2019 HNMCP Art Contest – Call for submissions

Submissions are now closed


2017 Art Contest Winner: “Imagine” by Michael Bogdanow


The Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program (HNMCP) Art Award invites original works of visual art that reflect on conflict transformationWe are interested in art that speaks to the possibilities of overcoming divides and finding connection. Entries should be directly responsive to themes of community-building, peace-building, and conflict transformation.

Artists may also choose to respond to specific texts, poems, or quotes that relate to those themes (such as this quote from James Baldwin: “Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced”).  

HNMCP builds community around conflict transformation skills and practice at Harvard Law School. We created the annual HNMCP Art Contest in 2013 because of our belief that expressive arts can deepen students’ and practitioners’ understanding of peace and conflict. Our hope is that the winning entries inspire reflection in our community and that the process of submitting artwork can, in and of itself, help students, artists, practitioners, and scholars to reflect on peacebuilding. 

DeadlineJune 1 

PrizeThree winning entries will be awarded $200 

All participants will be notified of a decision by early August. Winning entries will then be framed and displayed at the HNMCP office at Harvard Law School for a minimum of one year, with the possibility of extension. Additionally, winning entries will be featured on the HNMCP website and blog. 


  • The artwork will be evaluated on how well they reflect the theme as well as their artistry and creativity
  • Winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges

Entry guidelines

  • The artwork must be the author’s original creation.
  • Each applicant may submit only one piece.
  • All media are accepted except for virtual, digital, and video art.
  • If submitting a piece that would be hung on a wall (such as a painting, drawing, or photograph), the maximum size for submissions is 48” by 48”.
  • If submitting a sculpture, the maximum size for submissions is 2 square feet.
  • If submitting a piece that requires physical transport (such as a sculpture or a painting for which an electronic submission is not possible), applicants must be based in the Greater Boston Area. Generally, photo submissions of entries are sufficient. Only if the piece is selected as a winning entry would the piece need to be transported to Harvard Law School.

Submissions are now closed.

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