2020 High School Area Show and Congressional Art Competition

Now in its 38th year and for the first time ever the High School Area Show (pdf) is going digital. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is thrilled to showcase these amazing juried works, even while our physical space is closed due to the Covid-19 Stay Home Stay Safe guidelines.

This show is a unique opportunity for high school students from nine counties to enter their artwork into a juried competition. Selected students had their artwork examined by college representatives, who select students to receive college scholarships.

Over 300 works of art were submitted by 9th-12th graders representing the region of West Michigan including Allegan, Barry, Berrien, Branch, Calhoun, Cass, Kalamazoo , St Joseph and Van Buren counties were eligible to participate and 101 works of art were accepted for this year's exhibition.

2020 High School Area Show

Each year, the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts works with regional colleges and universities to award scholarships to High School Area Show participants. Each college and university selects their scholarship recipients and determines the scholarship amount. Thanks to the generosity of these schools, over $500,000 in scholarships will be awarded to deserving high school artists, helping them pursue their artistic dreams.

We are pleased to announce that scholarships will be offered this year from the following schools:

In addition to scholarships and juror awards, High School Area Show participants who live in the 6th Congressional District can also submit one of their works to be considered for the annual 6th Congressional Art Competition. One work of art 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. We are pleased to announce the winner of this competition is Ashley Blough, Lakeshore High School.

Barb Whitney, an arts educator, administrator, and visual artist served as this year s juror. In her role as the executive director for Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center she has increased arts engagement through diversity, inclusion, and equity. Of note, serving as adjunct faculty for Michigan State University and Vice-Chair for the Mayor's Arts & Culture Commission in Lansing, and she recently received the Michigan Art Education Associations Distinguished Service Award.


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