About VADS 2021


The Visual Art and Design Showcase is a venue for Mizzou undergraduate students to display and discuss their scholarly work in an exhibition setting. During a typical year, the works of students are displayed in Jesse Hall and feature a variety of artistic expression and applied design, including works of photojournalism, graphic design, architectural drawing, theatre set design, painting, sculpting, textile and apparel design, mixed media, and digital storytelling. For 2021, the Showcase is a virtual exhibition co-sponsored by the MU Digital Library. VADS is funded by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies. To see submissions from prior years, click here. 

Visual Art & Design Showcase

  • Committee Chair: Linda Blockus, Undergraduate Research
  • Catherine Armbrust, Art
  • Lesleighan Cravens, Plant Sciences
  • Katina Bitsicas, Digital Storytelling
  • Kaitlyn Grimes, Art History
  • Lee Ann Garrison, School of Visual Studies
  • Andrea Heiss, Journalism
  • Sarah Humfeld, Undergraduate Research 
  • Nicole Johnston, Textile and Apparel Management
  • Benton Kidd, Museum of Art and Archeology
  • Desireé Moore, Digital Storytelling/Film Studies
  • Christian Rozier, Film Studies/Digital Storytelling
  • Heather Tearney, Undergraduate Research
  • Marc Vital, Theatre
  • Robert Walsh, Architectural Studies
  • Marcus Wilkins, Undergraduate Studies
  • Stacey Woelfel, Journalism

Thanks to: 

  • Felicity Dykas, Head Librarian, Digital Services 
  • Ying HuLibrary Specialist, Digital Services 
  • Maddie Hawes, Sophomore in Strategic Communication; Undergraduate Research 
  • Martin MorardJunior in Convergence Journalism; Undergraduate Research 
  • Sophie Walding, Sophomore in Strategic Communication; Undergraduate Research 


Artistic Expression

  • Grand Prize: $2,000
  • Runner-Up: $1,000
  • Awards of Merit (2): $500

Applied Design

  • Grand Prize: $2,000
  • Runner-Up: $1,000
  • Awards of Merit (2): $500

Community Awards

  • Sager Braudis Gallery Exhibition Award & Scholarship
  • Columbia Art League
  • Ragtag Cinema Video Award
  • MU Museum of Art & Archeology Showcase Award
  • University of Missouri Libraries

People’s Choice Award

Voting for the People’s Choice Award will be open from March 17th – April 20th. Voting will take online within the exhibition.
The winner of the People’s Choice Award will be announced on Friday, April 23rd during the closing ceremonies of Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou.

Faculty Mentor Award

"The winner of the Faculty Mentor Award" will be announced on Friday, April 23rd during the closing ceremonies of Undergraduate Research Week at Mizzou.

VADS Awards Ceremony

Thursday, March 25th 4 p.m.

Eight jury-selected and 5 community awards will be announced during the event.  

Meeting URL: https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/98369076814?pwd=ZSsxcmZOZEZSTVhQVTZwc3BuWjdEUT09&from=addon  

Meeting ID: 983 6907 6814 

Passcode: 002276 

Dial in by phone: US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 



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