58th Annual Voertman Competition

Lightwell Gallery
March 28, 2018 to April 15, 2018

A time-honored tradition at the College of Visual Arts and Design, this is our juried student exhibition in its 58th year.

Juried by John Spriggins, South Dallas Cultural Center



All currently enrolled CVAD students are eligible to submit artworks for consideration, by completing an online submission form at the link below. Entries are $5 per artwork, unlimited. Payments are made in person at the UNT Art Gallery. The deadline for entires has passed for 2018; we do not accept late entries.


Thursday, April 5
Award Ceremony and Exhibition Reception
Pizza at 6 pm
Award Announcements at 6:45 pm
Followed by a talk by Juror John Spriggins

About the exhibition

The annual Voertman Competition at CVAD is a time-honored celebration of artistic achievement and promise. The Voertman Competition is a juried exhibition open to all currently enrolled CVAD students. Started in 1960 by Mr. Paul Voertman, family founder of Voertman’s store, the exhibition is juried each year by an accomplished arts professional and provides students with real-world experience. Since 1960, thousands of artists have exhibited their works and hundreds have received cash prizes sponsored by Voertman’s store.

Important dates for artists

  • Artists will be notified of acceptance to the shortlist the week of March 5.
  • Artwork drop-off will be March 21 - 23, the week after Spring Break.
  • The exhibition runs from March 28 through April 15, with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, April 5 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm.
  • Works exhibited in the show must be picked up April 17 - 20.

About the Juror

A native of Dallas, John Spriggins has an extensive background as a visual artist and arts administrator. Before joining the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs as Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center, Spriggins served as the Gallery Director for Richland College (Dallas County Community College District) and as Professor of Art and Humanities at campuses for the Tarrant County and Dallas County Community College Districts. Since 2012, Spriggins has been the Interim Curator for the African American Museum in Dallas and continues to work with the museum on special projects. He has served as a member of the Public Art Committee and the Cultural Affairs Commission for the City of Dallas. He has worked tirelessly with numerous organizations to bring arts awareness to the City of Dallas. Spriggins received his BFA from Texas A&M University-Commerce and his MFA in Humanities from the University of Texas, Dallas.