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Call for Poems & Artwork: 3rd Annual Art & Memory Exhibition


DEADLINE: Feb. 12, 2024
Participation is free and open to youth ages 6 – 18. 

You’re invited!

Dive into the realms of memories through your artistic interpretation. Illustrate moments, emotions, and scenes that have left an indelible mark on your heart. Let your drawings and poetry become a window to the past, a visual memoir that speaks to the power of art in preserving cherished memories.

Poetry and art submissions should address a significant experience or emotion from the poet/artist’s childhood or teenage years.

*Due to space limitations, if submitting as a class assignment, teachers select up to 5 student works to showcase.

If participating in the Art and Memory art contestplease complete the entry form and then deliver your artwork to: The STC Pecan Library (Bldg F – Main Circulation Desk) c/o Gina Otvos, 3201 W Pecan Blvd., McAllen, TX  78501. 

Guidelines are below: Artworks must be framed and be ready to hang. Artworks can in any medium (example: painting, collage, ceramic, photography, etc). For more information on general Call for Art Guidelines, visit:

If participating in the Art and Memory poetry contest, please complete the entry form and then email your final work to: Daniel Mendoza Include Art and Memory Poetry Contest Submission as the subject line.

Guidelines are below:
Poems can be of any structure (example: structured verse, free verse, prose-poems, experimental. etc.)
Please use 12-point Times New Roman font. Poems exceeding 60 single-spaced lines will not be considered. This includes stanza breaks, spaces between poem titles, and the poem’s opening line. In addition, please submit a brief biography of not more than 100 words. Remember to include the category in which you are submitting: Ages 6-10 Imprints of Childhood; Ages 11-15 Echoes of Time; Ages 16-18: Memories Revived.


Call For Art Guidelines

South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibits to engage our community and support the curriculum. These calls for art are opportunities for everyone to be part of the art programming. The STC Library Art Gallery is committed to providing a welcoming and learning-centered environment. The purpose of displaying artwork at our libraries is to provide space for artists to display their works for the enjoyment and enrichment of our library visitors of all ages. This should be considered when creating and choosing artworks to exhibit. These guidelines are to ensure artwork can be showcased properly and safely. We reserve the right to deny any piece of artwork.

 When submitting, all artwork must be ready to display and hang. What do we mean by ready to hang?

For 2D traditional art,

  • Canvas and frames must have wire attached with D-rings or eyelets.
  • Lightweight frames can also be turned in with saw-tooth hangers. Plastic, damaged, table-top or flimsy frames will not be displayed.
  • Frames or poster-board wired with hot glue or any type of visible glue will not be accepted.
  • Fabric hanging art must be ready to hang with poles and wire, rods and casing, or stretched with a wooden frame, or it will be pinned to wall with nails or pushpins.
  • Pieces with special hanging requirements should include hardware and a clear, typed set of instructions, where appropriate.

For 3D art,

  • Freestanding sculptures should not need special mounting. Gallery has limited pedestals, providing a base or stand is ideal.
  • There is a weight limit of 10 lbs for 3D wall art and all frames.

General guidelines

  • Artwork will not be accepted without a fully completed submission form.
  • Work must have the artist’s name clearly written on back unless the nature of the work makes it impossible to do so.
  • Once exhibit is over, artists must pick up their works by the following week. If work is left, it will be discarded. Please contact gallery staff if special accommodation is needed. 
  • All artwork must be original and created within the past 3 years.
  • Artwork will be displayed as space permits; some work may be left out at the discretion of the gallery.
  • Artwork must be appropriate for all ages.
  • Restrictions on size, medium, or content of work will vary per exhibit call.
  • When entering a call for art show, it is agreed that you, the artist, owns copyrights and allow South Texas College to photograph and use for educational and promotional purposes.
  • STC will exercise due care when handling your work, STC will not be responsible for loss, damage, or replacement during exhibition and shipping.
  • Exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

The South Texas College Library Art Gallery organizes exhibitions and educational programs to engage student understanding of art, support the academic curriculum, and inspire continued education through direct engagement with artists, scholars, and original works of art.

For any questions, email