Benedictine seeks to find, award artists of the future

October 22, 2013

Art gallery GO 8-WebsmallMesa, Arizona ~ If you are an Arizona high school or community college artist looking to spread your wings and show the public your artistic chops, Benedictine University at Mesa has designed a contest just for you.

In order to support and promote young Arizonian artists and provide them with additional resources to pursue higher education in the visual arts, Benedictine University at Mesa in partnership with the Mesa Arts Center announced 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,” said Michael R. Tole, assistant professor of Fine Arts at Benedictine University at Mesa. “We are eagerly anticipating some wonderful submissions and displays that capture the diverse heritage and world-class artistic talent available within Arizona.”

Student applicants will compete for several awards with the best in show winners in the high school and community college categories each earning a 50 percent tuition scholarship at Benedictine University at Mesa.

Students can submit up to five digital photos of their artwork via the exhibition website at Several cash prizes will be awarded to winners in other categories to support the students’ creative endeavors and art education, Tole said.

Three jurors will select from all online submissions a minimum of 100 works that will be displayed at the University’s academic building, Gillett Hall, 225 E. Main St. in downtown Mesa, from February 22-March 21, 2014. On Saturday, February 22, scholarship and prize winners will be announced at an awards reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Community Room at Gillett Hall. Attendees of the awards reception may also purchase artwork at the exhibition with the artist’s permission.

Submissions will be accepted through midnight, February 1, 2014.

For more information on the Masters of Tomorrow Art Exhibition and Scholarship Competition, please visit or contact Michael Tole at (480) 878-6708

Benedictine University at Mesa provides a private, values-based education grounded in history, heritage and Catholic tradition. Current degree offerings include a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Organizational Behavior, in addition to a minor in Religious Studies.

The University is now accepting applications for spring enrollment.

For more information about Benedictine University at Mesa, please visit the Gregory Enrollment Center at 51 E. Main St., Suite 105, in downtown Mesa or, or contact (602) 888-5500 or


Benedictine University at Mesa is a branch campus of Benedictine University, an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois, just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine is ranked No. 1 among the country’s fastest-growing campuses between 2000-2010 in The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of private nonprofit research institutions, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among “America’s Top Colleges” for the third consecutive year in 2013.

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