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Regional High School Art Exhibit

See the 2021 Regional High School Art Exhibit Now

ESD 123 hosts the Regional High School Art Show each year. In 2021, the High School Exhibit will be a virtual show on the ESD 123 website beginning March 22, 2021. Judges Choice winners of the regional awards may advance to the state art show in Olympia.

For more information on the Regional Art Exhibit, or to obtain a copy of the complete Exhibit Instructions & Guidelines, contact ESD 123's Art Show Coordinator, Lori Ballard, at 509-544-5740 or lballard@esd123.org.


Art exhibit displaying panels of student artwork

Important 2021 Dates:

  • March 17 - All online forms and requirements must be submitted by teachers to ESD 123 (*See requirements below.)
  • March 22 - Display Art on ESD website
  • March 22-28 - Judging (Judge’s Choice Winners)
  • March 29 - ESD art submissions to OSPI


Any high school student (public and private) in grades 9-12 is eligible to enter the regional show. Only public school students are eligible for awards, but private students may still receive scholarships.

Entry Limits

For the 2021 art show, there is no limit on the number of pieces each school may enter. If you have any questions regarding entry limits, please contact us at lballard@esd123.org.

Size Limits

Due to the virtual format of the 2021 awards, there is no size limit on artwork for 2021.

Judging Process

Artwork is rated based on three categories in alignment with the Washington State Arts K–12 Learning Standards:

  1. Creativity - Artwork demonstrates original thinking and expressive, artistic perceptions.
  2. Composition - Artwork demonstrates a unique and sensitive way of answering artistic problems. It illustrates student understanding of and ability to interpret the elements of art and the principles of design. It makes a unique statement.
  3. Technique - Artwork demonstrates student competency in using the medium to achieve the desired outcome.

In addition: Artwork submitted to the High School Art Show must be completely original

How to Enter

It is up to the discretion of each school’s art teacher(s) which pieces to choose to send to the art show. Artwork that is not acceptable in a school district, due to policy and practice, is not acceptable at the ESD or state level. Art teachers are responsible for complying with their district’s expectations and policy.

Entry Process

  1. Each art teacher chooses the pieces they will send to the show, collaborating with other art teachers in the school as needed.
  2. An entry/release form is required for each piece of art submitted
  3. Artist statement video is required at the time of submission in order to qualify for a Judges Choice Award.

Forms & Requirements

Students must be enrolled in a public high school or a Tribal Compact School in Washington.
All artwork submitted to the High School Art Show MUST be completely original. If artwork is determined to be a copy, it will be disqualified from the Art Show.

Each submission must include:

Email all of the required items below to Lori Ballard at lballard@esd123.org by March 17, 2021.

  1. Online artwork entry form (Download and save a copy of this form as either a Google Sheet or an Excel spreadsheet.)
    • This includes required contact information for the student, parent/guardian and teacher.
  2. High quality photo (300 dpi or greater) of the artwork (up to 4 images of each piece may be submitted)
  3. Video of the artist’s statement (up to 2 minutes in length)
    • Only entries with the Video Artist statement will be eligible for Judging and moving forward to OSPI.
  4. Signed Releases and Permissions form (by student and parent)
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