Regional High School Art Exhibit

ESD 123 hosts the Regional High School Art Show each year. Updates regarding plans to host the State High School Art Exhibit in-person or virtually are still to be determined. For the 2022 exhibit, ESD 123 will host an in-person High School Exhibit at our facilities beginning February 22, 2022. 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 [email protected].

Important 2022 Dates:

  • Entry Form Deadline: February 10, 2022
  • Teachers deliver artwork to ESD 123: February 16, 2022
  • Judging takes place: February 18, 2022
  • Exhibit Opens - Artwork on Display: February 22 – March 11, 2022
  • Award Reception: Wednesday, March 2, 2022 / 6:00-8:00 PM at ESD 123 Cascade Rooms


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. An entry/release form is required for each piece of art submitted
  3. 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.

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 February 10, 2022.
  1. Online artwork entry form (Download and save a copy of this form as either a Google Sheet or an Excel spreadsheet to complete and email to Lori Ballard.)
    • This includes required contact information for the student, parent/guardian and teacher.
  2. Signed Releases and Permissions form (by student and parent)
  3. For student artists who receive a Judges Choice Award and wish to advance to the state competition:
    • High quality photo (300 dpi or greater) of the artwork (up to 4 images of each piece may be submitted)
      Video of the artist statement (up to 2 minutes in length)
    • Only entries with the Video Artist statement will be eligible for Judging and moving forward to OSPI.
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