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The ENMU Runnels Gallery annually conducts the University Juried Art Exhibition as an opportunity for student artists across campus to submit their creative visual work in a competitive environment. The gallery believes creativity lives within us all and strongly encourages students across disciplines to enter their artwork to be considered for inclusion in this prestigious exhibition.  The gallery is committed to providing all students an opportunity to share their creative visual work in a public space for the campus community to experience.


All students currently enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University are eligible to enter the Runnels Gallery University Juried Art Exhibition.   

Entry Fee and Number of Submissions Permitted

Entry fees are not collected for this exhibition.  Artists may submit up to three pieces of art.   

Important Exhibition Dates

Friday, March 8, 2019 – Deadline to submit work

Friday, March 15, 2019 – Artists notified of acceptance

Friday, March 22, 2019 – All selected artwork must be delivered to the designated drop off location

Monday, April 1, 2019 – University Juried Art Exhibition opens to the public

Monday, April 1, 2019, 5 p.m. – Public artists' reception (all accepted artists are expected to attend)

Friday, April 19, 2019 – Final day of the University Juried Art Exhibition

Monday, April 22, 2019, 5-6 p.m. – All artwork must be retrieved from the gallery

Media and Size Restrictions

All media types are welcome. Artwork must be original, completed within one year of the entry deadline and may not have been previously shown at the Runnels Gallery. Artwork must be stable and capable of fitting through a standard doorway. Artwork that requires suspension from the ceiling, water, perishable food, or electricity is prohibited.

Theme/Subject Matter Requirements

Artwork of any theme may be submitted to the exhibition.  Artists will be adjudicated in the following areas and may consider these when selecting pieces for submission.    

  • First Impression-How powerful is the first impression?
  • Originality and Creativity-To what degree of originality and creativity does the work speak?
  • Artist’s Voice-Is the artist’s voice felt in the work and can his/her personal perspective of the world around him/her be seen?

Jury of Selections and Awards

Work submitted to the exhibition will be juried by external art professional(s). Exhibition awards include Best of Show, second place, third place, and honorable mention(s).

Acceptance into the Exhibition and Delivery of Work

All artists will be notified about their acceptance through their ENMU email account.  Artwork chosen for inclusion in the exhibition must be delivered to the Runnels Gallery by the required delivery date and must be finished (ready for presentation). The gallery reserves the right to refuse any work deemed unfinished or those which are delivered after the deadline. Accepted pieces must remain on display until the close of the exhibition and must be claimed within 30 days after the exhibition’s conclusion.  If artwork is unclaimed, it will become the property of the Runnels Gallery and the ENMU Department of Art. Artists are solely responsible for the delivery and retrieval of their work. The artist’s name, title of the work, medium and price information must be secured to the back of the work and must be legible (type is preferred).    

Presentation Ready Requirements

All work must be finished at the time of delivery. Presentation standards include:

  • Submitted Two-dimensional Work
    • Work must be matted, framed, and properly wired in a professional manner. Suggested frame colors are white, black or silver. Suggested matte colors are white, black, charcoal, or any shade of gray. Secure wire hanging or French cleats only, no saw tooth hardware permitted.
    • Paintings with large wooden stretchers with painted canvas overlap do not require framing.
    • Dry mounting to foam/gator board with imagery flush (bleed off) to all four edges acceptable; no framing/matting required. Secure wire hanging or French cleats only, no saw tooth hardware permitted.
  • Submitted Three-dimensional Work
    • Work must be stable.
    • Work requiring special/custom stands for presentation must be provided by the artist at time of delivery.

Assistance in making a work presentable will be provided to any artist accepted into the exhibition.  The gallery manager, Mr. Bryan Hahn, will provide this service if he is contacted prior to exhibition deadlines.  

How to Submit Work to the Exhibition

Artists may submit their work for this exhibition using the gallery’s online submission form below. An online submission form must accompany each piece of art entered into the exhibition. In addition to the standard biographical information, the following information must be included:

  • Title of piece
  • Media type
  • Sales price (if for sale)
  • Unframed dimensions (inches only)
  • 50 to 75-word artist statement describing or explaining the concept, the process, materials used, the goal of the project, etc.
  • Photograph of the work being submitted (JPEG files only)

Artist’s work will be juried based upon the photographic evidence of the artwork being submitted.  Consider the following recommendations to best capture an art piece in a photograph: 

  • Artwork should be properly lit. Lighting that is too bright or too dark can negatively affect colors, diminish or hide detail and may create the inability to clearly and accurately see the work. When lighting artwork, glare can be avoided by removing glass or other protective elements in front of the artwork. Adjusting the angle of the artwork, camera or light source can also reduce glare. Avoid using lights that emit yellow or blue tones.
  • Artwork should be level and positioned in the center of the photograph.
  • Two-dimensional works must be photographed without matting and framing.
  • Three-dimensional works must be photographed using a neutral background and stable surface. Consider using a lightbox to photograph three-dimensional work.
  • Photographs should be focused properly.
  • Adjust camera’s image quality setting to “fine” or the highest resolution possible.
  • File format must be JPEG.


Eastern New Mexico University will exercise due care in handling all artwork submitted. ENMU, the Runnels Gallery, the Department of Art, Golden Library or any of their agents will not be responsible for loss or damage to any artwork, whether such work is on display, in storage, or in transit to or from the artist. All accepted artwork must remain on display until the close of the exhibition. ENMU assumes the right to photograph any work for catalog or publicity purposes and to use the artist’s name. The submission of artwork to this exhibit will be understood to imply agreement and consent on the part of the artist with the conditions set forth here. I hereby agree to the liability clause and to abide by all the rules and stipulations set forth in this exhibition.

University Juried Art Online Submission Form