About VADS 2023


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.

Visual Art & Design Showcase Committee

Chair: Linda Blockus, Undergraduate Research
Lesleighan Cravens, Plant Sciences
Katina Bitsicas, Digital Storytelling/Film Studies
Kat Duncan, Journalism
Lee Ann Garrison, Art
Andrea Heiss, Journalism
Deborah Huelsbergen, Art
Sarah Humfeld, Undergraduate Research
Joe Johnson, Photography
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
Debora Verniz, Architectural Studies
Marc Vital, Theatre
Ric Wilson, Graphic Design


There are two main categories for awards “Artistic Expression” and “Applied Design”. Within each of these categories four (4) winners will be selected by the jurors. Other awards are ‘selection’ awards, those chosen by those sponsors/groups – these do not have any monetary value to them.

Lastly there is the “People’s Choice” award selected by voting through the online or in-person exhibitions. The winner of this award will receive $100.00.

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

Other Awards

  • Ragtag Cinema Video Award
  • Columbia Art League Award
  • Jonathan Asher Award
  • MU Libraries Display Award
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Faculty Mentor Awards


Shirley Jones

This is great Darreon.  You are so very talented.  I am so proud of how you allow God to use your gift this way.  Keep up the good work.  I love it.


Paige Bennett




Amazing! Very talented!



Darreon Carbin did an excellent job!