4’33” Research in the Arts Competition Call for Submissions

The 4’33’’ Research in the Arts Competition 2021 is open for submissions! The UGA Arts Council invites all UGA student scholars and artists to share their research and compete for a $433 cash prize in this exciting event! The competition has been streamlined this year. The competition will highlight scholarly research about any art form or combination of art forms, including (but not restricted to): visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, literature, media arts, or performance art. This is a great opportunity to share your work, and to practice communicating the goals and significance of your scholarly and artistic activities to a broad audience.

  • To participate in the contest, simply submit a 3-minute video of yourself describing your research in the clearest and most compelling way possible. The video should contain no edits, and you’re encouraged to use the computer’s built-in webcam and microphone. Submissions will be judged entirely on the basis of how effectively you convey your intellectual goals and passion orally.
  • Upload your video to YouTube or Google Drive and provide links. (Note that YouTube links can be unlisted.)
  • You may include up to three images, which you should provide separately from the video presentation and refer to by number (e.g. “as you can see in figure 1”).
  • You may include up to 3 supplementary video or audio clips, totaling no more than 30 seconds in all, to illustrate your arguments. The duration of these media clips will count toward the length of your presentation (i.e. if your presentation includes 30 seconds of media, your discussion can be no longer than 2 1/2 minutes long). In your talk, refer to media clips by number (e.g. “as you can see in video clip 1”).
  • A panel of 5 judges (faculty, administrators, and students from different disciplines) will select 8 finalists to move up to the final round.
  • The 8 finalists will present their 3-minute research summaries in the Georgia Museum of Art on November 16, 7:00–8:00 pm, for a panel of three judges and a live audience as part of the Spotlight on the Arts festival. After each 3-minute presentation, the presenter will respond to questions from the judges for 1 minute and 33 seconds (so that the talk and Q&A together total 4 minutes and 33 seconds).
  • At the end of the live event, the judges will select the winner, who will receive a $433 prize.

Please email your submissions by November 2, 2021 to saltz@uga.edu with the following information:

  • Name and major degree area
  • Name of faculty advisor
  • Your UGA MyID
  • The title of your presentation
  • A link to your presentation (either YouTube or Google Drive)
  • OPTIONAL: a numbered list of up to three images along with links to the images.
  • OPTIONAL: a numbered list of up to three media files (video or audio) with links to the cllps.

For a list of FAQs and past winners, see: https://arts.uga.edu/4minutes33seconds/.

For any further questions, please contact David Saltz, saltz@uga.edu.


Thank you for your interest, we look forward to your submissions!


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