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Art and Design Competition and Exhibition

2024 Annual SDSU Juried Art and Design Competition and Exhibition

Entries accepted March 26-28, 2024 
Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 28, 2024 at 5 p.m.

The Juried Student Exhibition runs April 24–26, 2024. Sponsored by the School of Design, the Ritz Gallery and Friends of the Arts. Open to all students currently enrolled at South Dakota State University. Cash prizes will be awarded in graphic design and studio art.

Announcements of award winners and exhibition opening: 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2024, in the Ritz Gallery.

Please plan to attend if your work is accepted into the exhibit.


  • Juror’s Choice Award - $200
  • Director’s Choice Award - $200
  • First Place Graphic Design - $150
  • First Place Studio Art - $150
  • Second Place Graphic Design - $100
  • Second Place Studio Art - $100
  • Third Place Graphic Design - $75
  • Third Place Studio Art - $75
  • Honorable Mention Graphic Design - $50
  • Honorable Mention Studio Art - $50
  • Innovative Use of Materials Award - $100
  • Innovative Typography Award - $100
  • CAHSS Dean’s Award - $200
  • President Dunn's Award - $200


  • Graphic Design
  • Digital Drawings and Illustrations
  • Animation or Moving Images (submit thumb drive)
  • Online Content (websites, video hosted elsewhere)
  • Mixed Media
  • Photography (both fine art, fashion design and journalism)
  • Drawing (fine art, interior, fashion or landscape design)
  • Ceramics
  • Printmaking
  • Film/Video (submit thumb drive)
  • Sculpture
  • Weaving/Textiles
  • Painting (cannot exceed 15 feet in length and 10 feet in height)


  1. By entering a work, the entrant agrees that the work may be exhibited for the run of the show and that the work meets all the following guidelines. Work may not be removed from the exhibit early.
  2. A maximum of three works per entrant may be submitted.
  3. Entries will be accepted in the Ritz Gallery March 26-28, 2024. Deadline for entries is Wednesday, March 28, 2024 at 5 p.m. This includes delivery of the work in an exhibition-ready condition. See No. 5 and No. 6 below. Entries will not be accepted before March 26.
  4. If you are a graduating senior or not planning to return to SDSU as a student in the Fall Semester of 2024, you need to make arrangements to have any accepted work picked up after the closing date of the exhibition. Works that are not picked up after the close of the exhibition may not be saved by the school.
  5. All two-dimensional work must be exhibition ready. Works on paper larger than 16" x 20" may be hung with small clips or magnets. You must include clear and detailed instructions on how to hang/install unframed works. Graphic design works may be mounted on exceptionally crafted foam core or mat board, using small clips for hanging. Exhibition-ready: Weigh less than 50 pounds, well matted, appropriately framed and ready to hang, or it will be automatically rejected. NO glued-mounts, sticky-backed mounts, tape-mounts or saw tooth hangers. Frames should be appropriate for the work submitted. Framed work must be wired and ready to hang. Work that is not presented in an appropriate manner will not be considered for jurying or students may be asked to reframe work to fit with gallery standards. All frames should be assembled with Plexiglas — NO glass. Work must fit the south door of the gallery and not exceed 12 feet in length. For a three-dimensional work that exceeds 100 pounds, its weight must be identified, and the work must be easily moved. Please consult your faculty mentors.
  6. All works must be made of materials that are not hazardous to gallery visitors or that can harm the healthy environment of the gallery (i.e., no works that contain organic substances, such as food or soil, are acceptable).
  7. Submit entries in the Grove Hall Ritz Gallery from March 26-28. Entry forms will be in the Ritz Gallery during this time and must be filled out for each work when submitted. Place the completed entry forms in the appropriate folder in the gallery. Please be sure to attach the correct part of these entry forms to each piece entered. The Ritz Gallery will be open from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on submission days. Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 28, 5 p.m.
  8. Entries not selected for exhibition must be picked up on Apr. 4-5, 2024, in the Ritz Gallery. The Ritz Gallery will be open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on pick-up days.
  9. All exhibited work from the show must be picked up from the Ritz Gallery Aug. 26-29, 2024. The school will not be responsible for art works after that time. The Ritz Gallery will be open from 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on pick-up days.
  10. Students must be currently enrolled at South Dakota State University to submit work and must submit with their legal name. Please note on your entry form if you would like to be recognized by another name.

2024 Studio Art and Graphic Design Jurors

Julia Maiuri is an artist living and working in Saint Paul, Minnesota. She received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities and her BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Wayne State University, Detroit. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, with recent solo exhibitions at Workplace, London, UK (2023), Make Room, Los Angeles (2023), and Gallery 12.26, Dallas (2022). Maiuri’s work has also been featured in numerous group exhibitions and art fairs including Felix Art Fair, Los Angeles (2024), ZSONAMACO, Mexico City (2024), Dallas Art Fair, Dallas (2023), NADA New York, New York City (2023) and NADA Miami, Miami (2022). She received an Artist Initiative Grant in Visual Art from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and her work has been featured in art publications such as ArtReview, FAD Magazine, Dazed and ArtMaze Magazine.

Kellen Boice is the executive director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council and is the vice chair for the Visual Arts Commission for the City of Sioux Falls. She also is an inaugural member of the Dakota State University Digital Arts and Design Advisory Board for 2021-22, member of the Sioux Falls School District Fine Arts Steering Committee and vice president/communications for the Friends of McKennan Park Neighborhood Association. Previously, she served as executive director for the Sioux Falls Design Center. Boice holds a degree in advertising from the Art Institute of Phoenix and has a background in marketing, photography, theatre and the graphic arts.