrive in a reusable container or crate. No mailing tubes. A computer-generated return label for return of work MUST be enclosed. NO EXCEPTIONS. Pre-paid shipping arrangements must be made through FedEx. NO U.S. POSTAL SERVICE OR COD RETURNS. DO NOT SEND CASH, CHECK, STAMPS, OR CREDIT CARD INFORMATION FOR RETURN OF WORK. Please include a prepaid return-shipping label where it can be easily located. Works sent without prepaid return labels WILL NOT BE HUNG.

Artists selected for the biennial will be given exact shipping instructions at the time of notification.


Artists are responsible for the insurance of work during shipping. The Screenprint Biennial is not liable for any damage or loss of artwork during transit to and from the galleries. Middle Tennessee University, University at Buffalo, and Mirabo Press will all provide respective insurance within their galleries.


The biennial does not sell works directly, but can facilitate sales of works by connecting potential buyers to artists.



February 17: open call begins 

April 18: Deadline submissions

April 19-May 2nd: Jurying process

May 3: Selections announced

May 15: 2020: Selected artists must send high-res images of work for

exhibition catalog

September 10, 2020: Selected works must arrive at Middle Tennessee University

September 19, 2020: Opening Reception/symposium at Middle Tennessee University

Oct 10, 2020: Biennial South closes

November 7, 2020: Biennial North Opens/Symposium in Buffalo, NY

December 18, 2020: Biennial North Closes

January 2021: Artwork shipped back to artists


About the Jurors:

Althea Murphy-Price

Working primarily in the mediums lithography, screen printing and sculpture, artist Althea Murphy-Price has been recognized for her nonconventional approach to the traditions of print. 

Murphy-Price has been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout North America and abroad.  Solo and small group exhibits include the Tennessee  Arts Commission (Nashville, TN), The Union for Contemporary Art (Omaha, NE), The Knoxville Museum of Art (Knoxville, TN), The Arnoff Center for the Arts (Cincinnati, OH), The Print Center, (Philadelphia, PA;, Woman Made Gallery (Chicago IL), The Artist’s Collective (Houston, TX) and California College of the Arts, (Oakland, CA).  International exhibited cities include Shanghai, China; Tokyo, Japan; and Tidaholm, Sweden, Venice, Italy; and Santander, Spain. 

Murphy-Price’s work has been included in the publications of Art Papers Magazine, CAA Reviews, Contemporary Impressions Journal, Art in Print, MAPC Journal, and the UK publication Printmaking Today and text books, Printmaking: A Complete Guide to Materials and Process., and Printmakers Today.  Additionally she has held residencies at the Frank Llyod Wright School, University of Hawaii, Hilo, The Vermont Studio Center, The Venice Printmaking Studio, and the Scuola Internationale di Graphica. She has lectured at multiple institutions including Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College, Boston University, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA).

Murphy-Price received a B.A. from Spelman College, an M.A. from Purdue University and an M.F.A. from Tyler School of Art, Temple University.   Born in San Jose, CA and living in Knoxville, Tennessee, Murphy-Price teaches printmaking as Associate Profess of Art at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Christina Weyl received her BA from Georgetown University (2005) and completed her masters and doctorate in Art History at Rutgers University (2012, 2015). Her new book, The Women of Atelier 17: Modernist Printmaking in Midcentury New York, follows eight women, who worked at the avant-garde printmaking workshop Atelier 17 in New York between 1940 and 1955. The book reveals how Atelier 17 operated as an uncommonly egalitarian laboratory for revolutionizing print technique, style, and scale. It facilitated women artists’ engagement with modernist styles, providing a forum for extraordinary achievements that shaped postwar sculpture, fiber art, neo-Dadaism, and the Pattern and Decoration movement. Her research has been supported by the Metropolitan Museum, Getty Foundation, Mellon Foundation, and other institutional grants. She has published in Art in Print, Print Quarterly, The Women’s Art Journal and Archives of American Art Journal and contributed to several anthologies and exhibition catalogues. From 2014-2018, she served as Co-President of the Association of Print Scholars, a non-profit professional organization she co-founded in 2014. Prior to her graduate studies, she worked for a gallery representing the publications of the Los Angeles–based artists’ workshop Gemini G.E.L. 

