Call for Artists | Virtual Annual Area High School Art Exhibition

Starting DateJanuary 1, 2021

Ending DateApril 12, 2021

Event Description

Guidelines for Submissions


  • All high school age students in Eastern Minnesota and Western Wisconsin are encouraged to participate in this exhibition.
  • One submission per student will be accepted.
  • Works in all media, two-dimensional and three-dimensional, will be accepted.


By midnight on Monday, April 12

  • Take a quality digital photograph of your work (see Tips for Photographing Artwork below)
  • Attach digital image of artwork to email and send to
  • In email, type your first and last name, grade and school


Zoom Award Event – Sunday, May 16, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

A professional artist or arts educator from the region will award ribbons for first place, second place, third place, and in other categories.  The winner of the MaryLu Brown Scholarship for the Arts also will be announced at this Zoom evvents.  Submitting artists, their teachers and principals will be emailed the link.


MaryLu Brown Scholarship for the Arts

This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior in 2021 who will be majoring in art in the Fall of 2021.  Winkie and Bill Coyne make this annual scholarship in memory of MaryLu Brown, whose life and love of art inspired many.  Click for the application:
In Word format
In PDF format


Tips for Photographing Artwork


Two-dimensional pieces:

  • Hang your artwork on a wall if possible in a well-lit room, out of direct sunlight.
  • Remove any glass if the piece is framed.
  • Fill the camera frame as much as possible with the artwork.
  • Use editing software to correct exposure, color balance, cropping and parallax.  Most smart phones have image editing capabilities now that can improve images tremendously.
  • If unable to hang piece, place artwork on the floor or a table on a piece of foam core or post board.
  • Take multiple images to have a variety to choose from using the camera’s highest resolution possible.


Three-dimensional pieces:

  • Try to find a neutral background to place your piece in front of or on, an empty wall works well or using foam core or poster board can work well too.
  • Pay attention to shadows and move location or lighting to try to minimize harsh shadows.
  • Like 2-d work, use editing software to correct image and use the camera’s highest resolution setting.
  • Take multiple images changing angles and views by moving the camera or artwork.


Please note: By submitting images and personally identifying information (name, grade, school) you are consenting to the publication of this art work and information by The Phipps Center for the Art on our various communication platforms, including our website, Facebook page and YouTube.  All educators should ensure that students and their parents/guardians are in agreement to publication prior to submission of work.  In an unusual situation, a student may submit art work with partial information, such as initials rather than a full name, or request that no name be listed. The Phipps Center for the Arts assumes no liability for the disclosure of information submitted by the educators.


Questions? Call Anastasia at The Phipps, (715) 386-2305.


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