Community Art Showcase

Each year, the Wallace State Graphic Art and Design Department, along with the Burrow Center for Fine and Performing Arts and The Evelyn Burrow Museum hosts a Community Art Showcase, featuring artwork from residents within the college's service area. Each year a theme is chosen for which artists may use as inspiration for pieces to submit to the showcase, however, artists can submit any piece of artwork whether it meets the theme for that year or not.

The theme for the 2019 Community Art Showcase is “E-Motivations: Emoticons, Emojis & Selfie Expressions.” Artists are invited to create portrait artworks which showcase unique individual emotions, identities and personalities.

"This year’s participants are encouraged to create portraits which utilize and are inspired by contemporary digital language and its symbols,” said Adrian Scott, head of the Wallace State Art and Visual Communications program. “We hope to inspire and showcase artworks which will become fun, imaginative and lasting reminders of the many creative ways in which we can express ourselves.”

There are seven media categories and five age divisions for the showcase. Media categories include drawing, painting, photography, ceramic/sculpture, computer art, multimedia and crafts. Age divisions include K-second grade, third-fifth grade, sixth-eighth grade, ninth-12th grade and adult.

Eligible artists are current Wallace State students, employees, public and home school-aged children and adults in the Wallace State service area. Each artist may individually submit a total of two pieces from any of the seven categories. Only original works of art will be accepted.

All entries should be ready and suitable for display when submitted. Drawings, paintings, photographs and graphic prints must be either mounted, matted and/or framed to be accepted and properly hung for exhibition. Clay or ceramic artworks must be kiln-fired. Sculptures should be mounted on cardboard or wooden bases for presentation.

Entries should be received by Friday, March 22 at the Burrow Center for the Fine and Performing Arts. Any schools or entities wishing to make other submission arrangements or for more information contact Adrian Scott at 256.352.8145 or

Click HERE to download the application. 

An Exhibition Artist Reception will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Exhibition participants and the public are invited to attend.