Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement
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Franciscan University’s third annual Gallery of Research, Artistry, and Community Engagement (GRACE) will be held on Friday, April 9th, 2021. GRACE is an opportunity for Franciscan University to highlight and share the tremendous work happening within our academic community.

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty members in all majors and programs are invited to present complete or ongoing works of research and creative projects throughout the day and to interact with community members, fellow students, and faculty through sharing their contributions in their respective disciplines.

We are excited to announce that we will once again host a short-film competition as part GRACE. We are also hoping to have a special gallery of art dedicated to the universality of the Church. As such, we are inviting religious art which depicts ethnically diverse representations of Jesus and Mary as well as lesser known Saints outside of Western culture.

Perhaps you have a research experiment to share? An art piece? A paper from one of your upper division humanities classes? Musical compositions, audio-visual projects, or one-man theatrical productions? Have you helped to organize a community outreach event? If so, we’d love to celebrate and share your work with our Franciscan community!

Presentations can include:

  • Works of artistry (i.e., paintings, drawings, and creative writing projects);
  • Theatre and fine arts (scenes from plays, musical performances);
  • Media and communication arts (such as video projects);
  • Community engagement (service learning or community outreach projects); and
  • Projects based on your thesis or seminar presentations from the humanities (history, english, theology, philosophy).
  • GRACE also welcomes research from the natural and social sciences.
Call for Artists!

We invite you to submit an original work of art (drawings or paintings) which celebrates the contributions, gifts, and achievements of holy men and women of color in our Church throughout our history.

All works will be framed, displayed in the J.C. Williams Center, and then in campus buildings.

Three winners will be awarded a prize, have their art printed on prayer cards, and asked to present their work at GRACE on Friday, April 9, 2021.

All participants must sign up to participate by Wednesday, March, 31, 2021. 
All submissions are due Thursday, April 8, 2021. Please turn in submissions outside of Fr. Luke’s office (upstairs) in the Finnegan Fieldhouse.

Works can be submitted in the following mediums:

  • Oils
  • Collages
  • Acrylics
  • Pen and Ink
  • Charcoal
  • Mosaic
  • Watercolors
  • Pencil
  • Digital Media

Other Requirements:

  • A short biography of the saint or holy person depicted
  • A short biography of the artist (YOU!)

For more information, please contact Dr. Matthew Breuninger or Fr. Luke Robertson, TOR.

Apply To Participate

To present your research, project, or paper at GRACE, please download, complete, and turn in the appropriate proposal form by midnight on Monday, March 15, 2021. Once you receive a confirmation email accepting your presentation, be on the lookout for subsequent emails about location, dress code, and other important information.
NOTE: You MUST download these PDFs to your computer in order to fill them out.

Participating in GRACE is not just a great accomplishment to put on a résumé. The day-long event also gives you valuable exposure to the wider academic community and prepares you for conferences, symposia, and publishing opportunities at the graduate level and beyond.

Important Information

Thanks to generous departmental and organizational sponsors, there will be several small monetary awards given for student participation. Individuals representing various departmental and organizational sponsors will serve as judges for this event. Awards will be announced at the end of the day at an awards ceremony. Additionally, all participants (students and faculty) will receive a certificate of participation.

We invite you to dress in Business Casual to convey a professional and businesslike impression as befits this event (no jeans, David Bowie makeup, shorts, flip-flops, T-shirts, athletic shoes, or other informal clothes).

All majors and programs are eligible for participation in GRACE. Any paper, research, project, or community service completed during the 2016-2017 school year is eligible for GRACE. This includes works that have been previously presented at a conference or symposium, as well as projects that have yet to be presented. Projects and presentations should be of high academic quality and based off original research done in an upper-division class. Eligible presentations might include, but are not limited to:

    • Research done in the natural sciences, such as chemistry, biology, or biopsychology
    • Research done in mathematics and computer science
    • Communication Arts and Fine Arts projects, such as short films or theatre performances
    • Research done in social science classes such as psychology, sociology, or social work
    • Thesis or seminar papers completed for humanities majors such as theology, philosophy, English, or history
    • Senior or graduate papers and research done for business, education, nursing, or counseling,


If you have any questions about the eligibility of your presentation please contact Dr. Katherine Calabria at

    • Suggested sections may include: abstract, introduction, methods, data/figures/charts, results, discussion, references, and/or acknowledgements. Please make sure to include the most relevant sections to your presentation. Sample posters are available here.
    • Posters should be no larger than 32’’ x 40’’ and will be displayed for the entire event. If you submit a proposal to present a poster, you will receive and email prior to the event with a designated hour and a half block to stand with your poster.
    • Additionally, you should prepare a 2-3 minute overview of your project. For more guidelines about posters, visit the Additional Information page.
    • Please be prepared to speak in front of an audience and answer questions in a classroom environment. Your presentation should be no longer than 15 minutes, with 2-3 minutes set aside for question and answer.
    • The use of a laptop and projector is allowed.
    • Since time is limited, not everyone who applies to present orally will be accepted. However, if you’ve submitted a valid abstract and are not accepted to present an oral presentation, you will still be enrolled to participate in the poster session.
    • Audio or visual presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes.
    • You should be prepared to stand next to your table for the entirety of your scheduled presentation and be prepared to answer questions.
    • You may submit works of art, models, or computer presentations provided they are no more than 3 feet wide, and you are prepared to stand with your exhibit for the duration of your presentation.
    • Please be prepared to answer questions related to your project.

If you have class during your scheduled presentation time, you are allowed to leave your class in order to participate in GRACE. We encourage you to inform your professors in advance of your participation.