Vox Populi FAQs

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CLICK HERE FOR VOX POP SUBMISSION FORM:  2019 voxpop entry form

What is Vox Populi?
The title “Vox Populi” means “Voice of the People.” Vox Populi is the annual undergraduate juried exhibition, which takes place at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, located on the second floor of the School of Art Haynes Hall on the Montana State University Bozeman campus. The juried competition is open to all undergraduate students currently enrolled at MSU Bozeman, to showcase the diverse range of art methods, techniques and skills of the MSU student body.  In addition, the jurying process is meant to encourage and inform students about professional practices.

When is Vox Populi taking place?
The exhibition dates are Monday, February 11 th – Tuesday, February 26 thThere will be a public reception on Thursday, February 14th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Where and when may I submit my artwork?
Turn in submissions in the Helen E. Copeland Gallery, 2nd floor of Haynes Hall on Wednesday and Thursday, February 6th and 7th 8:30 am -5:15 pm

May I schedule an alternate time to submit artwork?
No.  Submissions will only be accepted on the dates and times listed above.

How many pieces may I submit and how much does it cost?
You may submit as many pieces as you like. The submission fee is $10.00 per three pieces. Each additional piece is $2.00.

May I pay with credit card or checks?
No.  Only cash will be accepted.  Please bring exact change if you can.

Who will be this year’s jurors?
We are pleased to announce the jurors for 2019:
Barry Newton, Teaching Professor of Architecture at MSU
Steve Jackson, Professor and Curator of Art and Photography at Museum of the Rockies
Ariella Mostkoff, Associate Creative Director and Graphic Designer at Kudos&Co.

Who may submit artwork?
Any current undergraduate student or special student enrolled at MSU Bozeman.

What types of artwork do you accept?
Any medium of artwork is acceptable.  The artwork must be finished and ready for installation.  If your artwork requires specialized equipment (i.e. headphones, screen, special installation hardware, etc.) you must provide the equipment along with your submission.  Please do not submit any work that is not ready for install; for example, charcoals drawing that are not fixed, wet paintings, or works that are being exhibited elsewhere.  All paintings must have a proper hanging device (ie, wire, cleat, etc.)  Sticking a work of art on a nail is not acceptable and is unprofessional. Unless you have prior authorization from the Gallery Director, lack of a proper hanging device will disqualify the piece from jurying.

If your piece is accepted to Vox Pop, it cannot be exhibited at the Waller-Yoblonsky Gallery, the Exit Gallery, BFA Thesis, or anywhere else on MSU campus for the 2019 Spring and Summer semesters.

Does my 2D artwork need to be framed?
Although framed artworks are preferred, unframed work will be accepted only at your own risk: unframed work is prone to damage and the gallery will not accept responsibility for any damage to unframed art.  Unless otherwise requested, works will be hung with t-pins or magnets.

May I submit an audio or video piece?
Absolutely!  Audio and video pieces are always welcome.  To submit A/V pieces, please complete and submit an entry form during the submission dates.  To submit your materials, please read How should I submit my digital media or documentation in digital form for A/V pieces, installations, performances, happenings, etc? below.

What if I want to submit a large-sized installation or sculpture?
Large scale works or installations will be accepted for submission, but keep health and safety in mind.  All artists should take into consideration that their work must be safe in a public space.  If your sculpture is unstable, toxic, or dangerous to the public, it will not be accepted.

If your artwork includes audio/video or is too large to move, you may submit documentation media (photograph, video, or audio file.)  To submit digital documentation, complete and submit an entry form during the submission dates. To submit your materials, please read How should I submit my digital media or documentation in digital form for A/V pieces, installations, performances, happenings, etc? below.

How about performances, social happenings, Relational Aesthetics, etc?
Thanks for asking!  Proposals for installation pieces, social happenings, performance, etc. should come with a short written proposal in the email.  The more information the better, but keep it short and concise.  Sketch out the installation, give a small video of the performance, etc. so the jurors can get a clear idea of your piece.
To submit your materials, please read How should I submit my digital media or documentation in digital form for A/V pieces, installations, performances, happenings, etc? below.

How should I submit my digital media or documentation in digital form for A/V pieces, installations, performances, happenings, etc?
Digital evidence can be tricky, especially with MSU email, so it is requested that you provide your files in one of two ways:

  1.  Send files to hecgallerystaff@gmail.com:  Label the subject line of the email with “VoxPop2019 [Your Name]”.  Include the title, dimensions, media of the artwork in the email so the jurors have it for reference. Attach your files, DO NOT PLACE IMAGES IN THE BODY OF EMAIL. Once everything is uploaded, press send.
  2. Given that email submissions can be problematic, it is preferred that you submit a copy of the work on a jump drive that will be returned to you after the jurying.

Keep in mind, the jurors are not going to go dig for your work, meaning that if they open a jump drive and the file is incorrectly labeled, hidden amongst other unnecessary files, or formatted incorrectly, then that’s it. The jurors are not going to download new programs or search the internet, so it is suggested that you submit your work earlier in the submission dates, that way if there are issues, we have three days to resolve the problem before jurying on Friday, February 8th.

How will I know if my work is accepted into the exhibition?
You will be notified by email if your work is accepted by midnight on Friday, February 8th.  If you do not receive an email, then your work was not accepted and you must collect your artwork by Saturday, February 9th by 5pm or email Ella Watson at ella.watson@montana.edu to set up a time.  Please note that due to the lack of storage space, artworks must be collected at the above mentioned times. The gallery is not responsible for lost or damaged art.

I was accepted into the exhibition. When can I collect my work after the exhibition?
The exhibition dates are: Monday, February 11th – Tuesday, February 26th. You may collect your work on Wednesday, February 27th from 9am – 5pm. or email Ella Watson at ella.watson@montana.edu to set up a time. Please note that due to the lack of storage space, work must be collected at the above mentioned times. The gallery is not responsible for lost or damaged art.

I was not accepted into the exhibition.  When can I collect my work?
You will be notified by email if your work is accepted by midnight on Wednesday, February 8th.  If you do not receive an email, then your work was not accepted into the exhibition; you must collect your work by 5pm on Saturday, February 9th by 5pm or email Ella Watson at ella.watson@montana.edu to set up a time.  Please note that due to the lack of storage space, work must be collected at the above mentioned times. The gallery is not responsible for lost or damaged art.

What is the raffle?
There will be a drawing for raffle prizes for entries; you will receive one raffle ticket per completed entry form. Prizes include art works from faculty and staff, and gift certificates and items donated by from local businesses. The winning tickets will be drawn at the opening reception on Thursday, February 14th at 6:45 pmYour work does not need to be accepted into the exhibition to win a raffle prize.Every year, dozens of numbers are passed on because people who did not make it into the show do not attend the reception.  Don’t miss your chance for some sweet swag!

Where can I find the most current information regarding Vox Populi?HERE or on our Facebook Page.

If you have any specific submission questions, feel free to write to the Gallery Director, Ella Watson, at ella.watson@montana.edu.