Current Student Works Competition

BBAC: Current Student Works Competition (2020)

CLICK HERE for list of artwork juried into the exhibit.



The competition is open to BBAC students, 18 years and older, who have been enrolled in at least one adult BBAC class since Fall 2018. The following are NOT eligible: studio rentals, open studios, independent groups or faculty.


This is a juried exhibition, which means that submitted work is selected or not selected for the exhibit by the juror. (Please note in the schedule below that artwork not selected must be retrieved after the jurying process – Jan. 17-18. Work not retrieved on Jan. 17th/18th is subject to a late fee of $10/day)



All media are eligible.  Limit: two submissions per entrant.  Work must be current and reflect experience from a class enrolled in the last calendar year.  Work previously exhibited at the BBAC will not be eligible, including work shown in class shows.  All entries must be prepared in a professional manner and ready for installation.  Applications must be legible & complete (if not, the entry may be declared ineligible). Prices will not be changed once show is installed. The maximum value or price of a work of art may not exceed $10,000. The BBAC reserves the right to reject unprepared entries.

Fees & Sales

The entry fee is $10.00 per student.  A 45% commission is charged on all exhibition sales.



  • All work must be labeled on the back with the artist’s name and phone number; for 3D work, put this information on a separate piece of paper or 3” x 5” card. (Artwork not labeled may be disqualified.)
  • Individual entry forms (see next page) must be completed for each submission [do not attach the application to the art].
  • 2D WORK MUST BE PROPERLY WIRED FOR HANGING! (For instructions on wiring, scroll to the bottom of this page, stop in the office for a flyer, or consult with your instructor.)
  • Work will not be accepted prior to the intake dates.



Every precaution will be taken to assure protection of entries. Liability for works left after the pick-up dates will not be assumed by the BBAC. **Work not collected on pick-up dates will incur a $10.00/day storage fee.**



Monetary awards (In 2019, a total of $1,700 was awarded)

BBAC tuition certificate

Gift Cards (In 2018, a total of $750 was awarded)

Eva Briggs Award: $1,000 – awarded for the best 36”x36” abstract painting.


IMPORTANT: Please be aware of the following dates and times

Jan. 13 & 14  [Mon – Tues]…..Intake: Robinson Gallery [10:00 AM – 6:00 PM]

Jan. 15 [Wed]…..Jury

Jan. 17 [Fri]…..Results posted at

Jan. 17 & 18 [Fri – Sat]…..Pick up work not juried in 10 – 4PM **

Jan. 24 [Fri]…..Reception [6:00 – 8:00 PM] Award Presentation [7:00PM]

Jan. 24 – Feb. 27 [Thurs]…..Exhibition

Feb. 28  [Fri]…..Pick-up [10:00 AM – 4:00 PM]

Feb. 29  [Sat]…..Pick-up [10:00 AM – 4:00 PM] **

**Work not collected on pick-up dates will incur a $10.00/day storage fee


 Juror: Grace Serra

Serra,  Art Curator/Coordinator at Wayne State University & Art Coordinator at North Campus Research Complex at University of Michigan, has worked in the field of public art for over thirty years.  She has also taught courses in the visual arts, art history & arts administration & has served on faculty at Wayne State University, Eastern Michigan University & Henry Ford College. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Painting) from Wayne State University, Master of Arts (Painting) from Dominican University (Florence, Italy) & Master of Arts (Arts Administration) from Eastern Michigan University.  


(Print & fill this out if you’d like – or stop by the office for paper copies. One of these forms is required for each piece entered.)

BBAC:  CURRENT STUDENT WORKS           2020 ENTRY FORM (one per each piece of art)                     



City (for PR purposes)_________________________________________________________________________________________________

Phone #______________________________________



Media (this means “what is it made of” – e.g., clay, acrylic, oil, fiber, color pencil, graphite, etc.)




Was this your first BBAC class?  o YES  o NO   How long have you been taking BBAC classes?_________________________________

IMPORTANT: If your artwork is for sale, check the “For Sale” box & write the price. If your artwork is not for sale, check the “Not For Sale” box & write the monetary value. THIS IS REQUIRED INFORMATION, without which your entry is not complete.

FOR SALE; price $_________________________       NOT FOR SALE; value (for insurance purposes)


For Office Use Only: Check # 

For Office Use Only: Credit Card-ATTACH RECEIPT



(Most text by Marion Boddy-Evans; updated Sept 29, 2018)

Wire and D-rings are the best hardware for hanging a picture because they’re not only strong, they’re easy to install and adjust. There are three types of picture wire. Choosing the right kind depends on how big your picture is.

  • Braided: As the name implies, this is made from strands of galvanized steel that have been braided together. Braided wire is easy to cut and tie. It is sold in a variety of thicknesses. The thicker the wire, the heavier the picture it can support—up to a maximum of 36 pounds.
  • Stainless steel: Made from strands of steel that have been twisted together under tension, this picture wire is stronger than braided wire but less flexible. It’s best for hanging very large, heavy frames up to 100 pounds.
  • Vinyl-coated: This is stainless steel picture wire with a soft outer layer of vinyl applied. It’s gentler on hands and delicate hanging surfaces, but almost as strong as stainless. It can hang pictures up to 60 pounds.

D-rings look a little like a belt buckle attached to a strip of metal with screw holes. They’re designed to be mounted flush against the back of the picture frame. The rings themselves face inward to connect the length of picture wire. Like picture wire, D-rings are available in a variety of sizes; the heavier your artwork, the larger the rings. 

Gather Your Supplies

Obtain the appropriate picture wire and D-rings. And you’ll need a few simple tools to hang your artwork:

  • Mini long-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters
  • Screwdriver (regular or Phillips, depending on screw type)
  • Ruler or tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Picture hooks for hanging
  • Hammer

You may also want to wear safety goggles as an added layer of protection against debris while hammering.

Attach the D-Rings

Decide how far from the top you want to position the D-rings. Aim for about a quarter or third of the way down from the top of the painting. Measure the distance, mark it with a pencil, and then repeat on the other side. Angle the D-rings so they’re pointing upward at about 45 degrees, but don’t screw them in pointing directly toward one another. Be sure you attach the D-rings at the same distance from the top edge. The wire should not show above the top edge of the painting, nor should the painting lean away from the wall when hung. 

Attach the Picture Wire

Before you attach your picture wire to the D-rings, you’ll need to measure and cut an appropriate length. Begin by measuring a length of picture wire that’s double the width of the frame you’re hanging. You’ll trim the excess when done.

Insert about 5 inches of picture wire through one of the D-rings from below. Once through the D-ring, pull this end underneath the wire that will go across the picture, then put it through the D-ring again from above. Pull the wire up through the loop, and that is the finished knot. Pull slightly taut but do not secure. Next, stretch the picture wire across to the other D-ring, but don’t knot it yet. 

Measure and Cut the Wire

Find the middle of the frame and pull the picture wire up gently until you reach a point about 2 inches from the top. This is where you want your wire to hang once it is mounted on the wall. Measure the picture wire 5 inches through the eyelet and trim.

Now repeat the same process of looping and knotting the picture wire to the D-ring that you did on the other side, leaving 5 inches of excess wire. Trim with your wire cutters, being careful not to poke yourself with the sharp metal.

Once you’ve knotted the wire, it’s a good idea to make sure all of the hanging hardware is attached securely.