59th Annual Voertman Competition

Cora Stafford Gallery
March 19 - 30

A time-honored tradition at the College of Visual Arts and Design, the Voertman Competition is our juried student exhibition, in its 59th year.
Juried by Alison Saar, Artist www.lalouver.com

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 Gallery Office, ART 162.

Confirmation Email
You will receive a confirmation email after you submit the online form, with the subject line “Voertman Submission Received.” Please check your spam or junk folder if needed. Print the email SINGLE SIDED, and bring it to the Gallery Office, ART 162, when you pay your entry fee. It will be the receipt for your payment.

Submission Deadline
December 7, 2018 by 5 pm.
A submission includes 1.) the online form and 2.) the paid entry fee. You will receive a receipt for your entry fee, which confirms your submission is complete. Late entries will not be accepted.

Important dates for artists

  • Troubleshooting any submission issues the week of December 10 (finals week).
  • Artists will be notified of acceptance to the shortlist the week of January 21.
  • Artwork drop-off will be February 20 - 22.
  • The exhibition runs from March 19 - 30, with a reception and awards ceremony on Thursday, March 21 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm.
  • Works exhibited in the show must be picked up April 3 - 5.
  • Alison Saar lecture and exhibition opens March 8 in the UNT Art Gallery.

Award Ceremony and Exhibition Reception
Thursday, March 21
Pizza at 5 pm
Award Announcements at 5:45 pm
Followed by remarks lead by Gallery Director Tracee Robertson

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.

About the Juror
Employing both found objects and traditional artistic materials, Alison Saar’s sculptures, assemblages, and prints meditate on a range of experiences related to the African diaspora and gender. Often working with female nudes, Saar is among a larger generation of artists who recognize the body as a site of identity formation, acknowledging historical injustices and presenting noble figures that seem to transcend their pasts. Referencing African, Caribbean, and Latin American folk art and spirituality in her work, Alison Saar often alludes to fabled narratives or rituals that help shape personal notions of history and identity. Alison Saar will give an artist’s talk in conjunction with a retrospective exhibition of prints and sculptures at the UNT Art Gallery, which will be unveiling a new space in the CVAD Building on Friday, March 8, 2019. This celebration coincides with a Southern Graphics Council International conference highlighting original prints, drawings, books, and handmade paper.

Thank you for participating!

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