Honors College Office of the Provost

Honors College Exhibition


*In order to help prevent the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus the Honors College Exhibition has been suspended until further notice.

The Honors College Exhibition is an exceptional opportunity for students to showcase their skills and talents through creative and performing arts. This exhibition is open to all Honors College students and features a variety of disciplines that represent the Honors College’s commitment to excellence in all spheres of our students’ development.

Submissions are sought are for the following categories: Creative, and Performance. Students are welcome to submit applications to exhibit up to two pieces of work. The two pieces of work can be in the same or  different categories. There will be a call to submit prior to the event.

First-place winners in each category will receive:

  • Opportunity to display their artwork in Cater Hall and the RBD Library or Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
  • A one-day “get-out-of-jail-free” pass from AU Parking Services
  • Headshot or studio portrait by Photographic Services
  • Perform or display artwork during the Spring 2020 Honors College Medal Ceremony

Second-place in each category will receive:

  • Two tickets to the Huntsville Botanical Gardens
  • Opportunity to display their artwork in Cater Hall
  • Perform or display artwork during the Spring 2020 Honors College Medal Ceremony

Third-place in each category will receive:

  • Honors College Prize Packet
  • Opportunity to display their artwork in Cater Hall
  • Perform or display artwork during the Spring 2020 Honors College Medal Ceremony

Winners will be selected by those that attend the even on a voting system.

Winners in each category will be as follows: 1stplace, 2ndplace, and 3rdplace.

There is also potential course credit for all participants. In the course students will have to opportunity to work on planning the next Honors College Exhibition.

Please see the descriptions and parameters for each category below. Feel free to contact Wade BerrySuzanne Hunter, or Taylor Mitchell if you have any questions or need further information on any aspect of the Exhibition.

Creative Exhibition Registration Link Below:


Performance Exhibition Registration Link Below:



This category includes all forms of visual arts and crafts. The sub-categories are as follows:

Painting can be naturalistic and representational (as in a still life or landscape painting), photographic, abstract, narrative, symbolistic, emotive, or political in nature. The support for paintings includes such surfaces as walls, paper, canvas, wood, glass, lacquer, pottery, leaf, copper and concrete, and the painting may incorporate multiple other materials including sand, clay, paper, plaster, gold leaf, as well as objects.

Drawing is a form of visual art in which a person uses various drawing instruments to mark paper or another two-dimensional medium. It is one of the simplest and most efficient means of communicating visual ideas. Drawings can include pencil, ink, and color works to include renderings and designs (e.g. fashions).

Sculpture is three-dimensional art. Traditionally, there are two main methods: carving material such as wood or stone, and modeling forms by adding pieces of material such as clay. New materials and techniques can also be included.

Calligraphy is the design and execution of lettering with a broad tip instrument, brush, or other writing instruments. A contemporary calligraphic practice can be defined as “the art of giving form to signs in an expressive, harmonious, and skillful manner.”

Photography refers to that created in accordance with the vision of the artist as a photographer. Using photography as a medium to bring something to life that only lives in the artist’s mind. Simply capturing what you see in an artistic way is the art of photography and not creating fine art. Black and white, and color art photography.

Textile crafts refer to Appliqué, Crocheting, Embroidery, Felt-making, Knitting, Lace-making, Macramé, Quilting, Tapestry art, and Weaving.

Appliqué is ornamental needlework in which pieces of fabric in different shapes and patterns are sewn or stuck onto a larger piece to form a picture or pattern.

Quilting is the process of sewing two or more layers of fabric together to make a thicker padded material, usually to create a quilt or quilted garment.

Crochet is a process of creating fabric by interlocking loops of yarn, thread, or strands of other materials using a crochet hook.

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as pearls, beads, quills, and sequins.

Felt-making has no sewing or weaving in this process; wool fibers are felted using moisture, friction and heat. When the wool shrinks, the fibers interlock and mat together to make an impenetrable fabric. The normal treatment is either by wet-felting the fibers or dry-felting using special needles. The wool used for felting can be of lamb, sheep, cashmere, angora, and alpaca.

Knitting is a method by which yarn is manipulated to create a textile or fabric, often used in many types of garments.

