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
Eric V. Snyder
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: 615-898-5653

The Murfree Art Galleries are a collaborative effort between the Rutherford County, TN Property Assessor's office and the MTSU Department of Art. All Artists (working and/or higher education art students) interested in exhibiting in the Murfree Art Gallery should complete the remainder of this application.

Contact Person:

Eric Von Snyder
Todd Art Gallery, MTSU Department of Art
Box 25, 1301 E Main Street
Murfreesboro TN 37132-0025

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

In order to ensure consideration, please submit only the requested materials.  The department's Student Gallery Committee meets as needed 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.

Submission acknowledges acceptance of above guidelines and all following Murfree Gallery policy.

For questions: 615-898-5653

Ascend Federal Credit Union Presents: MTSU Arts

and the MTSU Department of Art's:

2nd SHOEBOX: An International Sculpture Exhibition

Sponsored in part by:

Jerry's Artarama NASHVILLE

5381 Mount View Rd 

Antioch, TN 37013

Phone: 615-731-5901

Fax: 615-731-5906

Plaza Art

633 Middleton Street

Nashville, TN 37203

Phone: 615-254-3368

Fax: 615-254-1814 

SHOEBOX is an international juried competition featuring three-dimensional work designed to fit within the inner dimensions of a shoebox selected by each participating artist.

● Each applicant is free to select any shoebox for use from baby-size shoes to boots.

● Shoebox must be used to encase and accompany the shipment of each exhibit selected work.

● Shoebox is intended only as a size guide, not for incorporation into work or as part of display unless that is artist’s desire.  

● Shoebox must have been commercially produced and feature the brand of shoe originally contained.

● Double box work after placing work in shoebox first for added shipping protection & packing efficiency.

● Once emptied after delivery shoeboxes will be used for promotional purposes and returned with work at close of exhibit.

Shoebox Guidelines

1. No media restrictions.

2. Artists must be at least 18 years old.

3. Work must have been completed in the last 2 years.

4. While work may be smaller than shoebox it may not exceed shoebox dimensions with lid in place.

5. Any base and/or frame must be contained within shoebox. NO EXCEPTIONS!

6. Exhibit closed to faculty & staff of Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).

RETURN SHIPPING: MTSU Todd Art Gallery pays return shipping and insurance. The U.S. continental carriers are United Parcel Service (UPS) or United States Postal Service (USPS).

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING: It is the responsibility of each applicant to review U.S. federal and foreign residency guidelines for restrictions regarding international shipping before applying to SHOEBOX. All work that is non-returnable due to shipping restrictions become the property of the MTSU Todd Art Gallery with all proceeds from subsequent sale of work going to the MTSU Foundation's Art Enrichment fund for use in scholarships for MTSU art majors.


· October 28, 2016-Deadline for discount application (Up to three works for $25.00)

· November 30, 2016-All entries must be received by this date (Up to three works for $35.00)

· December 16, 2016-Artists will be notified of the status of their entries.

· January 6, 2016-Accepted works due at Todd Art Gallery.

Accepted artists cover shipping costs to Todd Art Gallery.

Return shipping will be covered by the exhibition at no cost to the artist.

· 5 p.m., January 19, 2017– Exhibition Opening & Juror Awards

· February 9, 2017-Exhibition closes


· BEST OF SHOW - $1,000.00

· AWARD OF EXCELLENCE (Second Place) - $500.00

  • Juror - Dr. Leslie King-Hammond

    A native of the South Bronx King-Hammond was educated in the New York City public education system. After attending City University of New York and Johns Hopkins University she began teaching art history at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). Later appointed Dean of Graduate Studies she retired in 2008 as Graduate Dean Emerita.

    During her storied career King-Hammond has served as the Founding Director of the new Center for Race and Culture at MICA, received a number of Mellon Grants, and a Trustee Award for Excellence in Teaching.

    Other honors include the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture's Chairperson of the Board and Chairperson of the Collections and Exhibits Committee; appointment to the Board of the Creative Alliance for the Artists, Baltimore, MD.; and project director for Ford/Phillip Morris Fellowships for Artists of Color at MICA (including Yale School of Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Cranbrook Academy of Art, and California Institute of the Arts).

