For much of the history of UVA, it was plausible to represent THE student with a single image. It’s time to (re)present what we mean when we say “UVA student” today.
We’re calling on the UVA community to generate the images, notes, words and other creations that you see and hear as (re)presenting YOU. Bring your insights and your creative powers in whatever medium you choose, and help us discover what you love most about today’s UVA students. Together we will (re)present - and celebrate – who we are and how we work and play at UVA today.
Send us your submission by February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST, and plan to view and listen to those sent in by other students and alums in the spring. Ready to submit now? Use our (re)present submission guide to prepare, and complete our (re)present submission form to deliver your work to us by the deadline.
Submission categories include everything from poetry (spoken or written) and other forms of writing, to art that is digital, 2D, 3D, photography, or film. An accomplished panel of judges will select winners for several cash awards, and select work will be on prominent exhibit both virtually and “in real life” on Grounds.
Everyone who sends a completed submission by the deadline will receive (re)present merchandise to commemorate their participation in this collective (re)presentation of today’s UVA students. All participants will also be entered for a drawing from which 25 participants will win special prizes that are sure to become lasting UVA memories that will stay with them for years to come.
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.
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.
Here’s your chance to bring to light what connects us to this place and this community today.
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’re eager to see how you will (re)present the UVA students we’re proud to know and work with today.
Please stay tuned for further details and help us share this opportunity as we announce awards for winning entries, prize drawings for participants, and the panel of judges. Ongoing updates to this page will be made below and announcements will be broadcast through all of our communications channels.
Entries must be received by February 19, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.
Open to the whole UVA community - students, alumni, faculty and staff.
Winners in each submission category will receive cash awards: $500 for 1st place, $250 for 2nd place, $100 for 3rd place.
Each participant who submits a complete entry by the February 19 submission deadline will receive one entry into our drawing for these prizes:
- Take a professor to dinner: invite a faculty member who inspires you to dinner. Convene virtually over your choice of take-out/delivery or gather at an outdoor dining spot (details will depend on mutually convenient date and other relevant factors). 3 winners (each will plan the details with the faculty member they choose).
- Lunch with former UVA President Terry Sullivan: convene virtually over your choice of take-out/delivery or gather at an outdoor dining spot (details will depend on mutually convenient date and other relevant factors). 1 winner
- Basketball signed by Tony Bennett beloved coach of the reigning national champs. 2 winners
- Print of Sanjay Suchak's stunning photos of the Grounds. 1 winner
- Air pods. 2 winners
- Eat & Drink Local: Gift certificates to favorite places to fuel your future creative pursuits: Roots, Bodo’s, Juice Laundry, Grit, Marie Bette. 10 winners
- Health & Wellness Bag: curated by the Women's Center to boost your well-being. 6 winners
Refer a Friend
Earn extra entries into the prize drawings! Refer a friend and have them include your name in the space provided for referral information on the submission form. You will receive an additional prize drawing entry for each friend you refer who includes your name on their submission form by the February 19 submission deadline.
All participants will receive a participant appreciation packet including a (re)present t-shirt and other merchandise.
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 latinxhistoryatuva.org
- 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
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.
- Use our (re)present submission guide to prepare your submission.
- 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.
- 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