Call To Artists! 2015 20” x 20” x 20” National Compact Competition and Exhibit

December 18, 2014

The LSU Student Union Art Gallery at Louisiana State University has announced a call for entries for the “2015 20” x 20” x 20” National Compact Competition and Exhibit.” The exhibit will be held April 9- June 10, 2015 in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery, Baton Rouge, LA. The deadline for online entries is Friday, February 6, 2015.

The 20” X20” X20 Compact Competition was established over 20 years ago to bring contemporary art to LSU that was being produced throughout the country.  Artists from all 50 states, with the exception of Alaska & Hawaii, have been active participants throughout the life of the competition.  Approximately four thousand art enthusiasts over a two month period travel to the LSU Student Art Gallery each year to visit the exhibit and take in the newest works in the contemporary art world.

This juried exhibit is open to any artist residing in the United States. Artists compete for more than $5,000 in cash prizes. Two-dimensional works must be 20” x 20” or less. Three-dimensional works may have one side exceeding 20 inches but cannot exceed 70 pounds in weight. All forms of art media will be accepted.

This year’s juror, Brooke Anderson, will award $5,000 in cash prizes, with a $2,000 prize for the first place winner, $1,500 for second place, $1,000 for third place and 2 merit awards that is $250 each.

Brooke Anderson currently serves as the Executive Director of Prospect.3 in New Orleans, an international contemporary art biennial featuring the work of 58 artists in 18 venues located throughout New Orleans. Before coming to Prospect.3, Anderson held the position of Deputy Director of Curatorial Planning at LACMA in Los Angeles, CA; Director and Curator at The Contemporary Center and the Henry Darger Study Center at the American Folk Art Museum in New York; Director of the Diggs Gallery and Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, at Winston‑Salem State University, in Winston‑Salem, North Carolina; Adjunct Instructor at Columbia University, New York, and City College of New York, New York; Guest Curator at Museo National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, Spain; and Acting Director, Assistant Director, and Gallery Assistant at the Francesca Anderson Gallery, in Boston, Massachusetts. Anderson has curated exhibitions and lectured extensively around the world. She has authored numerous books including Martin Ramirez: The Last Works(Pomegranate Press, California, 2008), Martin Ramirez (American Folk Art Museum with Marquand Books, 2007), and Darger: The Henry Darger Collection at the American Folk Art Museum (American Folk Art Museum with Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001), among many others, in addition to numerous articles and essays.
There is a $40 non-refundable entry fee to enter the “2015 20” x 20” x 20”: National Compact Competition and Exhibit.”

For a prospectus or additional information please visit us on the web, or e-mail the Union Art Gallery at or call the gallery at 225-578-5162 between 9am – 4:30 pm Monday – Friday. The LSU Student Union Art Gallery is dedicated to sharing contemporary art trends in the U.S by sponsoring this competition and exhibit.

 Please note: The art submissions need to be no larger than 20”x20”x20”.  This excludes matting and framing of 2 dimensional works. Works need to be completed within the last two years. Works previously exhibited in the LSU Student Union Art Gallery are ineligible. Artists vie for $5000 in cash awards.

About the LSU Student Art Gallery:

The LSU Student Union Art Gallery is a valuable campus and community art resource. The gallery showcases annual rotating exhibits including curated exhibits from public and private collections and national, statewide, and student art competitions.  Located on the second floor of the Louisiana State University Student Union, the gallery has been in operation since 1964.  The accessible hours and no-cost admission has helped to make the gallery a staple on the LSU campus and has helped to reach a wide audience from the campus, other Baton Rouge educational institutions and the Baton Rouge community. The gallery has recently been renovated and is now the center piece of Union building.

About LSU:

Founded in 1860, LSU has grown to accommodate over 30,000  full time students and is a top-tier university with more than 235 academic fields of study. Boasting school pride and Southern hospitality, LSU is called home by students from every state in the U.S., and more than 100 countries around the world.