Art Show Online Entry Form and
Fillable PDF Entry form!
Welcome to our 21st Art Show! We in the NWOSU Art Society hope that you'll be involved in our show this year. We work hard through the year to make this show happen for you. Our show is open to all current Northwestern students and employees, retired employees and alumni from all our campus locations.
21st annual NAS Art Show
in J.W. Martin Library (Alva) Dates TBD
Deadline for Entry Forms is Dates TBD
Artwork delivered to J.W. Martin Library (Alva) Dates TBD
Winner's Show at Runnymede Date TBD
Contact Tom Cornell, email@example.com, for more information.
You also can watch for news on the art show via our NWOSU Art Society Art Show Facebook Page!
2023-24 Dates/Times TBD
Registration Deadline – Wednesday, Feb. 22 (form sent via mail, campus mail, in person, by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or via the online form.
Art Drop Off Day at Alva Campus Library - Wednesday, March 1, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Only those with permission from the NAS sponsor will be allowed to bring artwork after March 2.
Art Show Setup - Friday, March 3, after 5 p.m. (All members)
Show Opens to Public! – Sunday, March 5.
Last Day of Campus Show - March 31.
Non-Placing Artwork must be picked up by 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, from the J.W. Martin Library.
Winners' Show is First Friday Art Walk Runnymede Hotel, 6-8 p.m. - Friday, April 7. *All Winning Pieces Taken Unless Entrant Specifies Differently *
Winners' Show ends at 8 p.m., and artists should pick up their work at the close of this show.
Any remaining artwork should be picked up in Ryerson Hall 211 on Monday, April 10, by 5:30 p.m.
Art Show Rules & Info
Dates/other info for 21st show TBD
Students, Employees, Retirees and Alumni from all campus locations are eligible to enter the show and must bring their entries to the the J.W. Martin Library where you will be directed to the room to leave your pieces. If you live out of town, you may mail the pieces (at your own risk) to Tom Cornell, NWOSU, JD218, 709 Oklahoma Blvd., Alva, OK 73717. You must provide the postage to return the piece to you, or come by the office to pick it up. Students/employees at the Enid and Woodward campuses may be able to make arrangements for transport with the campus courier.
Entrants who cannot drop off or pick up their artwork as scheduled must make special arrangements before Wednesday, March 1. If you have any questions or need to make special arrangements, please contact Tom Cornell by email at email@example.com. Only those with permission will be allowed to bring artwork after March 1.
For installation and identification purposes, all pieces must include the title of the work, category entered and your name in the upper right hand corner on the back side. Only 3-D pieces are exempt and these must have this information attached.
No previously submitted material will be allowed.
All Fine Arts entries should be framed or matted and ready to hang, or they will be fitted with hook and loop tape to hang. (Caution: hangable art work can fall with only hook and loop tape to hold it.) It is the Art Society's decision on what will be placed on easels. Note: Special attention should always be paid to the presentation of your art work.
All photographs and coloring pieces must be 5"x7" minimum in size and must be matted or mounted. No frames will be allowed. No exceptions. Canvas prints are not encouraged.
No kits, prints or photocopies are allowed - all work must be original including cartoon/comic characters, etc.
No obscene language or references
Two items maximum may be entered in each category.
Artwork entered that does not fit any of the listed categories will be placed into a 31st category called Miscellaneous Artwork and will be judged together – regardless of the medium.
The NWOSU Art Society, and the J.W. Martin Library are not responsible for loss or damage of any artwork. Any work deemed inappropriate by NAS and school standards will not be displayed.
Contact Tom Cornell, JD 218, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
~ Before entering artwork, entrants need to read and understand contest rules. ~
If your entry wins any Award, it is eligible and will be taken to the Winner’s Show in downtown Alva. Entrants must specify if entries should not be taken to this show. The show is scheduled during the First Friday Art Walk on Friday, April 7, 2023.
A reception will be held celebrating the winners and show on this day from 6 - 8 p.m. Please plan to attend. The public is encouraged to attend.
Art Show Categories
You may enter TWO items in each of the categories below:
- Artisan Crafts – things that are made or created by hand that may be functional or strictly decorative, for example decorative arts, 3-dimensional/sculptures, jewelry, pottery, etc.
- Cartoon/Comics - All concepts and work must be the artist's own. No copies of other characters. If created digitally, artwork should be submitted in a high resolution, print quality form. All should be mounted or matted for display.
- Coloring - art pieces created using the traditional mediums for ‘coloring.’ Pieces may use pre-made coloring pages or original coloring pages. Emphasis should be placed on creativity, originality, color combinations and overall presentation. Both students and non-students (alumni and current/retired employees) will compete in one category.
- Digital Art- artworks created entirely using computer hardware and software, or for digital photographs or scanned images that have been profoundly manipulated and/or combined using computer software.
- Fiber Art – a style of fine art that uses textiles such as fabric, yarn, and natural and synthetic fibers and encompasses countless techniques. The techniques range from quilting, embroidery, collage, weaving, spinning, knitting, crocheting, macramé, distressing fabrics to achieve specific textures and recycling fabrics, etc.
- Quilting - A quilt is a multi-layered textile, traditionally composed of three layers of fiber: a woven cloth top, a layer of batting or wadding, and a woven back, combined using the technique of quilting, the process of sewing the three layers together. In many cases the top is pieced from a patchwork of smaller fabric pieces; the whole process of creating a quilt or quilted wall hanging involves several steps such as designing, piecing, appliqué, and binding. Quilts are frequently displayed as non-utilitarian works of art.
