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.

Deadline for all Scholarship Materials:  

February 1st, 2023


New Transfer Students and Incoming Freshman declaring one of the following Majors in the Department of Art and Design. Please use the links below to explore each of the following concentrations. These awards are provided by funding from the John and Elva Griffin and Lon Nuell memorial scholarships. 

MTSU Art and Design Majors

Art Education, B.S. 

Graphic Design, B.F.A.

Studio Art, B.F.A

Visual Arts, B.A./B.S.

Art History, B.A./B.S.

Please note that incomplete applications will not be reviewed.  If you have any questions about the application process or would like to receive information on our degree programs, please visit our department website at http://mtsu.edu/art/ or call the department at 615-898-2455. We look forward to reviewing your application! 


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2023 Tennessee Collegiate Art Competition: Middle Tennessee State University

Saturday, February 18 – Wednesday, March 15, 2023



Students, please visit www.submittable.com  to input and upload entry forms, digital images, and application fees.

January 9 – Entry forms, digital files, and fees are due at MTSU. Contact person at MTSU: Eric Snyder, Coordinator, Department of Art and Design/Todd Art Gallery, eric.snyder@mtsu.edu or (615) 898-5532.

January 10–20 – Entries juried by Thomas Sturgill and Steve Ward.

January 23 – Notification of accepted works emailed to applicants

February 7–February 11 – Accepted work is due at the Middle Tennessee State University, Box 25, 1301 E Main St, Murfreesboro, TN 37132-0025

Directions use Driving Directions, 1512 Military Memorial, Murfreesboro, TN 37132.

All work must be hand-delivered or shipped via USPS or U.P.S. Applicants, please email Eric.Snyder@mtsu.edu or Rick.Rishaw@mtsu.edu in advance to establish a delivery time. (Late work will not be displayed in the exhibition)

February 18 – The exhibition opens at Middle Tennessee State University.

February 25 – Exhibition reception: 2:00-4:00 pm, Awards Ceremony: 3:00 pm.

March 25 – Exhibition closes.

March 15, 16 – Exhibition organized for pick-up

March 25-31 – All work must be picked up. Applicants email Eric.Snyder@mtsu.edu or Rick.Rishaw@mtsu.edu to schedule a time. The Todd Art Gallery is not responsible for work that is not picked up. All uncollected artwork becomes property of the MTSU Department of Art and Design's permanent collection or is sold with proceeds supporting Art and Design Student Scholarships. 


ELIGIBILITY: Four-year college, community college, and university students (undergraduate and graduate) who are/were enrolled within the last 12 months in a degree-granting program in Tennessee, Alabama, and Kentucky are eligible to enter the competition. Students are not required to be art majors. However, all submitted work must be created during the student's enrollment at a higher education institution in TN, AL, or KY.


Thomas Sturgill, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburg, and Belmont University, Assistant Professor of Sculpture and 3D. For more about Thomas, visit https://www.numberoneartist.com/.

Steve Ward, Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and Middle Tennessee Collage and Painting artist. For more about Steve, visit http://www.aaroncraneinstitute.com/art/inquiries.html

AWARDS: BEST OF SHOW, 3 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE, and a JUROR'S AWARD DESIGNATING SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN EACH medium. Awards will be presented at the juror's discretion and may not necessarily be issued in each media.

ENTRY CATEGORIES: (C.A.)-Clay Arts, (CI)-Computer Imagery, (D.R.)-Drawing, (F.A.)-Fiber Arts, (G.A.)-Glass Arts, (G.D.)-Graphic Design, (M.A.)-Metal Arts, (MM)-Mixed Media, (P.T.G.)-Painting, (P.H.)-Photography, (P.R.)-Printmaking, (S)-Sculpture, (TBM)-Time Based Media

ENTRY FEE: One entry equals submitting one to three artworks for juror consideration. A non-refundable fee of $10.00 will be charged for one entry of up to three pieces. A further payment of $10.00 will be charged for each additional entry with no limit on the total number of entries per artist. The Submittable.com link will collect all participant fees.

PRESENTATION: All accepted artworks must be presented professionally, suitably framed, and ready for hanging. Three-dimensional pieces must be assembled and prepared for exhibition. The artist is responsible for providing the appropriate apparatus and detailed instructions if work requires special installation.

SIZE LIMITATIONS: Accepted works should be of a dimension that will allow for proper handling and display by Todd Art Gallery. (No work may exceed 6 feet in any direction and 200 pounds in weight)

ACCEPTED ENTRIES: All accepted work must remain for the show's duration. A PDF catalog listing the accepted artists and a list of the award winners will be created and emailed to all participating schools.


LIABILITY: Every possible precaution will be taken during the handling, exhibiting, and storing of accepted entries, but neither Todd Art Gallery, the Department of Art and Design, nor MTSU assumes responsibility for the loss or damage of artwork. Sending an entry to this competition will constitute an agreement with all conditions in this prospectus.

SALES: Sales of accepted entries will be encouraged. Todd Art Gallery will retain a commission of 20 percent.



