Penn Graduate Student Center

Penn Theme

About Penn Theme

Each year, the Penn Provost’s office sponsors a series of events around a theme chosen by faculty, staff and students.  Past themes have included: Evolution, Water, Games, Sound, and Health

2016-17 is the Year of Media, devoted to exploring the theme of media across many areas of inquiry. Join us for events devoted to this fascinating topic. And let us know if you have ideas for events related to Discovery during the year!

Call for Submissions

Call for Submissions: Year of Media Art Exhibition

Submissions due on Sunday, January 22, 2017

About the Art Exhibition

The University of Pennsylvania Graduate Student Center is pleased to announce a call for artistic submissions for Spring 2017. Each year, the Graduate Student Center invites members of the Penn graduate community to submit works of art for display in the Graduate Student Center common room.

This year's exhibition focuses on ideas and concepts related to the Penn Theme Year of Media. Media is a vital part of human society and shapes our everyday experiences. It has also evolved dramatically through history together with technology. People may have different interpretations and expressions of media, displaying its complex contents, formats, projections, and impacts. We encourage submissions conveying the theme of media, as interpreted by the individual artist. We will also have an opening reception to highlight selected pieces and introduce the artists.

Submission Details

Works of art can be from the areas of painting, drawing, photography, lithography or other print media; with a limit of 5 submissions per artist. Unfortunately, we are not able to display sculptural, ceramic or other 3D works of art. Works of art should be no smaller than 8x10 and no larger than 36x50. Artists must also provide their own frames or mounts so that works can be hung from the display rails in the Graduate Student Center. Artists who have paintings, drawings, etc. which are already mounted and have an internet viewable portfolio, please send the link to Those artists who have photography that is not printed and framed, please send your submissions as attachments to

We will only accept submissions from Penn graduate students. Submission Deadline: January 22, 2017. Works selected by the committee will be displayed in the Graduate Student Center Common Room until the end of the Spring semester.  All artists with selected works will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card prize! 

Feel free to contact us at with any questions.

Other University Events

Winter Reading Project Online Book Discussion

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 07:00 PM - 08:00 PM
Online Book Discussion

The Winter Reading Project book selection for 2017 is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Join English Department Professors Nancy Bentley and Salamishah Tillet and an undergraduate student for an interactive, online book discussion and Q&A. Each year, students on the English department’s undergraduate advisory board select a book for fellow students to read over winter break. In January, students and faculty members from the Departments of English, Cinema and Media Studies, and Fine Arts gather to discuss the book.

Register below:

Common Room Hours

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