Voertman student competition

60th Annual Voertman Competition Instructions

A time-honored tradition at the College of Visual Arts and Design, this is our juried student exhibition in its 60th year.

Juried by Andrea Karnes, Senior Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and UNT alumna.

Exhibition: Jan. 30–Feb. 15, 2020  |  Reception: Jan. 30, noon-1 p.m., pizza at noon  |  Awards: 12:30 p.m. 

Cora Stafford Gallery, College of Visual Arts, University of North Texas


All currently enrolled CVAD students are eligible to submit artworks for consideration, by completing an online submission form. Entries are $5—cash or check—for each artwork, unlimited numbers may be submitted.

Note: Payments, which are due no later than Dec. 3, are accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. in the CVAD Gallery, Art Building, Room 162.

Confirmation Email

You will receive a confirmation email after you submit the online form, with the subject line “Voertman Submission Received.” Please check your spam or junk folder if needed.

Note: Print the email single-sided, and bring it to the CVAD Gallery Office, Art Building, Room 162, when you pay your entry fee. It will be the receipt for your payment.

Submission Deadline • Dec. 3

The deadline is Dec. 3, 2019 by 5 p.m. Please note that payments are accepted only between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday in the CVAD Gallery office located in the Art Building, Room 162, down the hall from the freight elevator.

A submission includes

1) the online form and
2) the paid entry fee no later than Dec. 3 by 5 p.m.

You will receive a receipt for your entry fee, which confirms your submission is complete. Late entries will not be accepted.

Important dates for artists

  • Artists will be notified of acceptance to the short list the week of Jan 6, 2020.
  • Artwork drop-off times are Jan. 21 and 22, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Art Building, Room 162.
  • Payment is accepted only until Dec. 3, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., in the CVAD Gallery office, Art Building Room 162.
  • The exhibition will be Jan. 30–Feb. 15, with a reception and awards ceremony on Jan. 30, 5–7 p.m.
  • Works exhibited in the show must be picked up Feb. 17–19.

Award Ceremony and Exhibition Reception

Jan. 30, 2020, 12:30 p.m.

About the Exhibition

The annual Voertman Competition at CVAD is a time-honored celebration of artistic achievement and promise. The Voertman Competition is a juried exhibition open to all currently enrolled CVAD students. Started in 1960 by Paul Voertman, family founder of Voertman’s store, the exhibition is juried each year by an accomplished arts professional and provides students with real-world experience. Since 1960, thousands of artists have exhibited their works and hundreds have received cash prizes sponsored by Voertman’s store.

About the Juror

Andrea Karnes, who grew up in Fort Worth, earned art history degrees from the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas, and Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas. She has worked at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth since 1989.


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