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2018 Earth Day Call for Innovative Creators

EXTENDED DEADLINE: Friday, April 6th, 2018


Boise State’s department of Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability, in partnership with the University Art Curator and the Office of Research and Economic Development, seeks to exhibit innovative creators whose original creations speak to the theme of environmental sustainability. The exhibition entitled People, Planet, Solutions will present a cohesive body of works that relate to the theme of environmental sustainability as made evident through the subjects represented or through the materials used.  Works showing a clear design aesthetic will be prioritized. This call is open to both students and community members.

Awards will be given to student entries that place: $300 for 1st place, $200 for 2nd place, and $100 for 3rd place for students.

Works can include, but are not limited to:

  • Robotics
  • Augmented/Virtual Reality
  • Video Performance/Installation
  • Textiles, puppets, and kites
  • Large-scale art
  • Shelters
  • Unusual tools and machines
  • Found Art
  • 2D and 3D Visual Arts

All genres, styles, and media will be considered. All work must be presentation ready. Submitted entries may be previously-created works, but must be the original work of the individual/group applying. Submissions will be accepted online.  APPLY NOW

Entry Period Opens: February 1, 2018
EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 6th, 2018 (midnight MST)
Installation of artwork: April 16, 2018 in Environmental Research Building, 2nd Floor Pop Up Gallery
Duration of Exhibition: April 18-21, 2018
Reception: April 18, 2018, 4:30—6:30 PM

Notifications of accepted works will be extended no later than end of March, 2018. Exhibition participants will be selected by a panel made up of three students, a representative of the office of the Sustainability, two faculty members, and the University Art Curator. The panel’s decision will be made based on the innovative creator’s mastery of technique, adherence to the principles of design, and relevance to the theme.

If you have further questions, please contact Fonda Portales at or via phone at 426-2541, or Kat Davis at or via phone at 426-3303.

Boise State’s Environmental Health, Safety, and Sustainability department works to move campus toward an environmentally neutral footprint, advance research in sustainability, and model low-impact development within the university context.

Boise State University is committed to fostering an environment where research and creative activity thrive. The Division of Research and Economic Development leads this effort and provides comprehensive support for faculty during all phases of the research endeavor; manages the university’s intellectual property portfolio; facilitates relationships with industry for research and commercialization collaboration; and leads outreach aimed at fostering economic development in Boise and the region.