Bachelor of Arts Exhibition 2015

BAX Submission Guidelines


How to Apply:

Submit emailed proposals at

with the heading “PROPOSAL – [your username]” (e.g. “PROPOSAL – [artsepc]“)

Proposals must include:
A. 100- to 200-word project description with detailed information on the physical and conceptual properties of the work. Describe how it will be presented in the Faulconer Gallery. Please indicate any special equipment or installation requirements.

B. Object label for exhibition including:

i. artist name, class year
ii. year work was made
iii. title of the work
iv. medium
v. indicate if your work is for sale or not for sale (FS/NFS)

  • 3-5 JPG images of previous related work or of the work being submitted. Images should relate to the work you will install in the gallery; if you are creating new work or an installation, include supplemental drawings or digital images. JPG images should be no larger than 1 MB.Please provide links to sound and video pieces if they are larger than 1 MB. Please note that the committee judges your work by the quality of your submitted images.
  • A list of studio art courses taken; other courses in theatre, dance, or music; other exhibitions or performances you have participated in, and other relevant studio experience (such as darkroom experience).
  • Clarification of duration of proposal (e.g. static piece, single performance, etc.); performance dates and times will be made available upon acceptance.
  • Please indicate if you are available to help install your work. Mandatory for installation works.

All works submitted for the Bachelor of Arts Exhibition (BAX) must be ready to install.  This includes any special bases, mounting brackets, or other installation furniture. Works submitted to the BAX will be reviewed upon submission and will be removed from the show if they are not properly prepared. Work is due to the Faulconcer Gallery Monday, April 6 between 11am and 5pm. If you would like to deliver your work between 8am and 11am, please go around the back to Leslie’s office.

Any damage and safety concerns can be discussed with Milton Severe, Director of Exhibition Design for Faulconer Gallery at [severe] or ex. 3074.

Please prepare your works according to the following guidelines:

Works on PAPER

Accepted works on paper without matte or frame will be installed directly to the wall in one of several ways, depending on size and any specifications by the artist.  These can include, but are not limited to, hanging with various types of clips (E.g. “bulldog” or “binder clips”) or with pushpins, nails, or any other type of fastener that the artist might prefer (with approval of the designer, Milton Severe).   No glues or tapes may be used in mounting objects to the gallery walls in this particular exhibition, unless there is good reason for doing so, and you get approval from Milton Severe before submitting your work for judging.

Traditional matting is certainly welcome, but it must be done cleanly, neatly, and in a professional manner.  Matted works will most likely be pinned or nailed directly to the wall. If an otherwise acceptable work is badly matted, it may be disqualified. If you need instructions in proper matting, please contact Milton Severe or one of the members of the art department faculty.

Works may also be framed, but the frame should be of good quality and MUST be ready for hanging. If using metal Nielsen style framing, wires may be attached, but preferably the frame can be hung using the channel in the top rail (the frame hangs flat against the wall when hung in this manner). Other types of frames MUST have either two D-rings (or other secure apparatus) and/or wire for hanging.  Any framed work that is submitted which would require extra preparation for hanging by the gallery staff will be disqualified (there simply isn’t enough time for extra prep work by the gallery staff in this particular exhibition, given the very short installation time available).

Works on CANVAS or BOARD

If submitting a stretched canvas, please have two D-rings and/OR wire in place for hanging – OR the work can simply be hung from the top stretcher rail.  If you would like to have your stretched canvas hung from its top rail, please be sure to TRIM AWAY ANY EXCESS CANVAS for clear access in hanging.  In other words, the wood of the stretcher must be visible and the nails (in the wall) that it will hang upon must come in contact with that wooden stretcher rail.

Works on board will be exhibited by mounting them to the walls in a way similar to works on paper (see above) – or framed (as above).

If any of your work is submitted without obvious means of hanging, then you must specify exactly how you prefer it to be hung.  You should consult with Milton Severe before you submit any work that requires other than traditional means of hanging for exhibition, to make sure that your idea is feasible.

3D works

If you are submitting 3D work that is not part of a special installation (installed by you the artist, with minimal supervision from the gallery designer), the gallery can provide pedestals and platforms for exhibition, depending on size and the nature of the piece submitted.  It is a good idea to consult with Milton Severe if you have questions about how your piece can be accommodated furniture-wise.


If you have an idea for a special site-specific installation, please discuss your idea(s) with Milton Severe in advance, to make sure that it will indeed be feasible in the gallery space(s) available.  Doing so will help you avoid any pitfalls for which you might otherwise be disqualified.