Lace-making involves the gluing or stitching down of pre-made motifs (slips) onto a background made of net. There are many definitions, concepts and pre-conceptions as to what exactly constitutes a piece of lace. Some people regard bobbin lace as ‘true’ or ‘pure’ lace, all other types being imitations or not even lace. For our purposes all types of lace are welcome.

Macramé is a form of textile produced using knotting (rather than weaving or knitting) techniques.

Tapestry is a form of textile art, traditionally woven by hand on a loom. Tapestry is weft-faced weaving, in which all the warp threads are hidden in the completed work, unlike cloth weaving where both the warp and the weft threads may be visible.

Weaving is a method of textile production in which two distinct sets of yarns or threads are interlaced at right angles to form a fabric or cloth.

Woodcraft refers to wood-carving, wood-turning, cabinet making, furniture making, and lacquerware. Lacquerware refers to a variety of decorative techniques used to coat wood, bamboo, metal or other surfaces, with a hard, resinous finish.

Papercraft refers to paper modeling, collage, decoupage, origami paper folding, and papier-mâché.

Pottery refers to ceramics (earthenware, stoneware, porcelain).

Glass craft refers to mosaic art, glass bead making, glass blowing, glass etching, and stained glass art.

Jewelry Includes metalwork involving processes like embossing, repoussé work, engraving, enameling (types include champlevé, basse taille, cloisonné, plique-à-jour), granulation and filigree decoration.

Art installation is an artistic genre of three-dimensional works that often are site-specific and designed to transform the perception of a space.

Architectural model is a type of scale model – a physical representation of a structure – built to study aspects of an architectural design or to communicate design ideas. Depending on the purpose, models can be made from a variety of materials, including blocks, paper, and wood, and at a variety of scales. 3D printed models are also included here.

Digital art is an artistic work or practice that uses digital technology as part of the creative or presentation process including computer art and multimedia art. Digital art is itself placed under the larger umbrella term new media art.

Digital design is a general term that is more relevant now than ever before. Put simply, any kind of design that appears in digital format (on an app or website), rather than in print (on a physical page), is considered digital design.

Other refers to anything that cannot be classified in any of the above categories.

Display Information

For display of your creative work, tables will be available and the walls of Cater Hall will turn into gallery spaces for creations that can be displayed in that way. Special non-damaging wall adhesives will be provided for participants.

Everything else that you may need will have to be provided by you after approval by the Honors College.

Presenters are expected to be present with their creative work for the duration of the creative session.

Creative Exhibition Registration Link Below:




A student wishing to participate in the performance arts category may choose from the following options:

Vocal – Any genre of music may be selected; however, students will be asked to provide copies of the lyrics or text. The Honors College staff reserve the right to dismiss a performance if it is deemed that the selection is inappropriate or unprofessional.

Students will be required to provide copies of their music to be played during their performance (ex. CD’s, digital copies, etc.)

Students will be responsible for finding their own accompanist if needed.

Instrumental – Any instrumental performance is welcome, however, the Honors College will not be providing any instruments other than the use of a piano at the venue. Students will be responsible for securing the use of their required instrument.

If additional set up time is required for larger instruments (ex: a drum kit) please indicate that in your performance description.

DeeJay – Got two turntables and a microphone? The deejay section of the event will happen during the Honors Exhibition. Each deejay will be required to preform for a set number of minutes during the event. The Honors College staff reserve the right to dismiss a performance if it is deemed that the selection is inappropriate or unprofessional.

The Honors College will have speakers and microphones available but participants will need to bring their own equipment and technology.

Theatrical – All forms of theatrical performance are welcome, however, students will be required to submit written copies of their chosen selection. The Honors College staff reserve the right to dismiss a performance if it is deemed that the selection is inappropriate or unprofessional.

Students may wear a costume for a performance if they so choose, but this costume should be in keeping with their performance and should be appropriate for this type of professional event.

Spoken Word – Poetry, monologues, stand-up comedy, short stories, etc.

Students will need to submit written copies of their chosen text prior to their performance. The Honors College staff reserves the right to dismiss a performance if it is deemed inappropriate or unprofessional.

Other – A student may submit a performance that does not fall under one of these categories, but please provide a detailed description in your registration.

Performance Registration Link Below:


Last modified: October 28, 2021