The Our Tomorrow Exhibition: A Multidisciplinary Display of Creative Student Talent

A contest for students

What is Our Tomorrow?

Our Tomorrow: The Campaign for UNI is UNI’s boldest and most ambitious fundraising campaign to support the people, programs and spaces that set UNI apart. Together, we’re seeking to advance the promise of a UNI education for generations to come.

“Our Tomorrow focuses not just on ‘tomorrow,’ but ‘our.’ ‘Our’ means the students here, the students who will be coming, the graduates and alums ... Even though I graduated a long time ago, this is still my tomorrow. What is UNI going to be, who are they going to have as students, who are they going to help, who are they going to serve, who will take advantage of what this school has to offer? UNI can make an impact unforeseen for students, for the community… it's the vision of UNI that makes it stand out.” - Sandy Phillips Stevens, ‘72 alum

The Our Tomorrow Exhibition

The Our Tomorrow Exhibition is a university-wide showcase created to display the talent and creative expression of current UNI scholars and artists. Using the skills you have gained at the University of Northern Iowa or the talents you bring to the university, submit a new or existing original work representing your vision for Our Tomorrow.

We welcome artistic entries in any form. Accepted mediums include but are not limited to essays, poems, short stories, videos, photographs, original songs or compositions, paintings, drawings/illustrations, ceramics, printmaking, sculptures, woodwork, metalwork, dramatic scripts, digital art, dance, performance art, clothing/jewelry design, lesson plans, workout or recreational programs and architecture/interior design. 


  • Original work only
  • No entry fee
  • One entry per student
  • Must be a current UNI student

Evaluation and Awards
Entries will be reviewed by faculty jurors and selected for the exhibition and awards based on originality, technical skill and relevance to the theme.

  • Our Tomorrow Exhibition Winner: $500
  • Our Tomorrow Exhibition Honorable Mention(s): Up to $250

Students with accepted entries are invited to display their work at a private reception and exhibition at 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 6, 2022. Accepted entries will be displayed to the public on Friday, October 7, 2022, during UNI’s Homecoming and campaign launch activities.

Submission Format
Electronic submissions should be sent to Please title your email with your name and the text as follows: (Name) - Our Tomorrow Exhibition Submission. Physical entries should be delivered to 205 Commons between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday. Students are responsible for delivery of physical works to and from the UNI Alumni Association.

Entries are due Friday, September 23, 2022, at 4:30 p.m. You will be notified by Friday, September 30 at 4:30 p.m. if your entry has been selected for the exhibition. Submit your work now!

If you have questions about how to submit your entry, please contact Sarah Craw at