Call for Submissions: R’Voices in the Library Exhibition

R’Voices in the Library Exhibition
Call for Submissions — Call closes on April 5, 2024

Library Contact: Carrie Cruce, Student Success and Engagement Librarian,

The UCR Library is excited to extend an invitation to all students to participate in our inaugural exhibition dedicated to showcasing the experiences of first-generation students. Our goal is to center students as knowledge creators by highlighting their diverse creative expressions. We welcome submissions in various formats, including but not limited to painting, photography, short stories, poetry, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, and other forms of arts and crafts. 

While this year's exhibition does not have a specific theme, we request that submissions are representative of the distinctive journey of first-generation students. We invite you to join us in co-creating a welcoming, engaging, and thought-provoking exhibition space within the library. Submit your creative work today and help us celebrate the unique skills, strengths, and experiences of first-generation students.

Submission Guidelines

To Apply

  • Read the submission guidelines.
  • Fill out and submit the online Submission Form.
  • Drop off your submission.
  • Submissions may be dropped off at the InfoDesk located at the Library Support/IT Support Desk in the Rivera Library between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • All submissions require an Intake Form. You may print out a form here or forms are available at the drop off point in Rivera Library.
  • !!! Submissions will not be accepted without an Intake Form!!!

Please feel free to contact Carrie Cruce, Student Success and Engagement Librarian at with any questions prior to submission.

  • Call for Submissions opens: February 5, 2024
  • Call for Submissions closes: April 5, 2024
  • Notification of acceptance: April 8, 2024
  • Exhibition Dates: April 26, 2024 through June 7, 2024
  • Materials return/Pick up: June 10, 2024 through June 14, 2024
Exhibition Requirements
  • All submissions are subject to review. Submission does not guarantee acceptance.
  • Submission content or theme should represent First-Generation student experience.
  • Submissions must adhere to the UCR Principles of Community.
  • Submissions may include a wide range of media including painting, photography, short stories, poetry, sculpture, textiles, jewelry, and other forms of arts and crafts.
    • Music cannot be accepted at this time. Although songs or music in written format may be accepted.
  • Submissions should not exceed 4’ x 4’ dimensions.
  • All submissions are due by March 8, 2024 at 5 p.m.
  • All submissions must be submitted with a completed Intake Form.
  • By submitting to the exhibition, if accepted, you commit to participating for the entire exhibition from April 26, 2024 through June 7, 2024.
  • If accepted, you may opt in or opt out of the digital exhibition component.
  • All submissions must be picked up by June 14, 2024.
Additional Information
  • The physical exhibition will take place on the first floor of Rivera Library from April 26, 2024 through June 7, 2024. 
  • An exhibition reception will be held at Rivera Library on April 30, 2024 from 5 to 7 p.m. Information about the reception will be provided to all students with accepted submissions.
  • Qualifying submissions may be chosen to be included in the Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA). Students with qualifying submissions may choose to donate or not to donate their submission to SCUA for preservation and future study. (Donation is completely voluntary and not required).
  • UCR Library and staff are not responsible for potential damage incurred or theft during the exhibition. UCR Library and staff will take all reasonable precautionary measures to prevent damage and theft.
  • Accepted submissions may be photographed as part of the exhibition and these images may be shared on UCR Library's social media platforms for promotional purposes related to the exhibition or for future initiatives.