Contests, Showcases and More...

SEA is pleased to provide you the opportunity to participate in a variety of competitions. Each year we hold a Juried College Art Competition and Pitch Competition for Creatives in conjunction with the annual conference.  In addition, throughout the year we collaborate with other organizations for additional competitions.

Juried College Art Competition

Entry deadline: January 31st, 2020

Gallery Exhibition dates:  February 22nd & 23rd, 2020

Juror: Eric Lee

Sponsored by: Millikin University


The Juried College Art Competition is open to all college students.  Entry deadline is usually near the end of January.  A juror selects entries which then are displayed in the gallery during the Annual Conference.  Winners are announced at the conference. A minimum of $800 in prizes is awarded. 

2019 Winners:


Best of Show

Chloe Topf - Northern Illinois University

People's Choice

Stephanie Bererra - Alverno College


Juror's Awards

Cesar Torres - Morton College

Anna Schaff - Concordia University Chicago

Deborah Corr - Millikin University

Terrin Sharp - Concordia University Chicago

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Funding Pitch Competition for Creatives

Entry deadline:  January 31st, 2020

Finalist Pitch date:  February 23rd, 2020


Past entries have included photographers, graphic artists, theater start-ups, fashion designers, musicians, art representatives, and more. Competition has changed slightly starting last year. Participants will pitch for specific funding in specified amounts rather than pitching an entire business or idea.

2019 Winners:

Zachary McReynolds - Millikin University, Illinois ($1,000)

Robert Hatcher -  Georgia State University ($1,000)

Dominique Stringer - Luther College, Iowa ($500)

Kevin Meiselman - Quinnipiac University, CT ($500)