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Student Art Exhibit

Showcase Your Creative Vision

Deadline Nov. 15, 2024

The Wisconsin Association of School Boards, in cooperation with the Wisconsin Art Education Association and Performance Services, announces the annual Wisconsin Art Exhibits and Awards.

This experience is open to all Wisconsin public school students enrolled in grades 7-12.

Join us in showcasing the talent of Wisconsin students!

The Artist’s Challenge: Growth!

Theme for the 2025 State Education Convention Art Contest: Growth!

Application Process

To complete your application, you must the following by November 15, 2024:

Complete the online registration form. Please fill out the form accurately as the information will be used for letters, certificates, publications, etc.

Attn: Amy Qualmann

122 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 400
Madison, WI  53703

Using a trackable delivery service send a copy by November 15, 2024 of the online application form in an envelope taped to the back of the artwork, along with a photograph of the student holding his/her artwork. Please include the artist’s name on the back of the photo (if allowable by district policy) and a short artist bio attached to the artwork.

Black River Falls High School
Attn: Jen Dahl
1200 Pierce St.
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Submission Guidelines

Artwork must adhere to all of the following:

  • Students must be enrolled in grades 7-12 in a Wisconsin public school at the time the piece is submitted.
  • Each school may enter up to five (5) works of art.
  • Create your own artwork on paper no smaller than 10” x 12” and no larger than 20” x 22.” (ALL artwork must be two-dimensional)
  • Accepted mediums for the two-dimensional artwork are as follows:
    1. Drawings: pencil, ink, colored pencil, marker, pastels, charcoal (It is recommended that charcoal and pastel drawings be fixed.)
    2. Photographs
    3. Paintings: acrylics, oil, watercolor, etc.
    4. Prints: lithographs, silkscreen, block prints (high-quality, 300 dpi print)
    5. Digital/Computer-Generated Art (high-quality, 300 dpi print)
    6. Mixed Media: use more than two mediums such as pencil, ink, watercolor, etc.
    7. 3D: sculpture (metal, clay, fabric, etc.) (3D works of art allowed as a high-quality print (300 dpi), with max of 3 picture views, included on single print. Please DO NOT MAIL original art.)
  • All work must be an ORIGINAL work of the student in concept, design, and execution and may not violate U.S. copyright laws. Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo or image (including painting, graphic or advertisement) that was created by someone other than the student is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted. NOTE: If you are entering multiple competitions, please feel free to mail a high-quality (300 dpi) print of the original artwork for judging purposes instead of the original. Originals are always preferred, but we do understand that there are circumstances that don’t allow this. 
  • Sign your artwork.
  • Place your artwork on a mounting board such as illustration board or foam core, NOT tag board, canvas or heavy cardboard. 
  • No frames or canvases will be accepted.
  • Include a short bio of the artist, along with a photo of the artist holding their artwork (jpg, 300 dpi) and copy of application, with appropriate signatures, taped to the back of the artwork to
Judging Criteria
  • Is it clear? Is it interesting?
  • Overall effective presentation of artwork and a message.
  • Originality of idea.
  • Expression of idea.
  • Effective use of the elements and principles of design.
  • Use of materials.

For more information contact Director of Conferences and Events Amy Qualmann at 608-512-1713 or

Image Music Showcase Convention Photo

2024 first place artwork by Jaia Underwood, Nicolet Union High School District


Sponsored by:
Wisconsin Art Education Association

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Performance Services

Wisconsin State Education Convention
122 W. Washington Ave., Suite 400 · Madison, WI 53703
toll-free 877-705-4422 · phone 608-257-2622 · fax 608-257-8386


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