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Wunderkind 2023 FAQs

What is the Wunderkind exhibit?

  • Wunderkind is a prestigious juried exhibition of artwork from High School Juniors and Seniors in the Pikes Peak region
  • Students do not need to be enrolled in an art class to apply
  • Students may submit artwork to the MAC jury for consideration
  • If artwork is accepted, it will be displayed for the month of April 2023 in the Hagnauer Gallery at the Manitou Art Center, Manitou Springs
  • There will be a fun Opening Reception on Friday, 7 April from 5-8 pm

Is there a cost to participate?

No Entry Fee

How many artworks may be submitted for consideration?

A maximum of five (5) works per student may be submitted on the digital application form

What image format should be uploaded to the application form?

All images are to be submitted in jpeg or png format

What size & quality of image is acceptable for the application form?

  • Images should be in the range of 1600 pixels on the longest side
  • Min 72 dpi
  • Not more than 2 MB per image
  • If your work is 3D you may submit two different views of the work
  • If a detail image of the work is necessary, you may submit two images of that work
  • Enlarge your work on a computer screen, if it’s not crystal clear it won’t work for the jurors
  • Use neutral backgrounds, do not clutter your image as we are trying to view the work itself, crop out clutter.

What media may be submitted for consideration?

Any media - film, performance, 2d, 3d

What is the process if my work is selected for the exhibit?

  • Students will be notified by email and/or text on Tuesday, 28 February 2023
  • If selected to participate, 2D works such as drawings, prints, and photos must be framed and ready to hang
  • Paintings not on wood stretcher frames also need to be framed (paintings on paper or Masonite panels, for example). Information about “READY TO HANG” can be easily found on Google or contact the MAC staff if you have questions
  • Work must be brought to the MAC on any of these intake dates between 10am and 5pm:

March, Sat 25, Tues 28, Weds 29, Thurs 30, Fri 31 April, Sat 1

When will students collect artwork at the end of the exhibit?

Students will collect artwork on Saturday, 29 April.

May students sell their artwork?

Yes! The MAC will facilitate sales and retain a 30% commission fee

Wunderkind Schedule 2023

Tuesday, 14 February Valentines Day!

Applications due, including high-quality images

Saturday, 25 February

Jury review of submissions

Tuesday, 28 February

March 25 (Sat), 28 (Tues), 29 (Weds) 30 (Thurs), 31 (Fri) and April 1 (Sat)

Acceptance notifications emailed to students

Art Intake (10am to 5pm on the dates listed)

Bring your jury selected artwork to the Manitou Art Center, 513 Manitou Avenue,

Manitou Springs, CO 80829

Work must be wired and ready to hang

Tuesday, 4 April - Friday, 7 April

Friday, 7 April

Saturday, 29 April


Exhibit installation

First Friday Opening Reception 5-8pm

Students collect artwork at the end of the show

Maria Navaratne (719) 659-5371

Coming in April! View Wunderkind works for sale on Manitou Made

2022 Wunderkind Exhibit Jurors

In addition to creating her own artwork in ceramics, art quilts, and weaving, Mary teaches several fiber arts classes at MAC.  She is a published author having researched and written a book entitled "Plantation Slave Weavers Remember".  She lead a group of artists to establish an art gallery and was owner and instructor of a Pottery Studio.   She is a strong advocate of the arts encouraging people of all ages to engage in art-making for the sheer joy of it.

Jay Kickliter is a lifelong photographer specializing in street photography with a focus on light as a subject itself.

Rachel Chapman was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and went to Coronado High School. An alumnus of Pikes Peak Community College, she attends Colorado State University at Pueblo pursuing a Degree of Arts in Art History. She is currently the collection assistant at the Sangre De Cristo. In her past time, she enjoys a long rest on the couch.

Su Kaiden Cho was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. Cho is a Korean-American contemporary artist and he now resides and works in Colorado. Cho received a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts Practices, with emphasis on installation arts, from the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs. Cho is an award-winning artist for Best of Artist 2021 in CS Independent and has exhibited his work in numerous galleries in Colorado, including solo exhibitions and artists in residency. Cho has shown as a featured artist in the Gallery of Contemporary Arts (COS), Understudy (DEN), Artworks Center for Contemporary Art (Loveland), installed public sculpture (DEN), and an award-winning designer at the Fine Arts Center (COS).

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