High School Area Show

April 29 - June 4, 2017

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Now in it's 35th year, the High School Area Show & 6th District Congressional Art Competition presents an unique opportunity to Michigan students in grades 9-12 to have their achievements recognized in a museum while awarding over $300,000 in scholarships!

Students who reside in the Michigan counties of: Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo, St. Joseph, or Van Buren counties are eligible to participate.

New this year, digital submissions! Please take note of the following important

  • NEW DROP OFF DATES for accepted works: Tuesday, April 18-Thursday, April 20, 8 am-7 pm

  • Thursday, March 23 - Registration & Payment Deadline
  • Monday, April 3 - Notification Day
  • Thursday, April 27 - Opening Reception & Award Ceremony
  • Any student whose work is accepted for exhibition is eligible to receive an award!
    pastwinners Past prizes and awards have totaled over $300,000 and include:

    • Five $100 cash awards, regardless of medium
    • Five KIA Kirk Newman Art School $100 Summer 2017 Scholarships
    • Up to three Western Michigan University Gwen Frostic School of Art Scholarships of up to $12,000 each over the course of four years of undergraduate study
    • Up to three Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University Scholarships of up to $12,000 each over the course of four years of undergraduate study
    • Up to three Cleveland Institute of Art Summer Program Scholarships may be awarded to a high school sophomore or junior for work of special merit
    • 6th District Congressional Art Competition : cac winner madeline peterson croppedOne piece will be selected by U.S Representative Fred Upton's office to hang for 1 year in the U.S. Capitol as part of the national Congressional Art Competition. The artist will receive free airfare for two to Washington, D.C. and an invitation to the Artist Reception.

    New this year:
    Stamps School of Art and Design at University of Michigan
    Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design
    will also make scholarship awards to exhibiting students this year.

    2017 Juror Julie Tourtillotte is Professor of Art at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana for over 25 years, receiving the distinguished Maria Pieta teaching award in 2005. Her recent work includes fabric constructions, videos and prints which explore patterns that reveal changes in the environment. She is represented in exhibitions and collections throughout the United States.

    For questions about the High School Area Show, contact:
    Susan Eckhardt, Director of Museum Education
    E: susane@kiarts.org

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