University of Wisconsin–Madison
Wally Douma Student Art Gallery

Wally Douma Student Art Gallery

The Wally Douma Student Art Gallery is an art gallery in the hallways and public spaces of the 9th floor of 333 East Campus Mall. The gallery is named for Wally Douma, the first Director of the Office of Student Financial Aids which he helped to establish and open in 1964 at UW-Madison. In addition to serving as Director from 1964-1994, Wally spent more than 50 years on campus and is considered a founder, trailblazer, and national leader in the financial aid profession. We continue to be guided by his passionate service through our commitment to position students at the center of our “Forward Focus.”

Spring 2019 - Call for Art

The Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA) is accepting submissions to be displayed on the walls of the 9th Floor of 333 East Campus Mall from February 11 – May 3, 2019.

The submission deadline is January 25th.

The call is open to all artists, with preference given to current University of Wisconsin–Madison and Madison College students. A student jury will award a $500 scholarship to the best entry and $250 scholarships to two runners-up (UW–Madison students only).

The exhibit will highlight original fine art. There is limited space for sculptural work in addition to 2D pieces. This call represents an effort to make the office a place of interdisciplinary expression and artistic liberty.

In conjunction with this year’s Go Big Read selection, The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan, we are seeking pieces that explore the themes of the book. These topics include but are not limited to:

  • The Great Lakes Region
  • Bodies of Water
  • Pollution
  • Ecology
  • Climate Change
  • Invasive Species
  • Shipwrecks

The exhibit jury is composed of a team of at least four UW-Madison students under the direction of the Lead Curator of the Gallery.

To be considered, please provide:

  • A maximum of 6 works of art (up to 3 images per piece) titled LastName_Piece# (e.g. Doe_02)
  •  A written list of submissions, including title, date, dimensions, and medium
  • Artist Statement (up to 400 words)

Please submit all documents to art.gallery@finaid.wisc.edu by January 25, 2019.

Important Disclaimers: All art will be exhibited in the hallways and public spaces of the 9th floor offices. Pieces can arrive wall-ready or framed upon delivery by the OSFA. The office is open during building hours. There is no security system present for the selected works, though the office does not present a clear danger to the proposed works of art. Artists absorb all risk to the exhibited artwork. The pieces exhibited do not reflect the values and mission of the Office of Student Financial Aid or the greater University of Wisconsin-Madison. They serve to further a mission of artistic integration in administrative spaces and the creation of student artist and curatorial opportunities.