Getting Started and Application

Presentation of Creative Works

This option is for members of the community who have produced a fine-arts related work and would like to share a visual work, musical composition, or a literary work through performance or exhibition.

Writing your Creative Works Description

What is a creative works description? 
A creative works description for the performing and visual arts should focus on the work’s objectives while describing its methodology in terms of its genre, styles, and influences.  It should be a maximum of 75 words.

What should a creative works description include?

  • The aims of your work. In other words, why did you do it?
  • The methodology of your work. In other words, how did you do it?
  • The results of your work. In other words, what did your work allow you to find?
  • A conclusion statement, which summarizes the work's impact.

If appropriate, you may want to include a link to material that is representative of your work.  For example, you may want to share:

  • A video of your performance
  • An audio recording
  • Still pictures of artwork
  • Any other type of representation demonstrating your work

Links may direct to YouTube, Dropbox, Google Drive or similar repositories; please make sure settings will allow anyone with the link to view/access.  Please provide this link as the last line in your description – this information will be used to evaluate your application, but will not be distributed or printed in the event program.

Description examples for Performances or Exhibits:

Title: Inception of Imagination
Description: From the initial drawing to the finalized product, this piece has been created with the use of free thought and wandering imagination. The idea behind this piece was a mixture of philosophy and imagination meeting at the junction. Experimentation was a big key to finding the right balance of color and design.

Title: Creationism and a Candy Dish
Description:  “Creationism and a Candy Dish” is an imagistic series of poems inspired by the laws of nature and mystery of unanswered questions. Melding science and poetry, this series blends the boundaries between the two forms to produce a set of fantastic hypotheticals. Recently, this same series of works was accepted for presentation at the Sigma Tau Delta English Honors Society convention in Portland, Oregon.

Title: Sunlight Through an Animal’s Cage
Description: “Sunlight Through an Animal’s Cage” is a fictional piece that explores the depths of domestic violence through an ultimate tragedy.

Description examples for Concurrent Sessions or Posters: [Show Info]

Title: Girl Almighty: R.B.G. / Girl Almighty: A.L.F.
Description: When beginning each painting, it was very important to me that I chose images that would push the limits of my abilities and represent the subject from a place of strength. My “Girl Almighty” portraits are of women who have gone against the grain and overcome countless obstacles to achieve greatness. They serve as reminder of what these women have accomplished and how they have paved the road for those after them.

Title: Commerce vs Art: A Tale of Cinema Purgatory
Description: This film essay explores the artistic but commercially unsuccessful journey of Richard Williams’ animation film “The Thief and the Cobbler”, which was trapped in production purgatory for 31 years.

Title: The “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” Lighting Design
Description: Throughout the months of September and early October, I researched, designed, and hung the light plot for the opening show of the Philip Lynch Theatre’s 40th season, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”


Performance, Exhibit, Poster, or Concurrent Session

An important decision you must make is whether to present your work as a performance, exhibit, poster, or concurrent session:

  • If your work involves performing, or the spoken word, then choose "Performance" as your presentation type.
  • If your work involves the visual arts, then choose “Exhibit” as your presentation type.
  • If you want to present your work to several people at once and field questions from them in a formal setting, then choose "Concurrent Session" as your presentation type using the Scholarly Works application link.
  • If you want to present your work in a less formal setting in a more conversational way to individuals or to smaller groups of people, then choose "Poster" as your presentation type using the Scholarly Works application link.

Note: Undergraduate student projects in this category may be eligible for the Dr. Stephany Schlachter Excellence in Undergraduate Scholarship Award (See Stephany Schlachter Excellence Award - Review Criteria List).