Winthrop University: ArtsWinthrop Gala - Call for Submissions
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ArtsWinthrop Gala

Call for Submissions

This year's ArtsWinthrop Scholarship Gala will be a virtual event, held on the evening of Saturday, October 24. ArtsWinthrop students are invited to participate in ways that best highlight their talents. We want to show our community members and supporters how incredible our students are and the amazing things they have achieved. 

This year's gala theme is "Pure Imagination." This is meant to be interpreted by each performer or artist, but here are a few thoughts from the committee that inspired the theme:

- "Imagining a future that will likely be different, but could be wonderful and exciting, one that captures a sense of childlike wonder and anticipation."
- "We wanted people to have something to look forward to, both in this event that will hopefully lighten us up, and also in our shared collective future."
- "Hopeful, optimistic, idealistic, joyful. These are words that came up for the planning committee as we brainstormed.”


Theatre, Dance, Music, and Musical Theatre Students

Solo, group, or registered student organizations are invited to submit 3-5 minute performances for the virtual ArtsWinthrop Scholarship Gala on October 24. Submissions will be ajudicated/curated by a committee and selections will be made by Oct. 1. 

How to submit: Submissions should be sent via email to with "Gala Performance Submission" and your name/group name in the subject line. Please include the name of each performer in the email and explain how the proposed performance fulfills the theme of "Pure Imagination." If your performance exceeds five minutes, please send justification for why additional time is necessary.

Submission Deadline: For adjudication, submissions must be received via email to by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 25.


Fine Arts and Design Faculty/Students

In conjunction with the virtual Gala event on the evening of Oct. 24, ArtsWinthrop will also hold a virtual exhibition to showcase the works of our faculty and student artists. ArtsWinthrop is calling for art and design entries from students and faculty to be a part of the virtual exhibition. We are accepting works in all mediums, including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, jewelry/metals, sculpture, and video.

Submission Guidelines:
- Artists and designers are invited to submit up to three works (diptych/triptych etc. can be considered one work, but it must be submitted as a single image.)
- Submit images of your work (as you wish for it to appear in the virtual exhibition) as a JPEG, 72-150 ppi.
- All Files must be under 3 MB.
- Files should be labeled: (MarySmith_Image1) (MarySmith_Image2)
- Links to video work and digital submissions
- Add image list and short biography (100 words) in a Word Document.
- Clearly label each work (Image1/ Image2/ Image3) with full name, medium, date created, dimensions in inches, duration for time-based work.
- If for sale, indicate the cost of each work in the image list as well as the percentage of sales you would like to donate to the student scholarship fund. 30% (or more) is the suggested donation.

Submission Deadline: Submit via email to by 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 25. Work will be juried the week of September 27 and artists will be notified if their works have been selected by the end of the week. The exhibition will be available to view online between Monday, Oct. 19 and Nov. 19.

Last Updated: 5/16/22