Ms. MacKenzie Scott’s Gift: President’s Initiatives
Hostos Research Center

“Celebrating the Love of Learning”
Mural Design Contest

Call for Student Entries
Open to all current Hostos Community College students!

Deadline November 30

Hostos Community College invites students and student teams to submit design proposals to create two original murals to be displayed in the new Hostos Research Center located on the main level of the C-Building at 450 Grand Concourse. The mission of the Hostos Research Center is to foster academic and community-based research conducted by Hostos faculty, students, and staff, and to provide our students with an interactive and intellectually stimulating space for scholarly and professional development.
We are seeking artwork that will add vibrancy to the Hostos Research Center and reflect the artist’s visual representation for the theme “celebrating the love of learning.” This opportunity is open to all Hostos Community College students from any discipline/major. We are inviting submissions in two-dimensional media such as painting, graphic design, and drawing (“artwork”). Artwork incorporating a dynamic blend of media are also encouraged.

Two artwork designs will be selected. Each one will eventually need to be painted on canvas measuring 21’6” x 6’6” (“the Murals”).  The Murals will be displayed on two opposite interior walls of the Hostos Research Center.
Prize: $500 per selected design. Two designs will be selected. Hostos Community College (or “the College”) of the City University of New York (“CUNY”) will provide all art materials, paint supplies, and technical assistance for creation of the Murals as needed. 

Important Dates:
November 1, 2022 from 3 to 4 p.m.: Virtual Information Session. Join here via Zoom link.
November 4 from 12 to 1 p.m. and 3 to 4 p.m.: Students can visit Hostos Research Center space by appointment. Contact Sofia Oviedo at to make appointment.
November 30, 2022 (by 11:59 p.m.): Mural Design Proposals submission deadline
December 14, 2022: Prizes announced
January 3 – January 31, 2023: Murals created and installed
Early February: Murals unveiled at the Hostos Research Center

Click here to download full contest rules, eligibility criteria, and instructions to submit proposals.
Read full contest rules, eligibility criteria, and submit an entry here (use CUNY log-in to access):

For more information contact Sofia Oviedo, Research Programs Director at