Student Life putting on art competition for non-art majors

By: Reiley Bartel, Online Editor

Student Life is putting on a visual art competition, and any Newman student can participate. The competition features a $250 prize that will be split among the top three winners.

Daniel Cubias, a second year pre-med student, had the idea for the new competition and put it together with the help of Kaitlyn Matthews, who works in student life. He said that he noticed that the only art on display at Newman was produced by art majors. Meanwhile, Newman is full of students who aren’t majoring in art but who have a passion for it.

“I believe that all art and literature at Newman are underappreciated,” Cubias said. “...I wanted to bring awareness to that side of the student body, so I have targeted non-art majors for this.”

Only Newman students are allowed to enter the competition, and each student is allowed one entry. The Entry deadline is Nov. 23, and entries should all be emailed to The email must include “Visual Art (first and last name)” as the subject to help with organization. There is no theme to the competition.Any type of visual art will be accepted, whether that be photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, etc. The only exclusion would be dances and videos. 3-D entries must be photographed from all angles. If an entry is found to have been plagiarized, it will be disqualified.

Judging will take place on Nov. 28. The anonymous panel of judges will include faculty, staff, students, and alumni.  A third party will be creating a powerpoint with all submissions and the judges will pick their favorites. There will be four main judges, and if there is a tie, a student will decide the tie breaker.

First place will receive $150, second place will get $75, and third place will receive $25. All of the prizes will be given to the winning students as a check. The winners also have to fill out a W-9 form with the business office.

Cubias notes that the art will more than likely be on display in front of Steckline Art Gallery, to show off the entries  to any visitors of Newman’s First Friday show in December.

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