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Sam Z. Coronado Student Poster Art Scholarship Contest 2019

The Center for Mexican American Studies (CMAS), at The University of Texas at Austin, is proud to announce the annual Sam Z. Coronado Student Poster Art Scholarship Contest is now accepting submissions


As the Center for Mexican American Studies begins its 49th year at The University of Texas at Austin, we’re fortunate to experience the continued growth of the field of Latino Studies on our campus. For this year’s Sam Z. Coronado Student Poster Art Scholarship Contest, we want the theme to represent this growth.

In previous years, we’ve selected specific themes like “Tierra” or “Sueños” to help guide you, but this year, we’re looking for artwork that captures a bigger, broader picture of contemporary Latino Studies. In everything we do, we’re constantly trying to answer what it means to be Latinx and living in the United States today. The three units that comprise Latino Studies at UT Austin—the Mexican American and Latina/o Studies department, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the Latino Research Initiative—work together and separately to explore and shape the public’s understanding of the Latinx experience. But with this contest, we want to understand what Latino Studies looks like to you. Is it abstract shapes and color? Is it lush or spare? Is it faces or is it a place? Is it political or poetic? Do you see it every day or did you see it in your dreams? Show us so that we may see ourselves more clearly.

Eligibility & Guidelines

We invite all full-time enrolled UT Austin undergraduate and graduate students to submit an original poster design. The winning entries will be determined by a blind jury process.

Artists must adhere to the following specifications in submission design:

  • Maximum image size 16 X 22 inches vertical or horizontal.
  • Maximum three (3) colors on white paper/background/support (black counts as a color.)
  • Must include “Latino Studies” in the design.
  • Digital images must be at least 300 dpi.

  • Text must be bold and no smaller than 12 point.
  • For original paintings: Must be accompanied by high-resolution (300 dpi or greater) .jpeg or .pdf image of the work.

Artists should submit entries in electronic form to our Submit Artwork tab. If you are also submitting a hard copy, please deliver original artwork to the Department of Mexican American Studies (MALS) office on the second floor of the Gordon-White Building (GWB 2.102).


The EXTENDED deadline for submissions is 5:00 pm, Monday, November 12, 2018.

Please note that the winning entry becomes the sole property of Latino Studies and that students may submit multiple entries but only place once.


Scholarship awards will be granted—regardless of citizenship or documented status—in the amounts of:

$1000 for First Prize

$750 for Second Prize

$500 for Third Prize

The winning entry will have a limited edition of 20 prints produced for permanent display in the Latino Studies offices in the Gordon-White Building. The First Prize winner will receive 10 prints or their work.

For further information, please contact Natasha Saldaña, MALS Senior Academic Coordinator, at (512) 471-2134.


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