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USI 54th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition

2023 Exhibition Dates: October 30 - December 8

The University of Southern Indiana Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is a presentation of selected student artworks from the past academic year, held at the McCutchan Art Center / Pace Galleries in the lower level of the Liberal Arts Center. The works are chosen by an expert in the field of art, invited by the Art and Design faculty for his/her expertise and understanding of undergraduate art works. This independent juror is brought in to assure an objective selection of artworks and awards and to provide an educational experience for students in preparation for professional careers in art. Juried exhibitions are standard procedure in group art exhibitions at universities, museums, and art associations.

This year’s Juror is Xinran Hu

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The University of Southern Indiana Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition is Open to any current student or graduate currently enrolled at USI that has taken an art course during the past 3 semesters. 

The artwork submitted to the juror must have been completed within one academic year from when the exhibition is being held, artworks completed during Fall of 2022 up to the present. Works submitted or included in previous exhibitions at the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries can’t be resubmitted.

All artwork submitted for jurying must be the student’s original artwork. Copies of other artists’ work are not acceptable. Consult a faculty member if in doubt.

Entries are due by Friday, October 6th, 2023.

No entry fee

Maximum 4 entries per person. An art faculty member must approve an art “series” before it can submitted for entry into the show. 

To enter a 2-dimensional work on paper, it must be mounted or matted in a neutral colored mat. If the work’s surface is fragile, it must be protected with acetate. Framing of 2-dimensional entries is optional. No wet work will be accepted for exhibition.


If a 2D artwork is accepted, the piece must matted or mounted piece must be framed under glass or Plexiglas in a simple frame to be hung in the exhibition.


All 2-dimensional works must be wired with picture wire for hanging.  


Paintings on canvas or panels should be lattice framed. There will be matting and framing workshops held in the print studio and woodshop before the framed work is due for the exhibition. If financial constraints do not allow you to frame your work in this manner, please talk with an art faculty member. 


3-dimensional works must allow handling without special equipment. Pieces requiring special assembly or having gross weight over 150 lbs. must be cleared with the art faculty before being juried.  (Wall assembling must be noted; multi-pieces must include an image of the assembled artwork.)


The art and design faculty retains the right to remove any work deemed not original or that does not meet the above specifications. All works must be ready to hang and delivered to the McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries by 4 pm. on Tuesday, October 25. There will be no exceptions.

Area companies and private individuals generously provide funds for awards presented at the USI Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition. Awards are given in the form of Art Scholarships and Purchase Awards.

Awards are given for the quality of student artwork and are awarded at the discretion of the juror.

  • Art Scholarship winners retain possession of their work.
  • Art Scholarships are based on the overall merit of the student’s work and are applicable to the University of Southern Indiana only.
  • Purchase awards become part of the University Art Collection.

The 54th Annual Juried Student Art Show Schedule

Monday, October 2 – Friday, October 6
digital entries accepted - McCutchan Art Center/Pace Galleries

Wednesday - Friday, October 12 - 14
show judged by juror, Xinran Hu, from digital submission

Thursday, October 12

Email notifications of accepted work

Monday & Tuesday, October 16 & 17

Matting workshop, AC 237


Framing & frame building workshop, AC 110


Monday, October 23 - Wednesday, October 25
10 am - 4 pm: Framed and matted works accepted for installation at Mac/Pace

ALL ACCEPTED WORK DUE to McCutchan Art Center by 4:00 PM on Wednesday 10/25

Each piece must be ready to install or hang.

Monday, October 30- Exhibition opens

Friday, November 3
Juror's lecture

Xinran Hu will give a presentation about her career path; she will also describe her approach to jurying an art exhibit. The public is cordially invited to attend.

Sunday, November 12

Exhibition reception from 1:00 – 4:00p.m.

Awards Ceremony begins at 2:00 p.m.

Friday, December 8, Show closes

Monday – Wednesday, December 11 - 13
10 am – 4 pm: Exhibited work pick up


Exhibit work must be picked up December 11, 2023, through December 13, 2023, between 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries has established specific pick-up dates for this exhibition as stated on the entry form. If you are unable to pick up your artwork between the times listed above, you must schedule an appointment (812-228-5006).

It is the policy of the McCutchan Art Center/ Pace Galleries, in accordance with insurance guidelines and for the protection of your artwork, that art left 30 days after the close of an exhibit is abandoned property. Artwork that is not picked up or does not have an alternative appointment scheduled by midnight on Monday, June 10th will be considered abandoned. Abandoned work will be assessed and disposed up accordingly. The Art Center will retain the right to use, discard, or gift any abandoned artwork, as it deems appropriate.

The entry link will be live when the entry period opens on October 2, 2023.

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About the juror

Xinran Hu is a designer, educator, and researcher. She joined Georgia State University in 2021 as a tenured Associate Professor and Graphic Design area coordinator. Xinran has taught design courses for 20 years at various universities, including Georgia State University, the University of Southern Indiana, and Minnesota State University. Her teaching covers diverse design subjects, such as publication design, information design, motion graphics, and interactive design. She holds an MFA in Graphic Design from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her design work has earned her awards from AIGA, PRINT magazine, and AGDA, and has been published internationally. Her research has received recognition with over ten awards from USI and GSU. Xinran is also a published author with a bilingual book titled "Gestalt Theory in the Art of Chinese Cut-Paper," which she designed and won a design award. Her recent two research papers on using Eye-Tracking to test Gestalt theory have been published and accepted for publication by the journal Leonardo, known for its focus on the intersection of science, technology, and the arts, from MIT Press.

Xinran Hu in front of trees with fall foliage