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Beal Botanical Garden Student Art Contest 

Beal Botanical Garden is excited to announce our inaugural Student Art Contest! The garden is awarding one $500 prize to a student whose work will be displayed in the garden throughout the summer and fall of 2024. 


The contest is open to any currently enrolled MSU undergraduate or graduate student. All artwork must be original, of the artist’s own design and creation. 

Submission of Entries

All entries must be submitted via email to A maximum of 3 entries per person is allowed, each must be submitted separately. Each submission must include:

  • Entrant’s name
  • Student ID
  • Undergraduate or graduate student status
  • Email address and telephone number
  • Title of the piece
  • Dimensions and materials used
  • A short (less than 100 words) explanation of the piece 
  • A short explanation of envisioned installation location and installation method
  • A short explanation of how artwork materials will withstand outdoor conditions 
  • At least 1 image file (max. 5) of the piece. Please include artist name in file name. 


*Update* All entries must be received by 5pm on Monday, April 8. Entries will be reviewed by a panel and the winner will be notified by 5pm on Monday, April 15.


  • The garden is looking for an art piece that speaks to our philosophy People, Plants, and Place. We are interested in artworks that explore the interconnectedness between people and nature, as well as nature as a channel for wellbeing and inclusivity. Beyond these general guidelines, the garden is open to a variety of interpretations of these themes. 
  • The garden will consider any mediums that can reasonably be displayed outdoors. The piece should be designed to withstand weather as expected throughout the spring, summer, and fall, and created using durable materials.
  • Materials must be safe for visitors, wildlife, and the environment. 
  • Artwork must be appropriate for audience members of all ages and backgrounds. 
  • Artwork cannot require access to electricity. 
  • The piece must be ready for installation by May 13, 2024. Garden staff will collaborate with the artist on installation of the piece. 
  • Potential installation methods include hanging the piece, staking into the ground, or drilling into concrete.  
  • After the exhibition period is over, the art piece will be returned to the student artist. 


For any questions regarding the call for entry or application process please contact: Maileen Bugnaski,