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Exhibition Details


Virtual Exhibition: May 3 – June 25, 2021
Virtual Reception and Awards Announcements: May 13, 2021 at 4:00pm PST

Welcome to the College of the Canyons Art Gallery’s 24th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition submission portal! This competitive juried art exhibition honors outstanding COC student artists for their creativity and hard work. We are delighted to invite you to submit your artwork to be considered for our first virtual rendition of this important exhibition. Works selected for the exhibition will be exhibited on the COC Art Gallery website and also presented in a digital exhibition catalogue.
We are excited to announce that there are some new developments this year! We have expanded the categories of submission to allow a wider variety of art projects to be considered. We have also added more awards this year thanks to the generous support of the College of the Canyons Foundation Patrons of the Arts!

Our new Merit Awards were established to recognize the creative achievements and dedication of College of the Canyons student artists.


·       The Chancellor’s Merit Award ($250)

·       Patrons of the Arts Merit Award ($250)  

·       Visual and Performing Arts Dean’s Merit Award ($250)

·       Juror’s Choice Merit Award ($250) 

·       Student Art Exhibition Merit Award ($250) 


Our Student Art Collection (SAC) Program continues this year. The SAC is a historic collection of remarkable artworks created by students at the college. Established in 2010, art works in the SAC are displayed publicly in College of the Canyons buildings. These works of art, selected by a campus-wide committee, serve to enhance and energize our public spaces and help create a cohesive record of excellence in the visual arts by COC students. Students who choose to have their art work considered for this award must understand that their art, if selected, becomes the property of the College of the Canyons. Artists will however maintain copyright of their images. Please read Terms and Conditions for further information.


·       Student Art Collection Awards ($500) 

All artwork entered undergoes two rounds of jurying. The first round, is for inclusion in the exhibition and will be judged and selected by an outside art-world professional serving as the Exhibition Juror. This process,  called “jurying”  is a common selection process for creating exhibitions by competitive entry. In our show, the Exhibition Juror’s choices are not based on a set theme or criteria; but rather the Exhibition Juror evaluates artwork based on the strength of the artist's ideas and the realization of that idea in the artwork. The COC Art Gallery invites artists and curators from the wider Southern California community to serve as our Exhibition Juror, and we pick a new Exhibition Juror every year.


Once selected for inclusion in the exhibition, works undergo a second round of jurying to be considered for the Merit Awards and/or our Student Art Collection Awards. The second round is juried by our Student Exhibition Awards Selection Committee. This committee is made up of COC faculty, staff, and administrators; as well as representatives from the Foundation Patrons of the Arts.

Carolyn Castaño is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work in painting, drawing, video, and mixed-media installations has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. She earned her Bachelor of Fine Art degree from the San Francisco Art Institute and a Masters in Fine Art from the UCLA School of Art and Architecture. She is also a curator and is currently Assistant Professor, Painting and Drawing at Long Beach City College, in Long Beach, CA.
Submissions are welcome from all registered students who are currently taking or have taken a course in Art, Photography, Multi-media Design, Media Entertainment Arts, or Theatrical Design or have created visual art and/or design projects as part of related courses in the School of Visual & Performing Arts at the College of the Canyons.To be eligible for consideration, art work must have been created between 2019 and the 2021. Please do not submit projects completed at other schools or universities.


·       We want to encourage artwork in a broad range of media. This includes 2-D and 3-D design, drawing, graphic arts, illustration, multimedia, film, painting, photography, printmaking, animation, sculpture, and theatrical design.

·       Your artwork must have been completed since 2019.

·       Artwork does not have to have been done for a class assignment.

·       Submit the best work you have made!



2D Entries: Photography, Printmaking, Drawing, Illustration, Mixed Media, Painting, Graphic Design

·       Works may be submitted via .jpeg (min. 540px/max.1920px longest side).

·       Graphic Design works may be submitted via .pdf or.jpeg (min. 540px/max.1920px longest side).

3D Entries: Sculpture, 3D Design, Theatrical Design, Installation

·       To allow views from multiple angles, you may submit up to three (3) .jpeg (min. 540px/max.1920px longest side) images for each 3D entry.

Collaborative and Group Entries:

·       Every work that bears the student’s name counts as one of the total number of entries for that individual. (i.e., If a student enters one collaborative piece, that student may still submit up to two (2) additional pieces.)


Video and Time-based Media Entries:

·       A video no longer than fifteen (15) minutes must be presented for juror’s review. Please submit video still image along with a URL link directing juror to the full video. For “dimensions” please list the time duration of the work.



·       All works must be submitted in digital format through

·       Each artwork will be a unique submission. You may submit up to three (3) separate artworks, which will be judged independently.

·       There is no fee to enter your work.

·       Work in a series (a diptych or triptych, for example) may be submitted as one entry. Please explain your concept of how all the images work together to make a single piece in the artwork description field.

·       Take the most professional images of your work that you can! You are an artist and you want your work to be communicated as professionally as possible online. All images must be a close reproduction of the actual work. Please crop and color correct images before submitting. If chosen to be included in the virtual exhibition, these images will be used to represent your artwork, so turn in the best images possible.

·       We thank you for your participation, however, your submission is not a guarantee of inclusion in the exhibition. The Exhibition Juror will make final selections of works to be included in the exhibition.



·       The Exhibition Juror will make their selections by April 23, 2021. You will receive notice if your work was juried in to the exhibition via email.

·       We may contact you if your images are not of high quality and do not present your work well enough for the virtual presentation.

·       The 24th Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition will open on the COC Art Gallery website on May 3, 2021.

·       Awards will be announced at the Virtual Artists Reception on May 13, 2021 at 4:00pm PST.

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