The same holds true for any performance ideas that you may have.  Speak with Milton Severe and Lesley Wright about your requirements as far as space, materials, equipment and possible performance times.

AUDIO and/or VIDEO submissions

The gallery has some audio/video equipment that is available for your use, or you may certainly provide your own.  Check with the gallery staff in advance of submitting your proposal, to make sure they have equipment that you may need, and/or that any equipment that you may wish to bring can indeed be used in the space available.

Please keep in mind that the ability to provide separate dark or soundproof spaces in the gallery is very limited.  Again, it would be prudent to discuss your ideas with Milton Severe in advance of submitting any proposal.

The BAX — Important Dates to Live By

Important Dates for artists with work in the BAX

March 20th, 8 a.m.: Gallery Installation may begin

Spring Break, 4/20-22 (Wed. through Fri.) and 4/25-29 (Mon. through Fri.): Faulconer will be open for installation, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

April 5th by 4 p.m.: All pieces must be completed, installed or physically delivered to the gallery

April 12th: The BAX opens at 4:15 p.m. followed by the awards presentation by Markus Haala at 5:00 p.m.

April 13th: Markus Haala’s talk 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

May 8th by 4 p.m.: All pieces must be physically retrieved

Opportunity — Reflections Illustrations

Kelsey Roebuck ’14 looking for a students who may be interested in drawing black and white illustrations for Reflections, the admissions magazine written by current students for prospective students.

The work needs to be fairly simple with dark enough lines to be copied. (Think newspaper cartoons except with your own personal flair). If you are interested, I would send you an article that needs an accompanying illustration. Your submission would be due a week later either in my mailbox [4362] or under my door [Read 5223]. You would be paid for your submission.

Also, I am always looking for illustrators so if your work is good and fits the overall image of the magazine well, I would be interested in soliciting your illustrations for all future editions.

Please e-mail me at [roebuckk] or [reflections] if you would like to submit an illustration!

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 3/8 — 9th Semester Fellowship

The studio faculty are extending the deadline to the 9th Semester Fellowship to Friday, March 8th at 5:00pm. Please email [renoch] with the following materials:

The Department of Art offers an opportunity for continued independent study by a
studio art major in the semester immediately following graduation. This fellowship
provides financial support for a semester of personal research to develop a portfolio in
preparation for graduate or professional work. The Fellowship in Studio Art provides
benefits, and with these benefits come obligations to the department.

Benefits: A stipend is awarded in three equal payments in October, November
and December of the fellowship semester. An additional budget stipend is provided to
offset the cost of materials. All equipment and tools normally furnished for student use
are at the disposal of the Fellow.

Obligation and Duties: The Fellow is expected to furnish his/her materials
beyond the stipend for supplies. The Fellow will also serve the department by
assisting with the installation of student shows, helping faculty with course related
tasks, monitoring the studio in which he/she is working, demonstrating work in
progress when called upon, and presenting his/her work in a formal exhibition at the
conclusion of the semester.

Application Procedure: To apply for the Fellowship in Studio Art, interested
senior studio majors will submit the following THREE documents via email to Chris
Reno at

A letter of application to the Art Department, which addresses the following questions:

 Why is the Fellowship in Studio Art important and necessary to me?

 What is the project or body of work that I will develop over the course of the

 What previous work have I completed at Grinnell that will contribute to the
production and conceptual development of art work during this semester?

 What are my plans upon completion of the Fellowship?

A PDF Portfolio that includes the following:

 15 images of work. The total PDF file size should be no larger than 5MB so
compress images appropriately. Label each image with Title, Size, Medium, and

 PowerPoint presentations (saved as PDF) or Word documents (saved as PDF)
are recommended for this requirement.

A CV citing any accomplishments such as exhibitions or awards in studio art

Deadline: Application packets must be submitted by Friday March 8 at 5:00 pm
with notification on Friday March 15 via email. Late submissions will not be
considered. Send questions to

Link to application PDF:


Opportunities — Artist Roster & Creative Communities

Check out the newest page on our website: the artist roster! Here local artists can submit their contact info so that they can be found by fellow artists and those wanting their services. If you know an artist who would like to be included, please have them fill out the form. We’re still figuring out the kinks, so please let us know if you have any recommendations.

ALSO ONLINE is the Creative Communities project, spearheaded by our apprentice Mary Rellergert. Here you can nominate anyone in the community whose creativity deserves recognition. I would argue that it’s hard to find someone who DOESN’T qualify for this recognition in some way. All the same, please submit nominations for this project, or pass the work on to others.

Molly Rideout

Arts and Residency Director

Grinnell Area Arts Council

Arts Council:

Grin City Collective Residency:

641 236 3203