Thank you for checking out the Columbia Museum of Art Student Galleries ONLINE!

For our very first Online Student Exhibition, we invite all students (K-12 and College) to submit a work of art you've created that is inspired by the exhibition currently on view at the CMA: Black Is Beautiful. All submissions will be entered into a raffle to win a museum gift! This Online Student Exhibition is presented in partnership with the Friends of African American Art & Culture, a CMA membership affinity group.

Come on down to the museum or visit the exhibition webpage to learn more about Black Is Beautiful and Kwame Brathwaite's iconic work. Review our guidelines and visit our submission page to participate. We are accepting submissions through August 31.

Not sure where to begin? Check out these submissions by students like you!



  • Work should be inspired in some way by the current thematic exhibition.
  • All media are accepted, however we are only able to display a photograph of the work.
  • Artwork should be photographed in high resolution (with at least 2000 x 1500 pixels) 
  • Work must be family friendly. Learn more about this guideline in our FAQ.
  • All submissions that follow these guidelines will be accepted as they are received!

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What do I get out of submitting my art?

All submitted artwork that follows our guidelines will be exhibited in our Student Galleries Online and archived so you can come back to view your work. In addition to participating in this online exhibition, all accepted submissions will be entered into a drawing for a museum gift sponsored by Friends of African American Art & Culture. One artist from each age group will receive a gift.

How do I check my photo resolution?

The best way to check your photo resolution is on a computer. This quick guide offers helpful steps. 

How do I know if my work is “family friendly”?

To expand access and reduce internet censorship, we request all submissions follow ‘Family Friendly’ guidelines. While we invite students to submit work that grapples with difficult themes or subject-matter, we are not able to display photographs that include nudity or inappropriate language.

How do I take a high quality photograph of my artwork?

Our Multimedia Coordinator, Drew Baron, takes a lot of photographs of artwork at the CMA. Here are some of his tips for all camera types:

  • When photographing 2D work, make sure your work is lit and that the lighting is even. Oftentimes you can just take a photo of your work outside on a cloudy day and get great results.
  • If you are using lights, be sure to place them about 45 degrees to the left and right of the work and put something in front of the light to soften the lights' strength. If the light is too intense, try backing the lights away.
  • When photographing 3D objects, play around with where your light source is compared to the object, you may get interesting results!
  • Try to shoot your work against as plain a background as possible, especially for 3D objects. Try to avoid a lot of busyness in the background of your photo as it may distract from the work itself.
  • Be sure to zoom in on your images to make sure they are in focus. If your image looks really blurry, it may have been focusing on the wrong thing and you may want to consider retaking your picture.