- Mixed Media/Collage - involving the use of two or more artistic media. / Collage: an artistic composition made of a combination of various materials (such as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface. Example: cut pictures from magazines to make a collage.
- Printmaking - an artistic process based on the principle of transferring images from a matrix (likely wood, metal or glass) onto another surface, most often paper or fabric. Printmaking techniques can include woodcut, etching, engraving, lithography and screenprinting.
- Watercolor on Paper - Paintings done in watercolors featuring any subject. Paint must be water-based (retains transparency/lets the white of the paper show through) media on paper. Lighter, more transparent colors are made by adding water instead of white paint.
- Painting – Animals/Creature - any paintings done in acrylics or oils featuring animals, insects, living creatures other than people.
- Paintings – Architecture - any paintings done in acrylics or oils featuring architecture.
- Painting – Elements of Design - any paintings done in acrylics or oils featuring artistic images that make good use of elements of design. These must emphasize the use of line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, etc. It can be any subject matter. Creativity is encouraged.
- Paintings -- The Figure/Portraiture - any paintings done in acrylics or oils featuring the human figure, including portraiture.
- Paintings -- Landscapes/Nature - any paintings done in acrylics or oils featuring landscapes/nature. Showcases beauty of outdoors. Can be a full landscape, scenes of trees, clouds, plants, countryside, etc. Can include buildings/people, but the main emphasis/focus must be the natural elements.
- Paintings -- Still Life -- any paintings done in acrylics or oils featuring still life. A still life is a painting that focuses on purposely/artistically placed still objects (not just found objects). The subject matter is inanimate and never moves, typically with a focus on household objects, flowers, or fruit but is not limited to these items.
In Works on Paper:
- Works on Paper -- Animals/Creature - any works on paper of any animal, insects, and living creatures other than people.
- Works on Paper -- Architecture - any works done on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, etc., featuring architecture.
- Works on Paper – Elements of Design – any works done on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, etc., featuring artistic images that make good use of elements of design. These must emphasize the use of line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, etc. It can be any subject matter. Creativity is encouraged.
- Works on Paper – The Figure/Portraiture – any works done on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, etc., featuring the human figure, including portraiture
- Works on Paper -- Landscapes/Nature – any works done on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, etc., featuring landscapes/nature. Showcases beauty of outdoors. Can be a full landscape, scenes of trees, clouds, plants, countryside, etc. Can include buildings/people, but the main emphasis/focus must be the natural elements.
- Works on Paper -- Still Life -- any works done on paper with pencil, charcoal, ink, pastels, etc., featuring still life. A still life is a drawing that focuses on purposely/artistically placed still objects (not just found objects). The subject matter is inanimate and never moves, typically with a focus on household objects, flowers, or fruit but is not limited to these items.
- Animals/Creature - For all photos of any animal, insects, living creatures other than people.
- Architecture - can be a cityscape or other forms of architecture. Can be anything from skyscrapers to shacks, old or new, modern or traditional, in daylight or shot at night. Be aware of how light and shadows can help or hurt the architecture. It’s not just about buildings either – can be bridges, towers, windmills, monuments, lamp posts, etc.
- Black and White - For all photos black and white only.
- Elements of Design - Artistic images that make good use of elements of design. These photos must emphasize the use of line, shape, pattern, form, texture, perspective, etc. It can be any subject matter as long as it is a photograph; no graphic illustrations made in a program like Adobe Illustrator or digital creations for this category. Creativity is encouraged.
- Landscapes - Showcases the beauty of the outdoors. Must incorporate a full scene, not an individual plant. Scenery is definitely the subject of landscape. Can include buildings/people, but the main emphasis/focus must be the natural elements.
- Light - Something that contains an element of light. Light is the main subject of the photo. Can show how light plays with shadows. Can include (but not limited to) light provided by bulbs, fire, sun, etc.
- Macro - Very extreme close up photography usually of small subjects in which the size of the subject in the photograph is greater than life size.
- Nature - For photos mostly pertaining to some type of plant life. Can be things found in nature but NOT emphasizing on animals, insects, living creatures in nature. Primarily outdoor images displaying natural elements including closeups of natural scenes and textures. Puts a stronger emphasis on the aesthetic value of the photo.
- People - Pictures of people should say something. These are photos featuring the human figure. Photos may include everyday life, formal and informal portraiture, etc.
If artwork is entered that does not fit any of the categories we have listed, it will be entered into:
- Miscellaneous Artwork -- artwork submitted into the show that does not fit any of the listed categories available
If, in the opinion of the judges, none of the entries in a category meet the standards of excellence, no award will be given. Judge may award any place to an entry based on merit.
Prizes for Student & Non-Student Entries
NWOSU Student Awards:
One Best of Show: $50 and ribbon - (chosen from all first place category student winners)
Category Winners: 1st-$10 and first through third place ribbons (all placings may not be awarded pending judge's discretion)
One People's Choice: $25 and ribbon (selected by patrons visiting show from among all entries submitted by students, alumni, employees, retirees)
NWOSU Employees/Alumni/Retirees Awards:
Same as above for all categories; however, no prize money available. Ribbons only.
Everyone eligible in the People's Choice voting for the $25 prize.
NAS Art Show Winners
Were you unable to see the 2022 NAS Art Show in person? No worries. We took a photo of each individual piece for you: 2022 NAS Art Show in Photos
Lists of past winners: