Visual Arts


$500 Thiel Gallery Director’s Choice Purchase Award
$500 Provost’s Award
$350 Kenneth A. Kerslake Printmaking Award
$500 Dean’s Purchase Award ($250 Undergraduate/ $250 Graduate)
$125 Harn Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
$125 Harn Outstanding Graduate Student Award
$150 SA+AH Director’s Award
$150 SA+AH Faculty Award


  • Open to all students currently enrolled in courses in the SA+AH.
  • Work must have been completed in the past two years.
  • Works not conforming to the submission specifications will be rejected.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted.


All reasonable care will be taken in the handling of selected works during installation and show run; however, neither University Gallery nor FACC organizers may be held liable for damage or loss of artwork.

 Entry Procedure


Please complete the online submission below and upload imagery as indicated. Please include a link to view or download time based works.

Label each image using the following naming convention: Last name_first name_number of image.jpg See example:

The first and second images submitted by Jane Smith



2-D and 3-D Work

For each work (up to 3) you may submit up to 2 digital images (a general view and a detailed view). Upload JPG files through the online submission form. JPG images should be 300 ppi and of “high” quality. File size must be no larger than 2mb.

Time-Based Work

For time-based works, complete the online form, upload a still image from the work, and include a link to view your work on Vimeo or YouTube. Works of all lengths may be selected for the exhibition, but the juror will require a three-minute clip for judging.

 Delivery & Pickup – IF YOUR WORK IS SELECTED

Delivery of Work (ready to hang):
NOTE: work not ready for display will not be accepted, and will be excluded from the show
Date: Wed Feb 15, 2017
Time: 12PM – 3PM
Location: University Gallery – No exceptions                                                                                IMPORTANT NOTE: All 2D work must be framed and ready for hanging. White pedestals will be provided for 3D works. Electronic and digital works must be ready to show. The gallery provides wireless internet access.
Work not ready for display at drop-off will not be accepted, and will be excluded from the show.

Pick up of Work:
Date: Fri March 3, 2017
Time: 10AM – 3PM
Location: University Gallery – No exceptions

Entry Form & Slide Submission for Visual Arts


SEAN J. Donaher

Sean J. Donaher has been an Arts Administrator and Curator for the past 23 years. Most recently (2010-2016) he served as Executive Director & Curator of CEPA Gallery, one of the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit photographic galleries. At CEPA, Donaher managed a highly regarded exhibition and residency program that presented tightly curated groups of international and regional artists whose work explored relevant social political trends through challenging thematic exhibitions. As Director of CEPA, Donaher also oversaw an innovative and transformative year-round arts education program that received a 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President’s Committee on Arts and Humanities, the nation’s highest honor for out of school arts program. Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Donaher served as CEPA’s Artistic Director (1999-2010) as well as Executive Director & Curator of Big Orbit Gallery (1996-2013), a regional experimental project space that focused on large scale site specific installation work and performance art.

In addition to his experience as an arts administrator and curator, Mr. Donaher has done extensive work with the New York State Council on the Arts, serving as Chair (three-year appointments) of both the Arts Education and Visual Arts Grant Panels numerous times. He has lectured extensively on Professional Practices for artists and has taught Graduate Seminar at the Visual Studies Department at the University at Buffalo. He is a recipient of Business First’s prestigious 40 Under 40 award and is a current member of Oishei Leaders. Mr. Donaher studied printmaking and photography at the University at Buffalo and continues live in the Queen City with his wife and two sons.