Stata Street Artwork Competition

Call for Photographic Artwork of MIT Student Life, Learning & Research

MIT seeks digital photographic images created by current matriculated students to be displayed along the Charles M. Vest Student Street inside of the Ray and Maria Stata Center, Building 32. This is an exciting opportunity for MIT students to showcase their creativity and artistic ability on a grand scale, as the nine selected images will be displayed for the next ten years in one of the Institute’s most iconic buildings.

Images should in some way represent the artist’s thoughts on MIT student life, learning and research. Ideally, the photographs will illustrate experiences relevant to the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS), and/or Forbes Family Café – the groups of faculty, staff and students that call Building 32 their campus home.



December 10, 2018 / 11:59:59pm Eastern Time
Deadline for submissions (No late submissions accepted)

December 14, 2018
Final nine (9) images selected by MIT Associate Provosts Krystyn Van Vliet and Philip S. Khoury

January 15, 2019
Work installed in Building 32

January/February 2019 (TBD)
Student Street Exhibition Opening Reception



  • You must be an enrolled MIT student (graduate or undergraduate) at time of submission.
  • The work must be solely created by you, the student.
  • Any person other than the artist represented in the image must have provided permission to use their likeness, and proof of that permission must be provided readily at time of image submission.
  • Images must be submitted in high resolution—suitable for printing at sizes at least 10 x 10 feet. Pixel based art can be scaled and have a minimum resolution of 25dpi at 100% size. More information is available here.
  • You may use any process you like to alter the image, just please note if it has been manipulated and with what tools.
  • You may submit up to three images.
  • Submitted images must comply with the MIT Mind and Hand Book, MIT Policies and Procedures and the law. Entries that would violate these policies include, but are not necessarily limited to, images that are derogatory on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, ancestry or national or ethnic origin.
  • With your submission, you acknowledge and agree as follows: (1) the submission is original and that you hold all rights to the submission in its entirety; (2) the submission does not violate copyright, trademark, publicity rights or any other right of a third party; (3) you will not be compensated in any way for your submission, regardless of whether your submission is selected for display by MIT; (4) MIT shall have the absolute and irrevocable right and permission to use, re-use, copy, publish, and display the submission in any form or size and through any medium; and (5) any print or reproduction of your submission created by MIT shall be the property of MIT, and MIT shall have the right to display, relocate, remove, and/or destroy such print or reproduction in its sole discretion.  By submitting this entry, you hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless MIT from any and all claims or demands arising out of or in connection with the use of the submission, including without limitation any and all claims of intellectual property infringement or invasion of privacy.
  • The artist’s name will be displayed adjacent to the image for as long as the image is displayed, and the selected artists will be honored at an opening reception in early 2019.
  • Be aware of any copyright issues before submitting, i.e. logos in the image, protected objects/research, computer screens, etc.
  • The images must be submitted to Slideroom with all relevant data by the posted deadline of Monday, December 10, 2018, by 11:59pm Eastern Time. Late submissions will not be accepted.




  • This is a high traffic area for both the MIT community and the general public, including children.
  • These images will be in an MIT building that houses several different departments, labs, centers and events. The Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), Department of Linguistics & Philosophy, the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems (LIDS) and Forbes Family Café call Building 32 home, and MIT hosts many key academic events in the lecture theaters along Student Street. Think about how your images reflect student life, learning and research in the departmental, laboratory and dining spaces in Building 32.
  • Note the proximity to Kendall Square, currently under renovation.


  • We hope to get images that are more artful than they are promotional/marketing material. This is an opportunity to highlight MIT student creativity and artistic skill with the medium of printed photography.
  • Think about the message you intend to send (if any) and how viewers may interpret the image. We suggest obtaining feedback from student peers, MIT List Visual Arts Center Director Paul Ha, and from the units that reside in Building 32 before submitting.
  • Think about your composition in relation to the size that the image will be displayed (larger than 10 feet tall), and also take into account the height from which it will be viewed.
  • These images will be displayed for ten years. Keep in mind how MIT’s community may change in the next decade.


Any questions, please reach out to Sam Magee, Manager of MIT Student Art Programs.