2017 Starfish Student Art Awards - Application

Submission Agreement and Requirements

Applications are now closed.
No late applications will be accepted.

Thanks to a generous donation from Louis Reznick of Starfish Properties and more than 28 corporate sponsors, the Starfish Student Art Award rewards talented NSCAD students with:

  • One $5,000 Purchase Prize (The Grand Prize winning artwork will be added to the President’s Art Bank, part of NSCAD University’s permanent collection)
  • Nine $1,000 best in category prizes
The winners will be announced at a gala event on April 20, 2017 at the Port Campus.

Overview of Eligibility

  • Students CURRENTLY registered in a FULL-TIME degree program OR were registered in SUMMER or FALL 2016 SEMESTER as a FULL-TIME degree-program student.
  • Work must be created at NSCAD since May 2016.
  • The competition is open to students at all levels. Foundation students, Intro Level, Intermediate Level, Advanced Level and Graduate Students are all welcome to apply.
  • The work is one of the following ten categories:
  • Students are responsible for submitting the online entry form and delivering images of their work on a CD or DVD to Bill Travis in Student Services by:
    Friday, Feb 10, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
  • No late applications will be accepted.
  • Student must include a brief artist’s statement and description of the work (100 words max).
  • Applications are for a single artwork, or multiple works if intention is to regard a series as a single work.
  • Submitted work is being considered as documented/installed; and cannot change the work or its presentation without consulting the Director of the Gallery.
  • All work (or works in series) must be exhibition ready and available for installation by April 13 and collected after the event by April 22. Students are responsible for the delivery and pick-up of their works.

Guideline for Submitting Digital Material

All work must be submitted on either a CD or DVD. Files must be formatted as follows:


  • Only JPEG format, saved at high-quality/low-compression settings, are acceptable. High resolution images must be 300 dpi and approximately 14.0” x 10.5” (4200 x 3150 pixels).
  • All images should be in RGB colour space (CMYK will NOT be accepted).
  • Low-quality/high-compression JPEGs will NOT be accepted.
  • All file names must be composed of the artist’s last name and a number. (ex.: “Lastname01.jpg”, “Lastname02.jpg”, “Lastname03.jpg”). Do not use punctuation or symbols in the titles.
  • A list of the file name and description is to be included with submission of images.
  • Compressed archive files (.zip, .sit) will not be accepted.

IMPORTANT: Only submit a maximum of FOUR images of the work being submitted for consideration (one image of the work, and up to three additional images that support the application, eg. installation or detail images.)

FILM AND TIME-BASED (if applicable):

  • Time-based works (performance, film, sound, or video) may be uploaded to Vimeo, YouTube, or personal/professional web sites, with links to specific works provided.
  • Stills from films and time-based works are also to be included as per “DIGITAL IMAGES” guidelines.