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Visual Arts Guidelines

Visual Arts Exhibit Guidelines

The Visual Arts Exhibition is designed for those graduate students for whom creating studio work is a required part of their graduate degree program. All current candidates in the studio program Master of Fine Arts, for whom a studio component is a part of their required research, are eligible to submit work.

The purpose of the Visual Arts Exhibition is to convey to a wide audience the range and significance of creative research produced in the field of visual arts and its potential significance to the general public.

Judging Criteria for the Visual Arts Option

Judges will be asked to score each presentation on a scale of 1-10 in five different categories. Descriptions of the criteria to use for scoring can be found below by clicking each category in the purple box.

Communication of Objective and Significance

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Clear and concise
  • Understandable by an educated non-expert
  • Clear
  • Understandable by an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Vague
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poor
  • Confusing to all

Explanation of Relevance to Contemporary Art and Visual Culture

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Well-articulated
  • Understandable by an educated non-expert
  • Articulated but somewhat unclear
  • Understandable by an expert but not an educated non-expert
  • Not clearly articulated
  • Somewhat unclear to experts and non-experts
  • Poorly articulated
  • Confusing to all

Craftspersonship

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Excellent technical execution
  • Craftspersonship maximizes the impact
  • Good technical execution
  • Craftspersonship is effective
  • Uneven technical execution
  • Craftspersonship is uneven
  • Poor technical execution
  • Poor Craftspersonship

Creativity

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Highly innovative
  • Form, subject matter and content strongly support one another
  • Innovative
  • Form, subject matter and content moderately support one another
  • Partially innovative
  • Form, subject matter and content weakly support each other
  • Not innovative
  • Form, subject matter and content are not supportive of each other

Overall Presentation

10(A+) / 9(A) / 8(A-) 7(B+) / 6(B) / 5(B-) 4(C+) / 3(C) / 2(C-) 1(D)
  • Concepts and artistic context clear, concise, and professional
  • Easily understood and engaging
  • Concepts and artistic context mostly in a clear, concise, and professional
  • Easily understood
  • Concepts and artistic context not completely clear
  • Understood with some difficulty
  • Concepts and artistic context of the artwork unclear
  • Not easily understood and not engaging

Recognition

Those individuals whose works and presentations are judged best will receive monetary awards of $100 to $500.

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