    King-Hammond serves on numerous juries, boards, organizations, and art commissions including Executive Board, International Association of Art Critics (2000-2003); President, College Art Association (1996-2000); Board of Overseers, Baltimore School for the Arts (1996-1999); Vice President, Jacob Lawrence Catalog Riasonne Project; Trustee, Baltimore Museum of Art (1981-1987); Center For Emerging Artists (2005-2007); Advisory Board, Edna Manley School for the Visual Arts, Kingston, Jamaica (1988-Present).

    Further accomplishments include, her book, Hughie Lee-Smith, (2010), Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Studio Museum in Harlem (2002), Lifetime Service, MICA (2005), The DuBois Circle (2006), Women's Art Caucus-College Art Association (2008), and the James A. Porter Colloquium, Howard University (2008). In 2008, she received an Andy Warhol Curatorial Fellowship and the Detroit Institute of the Arts gave her the Alain Locke International Prize in 2010. 


  • 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:

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

Ends on August 1, 2017
***We're looking for  MTSU Department of Art Alums***

A Celebration: Alums 2017!

August 31 – September 20, 2017

OPENING - Wednesday, August 30, 2017, 5-7 p.m. in Todd Hall's Todd Art Gallery. Call 615-898-5532 for directions, parking, other questions.

This is a curated show featuring the work of our Art alums 1982-2012 currently working in Ceramics, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Graphic Design and the associated studies of Book Arts, Letterpress, and Jewelry. Those majors from Art Education and Art History are equally welcome.

When you were at MTSU where did see yourself in 2017?  Well, we want to know?
We invite everyone who is a graduate of the MTSU / Department of Art / Studio and Graphic Design programs during the 30 year period noted to participate. NO FEE TO PARTICIPATE


1)      When is the deadline to submit? On or before Tuesday, August 1. Selections will be notified August 8, 2017  Tentative mailing or drop-off at  Todd Hall is August 16, 2017.

2)      Is the show juried? No, but it will be curated meaning that we may not select everything submitted due to issues of space, and shipping costs or to add greater variety across the body of the exhibit. 

3)     How many artists will be selected? More or less 20 depending on the size of the work

4)      Are shipping costs covered? We cover one-way up to $20.00.

5)      Do you need hi-res images? Yes, at least one image per work: Dimensions 10" on the wider side

6)      How many pieces may I submit for consideration? 3 to 5.

7)      How old can the works be? Works must have been made since our previous Alum Exhibit in 2012.

8)      Do you need an artist statement and resume? We request an artist statement and pertinent bio.

9)      What is the timeline for the show? It opens August 30 and runs through September 20, 2017

10)    How can I drop-off my work should I choose not to ship? Call 615-898-5653 or 615-898-5532 to make arrangements Monday            thorough Friday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

If you have media and exhibition questions contact our Todd Art Gallery Coordinator at:

The perks to this call for entries:

- Your work will be experienced in a gallery setting.

- You can reconnect with your college friends.

- You can showcase what you love to do.

- The faculty can reminisce about what a perfect student you were.

WORK WILL BE EXHIBITED AS IS so include any installation instructions necessary.

Work will be returned or may be picked up at gallery after exhibit closes.

Eric V. Snyder
Gallery Director & Dept. Coordinator
Department of Art | Todd Hall, room 224
Middle Tennessee State University

There is no fee to apply or participate.  Cost of shipping insurance for work to Todd Art Gallery is at each artist discretion. 

Todd Art Gallery return ships via UPS and USPS only.

Exhibit Exception: While every effort will be made to include each work submitted gallery staff reserve the right to omit any work for any reason. While work is never omitted for content, consideration of overall exhibit presentation and spacing issues occasionally require a reduction of exhibit numbers. All participating artists accept this possibility upon applying. 


* All entries are via 

*Acceptable File Formats: 300 dpi Photoshop, TIFF or JPG, approximately 10” wide x 8” tall, high resolution PDF.

Files must read as such:

* Last Name_Title of Piece_Year Created

* Ex. Smith_Primary_2013 or Smith_Primary_Detail_2013

Artists must also send a Word Document image list with their entries, which includes the following information:

* Name and Email of Artist

* Title

* Materials

* Size

* Year Graduated

* Area of Art Major

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