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The deadline for submissions to the AS Viking Union Gallery’s 15th annual Beyond Borders 2010 International College Art Competition is just a few days away.
Pieces for the competition need to be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 12. Submissions can be dropped off or mailed to the Gallery in VU 507.

Anyone who is a current undergraduate student at a university in California, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, British Columbia or Washington can enter the contest.

VU Gallery Coordinator Allie Paul said the competition is designed to stimulate dialogue between student artists throughout the Northwest region. It also allows artists to show off their work and gain experience in exhibitions.

“It’s about showing who are the really strong artists right now in the undergraduate community in the Northwest,” Paul said.

Paul said the top three artists will receive cash prizes. The winners will be selected by a panel of jurors from the Western and Bellingham art communities.

The exhibit will run from May 17 to June 4. Winners will be announced during a closing reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on June 3.

The amount of award money depends on the number of people who enter the competition. There is a $5 entrance fee, which goes toward the prize money.
Paul said the winner of last year’s competition won around $600.

The contest is open to artwork from a wide variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, sound and textile/fiber art. Artists are allowed to submit multiple pieces.

“It’s open to absolutely anything,” Paul said. “The purpose of this exhibition is to see what’s going on in the fine art undergraduate community right now.”

She added that there are no restrictions on content matter in artwork submitted for the competition. They have never had any issues with works that might be considered too risqué, she said.

“It’s really up to the jurors to decide if they do find anything particularly offensive,” Paul said. “In my experience we haven’t had any problems.”

Last year Paul was an assistant coordinator for Beyond Borders. She said there were around 120 pieces submitted.

She said that the Western art community usually has the strongest presence in the show.

“It’s a great way for Western students to show off what they’re doing,” she said.