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Student Art Contest: "Bringing Cornell to the World"


If you create it, we'll elevate it!

Enter our contest for a chance to showcase your creativity on Olin Library’s first-floor elevator doors and to win a Cornell Store prize, valued at $100 (with gift receipt)! Up to four winners will be chosen to have their artworks featured on the two elevators, for spring and fall semesters.

Entries will be judged both by visual appeal and by how well they fit our theme for 2019 of “Bringing Cornell to the World.” The deeper the connection, the better. For example, you can submit art related to your far-reaching research or a photograph showing how Cornellians engage with communities near and far.

Who’s eligible: You must be a currently enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or professional school student at Cornell.

Deadline: February 28, 2019. The winners will be chosen by March 8.

How to submit: Use the submission form below to provide basic information about you and a paragraph describing how your entry supports the theme. Upload a high-resolution, digital file of your artwork. You must also attest that your work (including all images contained in it) is original and solely made and owned by you. Any inaccurate information could disqualify your submission.

Important requirements for your image file: Because the image will be printed on decals fully covering the elevator doors, the image should have high resolution. Portrait orientation works best, but it’s also possible to have a landscape-oriented image spanning the two elevators (see example on the left below). The final size of the decal is 80 inches x 36 inches, and you will need to provide either a PDF, EPS, AI, or SVG (vector) file or a very high-resolution JPEG, TIFF, or PSD (raster) file larger than 20 MB.

If your image is a photograph, please provide the location where your photograph was taken (city, country, and landmark). Consideration will be given, in part, to the location where the photograph was taken and any legal restrictions on the use of images of individuals from that location.

Questions? Contact libcomm@cornell.edu.

Elevator Art Examples

Examples of past elevator art