The Campus Commons Gallery is showcasing the work of artists who entered the Southard Art Award Competition.

Campus Commons Gallery: March 8 - April 2, 2021 

The Southard Award is the School of Art and Design’s most prestigious competition. The objective for the competitive process is to provide students with an opportunity to develop the materials, documentation, and conceptual sophistication, needed in order to pursue advanced academic or professional opportunities upon graduation from UNC. Semifinalists are chosen by a panel of jurors to present their creative work in a 5-7 minute public presentation. Of the four presentations, one semi-finalist is selected as this year’s Southard Award Winner, receiving a scholarship prize of up to $3,500.

Read more about the Southard Art Award Jurors

2021 Southard Art Award Winner: Tristan Mark

Tristan Mark is a non-binary artist whose work explores the crossroads of sexuality, gender, and identity through everyday performance, often to the backdrop of the rural Midwest and Portuguese heritage. Utilizing their multi-disciplinary training in both visual and performing arts, every piece they create becomes an experience of performance art. Influenced by horror and religious aesthetics, they create multi-disciplinary works of art. Currently living in Colorado, they are finishing up two Bachelor's degrees in Studio Art, with an emphasis in Photography, and Theatre Arts, with an emphasis in Acting, and are expected to graduate in summer of 2021.

2021 Semi-Finalists:

Elena Niermann, Jessica Kneefel, and Olivia Khaliqi

Southard Awards Exhibition Artists