Merrill Moat Submission Guidelines

Mural Design Competition 

The Merrill Programs and Leadership Office is looking for interested Merrill students and alumni to submit mural designs for the Merrill Moat and to leave their mark. The Merrill Moat is a celebration of the ideas, cultures, voices, and visions of the Merrill community. Your art submission should represent Merrill’s ethos and can be original artwork or an idea based on a reproduction of a favorite piece of art.

Mural design submissions must include: 

  • Your name(s), phone number(s), & email address.

  • A 500-1000 word description of the significance of your mural design

  • Indicate your Merrill Affiliation: Student or Alumni

  • A list of paint colors you would need to create your mural

  • Title of your Artwork

  • Your art submission

Please use our online form to submit your mural design  

  1. Submissions must be a PDF, JPG, JPEG, or PNG file.

In-person drop off Merrill College Office: Mon – Fri., 1:00 PM-400 PM (Located next to Merrill Circle)  Attn. Veronica Shane- Vasquez  and Peter Nguyen submission Winter 2022

Failure to submit all information will result in disqualification.

If you are experiencing difficulties submitting your design, please contact 

The final day to submit designs is Mar 14, 2022. (Start of Finals).

Peter Nguyen, Merrill Programs Assistant, will notify winners via E-mail the second week of the spring quarter. Selected muralists are expected to be at Moat Day, Saturday, April Apr 23, 2022. Mural painting can start the first week of April 2022


Policies and Submission Guidelines

As of March 15, 2008, UCSC’s Mural Policy forbids the recreation of copyrighted materials without written permission from the original author/artist.

Mural designs may not violate any section of the UCSC Rule Book, nor may they encourage other students to violate these rules.

No mural containing messages with malicious intent toward any individual or group will be permitted. No specific messages directed toward another person will be allowed.

It is important that any message you attempt to convey with your mural can be understood. A mural that, when separated from the content you supply with your submission, could be seen as being offensive to a person or group may not be selected. Run your design by a few people to make sure you are getting your point across.

Final decisions concerning which murals meet these guidelines rest with the College Programs Coordinator.

Group Mural Submissions: Group size can range from 2-6 individuals, half of your group members must be Merrill affiliates. For instance, if you have 6 people in your group at least 3 members must be Merrill affiliates.  


Questions? Contact Peter (he/him) Merrill Programs Assistant