Crosscurrents Juried Exhibition Program

Crosscurrents is an annual juried exhibition of work by undergraduate students at peer institutions across the country. As part of the exhibition, PAFA awards a variety of scholarships to its graduate programs.

  • 1 full-tuition graduate scholarship
  • 2 scholarship prizes in the amount of $20,000.
  • The Jerry Wind Prize, a scholarship award in the amount of $2,500.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Currently enrolled college and art school juniors and seniors at PAFA or peer institutions.
  • Alumni who are not currently enrolled in an MFA program.
  • Alumni that have not yet completed their MFA.

Apply to Crosscurrents Juried Exhibition Program

Important Dates & Deadlines

Entries Due October 31st, 2019
Selection Notifications November 11th, 2019
Work Delivery Deadline November 25th, 2019
Exhibition Dates 12/05/2019 through 01/19/2020
Opening Reception December 12th, 2019, 5-7 PM

Application Requirements

Application Fee

There is a $10.00 application fee for Crosscurrents.

Artist Portfolio

Eligible applicants are required to submit a portfolio of 5 images. Images can originate in any format but must be submitted digitally through SlideRoom.

Each application must include a caption sheet for images submitted that includes:

  • Image Title
  • Dimensions
  • Medium
  • Date
  • A concise description of work, limited to 260 characters maximum. This will be visible to the jurors alongside the applicant's image portfolio.

Artist Statement

Applicants are also required to submit an artist statement that explains the images, process, and intentions as related to the works shown. Artist statements should be 500 words maximum, and must be formatted as Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx) or PDF (.pdf) documents.

Selection Jury & Notification Process

Please be sure that the default address on your SlideRoom account is the address where you receive mail, in order to receive important updates about the exhibition. Artists selected for the exhibition will be notified on November 11th, 2019. Supplemental application materials will be required of those artists, and notification of the winner of the full-tuition scholarship will occur the evening of the opening, December 12th, 2019.

Selection Jury

  • Chair of Graduate Programs, Kevin Richards
  • Eileen Neff, visual artist, and MFA Critic
  • Addison Namnoum, visual artist and Assistant to the Graduate Chair


Exhibition Guidelines

  1. Submitted works must be no larger than 74 inches in the vertical dimension. Students are encouraged to restrict submissions to works on paper, paintings, and objects that require little-to-no floor space.

  2. There is limited video equipment available and equipment requests will be considered. Artists may also supply their own equipment.

  3. Images submitted should be in JPG format, 12 inches on the longer side, sized at 72 pixels per inch, saved at the highest setting available (usually 10 or 12). Files must follow this format: last name, then first name, separated by an underscore, followed by the number in the sequence. Example: Doe_Jane2.jpg.

  4. All work must arrive at PAFA exhibition-ready. Exhibiting artists must cover delivery costs to PAFA. PAFA will cover cost to return the artwork, for no more than $150 dollars per total submission.


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