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The Convo Project

Sheldon Museum of Art supports the creative work of students across disciplines. To complement and engage with the fall 2019 exhibition In Conversation: Black, Sheldon is hosting The Convo Project: a juried student competition seeking original creative projects inspired by the color black. Submissions may take the form of any media such as visual art, musical composition, writing (poetry or prose), fashion, graphic design, video, architecture, animation, interactive media, cinematic arts, data visualization, or other emerging media.


Open to all currently enrolled University of Nebraska–Lincoln undergraduate and graduate students.

Entry Detail

One entry per person. One entry may be defined as a single series composed of multiple parts (i.e. a series of five photographs, a musical composition in three parts, etc.). Please be selective when submitting especially large series. Compositions must be original and not more than one year old.

Contestants are expected to conform with the university policy on academic integrity (as outlined in the student code of conduct:


A jury will review all submissions and award a first prize of $1,000 and a second prize of $500. Winning works will also be featured on Sheldon’s website.


To enter The Convo Project, please submit the following via the electronic form at the bottom of this page:

  • Digital file(s) of your work
  • 250 to 500 word written statement about your work and how the color black inspired it
  • Contact and project information

NOTE: We cannot accept physical works. Please submit the appropriate digital file of your work (.mp3, .pdf, .doc, .jpeg, .tif, etc.). The maximum file size is 1 GB. If your file exceeds 1 GB, please include an accessible link to your work with your written statement.

Please use the following structure to label your files: Lastname_Firstname_Part x/X

  • Smith_Bob_Part 1/5.jpeg, Smith_Bob_Part 2/5.jpeg, etc.
  • Lopez_Ana_Part 1/1.mp3


Richard Graham is an associate professor and media services librarian at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. He was nominated for both Eisner and Harvey awards in 2012 for his book, Government Issue: Comics for the People. He served as a judge for the Eisner awards in 2015 and is currently the managing editor of the online, academic journal SANE- Sequential Art Narratives in Education, dedicated to the use of comics in the classroom. In 2017, he co-authored A Brief History of Comic Book Movies for palgrave/pivot and is looking forward to the publication of his collections and research on Rose O’Neill, creator of the Kewpie doll, sometime in 2020.

Melissa Yuen is the associate curator of exhibitions at Sheldon Museum of Art. She holds an MA and PhD in art history from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. Prior to working at Sheldon, Yuen was the Curatorial Fellow of European and American Art to 1900 at Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University and a Jane and Whitney Morgan Fellow in the Department of European Paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Submission deadline: November 1, 2019
  • Announcement of winners: December 6, 2019

If you have questions, or if your work requires special equipment to view or experience, please contact Abby Groth, assistant curator of public programs, at

The maximum file size is 20 MB. If your file exceeds 20 MB, please include an accessible link to your work with your written statement.
Files must be less than 20 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png bmp eps tif pict psd txt rtf html pdf doc docx odt ppt pptx odp xls xlsx ods xml avi mov mp3 ogg wav bz2 dmg gz jar rar sit tar zip.