Masters of Tomorrow

Benedictine University at Mesa's
Inaugural Arizona High School and Community College Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition

Benedictine University at Mesa and the Mesa Arts Center believe that a great wealth of artistic talent exists in the young people of Arizona. In order to support and promote young Arizona artists and provide them with additional resources to pursue higher education in the visual arts, we are offering the “Masters of Tomorrow Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition.” 

This unique competition will provide a rare exhibition opportunity for 100 high school and community college artists. The best in show winners in the high school and community college categories will receive a 50 percent tuition scholarship at Benedictine University at Mesa. Several other cash prizes will be awarded to winners in other categories to support their creative endeavors and art education. Attendees may also purchase artwork at the exhibition with the artist’s permission.

There is no theme to this competition!  Submit your best work regardless of media or subject matter. Realistic, abstract or non-objective, we encourage you to submit all styles and artistic approaches. Submit jpegs of up to four art works via the Benedictine, Mesa website by midnight on Saturday, February 8, 2014.

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Michael Tole

Michael Tole is an artist and professor of Fine Arts at Benedictine University at Mesa. His work is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas, Texas, and Devin Borden Gallery in Houston, Texas. He was also the 2007 winner of the $50,000 Hunting Art Prize. His work has been displayed in numerous shows in Texas, California and New York, and reviewed in Artforum International Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Dallas Morning News and The Houston Chronicle.

Robert Schultz

Robert Schultz is the assistant director of the Mesa Arts Center. He has 18 years of progressively responsible experience in arts administration at the university level in Michigan, and at municipal and state government agencies in Michigan and Arizona. He has been active in the Arizona arts community, serving on numerous grant panels and ad hoc committees for Glendale, Phoenix, Tempe and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. He has also written on public art issues and public art master plans for Chandler and Tempe municipalities, as well as more than 50 critical reviews of artists and art exhibitions.

Kraig Foote

Kraig Foote is the owner/curator of Art One Gallery in Scottsdale. He has dedicated his life to promoting, educating and mentoring emerging local artists and students. He is one of the most central and important figures in the Arizona art community. Foote has run galleries in Scottsdale, Phoenix and Tempe, as well as a nonprofit gallery dedicated to student work in Zurich, Switzerland. Throughout the past 20 years, Foote has discovered many local artists who have gone on to become the kingpins of the East Valley’s art scene, and he continues to scout talent and support artists today.


Best High School 2D work: $500 

Best High School 3D work: $500

Best Community College 2D work: $500

Best Community 3D work: $500

Best in Show (High School): Renewable (four-year maximum) 50 percent tuition scholarship to Benedictine University at Mesa*

Best in Show (Community College): Renewable (two-year maximum) 50 percent tuition scholarship to Benedictine University at Mesa*

*Winning student must also apply and meet admissions requirements.


The art exhibition and competition is open to all high school and community college students who reside in Arizona. Artists do not need to be enrolled in an art class to participate.


Saturday, February 8, 2014:
All participants must submit images of their artwork for exhibition and competition to the Master's of Tomorrow website by 12:00 a.m.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Names of 100 students whose work is accepted for the exhibition and competition will be posted online. Artists who are selected will receive an email notification.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014:
Finalists must deliver their artwork to the reception desk of our Mesa campus (225 E. Main St., Mesa AZ 85201) Monday through Friday, between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m.  All artwork to be displayed at the exhibition and competition MUST be delivered to the Benedictine University at Mesa campus no later than 10:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 19th. 

Thursday, February 20, 2014:
Artwork will be installed.

Saturday, February 22, 2014 :
Scholarship and prize winners will be announced at the awards reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Gillett Hall Community Room.

Saturday, March 22, 2014:
Artwork will be available for pickup after 9:00 a.m. Any work left past Monday, March 31 will be discarded at Benedictine University’s discretion.