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.  

Ends on April 4, 2018
Please complete the following: 

This submission is open only to MTSU Studio Art BFA Candidates for Spring 2018. All other artist uploads summarily rejected.

Questions: 615-898-5532 or 615-542-6368

Prefer to email questions: or


• Participating students  - refer to packet for a variety of gallery due dates that effect you and your group exhibition

• Images per artist (3 images) and artist statement and/or bio also due.

• Things to consider: Tentative work inventory/description list, what work requires pedestal construction; what can be mounted on wall. (Include extra/speculative work even it may not be included in exhibit)
We have a large variety of pedestals and portable walls available for your use. Perhaps what you need is already in our inventory.

• Updated and Final Publicity/Media/Exhibit 

• Postcard/Poster Design postcard size 5.5" x 8" | poster size 22""x17"

•Artist Statements/Bios & Title Tags are due by 12 p.m.(noon) the Wednesday morning, April 4 before your reception Saturday, April 7 

Residency Dates: July 9- 24, 2018

Middle Tennessee State University


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.


Private accommodations in an MTSU residence hall, a US $250.00 stipend for food, and basic print materials will be provided.  Travel to and from MTSU is the responsibility of the selected artist.  Visiting Artists will pursue an in depth investigation into one concept or technique. Information regarding the program, updates regarding Visiting Artist events, and a gallery of work generated by the program will be available online and promoted through print and social media.

Participating artists will present a one hour public lecture, offer an all ages workshop, and/or lead a Master’s class. At the end of the residency, one piece the 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 20 images, updated CV,  proposal for project and community engagement activities, two reference letters. 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 housed within 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 more information: (Copy and Paste the following email addresses)

Program Coordinators: or Kathleen.O'

MTSU Art and Design Chair:

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