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Visual Arts – Specific Rules/Guidelines


VISUAL ARTS include many art forms that are visual in nature. The artist (student submitting entry) is a person who captures their own thoughts and ideas to create a visual piece of art.

Accepted forms of visual art include: Architecture (2D/3D), carpentry, ceramics, collages, photographic collages (multiple photos cut/pasted), computer-generated image, crafts, design, dioramas, drawing, fiberwork, jewelry, kites, metal etching/punch work, mobiles, painting, printmaking, sculpture and wind chimes. Reproductions or enlargements of other artwork are not accepted.

Reflect on the 2020-2021 Theme: I Matter Because…

An explanation of the art form might be a useful addition to the artist statement. Whether an entry displays use of formal technique or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.


Copyright: Use of copyrighted material, including any copyrighted cartoon characters or likeness thereof, is not acceptable in any visual arts submission, with the following exceptions:

  • Visual artwork may include public places, well-known products, trademarks or certain other copyrighted material as long as that copyrighted material is incidental to the subject matter of the piece and/or is a smaller element of a whole. The resulting work cannot try to establish an association between the student and the trademark/business/material, or influence the purchase/non-purchase of the trademarked good.

  • Visual arts collages may include portions of existing copyrighted works, such as photographs, magazine clippings, internet images and type cut out of a newspaper, as long as those portions of copyrighted works are used to create a completely new and different work of art.


Submission Requirements:

  • Only new pieces of artwork inspired by the theme may be submitted.

  • Each entry must be the original work of one student only.

  • 2D artwork (e.g. painting)

    • Dimensions must not exceed 24x30 inches, including matting.

    • Paper entries must be mounted on sturdy material.

    • Include one digital image of artwork with your submission.

  • 3D artwork (e.g. sculpture)

    • Must include packaging materials and 3 photos of the entry (a combination of angles) for judging, ID and exhibition purposes (entries that require assembling/repairing from transporting will be disqualified).

  • Framed artwork and artwork containing loose materials is not accepted. Matting is accepted.

  • Label back of entry/entry packaging with student name, title of artwork, arts category and division.

  • Submit artwork and student entry form according to your PTA’s instructions.

  • Accepted file formats: JPEG, JPG, and PNG.


All participants must also follow Official Rules for Participation

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