October 14, 2005
THIRD ANNUAL STATEWIDE ART COMPETITION LAUNCHED
SPRINGFIELD - Governor Rod Blagojevich and the Illinois
Board of Higher Education have announced that Robert Morris College
in Chicago will host the 2006 Annual Collegiate Artists Competition.
This will be the third year undergraduate students at all Illinois
colleges and universities will be able to compete for awards in
a major statewide, juried competition.
The 2006 competition will culminate in an awards ceremony and a
six-week exhibit of winners' artwork at the State Street Art Gallery
at Robert Morris College in Chicago in May 2006.
In 2004, the inaugural year of the annual competition, 260 students
entered 624 works of art, producing 38 finalists and 4 winners of
$1,000 purchase awards. Finalists and winners exhibited their artwork
at the University Galleries at Illinois State University. In the
second year of the competition, 306 students entered 750 artworks
from which 41 finalists and 4 purchase award winners were selected
for exhibit at the William and Florence Schmidt Art Center at Southwestern
Illinois College in Belleville. In its first two years, the competition
has disbursed nearly $25,000 in prizes and honoraria to winners
The 2006 competition is open to all undergraduate students taking
a minimum of six credit hours at an Illinois public or private,
two-year or four-year college or university. There is no entry fee
for the competition, which is presented by the Office of the Governor,
the Board of Higher Education, the Illinois Community College Board,
the Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities,
the state Capital Development Board, and the Illinois' community
of 181 colleges and universities.
A juror for the competition will select finalists whose artwork
will be exhibited at the Robert Morris' State Street Gallery from
May 4 through June 16. Finalists will receive a modest honorarium
and be eligible to compete for one of four $1,000 purchase awards
recognizing outstanding achievement, including:
- The Governor's Medallion of Excellence,
- The Illinois Board of Higher Education Prize,
- The Illinois Community College Board Award,
- The Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities
An awards ceremony honoring finalists and winners is scheduled
for 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, May 6, 2006, at Robert Morris College,
401 S. State Street in Chicago.
The official call for entries, with a prospectus of the competition
and an entry form, is scheduled to be distributed to all Illinois
colleges and universities by November 11. Student entries must be
postmarked by February 28 to be eligible for the 2006 competition.
To ensure that students compete against counterparts at institutions
of similar size, the competition will divide colleges and universities
into four divisions:
- four-year public and private institutions with enrollments above
- four-year public and private institutions with enrollments below
- two-year public and private colleges above 5,000 enrollments,
- two-year public and private colleges above 5,000 enrollments.