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Community College Art Competition

An art & design competition for Iowa community college students. Compete to win cash prizes and a $5,000 scholarship in Art & Design at Grand View!
Here’s how it works:
Students should submit their best work of any flavor — traditional media or digital. This includes the entire smorgasbord of creative morsels- painting, drawing, photography, illustration — traditional or digital, graphic design for print or web. This would include brochures, logos, publication design, ad campaigns, web pages, apps. 3d work is welcome, as are sculpture, ceramics, and assemblage. Video and time arts are welcome, too.

Work should have been created during the time the student has been enrolled in community college but does not have to be a project created for a class.

Work can be submitted any time between October 1, 2013 and January 10, 2014.

All submissions are digital. Specifications:

  • Images should be in jpg format
  • No larger than 2MB
  • Horizontal format (if the image is an obvious vertical, center it in the horizontal frame with a nice black or white border)
  • Combine multiple views of the same piece into one image
  • Feel free to combine multiple pieces of a branding project or campaign into one image
  • Video should be posted on YouTube with the ID provided on the entry form.
  • Show us the cover and 2-3 representative spreads of a brochure or booklet

The competition will be judged by the Grand View University photography, art & design faculty, who will choose one Best of Show,  two honorable mentions, and several jurors awards. The Best of Show will be awarded a $250 cash prize and a $5,000 renewable scholarship to major in art & design at Grand View. Honorable mentions will receive a $50 cash prize. All entrants will receive a certificate suitable for including in a portfolio.

Official Entry Form

All entries MUST be submitted on this official online form.  Submission of entries will begin October 1.

Contest Rules

Competition Requirements
Entrants must currently be enrolled in an Iowa community college. All work must be entirely original and copyright free.  All work must be submitted using the official entry form. Decisions on winning entries will be made by professional art and design faculty at Grand View and are final.  Winning entries will be posted on this website.  By entering the contest, the student gives Grand View permission to use the entry in marketing materials.  The Best of Show scholarship winner must apply to Grand View, meet all criteria for admission, be admitted, and enroll at the University.  No monetary award will be made in lieu of the scholarship.  Grand View reserves the right not to award the scholarship if circumstances dictate.

Competition judged by Grand View Art & Design faculty. Winners will be notified via phone or email. In March, one Best of Show will be selected from all entries, and the student will be awarded a $250 cash prize and a $5,000 scholarship to major in Art & Design at Grand View.