49TH ANNUAL UTAH ALL-STATE HIGH SCHOOL ART SHOW
February 6, 2021 - March 19, 2021
Forty-nine years ago, the Utah All-State High School Art Show was established to honor the best high school artists in the state for their creativity, talent, and dedication. This exhibition is the result of an ongoing collaboration between the Springville Museum of Art, high school teachers and students, and various private partners.
This year was unique; the pandemic and social distancing protocols presented a challenge to our traditional exhibition process which led to our first ever digital submission and online jurying system. A panel of twelve professional artists and arts administrators carefully reviewed each of the 892 entries in order to create this exhibition. The show has a final selection of 325 works, representing 104 Utah high schools, which collectively highlight the talent, creativity, and promise of the upcoming generation of artists.
View the exhibition in person during Museum open hours or visit the online gallery linked below.
Monday, January 4, 2021
Online entry form available - For link to form contact your teacher. Teachers if you need the form link please email Jordan at Jhansen@springville.org.
Online submission deadline
Tuesday, January 19, 2021 by 3:00pm
Notifications of accepted works
Wednesday-Saturday, January 20-23, 2021, 10am-5pm
Drop off accepted works at Museum
Saturday, February 6, 2021, 10am-11am
Online Awards Ceremony
Friday, March 19, 2021
Exhibition officially closes
Saturday March 20, 2021, 10am-5pm
or Tuesday March 23- Friday March 26, 2021, 10am-5pm
All artwork should be picked up
The 49th Annual Utah All-State High School Art Show will held in person at the Museum from February 6 - March 19, 2021. However, in order to adapt to restrictions caused by COVID-19, jurying of this year's High School Art Show will be held online. Teachers will be contacted with a submission link and their number of allowed entries in December; the online submission link will go live January 4, 2021, and it will close at 11:59pm on January 13, 2021. If there are more entries submitted than are allotted to a high school, the entries will be counted in the order they are submitted, with later submissions not taken into consideration. Teachers will be notified of accepted works on January 19, 2021 by 3:00pm - accepted artworks must be brought to the Museum January 20-23, 2021, 10am-5pm. Works not received by Saturday the 23rd at 5:00pm will be disqualified from exhibition.
(Tips for photographing student artwork can be found here.)
Homeschool students may contact Jordan Hansen at firstname.lastname@example.org to submit up to two entries into the exhibition.
If you are a teacher who needs the link to the submission form please email Jordan at email@example.com
- Original Artwork: Developed from personal experience, imagination, and direct observation; from multiple personal photographs or sketches. Please include images of any personal photographs or sketches used during the creation process in your online submission.
- 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.
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 above).
Artwork must be prepared securely for display and “ready to hang” with appropriate hardware. Artwork cannot exceed 11ft. on its largest dimension. Framed works that hang on a wall cannot exceed 9ft. in height.
Entry cards must be filled out and attached to the back of the work before the work is brought to the Museum.
See work from previous year's exhibitions here:
This exhibition is a juried exhibition, or in other words 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 as well as the award winners.
We are excited about this year's jury groups:
Drawing: Kari Christensen, Kylie Millward, Julie Rogers
Painting: Linda Etherington, David Dibble, Jean Irwin
Photography/Digital: Brenda Lovell, Stefanie Eskander, Fletcher Booth
3D: Virginia Catherall, Jeff Goodsell, Robyn Draper
Last year's Juror group statements can be accessed here.
Artwork Delivery & Pickup
Teachers will be notified of accepted artworks on January 19, 2021. Accepted artwork must be delivered to the Springville Museum of Art, January 20-23, 2021, 10am-5pm. All work may be picked up from the Museum from Saturday March 20, 2021 or Tuesday March 23-Friday March 26, 2021, 10am-5pm. No artwork accepted for exhibition will be released from the Museum before March 19, 2021*. Failure to pick up work by Friday March 26, 2021 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 27. If students would like to pick up their own artwork they need to make an appointment with Museum staff by emailing firstname.lastname@example.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 email@example.com with any questions.
Various awards (some with cash prizes) are presented to selected students in the exhibition.
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''.
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 2021-2022 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
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Museum is only able to accommodate small school tours on a case by case basis. No large tour groups will be accommodated. Students are encouraged to bring household members to view the exhibition. An online gallery of the exhibition will be available February 20th for those unable to visit the Museum in person.
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 call Jordan Hansen at 801-491-5713 or email at JHansen@springville.org