2018 High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition

Exhibition Dates: May 18-June 10, 2018

Now in it's 36th year, the High School Area Show is a unique opportunity for students in grades 9-12 to have their achievements recognized in a museum while being eligible for over $300,000 in scholarships! Eligible students entering the High School Area Show may also have work considered for the 6th District Congressional Art Competition as well.

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

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  • February 1-March 31 - Digital entries accepted
  • Thursday, April 12 - Deadline for payment to be received by KIA
  • Monday, April 16 - Notification Day
  • Thursday-Friday, April 26-27; 12-7 pm - Accepted art delivered
  • Thursday, May 17; 5:30-7:30 pm - Opening Reception & Award Ceremony

Any student whose work is accepted for exhibition is eligible to receive an award!
pastwinners In 2017, juror prizes and scholarships selected by respective schools included:

New this year:
Olivet College will make scholarship awards to exhibiting students this year.

6th District Congressional Art Competition: One 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.

2018 Juror: Karina Galvan Moore, Director of Admissions for the University of Michigan Stamps School of Art and Design.

For questions about the High School Area Show, contact:
Michelle Stempien at michelles@kiarts.org

Click for fee waiver form


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