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MSU Library sponsoring mural contest for enrolled students

October 4, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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The Montana State University Library is sponsoring a mural contest for MSU students, with the winning student’s mural to be displayed outside the Special Collections reading room in the library.

The mural is intended to represent the scope of MSU’s Special Collections, with a particular emphasis on Yellowstone National Park, Montana’s Native Americans, and trout and salmonids. The winning student or students will receive a budget for materials needed to produce the mural, as well as a $1,000 prize.

The mural should be approximately 17 ½ feet wide by 7 ½ feet tall and may be the work of a sole artist or may be a collaboration among two or more artists. Applications will be reviewed based on the intended use of appropriate materials and responsiveness to site, as well as artistic excellence.

The Merrill G. Burlingame Special Collections and University Archives at MSU collect and make available materials that represent Montana’s natural and human history. Materials in the collections include materials on the Yellowstone ecosystem, Native Americans, Montana settlers, Montana leaders and political figures, MSU, and trout and salmonids. In fact, MSU’s trout and salmonid collection is one of the largest of its type in the United States.

Any student currently enrolled at MSU is invited to submit application materials, including a project proposal, proposed materials budget, a portfolio of 20 images of the artist’s work, a resume and a signed copy of the Public Art Procedures document, which is available at Proposals should be sent in PDF form to Robin Francis at or by mail to Special Collections mural competition, MSU Library, PO Box 173320, Bozeman, MT 59717.

Submissions must be received no later than 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. For questions or more information, contact Jim Thull, Special Collections librarian, at

Contact: Kim Scott, (406) 994-5297 or