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Genetics Art Competition

Department of Genetics is pleased to announce a competition to find a piece of art for the new Emeritus Conference Room (GMB 5094)



The Department of Genetics has opened a competition to select an art piece to be located in the newly renovated Emeritus Conference Room (GMB 5094).  The format is flexible but the piece should fit in the proposed space.  Painting, sculpture, photography, collage, mixed media and other visual arts are welcome.  The department seeks a highly original piece and the subject matter has no restrictions, but some connection (formal or subjective) to the mission of the department or its members is welcome. Pieces that are contrary to the values and strategic framework of the UNC School of Medicine (research, education, faculty, diversity-equity-inclusion, service and administration) will be disqualified.


The artist(s) should have a connection to the department. Direct or indirect connections are acceptable (please ask if you qualify). Art pieces with team authorship that includes one or more members of the department will also qualify.


Maximum dimensions for the piece are: 8’ tall, 30” wide (including frame if needed) and 14” deep.  Size will not impact eligibility for the prize.


A single prize of $600.00 will be awarded to the winner.  The stipulation for the winning piece is that it will be donated to the department for display in the conference room.


Artists should submit up to three high-quality photographs of the art (suitable for judging) and include the name of the artist, a short paragraph describing the piece, and the dimensions.  Please send submissions by email to Cathy Cornett at: with the title:  Art Competition – “last name”


Photographs of the submitted pieces will be posted online for review for a period of two weeks. The winner will be selected by popular vote of qualified members of the department using a survey tool that will be provided by email.


Submission Window: May 18-June 1, 2020

Review Process:  June 1-14, 2020

Voting Survey:  June 15-19, 2020

Award: By June 26, 2020