K through ENMU

Presented by the ENMU Runnels Gallery, K through ENMU is an annual spring event celebrating art education and the achievements of art students. The juried exhibition is free to enter and open to public, private or homeschooled students in kindergarten through their senior year of high school.

We urge art educators to get involved by encouraging their students to enter work in this fun and exciting juried exhibition. Selected artwork from each grade will be on display in the Runnels Gallery and an awards ceremony will be held in honor of the artists selected for exhibition.

Submission Deadline: Friday, March 1, 2024

K through ENMU Online Submission Form

Important Exhibition Dates

Friday, March 1, 2024 Submission deadline
Friday, March 22, 2024 Artwork is to be received by the gallery by 5 p.m.
Monday, April 1, 2024 The exhibition opens to the public
Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 1-3 p.m. Reception (family and friends event)
Saturday, April 27, 2024 | 3 p.m. The exhibition closes to the public


The juried exhibition is open to public, private or homeschooled students in kindergarten through their senior year of high schoolthat live within the United States.

Entry Fee and Number of Submissions Permitted

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

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.

Selection of Artwork

Artwork of any theme may be submitted to the exhibition. The gallery will adjudicate submissions using the following criteria to determine acceptance into the exhibition.

  • First Impression – How powerful is the first impression?
  • Originality and Creativity – To what degree of originality and creativity does the work speak?
  • Artist's Perspective – Is there a unique perspective?

From the selected works, the gallery will then determine first, second, and third place for each of the three divisions and an overall Best of Show chosen from the entire body of work submitted. Divisions include:

  • Elementary Division (Kindergarten-4th Grade)
  • Middle/Junior High School Division (5th Grade-8th Grade)
  • High School Division (9th Grade-12th Grade)

How to Submit Work to the Exhibition

Artists will submit their work for this exhibition using the gallery' online submission form below. An online submission form must be used for 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)
  • 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.
  • See the How to Photograph Your Artwork instructional sheet

Acceptance into the Exhibition and Delivery of Work

  • All artists will be notified about their acceptance through their 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). Artwork can be delivered by appointment only or shipped to the gallery.
  • 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 for Accepted Work

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

Submitted Two-Dimensional Work

  • Work should be matted or attached to a display board. Suggested matte/display board colors are white, black, charcoal, or any shade of gray.
  • Paintings with large wooden stretchers with painted canvas overlap do not require framing.
  • Dry mounting to foam/gatorboard with imagery flush (bleed off) to all four edges acceptable.

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


Eastern New Mexico University will exercise due care in handling all artwork submitted. ENMU, the Runnels Gallery, the Department of Art, the Golden Student Success Center 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.

K through ENMU Online Submission Form

For more information contact Bryan Hahn at [email protected].