SAL – Guidelines for Submission

Rules and Regulations for Submitting and Exhibiting Art at UT Libraries

General Guidelines
The competition is open to current University of Tennessee students only.
Artwork must be two dimensional and ready to hang. Art submitted without mounting materials will be modified for hanging or hung with clips. There is a required limit of three works per artist. Exceptions are made for art submitted as a series and is hung in concordance.

Accepted mediums for the two dimensional artwork are as follows:

  • Paintings: oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc.
  • Drawings: colored pencil, pencil, ink, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that
    charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
  • Collages: must be two dimensional
  • Computer generated art
  • Photographs
  • Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints,
  • Mixed Media: use of more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.

Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including a painting, graphic, or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student will not be accepted.

Work entered must be in the original medium (no scanned reproductions) and must be marked with artist name and contact information. Art work submitted without dimensions or presented for exhibiting in a dimension or medium other than what is noted when submitted will be disqualified.

Artwork is required to hang in the Library until the end of the exhibit. Students should submit artwork they will not need for other purposes. Artists will be notified when the exhibition is dismantled and work is available to pick up from UT Libraries.  Artwork not retrieved within 6 months of notification will be considered permanent  property of UT Libraries.

Submitting work for exhibition at UT Libraries releases University of Tennessee Libraries and its employees from all loss, cost, damages and liabilities for injury or damages or theft occurring during or arising from such works of art including the hanging of such work of art. and grants permission for UT Libraries to use digital images of the submitted work in future publicity for the Student Art in the Library Exhibition.

Suitability Guidelines
As outlined in these guidelines, the final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for exhibition at UT Libraries is evaluated by the SAL Committee. While it is not our intent to censor any artwork, we must avoid artwork that is potentially inappropriate for display in the public areas of the Library.