Calling all Drake students who want to share your artwork! We invite you to enter works that will be selected as part of our 50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition. The exhibition will be virtual and will run from March 7 – April 16, 2021. Our juror will be Nikki Renee Anderson, a Drake Alum and Chicago-based artist and educator. She will select works to be included in the exhibition and award winners. Over $1000 in awards will be announced in addition to the Provost Award. The virtual exhibition and digital catalog will be debuted on Sunday, March 7 at 2pm as we live-stream the exhibition opening and awards ceremony.

CATEGORIES: Students can enter up to 4 works total in these categories: Drawing & Works on Paper, Graphic Design, Interactive Media, Painting, Performance, Printmaking, Sculpture, Installation, and Video. Videos are limited to 15 minutes, and we can only accept online entries. We allow entry files to be submitted as .jpg, .png, .gif, .mp3, .mp4. and .mov. Maximum file size is 500 mb and best resolution is preferred at 300dpi.

ELIGIBILITY: Entrants must be Drake students, and it is free to enter. All submissions must be original work produced by the student artist within the past two years and must have been produced while enrolled at Drake University.

DEADLINE: February 18, 2021 at midnight (That’s 11:59pm the night of Thursday, February 18, 2021).


  • Monday, February 1, 2021: Submissions open for the 50th Annual Juried Student Exhibition
  • Thursday, February 18, 2021 at midnight/11:59pm: Deadline for receipt of submissions
  • Friday, February 26, 2021: Email Notification sent out to all entrants to inform them of acceptance into the exhibition
  • Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2pm: Live-streamed Exhibition Opening and Awards Ceremony on YouTube and Facebook. The Virtual Exhibition and digital catalog will also be launched and posted on our website and social media.

ENTRY PROCESS: We are using a professional service, Entrythingy, which is similar to CaFE, Submittable and Slideroom, to manage all the entries and make the entry and selection process easy. Click below to sign up and submit your entries. There is no cost to Drake students, and you should receive an email alert from us once you have submitted your work. If you have any questions, please email Scroll down to see some Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

NEEDED INFO TO ENTER: Have these items ready so your submission process goes smoothly:

  • You need to have professional images of your artworks. (View videos below to help you photograph your work at home with your phone). You can enter multiple views or details of each piece you submit. *Graphic designers, just upload a PDF or jpeg of your original designs. There’s no need to print and photograph them although mock-up views can also be added.
  • A list of the title, size, materials, and price of each piece. (Why price work? Because people want to buy it – like our Provost! What you create has value because it encompasses your idea, materials and time. Student works typically range from $50-250 and sometimes more for larger, one-of-a-kind pieces. Don’t want to sell your work? That’s okay. Just list NFS which means Not For Sale).
  • Your Drake ID Number (kept confidential and used to ensure only Drake students enter, to make cash awards easy to distribute, and to keep the selection process blind and fair.)
  • You are now ready to sign up and submit your entry! Click on the boxes below to enter:

Watch this video that goes step by step through the entry process. Be sure to turn on captioning for extra information and a richer experience. Contact with any questions.

We’ve created a PDF of the instructions should you want to get your information this way:

FAQs and ANSWERS: Here are some answers to common questions.

Q: When I look at my image in jury view, it is enlarged and looks grainy/bitmapped. I’m worried about the quality of my image. A: Your image actually looks fine on our end. If it doesn’t, please rest assured Julia Franklin will email you about it to request another image so it can get swapped out.

Q: I have a work where the details are important. Can I submit other detail shots or other views? A: Yes! Once you upload your first image, you will be given the option to add up to 3 other related images that show details or other views.

Q: I don’t know how to categorize my work. A: That’s okay. We’ve taken the confusion out of the process and given you only one option: All Media Accepted.

Q: I need to re-do my submission! Or, I want to switch out a piece and enter something else instead. How do I do that? A: Email the Gallery Manager at as soon as possible. Let her know which piece (title) you want to change or delete, and she will mark it as Not Submitted. She will email you back so you can log back in to add additional views or submit another work.

VIDEO TUTORIALS: We’ve put together a series of short videos to help you set up and photograph your artwork at home with your phone. Take a look to make sure you are entering the most professional looking images as possible. All it takes is a little time and effort. It could mean the difference of having your work selected and winning cash prizes. You can’t win if you don’t enter, and you can’t get accepted without good images of your work!

Graphic Designs by Amelia Sims, Graphic Design Major ’23