Iowa State Memorial Union

Student Juried Exhibits

APEX Juried Art Exhibit Entry Information


This exhibit is open to Iowa State University students of any major.  Artwork must be original and not previously accepted into past Studies in Creativity, Art Inspired, APEX or Focus exhibits.  A total of three works, either 2D or 3D may be submitted. Accepted work must remain on display through the end of the exhibit with no exceptions. 

Preparation for Entries

All 2D artwork, with the exception of paintings on canvas, must be framed. Two-dimensional artwork must have a secure hanging wire across the back. Saw-tooth and other hanging devices will not be accepted.  

Fiber pieces must have appropriate casings and rods for hanging.  

Artwork must be presented in “ready to install” condition.  The Gallery Coordinator may refuse to accept or display objects that are improperly prepared for display.

Good Example of Hanging Wire Good example of hanging wire for a painting on canvas.








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Entries must be hand delivered on Monday, March 28 in the Gallery at the Memorial Union (third floor) between 10am and 1pm. If you are unable to deliver artwork during that time, contact Letitia Kenemer to make other arrangements in advance. No entries will be accepted after 1pm on March 28.

Entry Information

Entry forms and artwork labels will be available when you drop off your work on March 28 or download and print a contract HERE and bring it in to the drop off. All forms must be filled out completely or artwork will not be accepted.

Notification & Pickup of Artwork

Notification of accepted work will be e-mailed the evening of March 28. Unaccepted works must be picked up on Tuesday, March 29 between 10am and noon. Accepted work will be available for pickup on Monday, May 2 in the Gallery from 10am–noon. The Memorial Union is not responsible for unclaimed artwork.

Selection by Juror

The jurors will select works for the exhibition from the artwork submitted on March 28.  The juror reserves the right to reject any piece of work that does not meet eligibility specifications or presentation criteria.


Mike and Sandy Gustafson own and operate Nestcraft Studio, a small independent interior arts company in Des Moines.  Mike is a woodworker who is well versed in both old world traditions as well as new technology and equipment used to produce high end furniture.  Sandy is an artist, designer and interior painter.  She teaches at the Des Moines Art Center and has organized multiple public art projects in the City of Des Moines. The pair also hosts Transient Gallery, a non-commercial art experience that brings museum quality art to the greater Des Moines area.


The juror will determine Best of Show and Merit Award winners from accepted works.  Awards will total $325 (one $100 Best of Show and three $75 Merit Awards). In addition, the juror will give two Honorable Mentions.

The Student Activities Center will select a Purchase Award winner. The artist’s piece will be purchased by SAC for inclusion in the MU permanent collection. Only pieces that are for sale will be considered for this award.


A public reception will be held on Wednesday, March 6 at 6:30pm in the Gallery. There will be comments by the juror and award announcements. This will be held in conjunction with the Focus Grant Exhibit reception. All artists are encouraged to attend, whether your work is accepted into the show or not. Please invite family, friends and your professors, too!


The MU does not receive a commission on artwork sales during student exhibitions. The Gallery Coordinator will refer all purchase questions to the artist.


Submission to this exhibition constitutes acceptance of stated conditions. The Student Activities Center reserves the right to photograph accepted work for publicity and/or inventory purposes. All entries will be handled in a professional manner. Insurance will be provided while artwork is in the possession of the MU and will cease on May 2. Coverage is limited and is at the discretion of the Memorial Union. 


Any questions regarding the exhibit may be directed to Letitia Kenemer, MU Fine Arts Coordinator.


March 28        Drop off artwork 10am – 1pm in the Gallery.  Notification of accepted work e-mailed in the evening.
March 29        Unaccepted works may be picked up between 10am and noon in the Gallery. 
March 31        Exhibition opens to the public
April 6             Reception & Awards at 6pm
May 2             Pickup accepted works 10am and noon

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