Regional High School Art Exhibit

ESD 123 hosts the Regional High School Art Show each year. The 2023 exhibit will return to the Columbia Basin College Gjerde Center in Pasco beginning February 6, 2023. 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 509-544-5750 or [email protected].

Important 2023 Dates:

  • Entry Form Deadline: January 23, 2023
  • Teachers hang artwork at CBC Gjerde Center: February 2, 2023
  • Judging takes place: February 3, 2023
  • Exhibit Opens - Artwork on Display: February 6–17, 2023
  • Award Reception: Wednesday, February 15, 2023 / 6:00 PM at CBC


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

Updated information coming soon! If you have any questions regarding entry limits, please contact us at [email protected].

Size Limits

Updated information coming soon!

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. Submit the required forms, photos, and videos described below.

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 [email protected] by January 23, 2023.
  1. Online artwork entry form (Download, save, and edit this Excel spreadsheet with your students' information. Email the completed spreadsheet to Lori Ballard.)
    • This includes required contact information for the student, parent/guardian and teacher.
  2. Online Release and Permission form (by student and parent)
  3. For student artists who receive a Judges Choice Award and wish to advance to the state competition:
  4. High quality photo (300 dpi or greater) of the artwork
    • A minimum of 1 high-resolution photograph of each piece of art must be submitted via email to Lori Ballard at [email protected] (Up to 4 images of each piece may be submitted.) Artwork for which we do not receive a photograph will not be displayed in the online gallery.
  5. Video of the artist statement (up to 2 minutes in length) **
    • ** For student artists who receive a Judges Choice Award and wish to move on to the state OSPI Art Competition, a video artist statement must be submitted in order to move on to the state competition.
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