  1. Please visit www.Submittable.com (this site) to enter and upload your contact information and images.
  2. Please ensure that the entries follow the same exact naming convention as outlined below.
  3. Create a single MSWord Docx listing your first and last name, the sequential order of your entries, each work's title, the entry category, your class (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior, Senior), the price of the artwork, your email, and cell number.
  4. Upload your MSWord Docx through Submittable.com in the space where it is requested.
  5. Your entry fees will also be applied through Submittable.com.

Student work should be submitted in the following format:

Formatting Images of Entries:

1. Images must be 150 DPI resolution, with a length or width no larger than 1080 pixels.

2. Images must be saved as a JPEG.

3. Student image files should be labeled using the following structure and category key:


School: Institution Abbreviation (see list below)

FirstName_LastName: Student's First and Last Name

Number: The sequential order of the student's entry

Category: Entry Category (see list below)

Title: Title of work (if works are untitled, then each must be uniquely untitled)

Example: "Untitled 1" and "Untitled 2"

Dimensions: (Height_Width for 2D work) (Height_Width_Depth for 3D work) in inches, for example, 2D work would be 20_24, and 3D work would be 20_24_20

Examples: UM_John_Thompson_1_PH_Wheel_20_24.jpg;



UM_John_Thompson_4_PH_Untitled _16_20.jpg

UM is the school; John is the first name; Thompson is the last name; 1 is the sequential student number for the entry; B is the category; Wheelis the work's title; and 20­­_24 are the dimensions in inches.

Detail shots are fine, but please label the end of the file with Detail.

Examples: UM_John_Thompson_1_PH_Wheel_20_24_Detail_1.jpg


Formatting Time-Based Media Entries: The video format must be Quicktime format. The length of media can be no longer than 10 minutes. Each video must have a title and a credits page. No DVDs with menus or multi-channels will be accepted. All genres accepted. Students label the movie file in the format listed above and submit it.


Entry Categories: (C.A.)-Clay Arts, (CI)-Computer Imagery, (D.R.)-Drawing, (F.A.)-Fiber Arts, (G.A.)-Glass Arts, (G.D.)-Graphic Design, (M.A.)-Metal Arts, (MM)-Mixed Media, (P.T.G.)-Painting, (P.H.)-Photography, (P.R.)-Printmaking, (S)-Sculpture, (TBM)-Time Based Media.

Institution Abbreviations:

If Your College or University is not listed below, please provide its full name in your submission


(APSU) Austin Peay State University (BEL.) Belmont University, (BETH) Bethel University, (CHA.) Chattanooga State Community College (CLE) Cleveland State Community College (COL.) Columbia State Community College, (DSCC) Dyersburg State Community College, (ETSU) East Tennessee State University, (JSCC) Jackson State Community College, (LEE) Lee University, (LMU) Lincoln Memorial University, (MSCC) Motlow State Community College, (MTSU) Middle Tennessee State University, (NAS) Nashville State Community College, (NSCC) Northeast State Community College, (OCOD) O'More College of Design, (PSCC) Pellissippi State Community College, (RSCC) Roane State Community College, (STCC) Southwest Tennessee Community College, (TECH)Tennessee Technological University, (TSU) Tennessee State University, (UM) The University of Memphis, (UTC) The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, (UTK) The University of Tennessee, (UTM) The University of Tennessee at Martin, (UTS) The University of Tennessee Southern, (VAN) Vanderbilt University, (VSCC) Volunteer State Community College, (WSCC) Walters State Community College


(ASU) Athens State University, (AU) Auburn University, (GSCC) Gadsden State Community College, (HU) Herzing University, (JDCC) J. F. Drake Community College, (JSU) Jacksonville State University, (LSCC) Lawson State Community College, (SSCC) Snead State Community College, (UAB) The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAH) The University of Alabama Huntsville, (UNA) The University of North Alabama, (WSCC) Wallace State Community College


(CAMU) Campbellsville University, (CCC) Calhoun Community College, (LWC) Lindsey Wilson College, (MCC) Madisonville Community College, (MSU) Murray State University (SCC) Somerset Community College, (WKU) Western Kentucky University, and (UOTC) University of the Cumberlands

For information, please call: Todd Art Gallery at (615) 898-5532 or

email Eric.Snyder@mtsu.eduor Rick.Rishaw@mtsu.edu

Middle Tennessee State University

Box 25, 1301 E Main Street, Murfreesboro TN 37132-0025

The Arrowmont Windgate University Fellowship is a partnership scholarship with Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN. 

Awarded annually, the fellowship provides an opportunity for 1-2 current MTSU Art and Design majors to enroll in a one-week workshop at Arrowmont.  Each fellowship includes the one-week workshop fee, registration fee, meals & housing in dormitory style facilities, and stipend for travel and workshop expenses. 

To view Arrowmont's national workshop schedule, please visit www.arrowmont.org. To apply for this scholarship, please select 4 workshops you are interested in. 


Applicants must be majors in the MTSU Department of Art and Design. Students from all major concentrations are welcome to apply. Previous Arrowmont Windgate Fellows 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 Erin.Anfinson@mtsu.edu

MTSU Todd Art Gallery