Nathan Meltz uses art to comment on the infiltration of technology into every facet of life, from politics and food, to family and war. His solo exhibitions include Southern Illinois University’s Vergette Gallery, GRIDSPACE (NYC), the University of Florida – Jacksonville’s Andrew Brest Gallery, and Noise Gallery (OH). Group exhibitions include the International Print Center New York, the Trois-Rivières International Printmaking Biennial, Canada, and the Museum of Modern Art in Rio De Janiero, Brazil. He has received juror awards from the Louisiana International Printmaking Exhibition, the Political Impressions exhibition at the Rochester Institute of Technology, the International Miniature Print Exhibition at Manhattan Graphics, the Printworks Award from Artists Image Resource, Pittsburgh PA, and the Prix de Print award from Art in Print Magazine. Meltz is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of the Arts at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and is the founder of the Screenprint Biennial.

Middle Tennessee Visiting Artist Program / Artist Residency
Sponsored by the Bonnaroo Works Fund

Application Deadline: April 10, 2020

Residency duration: July 10-31, 2020

Middle Tennessee State University

Department of Art and Design and 


Middle Tennessee Visiting Artists Program is designed to support visiting artists’ research in an immersive studio environment. While being afforded valuable studio time, participating artists will gain teaching experience, working with other artists, students, and community members. Additionally, the artists will be actively contributing to the growth of the first permanent collection of art at MTSU. These contributions will create a visual record of the program and the artists’ interaction with the Middle Tennessee community. We will document the process, artwork, and activities so they continue to be employed as teaching tools and can be incorporated into broader discussions of artwork in the Murfreesboro and Middle Tennessee area. By stimulating dialogue between visiting artists, students, the arts community, and residents of the surrounding counties, we will demonstrate the importance of arts education and foster a culture of support and advocacy for the Arts in Tennessee.


Two artists will be selected to participate in a 3 week residency (July 10-31, 2020) during which time they will pursue in depth investigations into one concept or technique of their choice. Visiting Artists will be provided private on-campus accommodations, full access to MTSU Print Media Studios (including Letterpress, Screen Printing, Relief, Intaglio, and Lithography facilities), parking pass, a $600 materials budget and a $1500.00 stipend. Travel to and from MTSU is the responsibility of the selected artist. 

Participating artists will present a 30 minute artist talk, demonstrate their working processes to students registered in Art and Design summer courses, and offer an all ages public workshop. At the end of the residency, one piece each artist has produced during their residency will be donated to the MTSU permanent art collection. Artists will be asked to submit an evaluation of their experience, along with recommendations for how the program could be implemented moving forward.

Jury Process: 

Artists will be selected on the basis of their merit, strength of project proposal and the significance of their current and previous contributions to their fields.

Submission requirements include: a portfolio of 10 images, updated CV, a project proposal,  and a proposal for a 2 hour all ages community workshop with consideration that participants may not have any prior art training.  Community members who engage in this workshop will produce a small piece after being introduced to a basic process or technique . 

This information will be uploaded to the Department of Art and Design’s Submittable account.

The MTSU Department of Art and Design recognizes and respects the diversity of our students and community. We welcome applications by all artists regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexuality, socio-economic class, age, religion, or disability to apply.

Studio Facilities:

Artists will be share a private studio within the printmaking facilities of Todd Hall. This studio features a large work table, several small working surfaces, wall space, screenprint table, small etching press and inking area. While participating artists need not engage specifically with printmaking, the space is equipped to serve those who might. Todd hall also features expansive sculpture and ceramics facilities, digital labs as well as book arts and letterpress. Regardless of project, the artist must be proficient on all equipment used and be completely self-sufficient. 

For questions or more information contact Middle Tennessee Visiting Artist Program Coordinators: or  

MTSU Art and Design Chair:


MTSU Todd Art Gallery