Call for Entries

Black and white line and box. Text: Call for Student Art. Outside the Box. Submission Deadline October 15, 2018 for Spring 2019 Student Response Exhibition

Spring 2019 Student Response Exhibition

Miami University Art Museum ~ January 29-May 18, 2019

Deadline: October 15, 2018

For questions, please contact Jason Shaiman at


Thinking Outside the Box

According to the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs, an explanation of the idiom think inside the box is to “think in traditional fashion, bound by old, nonfunctional, or limiting structures, rules, or practices.” Merriam-Webster’s definition of the idiom think outside the box, means “to explore ideas that are creative and unusual and that are not limited or controlled by rules or tradition.”

A box implies something that is square, most often consisting of balanced proportions. In its general sense, a box is rigid and not fluid. A box conjures images of a simple form that is used to store something, or to build upon like blocks. Most children draw a box from a frontal perspective with four equal sides. As people age, the box often morphs into a three-dimensional form, such as a cube. While the representation of a box changes, the basic concept remains relatively the same.

Question: Does a box need to be so limiting in form and function? Looking beyond the generally conceived understanding of a “box,” we can see that it is not only a physical form. A box can be a metaphorical or an abstract concept.

In this fifth juried Student Response Exhibition, Miami students are called upon to present unique and diverse commentaries on what actually constitutes a “box” and what it means to think outside the box. Interpretations are subject to the student’s personal perspective, major/minor, etc. Be creative and think outside the box. Selected works in this juried competition will be on display at the Miami University Art Museum as one of the three semester-long exhibitions (January 29-May 18, 2019).


Submissions are open to all Miami students. Original forms of expression, including but not limited to painting, sculpture, ceramics, prints, jewelry, music, videos, computer interactives and poetry are encouraged. Deadline for submissions is Monday, October 15, 2018. Jury-selected works must be delivered to the Art Museum by Friday, November 16, 2018. All works must be framed and ready to hang, or include any specialized display mounts. The Art Museum will provide display cases for 3-D works, and a limited number of computers and DVD players with monitors for videos and computer interactives.

Cash Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the best three works in the exhibition: $500 (1st), $250 (2nd) and $100 (3rd). First, second and third place winners will be decided by crowdsourcing, where votes will be cast by fellow students and visitors to the exhibition. An award ceremony will be held later in the Spring 2019 semester to present the cash awards.

Requirements and Specifications

Participants are permitted to submit up to three (3) works for the juried process in developing the final selection of creative and innovative objects to be displayed in the exhibition. The exhibition will be on display at the Miami University Art Museum January 29-May 18, 2019.

This completed form must be submitted no later than Sunday, October 15, 2018. Be sure to note any specific installation information in the "Additional Information" field, such as proximity to electrical outlet, pedestal/display case, etc. Please provide specific explanation of medium for accuracy of information used in the production of the object labels, should your work be selected for inclusion in the exhibition. Images must be uploaded using this Submission Form. Digital images of your submitted works for the selection process should be at least 300 dpi and 4x6 (no larger than 8x10 inches). For video and audio files, please submit the highest audio and video quality.

Participants will be notified by email no later than Friday, October 28, 2018 if his/her work(s) are selected for the exhibition. The jury-selected works must be delivered to the Miami University Art Museum no later than Friday, November 11, 2018. All A/V, computers and any other electronic equipment required for installation of artwork is the responsibility of the creator. Framing or specialized mounts needed for display of work is the responsibility of the creator. All hanging works must be ready to hang with appropriate wire or other hardware.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact:

Jason Shaiman, Curator of Exhibitions
Miami University Art Museum
801 S. Patterson Avenue
Oxford, OH 45056
(513) 529-2241