Irvine, Calif., April 28, 2014 – UC Irvine’s 50th Anniversary Committee is seeking ideas from artists interested in creating a distinct and original work of art for the cover of a 176-page, glossy coffee-table book that will track the campus’s rise to prominence over its first 50 years.

Art in any medium is acceptable. From the entries, five finalists will be invited to submit proposals, one of which will be awarded the $2,500 commission.

The selection process will be as follows:

  • Artists will provide images of previous work and biographical information online.
  • Jurists will choose five finalists, who’ll each receive $100 to develop a proposal.
  • Finalists will have six weeks to enter proposals.
  • One finalist will be selected to create the artwork for the book cover.

Please submit the following to

  • Your name, address, phone number and email address
  • Current one-page resume and/or bio
  • Brief statement of intent (no more than 50 words)
  • Five to 10 JPEG images (150 dpi) of your work
  • Image index with titles, sizes, materials and dates of work

Name image files with the title of the work (may be abbreviated) and your last name (example: The Goldfish_Matisse.jpg). The deadline for the initial entry of existing work is May 7.

About the University of California, Irvine: Located in coastal Orange County, near a thriving employment hub in one of the nation’s safest cities, UC Irvine was founded in 1965. One of only 62 members of the Association of American Universities, it’s ranked first among U.S. universities under 50 years old by the London-based Times Higher Education. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UC Irvine has more than 28,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.3 billion annually to the local economy.

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