February 8, 2020-March 20, 2020

Important Dates

Friday, January 3, 2020
Online entry form available

Wednesday-Saturday, January 22-25, 2020
Taking in artwork for the exhibition

Friday, January 31, 2020
List of accepted works posted online by 5pm

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00am
Awards Ceremony at the SMA

Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 11:00am-1:00pm
Public Opening Reception at the SMA

Friday, March 20, 2020
Exhibition officially closes

Saturday March 21, 2020, 10am-5pm 
 Tuesday March 24- Friday March 27, 2020, 10am-5pm
All artwork should be picked up



Open to Utah public and private high school students in grades 11 and 12.  Works must be submitted by the high school art department (not individual students).  Each student may be represented with up to two pieces which meet the specifications of original or adapted concepts (see below).

  • Original Artwork: Developed from personal experience, imagination, and direct observation; from multiple personal photographs or sketches. Please include copies of any personal photographs or sketches used during the creation process on the back of your submitted artwork.
  • Adapted Concept: Artwork developed from other sources using multiple elements or photographs with personal interpretation to create a new perception.  We require the use of two or more images for each adapted work.  Each source material must be identified on the entry and the entry card, and an image or copy of the actual source must be included.
  • Copy Work: Artwork that is directly copied from one source without original or creative adaptations is not allowed in this exhibition.

Entry cards and source images must be filled out and attached to the back of the work before the work is brought to the Museum.


Jury Groups 

This exhibition is a juried exhibition,  12 Jurors with experience and understanding of high school art are selected to represent various media categories. Jurors will select works to be accepted in the exhibition and award winners.

This year's jurors will be: 

Drawing: Justin Kunz, Brooke Smart, and Clinton Whiting

Painting: Fletcher Booth, Elizabeth Sanchez, and Tyler Swain. 

Photography/Digital: Phil Ah You, Brenda Lovell, and Nancy Rivera. 

3D: Heather Campbell, Brian Jensen, and Adam Thomas. 

Last year's Juror group statements can be accessed here.


Artwork Delivery & Pickup 

Artwork should be delivered to the Springville Museum of Art, January 22, 2020 10am-7pm or January 23-25, 2020, 10am-4pm. Works not accepted into the show may be picked up by teachers Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm after February 8, 2020.  All work may be picked up from the Museum from Saturday, March 21 - Friday March 27, 2020 during Museum hours. No artwork accepted for exhibition will be released from the Museum before March 20, 2020*. Failure to pick up work by Friday March 27, 2020 may result in the reduction of bonus entries the following year for the school. No staff will be available to assist with art pickups on Saturday March 28th. If students would like to pick up their own artwork they need to make an appointment with Museum Staff by emailing hbarrett@springville.org.

*Students who need artwork for a Sterling Scholar interview must contact the Museum at least one week in advance to schedule art pickup. Artwork can only be removed from the Museum for a 24-hour period - please plan accordingly. Email hbarrett@springville.org with any questions.


Award Opportunities 

Various awards (some with cash prizes) are presented to selected students in the exhibition. An invitation is extended to all high school students, teachers, and friends to attend the awards ceremony at the Springville Museum of Art on the day of the Opening, Saturday, February 8, 2020 at 10:00am. A public Opening Reception will follow directly after from 11:00 am to 1:00pm. Additionally, some award winners will be invited to attend a special day of recognition at the Utah State Capitol Building in March 2020 – Please watch www.smofa.org for more information about this event.

If you'd like to nominate an educator or student for the Teacher of the Year or Outstanding Student of the Year awards, please fill out this form: Award Nomination Form

Utah Congressional District Awards

Utah’s Congressional Districts select award winners representing their district from the exhibition each year. The first place award winning works will hang for one year in Washington D.C. For information on the specifics of the Congressional awards, click here. Please note that to be considered for the 1st place award, artworks must be no larger than 26" by 26" and no deeper than 4''. 


Traveling Show 

The Utah Division of Arts and Museums will sponsor a traveling exhibition selected from, and immediately following, the Springville show. It will travel during the 2020-2021 school year to museums, galleries, libraries, and schools throughout Utah. The Division of Arts and Museums will provide honoraria to student artists selected for the Traveling Show. Two dimensional works should be covered with Plexiglas. The artwork will be selected by the Visual Art Committee of the Division of Arts and Museums. If you would like your work to be considered for this exhibition, please indicate so on your entry paperwork.


Visiting the Exhibition 

All school groups planning to visit this exhibition must call and schedule in advance. We are able to accommodate a limited number of students in one day, and reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Schools that do not schedule their visit in advance may not be able to visit the full exhibition. Please email Maddison Morgan at mmorgan@springville.org as soon as possible to ensure you are able to visit on your desired date.

A limited amount of funding is available to assist schools in transporting their students to and from the exhibition. More information about accessing can be found here.

New this year we are offering an interactive tour experience called Guide and Seek. Click here for more information. 


Selling your Artwork 

This exhibition provides students with an opportunity to sell their artwork. Students interested in listing their art for sale should work with their teachers to determine a price for their artwork. Please take into consideration the cost of materials (including the frame), the time invested into making the artwork, and the Museum's 30% commission. 


Additional questions? Please contact Jordan Hansen at Jhansen@springville.org or 801-491-5713.