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Undergraduate Students Invited to Submit Art for Exhibition on Berlin Wall, Borders and Barriers

Undergraduate students from the Five Colleges are invited to submit art for an upcoming exhibit at UMass Amherst called “The Berlin Wall: Borders and Barriers in the Past and Present,” which will be on view in the Bromery Fine Arts Center Lobby from April 24-28, with an opening reception on April 24 between 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Artwork should engage creatively with the topic of walls in the past and present. The project submissions will be judged by a jury of Five College faculty with prizes for the best work ($100 for first prize; $75 for second prize; $50 for third prize).

In their work, students should engage with one or more of the following themes:

  • Walls as canvas
  • Rebellion and reactions against fortified borders and political lines around the globe
  • Street art and art in public spaces
  • Responses to policing and surveillance by state authorities: collaboration and resistance
  • Documentary film and the construction of memory narratives
  • The wall as a subject of study in the sciences
  • Environmental impacts of border walls

Submission Guidelines

  • Undergraduate students from any of the Five Colleges are invited to submit projects.
  • Students may create projects in any format: visual arts (paintings, drawings, photography, etc.), audio or video content, posters presenting research, websites, etc. All submitted materials must be in a format that can be exhibited in the gallery space on display walls or tables.
  • Digital and multimedia projects should be presented in poster or flyer form with a link or QR code directing viewers to a website with the content.

Students must drop off their final projects in Herter Hall 524 or 541 between April 17-20 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

For questions, please contact Kerstin Mueller Dembling, senior lecturer in German and Scandinavian Studies, at

Photo Credit: Tony Webster