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View the (re)present Exhibits Now!

View the (re)present jury selections and other submissions in our virtual gallery or the exhbit in-person in Clemons Library


Jury Selections

Paintings, drawings, photos, collage, printmaking, mural proposals, or other 2D art
Brandon Eley, 1st place
Bailey Mohri, 2nd place
Lexi Magenheim, 3rd place
Lily RobertsHonorable Mention
Ryan DoerrHonorable Mention

Sculpture, models, installations, or other 3D art  
Isabella Whitfield, 1st place
Kaitlyn Hyun, 2nd place
Selina Cheng, 3rd place
Lydia Hendrickson, Honorable Mention

Film, animation, or other non-traditional digital art  
Kim Salac, 1st place
Phineas Alexander, 2nd place
Nathan Maizels, 3rd place

Poetry, essay, fiction, non-fiction, or other written literature
Emma Karnes, 1st place
Sadie Randall, 2nd place
Mary Katherine West, 3rd place
Savvy Holmes, Honorable Mention
Chloe Lyda, Honorable Mention
Charlotte Matthews, Honorable Mention

Students' Choice Award

We are also inviting current UVA students to select (re)present submissions that best capture the spirit of their UVA experience. View the jury selections online or in our window display, and send us your input by May 13 using this form (current computing ID required). 


We are most grateful to the alumni, students, and faculty who shared their insights and expertise by serving on the juries for each (re)present category:

Paintings, drawings, photos, collage, printmaking, mural proposals, or other 2D art:  

  • Andrea Douglas (Grad 1996, 2001) Executive Director of the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center
  • Natalia Heguaburo (Col 2019), current UVA Law School student, former Cavalier Daily photographer, and leader of the online archive
  • Caroline Massey, current 4th year student, photographer, and member of the Student Ambassador Team at the Women's Center 
  • Benita Mayo, photographer, Equity Center Fellow, and Contemplative Sciences Center instructor
  • Shamim Sisson, former senior associate dean of students and director of the Office of Student Life
  • Gretchen Tibbits (Col 1989), UVA Arts Council Chair, and Managing Director at Progress Partners

Sculpture, models, installations, or other 3D art:  

  • Bill Bennett, sculptor and Associate Professor of Studio Art
  • Mona El Khafif, Associate Professor, Architecture and Urban + Environmental Planning
  • Katie Forward, current 4th year Studio Art and Media Studies major and member of the Student Ambassador Team at the Women's Center 
  • Seshi Konu, (Arch 2020) former Women's Center Engaged Scholarship intern

Film, animation, or other non-traditional digital art:  

  • Elizabeth Bangura, (Col 2020), former intern with Iris and Speaking in Hues at the Women's Center and Brand Ambassador at MTV Promotions
  • Sylvia Chong, Associate Professor of English, Associate Director of American Studies, and Director, Minor in Asian Pacific American Studies
  • Chris Farina (Col 1982), filmmaker at Rosalia Films
  • April Woodard (Col 1991), Coast Live Co-host, and Assistant Professor at the Scripps Howard School of Journalism at Hampton University

Poetry, essay, fiction, non-fiction, or other written literature:  

  • Jieru Shi, (Col 2020), former intern and Student Ambassador team leader at the Women's Center
  • Marwah Shuaib, (Col 2020), former intern with Iris and Speaking in Hues at the Women's Center
  • Matt Weber, author, lecturer, and Senior Assistant to the President at UVA
  • Amy Woolard (Col 1994, Law 2008), poet and Director of Policy at Legal Aid Justice Center

Special thanks also go to Emma Terry of UVA Arts, our Alumni Association colleagues, and all of the faculty, staff, students and alumni who shared this opportunity throughout the UVA community.   

    Our call to (re)present the UVA student

    While it was plausible to represent THE student with a single image for much of the history of UVA, giving voice to myriad student experiences has always been at the heart of what the Women’s Center does. Through this arts and writing competition, the center called on the UVA community to (re)present – and celebrate – who we are and how we work and play at UVA today.

    Students, in particular, lived up to what UVA has long expected of them and seized this opportunity, like so many others, with gusto. This exhibit brings work that originated in lecture halls, studios, and archives together with personal mementos and musings, enriching our sense of what means to live and learn in an historic place at a time of reckoning. Works exhibited here shed light into quiet corners of our community where small joys, subtle vulnerabilities, and hard truths tend to hide, allowing the resilience and creativity of the University community, especially the student body, to shine through.


    It's Time


    1853 illustration of The Student

    It comes as no great surprise that this once-iconic lad of jaunty stance, drawn in the 1850s, is incongruous with how students at UVA see themselves today. Much has changed, not only since David Henry Strother (under his pseudonym Porte Crayon) illustrated “The Student,” but since the not-so-long-ago days when his work resonated widely in the UVA community.

    We wanted to offer the UVA community a chance to bring to light what connects us to this place and this community today. We asked, "Who are UVA students today—not as they’re presented by others or seen from afar, but in the lives you lead every day at UVA? How would you reimagine and (re)present a UVA student of your time, right now? Who is the student that is you at UVA? Who is the student that you know, love, or admire at UVA? Now's the time for you to show up for and (re)present the UVA community you want others to see."


    iris magazine covers

    For more than 40 years, our signature publication, Iris, has reinvented itself several times over, from xeroxed zine to full-color glossy magazine to the current publication online.

    Brought to You by the Maxine Platzer Lynn Women's Center


    Here at the Women’s Center, we have been (re)presenting the images and stories of students over decades of changing needs and environments at UVA. Keeping pace with the times – and pushing the times to change faster – has always been part of our student support mission as well as the bold spirit of our dear namesake, Max, a 1951 alumna. 

    We've been eager to see how you would (re)present the UVA students we’re proud to know and work with today.

    Contest Details


    Submission Deadline

    Entries must be received by February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.


    Open to the whole UVA community - students, alumni, faculty and staff.

    Cash Awards

    Winners in each submission category will receive cash awards: $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, $100 for 3rd place, $50 for Honorable Mentions.


      Online galleries will display many and varied entries across submission categories. On grounds exhibits will showcase select works in venues that suit each submission category. Stay tuned for exhibit announcements. 

      Compensation for Work Selected for Print Publication

      Work submitted to (re)present will be considered for possible inclusion in a related publication. Compensation will be offered for selected work.

      Submission Information

      1. Use our (re)present submission guide to prepare your submission.
      2. Complete our (re)present submission form to deliver your work to us by the submission deadline. Entries must be received by February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.

      Submission Categories:

      • paintings, drawings, photos, collage, printmaking, mural proposals, or other 2D art 
      • sculpture, models, installations, or other 3D art 
      • film, animation, or other non-traditional digital art 
      • poetry, essay, fiction, non-fiction, or other written literature 



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