Show Up, Stand Out, Empower!

Call for entries for a juried art exhibit in Knight Library

The University of Oregon Libraries and the Division of Equity and Inclusion invite UO students to participate in a juried art exhibition that will showcase creative expressions of the culture we aspire to have. Approximately $3200 in awards will be given.

Deadline to submit work: August 10, 2018

The exhibit will take place in Knight Library, October 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019.

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In 1937, the building now known as Knight Library opened. The historic library has been recognized as a distinctive example of the creative efforts of artists and artisans employed by Depression Era public works programs. Times have changed since the building and its artifacts were created. In important ways, progress has been made in enabling equality and justice for all. But the legacy of another era remains: many have noted that the murals in the historic library’s stairwells reflect the racism and misogyny commonplace at the time the art was created.

This exhibit is part of the continuing dialogue of how we can strive for an inclusive environment while preserving evidence of a past which speaks to the contrary. Art can be a powerful force for empowerment and change.


For this exhibit, we are seeking original works of art that express an inclusive, respectful culture that counters the world view depicted in the Knight Library murals.  We invite participants to contribute works of art that reflect on issues of identity, gender and race equality, age, sexual orientation, ability, social justice, and privilege.


A student currently enrolled at the University of Oregon may submit one recent original work for consideration.  Students accepted for the exhibit must be able to deliver the works for the show and pick them up after the exhibit closes according to the timeline below.


Best of Show $1000

Dean’s Award $700

People’s Choice Award $700

Juror's Choice Awards $150 each


Call for entries: April 15, 2018

Submission deadline: August 10, 2018

Selections announced/artists notified: On or before September 1, 2018

Delivery of artwork: by October 5, 2018

Exhibition: October 15, 2018 – March 15, 2019


  • Two-dimensional works:

Acceptable for consideration are traditional two-dimensional media (painting, drawing, printmaking, etc.), photography, and digital artwork.

Selected works must be ready for display.  Mounting, matting, and framing are the responsibility of the artist.

Maximum size limitation is 30” width by 42” height.

  • Three-dimensional works:

Acceptable for consideration are all media of three-dimensional works including artists’ books.

The works must be free-standing.

Maximum size limitation is 6” width (base) and 42” height.


Works selected must fit the exhibit space. In addition to considering the merits of the art, jurors will also use spacial accomodations to guide their selection of works.

Prospective entrants are first encouraged to visit the Knight Library spaces where the works will be displayed: the vertical exhibit cases in the hallways, and Café Verso [aka The Daily Grind] on the ground floor.


One work may be entered per entrant using the online form.

The entry must be represented by one or two digital images in jpeg format. The largest dimension must be approximately 2000 pixels.

A digital file should be labeled as LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg

Each entrant should include a statement of not more than 100 words that describes how the work relates to the theme.

Deadline: August 10, 2018


The jury that selects works to be exhibited may include professional artists, historians, students, or gallery owners.  The jury will consider the quality of the work and how effectively it relates to the theme. The submissions will be reviewed anonymously.


Exhibitors are required to pick up their works in person the week of March 18-22, 2019.


Historic Knight Library: Art and Architecture - You'll find lots of information in this library research guide.

Questions about the exhibit? Contact, Ed Teague, chair of the Knight Library Public Art Task Force,


Apply online today!