Team Kenan invites submissions for the fifth annual What Is Good Art? Competition. This year’s theme is “Extraordinary.” Submissions that examine or present perspectives on the mundane, the unusual, or the way we think about those categories are encouraged. Have a different take on the theme? Our goal is to have many different meditations on what “extraordinary” might mean.
A distinguished panel of judges, composed of experts in ethics and/or art, will award first, second, and third prizes as well as select which submissions are shown in the What Is Good Art? Exhibition. The exhibition will begin with a reception on the evening of April 8th, 2014 in the first floor gallery of the West Duke Building.
The student awarded First Prize will receive an award of $500. See full competition rules below.
Competition rules. Click to expand.
- The competition is open to all currently enrolled Duke students.
- All submissions must be e-mailed to KenanGoodArt@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on March 19th, 2014.
- All submissions must be original artwork created by the artist(s) indicated on the submission form.
- Each individual artist may submit up to two (2) pieces for consideration.
- Groups may submit single works, provided none of none of their members exceed two submissions.
- Artwork may be in any two or three-dimensional format, including the following:
- Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
- Drawing (pastel, pencil, charcoal)
- Mixed media
- Artists should include a 1-3 paragraph explanation of the work as part the submission form. The judging panel will use this statement when evaluating the piece. If the piece is selected, the statement will be mounted alongside the work.
- A panel of Duke affiliated faculty will judge submissions based on effectiveness in fusing interesting ethical ideas and artistic expression.
- Works chosen as finalists must be available for display by April 1st, 2013. For photographs, artists may either provide printed enlargements for mounting, or the Kenan Institute for Ethics will arrange for enlargements to be made. Photographic enlargements paid for by the Kenan Institute for Ethics will be the property of the Kenan Institute for Ethics. Please contact Christian Ferney for details.
- A selection of the top submissions will be unveiled at a gallery opening event to be held in the West Duke Building on East Campus beginning on April 8th, 2014. The pieces will be displayed until May 11th, 2014.
- The judges’ top three selections will be announced at the event, and an additional prize will be decided by popular vote of those in attendance.
- Students must make arrangements to claim their work by May 11th, 2014. Please contact Christian Ferney for details.
How to Submit:
- Complete the submission form, including statement to accompany the artwork and uploading at least one digital photograph (no less than 300dpi) of the artwork.
- Finalists will be further notified with additional instructions.
The panel-designated winners will be unveiled at the Gallery opening event, to be held in April 8th, 2014. The First Prize entry will receive $500; $300 and $100 will be awarded for Second Prize and Third Prize, respectively.
One additional “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded, to be based upon the votes of event attendees and will also receive a $100 prize.
Distinguished Panel of Judges:
Antonio Bogaert, Visiting Assistant Professor of Visual Art
William Fick, Visiting Assistant Professor of the Practice of Visual Arts
Caitlin Margaret Kelly, Graduate Arts Fellow, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Wayne Norman, Mike and Ruth Mackowski Professor of Ethics in the Kenan Institute for Ethics
Noah Pickus, Nannerl O. Keohane Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics
Sarah Schroth, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art
Suzanne Shanahan, Associate Director, Kenan Institute for Ethics